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Vatican First-Class: Secluded Gardens & Sistine Chapel- Transfer Included

Combined Experience - Vatican Gardens & Secret Passage to the Sistine Chapel

Category: Must Do
History
Off the beaten path

Price from: $670

$820 Save $150

Duration: 3.5 Hours (approx.)

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This Special Vatican tour covers all of the not-to-be-missed sites within the Vatican.
Avoid the crowds, congestion, sweat and stuffy rooms with our fresh Vatican Gardens and Sistine Chapel Private Access Tour.

Your journey beings with pickup from your hotel or preferred accommodation within Rome's City Center. The Vatican Museums is one of the most visited museums in the world and there is only one way to truly avoid the crowds inside during high season- by skipping the upper Galleries where crowds concentrate; going at a slow pace, creating a bottleneck and wasting your time.

You can beat the traffic by opting to visit the beautiful Vatican Gardens with your private tour guide and access the Sistine Chapel by taking a shortcut. Immerse yourself into the colorful pathways which are complemented by priceless artwork, fountains, alluring flowers and Renaissance architecture. Gaze at the giant labyrinth adorned by Lebanese Cedars catching all the details and hidden treasures within. 

Continue your private tour with quick access to the Sistine Chapel directly from the Vatican Gardens. Listen to an explanation of Michelangelo’s masterpiece commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV as the center of Christendom, unveiling the artist’s secret meaning behind the artwork.

With your guide take advantage of quick access to St. Peter’s Basilica where you will end your tour with the touching statue of La Pietà as well as the great Bernini’s Baldacchino and holy St. Peter’s Sepulcrum.

You will feel more relaxed and energetic after our open air, green tour without having to miss the two highlights of a Vatican Tour: the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Enjoy and keep the secret to yourself!

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Summary
  • Approximately 3.5 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Not recommended for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    8:30AM
  • Not recommended Sundays or Wednesdays
  • Included 
    Blue Badge Qualified Guide Admission Tickets (Guaranteed to skip the long lines) | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation | Transportation to the site (only available for centrally located accommodations) | Private Tour
  • Not Included 
    Return Transportation (available upon request) Private Driver throughout the tour (can be arranged upon request) 
Standard itinerary
Vatican Gardens
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Square
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Enhance your Experience
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Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day

US$120** Please note: Experience is intended for up to 6 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

In the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will take part in the workshop of an Italian artist. This activity is fun for the whole family!. You will learn how to make a fresco or a mosaic. Choose a subject, prepare the surface with the plaster, the drawing, and you will use your brush to give life to the images; or make your own mosaic with a natural glue (water and flour) and fasten the marble or the glass pieces (tesserae) on a wooden support, creating your small masterpiece. Take home your creation to make your Roman holidays even more memorable!

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Castel St. Angelo

US$140** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be charged separately.

As you exit St. Peter’s Square, your guide will lead you along a quiet street that follows ‘Il Passetto’, the passageway connecting the Vatican to Castel Sant’ Angelo, the Pope’s fortress. You can opt to visit the castle for breathtaking views of the city or cross over Bernini’s famous bridge of angels for scenic views of the river. A beautiful addition to the Vatican Tour, Castel Sant' Angelo is a great bookend to your day.

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Catacombs

US$140** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site.

The quiet tunnels will come to life as your guide tells you the stories and legends of early Christianity during the days of Roman persecution. The catacombs were the underground burial places of the early Christian and Jewish communities. You will discover the secrets of Christianity's earliest proponents who helped Christianity survive during the persecution from Rome's pagan emperors. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Colosseum

US$140** Please note: Entrance to the site is optional - Admission tickets will be charged separately.

No time to do a full Colosseum tour? Make it quick! Marvel at this epic engineering feat of the ancient Romans, one of the most amazing attractions of the Ancient World, and a highlight of any trip to Rome. Your guide will bring to life the stories of this iconic monument, its famed gladiators and the emperors who made it all happen. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Crypt of the Popes

US$40

The Crypt of the Popes, also known as the Vatican Grottos, are positioned just below St. Peter's Basilica and above Constantine’s 4th century basilica. The grottos contain chapels dedicated to various saints and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century. The holiest place is Peter’s tomb, containing the "memory", built in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine, on the spot were the Apostle’s tomb was venerated.

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Extra Hour

US$70

Give yourself the freedom to take it easy- add an extra hour to your tour. With a private guide, you set the pace! If you prefer to spend some extra time to learn more, see more, take more photos, or if you have a large group, adding an extra hour ensures a leisurely tour without rushing to fit everything you want to see into the normal 3 hours.

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Kid-friendly

US$0

Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.

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Create your own Tour - Make it a Full Day

US$210

Book your tour and create your personal walking experience by making it a full day, adding 3 extra hours! You can tell us in advance your favorite sites to visit or your personal guide will make suggestions based on your interests and energy level - you set the pace and see what you want to see. Please make a note on your booking if you have specific requests so we can ensure that reservations are made when needed. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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St.Peter's Dome

US$70** Please note: Admission tickets will be charged separately - 7 Euros for elevator, 5 Euros for stairs.

Climb the most famous Dome in the world designed by Michelangelo and learn its secrets! You can take 320 steps to reach the roof level or you can take the elevator. If you feel you have some energy left you can keep take more steps to reach the dome for an astonishing view of the eternal city.

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Religious Perspective

US$0

Request for a Tour Guide with strong religious background at no extra cost. Your experience will enrich in spirituality.

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Smile and Tour

US$0

Request for a funny and entertaining Tour Guide. Your laughs come at no extra cost.

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3 Hour Golf Cart Sightseeing Tour

US$370** Please note: Price is for transport up to 4 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

Discover a new way to tour historical Rome. Make yourself comfortable while your private driver and guide accompany you during this 3 hour tour. Set off and admire the most significant sights of the Eternal City. Listen to your guide, who will be your story-teller during this tour to discover the major fountains and squares of Rome.

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Capuchin Bone Crypt

US$70** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site.

The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini. You'll be amazed by the strangely decorated Capuchin Chapel - which displays the bones of over 4,000 Capuchin monks! The Capuchin order insists that the display is not meant to be creepy, but instead, a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth and our own mortality. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Gelato Class

US$350** Please note: Price is up to 4 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

Enjoy a short walk in the city center before heading to your gelato class. Reach a typical roman "gelateria", an artisanal workshop that has recently been renovated. Engage in a funny, entertaining activity and learn how italian people prepare the famous gelato. Make your own ice cream following the traditional Italian techniques and recipes and enjoy it! An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Gianicolo Hill

US$70

Get a one-of-a-kind view of Rome from the scenic park of Gianicolo hill. Stroll among statues, fountains like the famous Fontanone and even a lighthouse while overlooking the Eternal City. This hill is known for being one of the best spots in Rome for photos as well as on of the most romantic places in Rome! An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Pantheon

US$70

The Pantheon, this 2nd century tribute to All Gods and famed engineering marvel, has intrigued for ages - let your personal guide bring you back to the days of the emperors and gods when you visit this one-of-a-kind monument.

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Trastevere

US$70

Lose yourself in Trastevere’s charming streets and lively piazzas. You’ll immediately see why this unique neighborhood is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. You'll find many bars and restaurants nestled in the curving alleys - a great place to end your day of tours and have a bite to eat! An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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    Lucas Wuthrich

    hiya, 

    I just checked your link with all the Vatican tours available and I wanted to ask if I choose the Garden tour would I get to avoid the rest of the Museums and get to see only the Sistine and St Peters (which is what I want) or did I somehow misread it and in fact I do still have to go through the museums?

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    Lucas Wuthrich

    Hi, I heard the view from the Cupola is amazing! If I book the Vatican Garden tour, can I pay you extra to handle the tickets of the cupola for us?

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    Tour Design Team

    Hello Lucas,

     

    The Vatican Gardens Special is a very unique tour that is designed to highlight only a few key aspects of the Vatican which include just three stops, the gardens, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. If you're looking to visit just the Sistine Chapel on its own as opposed to all the galleries, this one would be the perfect tour for you! This article is referring more to clients who aren't interested in visiting any other site in the Vatican which isn't a possibility. If you would like to see the gardens and St Peter's as well, we're sure you'll appreciate this tour.

    Please contact us at info@eyesofrome.com if you have further questions or would like to book the tour.

     

    Eyes of Rome team

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    Tour Design Team

    Lucas, hello again

    Eyes of Rome can most certainly handle the purchasing of the tickets for the Cupola as well as for St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum (even if you're just visiting the Sistine Chapel, you will still need a ticket). We look forward to your email with more information about you and/or your group that is interested in the tour.

    Kindest regards,

     

    Eyes of Rome team

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    Vanessa Navarro

    Hi, can we visit the whole Vatican museums in a wheelchair? Even the Vatican gardens?

    Thank you

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    Customer Support Team

    Hi Vanessa, even though you can visit most of the museums in a wheelchair, unfortunately they are not allowed in the gardens due to the nature of the pathways. We suggest that you read this article where we explain how to navigate the Vatican with limited mobility. 

    I hope this helps and it won’t stop you from visiting the fantastic museums!

    Have a good day,

     

    Eyes of Rome Support Team

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    Andy K.

    Hi guys, I was really intrigued by the secret passage to the Sistine Chapel of your Vatican special tour. Can you tell me more about it? Where does it start and how long is it? And why is there a secret passage at the Vatican?

    Thank you

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    Customer Support Team

    Hi Andy

    Thank you for contacting Eyes of Rome.

    First of all, the so called “secret” passage is not really a secret. It is a pathway closed to the general public but opened to us thanks to our partnership with the Vatican.

    The tour runs very smoothly due to the advantage of using this passage. After a couple of hours in the beautiful gardens your guide will take you to the passage that leads you first to the Aldobrandini room and after to the neighbouring Sistine Chapel. Reaching the famous Sistine Chapel will take you approximately 5 minutes, walking through a path that through the Vatican that not everyone sees, and away from the crowds! On this tour, you can spend more time in the gardens and in the Sistine Chapel. 

    We hope this has answered your questions. Contact us again for any further questions, we hope to hear from you soon!

    Ciao,

    Eyes of Rome Help Center Team

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The following tours are offered with our All Sales Final Policy only:

Vatican Special:

Vatican First-Class: Secluded Gardens & Sistine Chapel
Exclusive Vatican Museums After Hours VIP Experience
Vatican Art & Breakfast
Must Do:

Borghese Gallery
Colosseum Special

Colosseum Special: Undergrounds & Arena
Eyes of Rome Premiere:

Villa Medici
Just Outside Rome:

Gandolfo Golf Cart Tour
Etruscan Highlights Of Tarquinia With Private Driver Service
Experiences:

Create Your Own Tour
Discovering Florence:

Best of Florence Tour
Our All Sales Final Policy also applies to the following Tour Extensions:

Gelato Class
Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day
Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary
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Info about your Secluded Vatican Gardens Eyes of Rome Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 3 hours. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: 8:30AM at your accommodation. 
  • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price. We will provide your fast line tickets access to the sites, however if you do hold already a reservation please be in touch with us before finalizing your booking and we will adjust your final cost.
  • Photos: Photos and Video are permitted with the exception of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. However reduced tickets are required for children aged between 6 and 17. Kids between 0 and 5 do not require a ticket.
  • Dress Code: Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  • Personal ID: You do NOT need a passport to enter the Vatican.
  • Personal Items: Large bags and large umbrellas are NOT allowed in the museum, retrieving checked items could effect your ability to cover the entire suggested itinerary.