Vatican Museums and Hidden Gems Tour

Unlock the doors of rooms closed to the general public: the Cabinet of the Masks and the Animal Stone Zoo

Focus

  • Art
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Visit some hidden gems of the museums and explore rooms closed to the general public at all times

Kids will love the "stone zoo" where amazing statues of exotic animals are displayed

If you are not a morning person you can take advantage of the mid-morning or afternoon schedule

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

3.5 hours

START TIME

09:30 - 14:00

TRANSFER

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Transfer to the tour site included

NOT AVAILABLE

Wednesday, Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Blue badge certified private tour guide
  • Skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Fast Entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • One Way Transfer from your hotel/accommodation to the tour site
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop Off back to your hotel/accommodation after the tour
  • Extras

Sites you’ll visit

  • Vatican Museums
  • Hidden Gems - Cabinet of Masks & Animal Stone Zoo
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Famous throughout the world, the multiple galleries and rooms can take days to visit although only just over a third of the art that Popes throughout the centuries have collected is on show to the public. The museums house an immense collection that includes some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world along with some of the most precious Ancient Rome and Egyptian statues.
  • A hidden place that isn't accessible to everyone within the Vatican Museums. Enter with your guide and be immediately impressed by the peacefulness of the hidden treasures, from marble statues depicting Venus, to amazing mosaics from the II century AD, originally discovered in the famous archeological area named “Hadrian’s Villa”
  • Definitely the most known work of art of all time, the frescoes by Michelangelo are considered the finest work of art ever created by Man. The iconic narration of the vault dedicaded to the Holy Creation and the Bible is a pendant of the huge wall scene (60 feet tall) just behind the altar: the “Last Judgment” with its 391 figures. The side walls welcomed Michelangelo’s creation with pre-existing stories of the Life of Jesus and Moses by Botticelli and the Renaissance masters. Despite the religious dedication, the meaning of the Sistine Chapel trascends the time and space of the Church and reveals its universal meaning for mankind.
  • The largest Basilica in the world is also home to worldwide masterpieces like the famous Pietà by Michelangelo! it even houses an underground crypt for Popes, of which can be visited. The Basilica has a big influence from Michelangelo and you can see his art work throughout. The Basilica was originally built above the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles, where the Pope visits every Christmas or Easter Time.

Tour description

Treat yourself with a customized private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica.

Not only will you get a fascinating tour, you'll also enjoy an interactive service with a passionate tour guide who will animate the history of the magnificent artwork and cater your tour experience to your personal interests. Your personal storyteller will uncover the legends and mysteries behind the works and enlighten you on the genius of the Renaissance masters in their world-renowned masterpieces.


Meet your guide at your hotel where you will be picked-up and travel together to the Vatican Museums. Skip the line for fast-track entry to the world famous Vatican museum complex, made up of galleries with an impressive amount of artwork and masterpieces from antiquity to present day.


Leave the crowd behind and with your guide pass the gatekeeper to privately enter the Room of the Animals. Marvel at the stunning statues of the Vatican's "Stone Zoo". Stroll through the ever-closed Gallery of Statues to explore a fantastic collection of sculptures and ceiling partly painted by Pinturicchio. Enter the real hidden gem of the Vatican - the Cabinet of the Masks - a little room with a fantastic view of the city containing precious sculptures and mosaics. 


During your visit you will have a chance to see one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings. Your expert tour guide will focus your attention on the most important masterpieces and on making this experience easy and unforgettable. Enjoy the impressive Belvedere Courtyard and then stroll through the most interesting rooms and galleries of the museum complex. Marvel at the famous Laocoon and the Belvedere Torso in the sculpture museum, deeply revered by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists. Explore the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Be stunned by Michelangelo’s masterpieces inside the Sistine Chapel.


Enter beautiful St. Peter’s Church, where the famous Baldachin by Bernini is located, and end your tour in charming St. Peter’s Square, home to the famous Egyptian obelisk that was witness to the martyrdom of St. Peter and central to Bernini’s design. The view will fill you with wonder and awe and bring to completion the life-changing experience of visiting the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.

Useful information

  • Not available on Sunday.
    Not suggested on Wednesday morning due to the Papal Audience. Even with your ‘Skip the Line’ ticket you are NOT exempt from the line (queue) for the Security Check. As you enter in the Museums all visitors and their bags have to be screened under metal detectors and to be checked by the Vatican guards.
    It is not possible to bring large bags or backpacks, as well as bulky bags, big umbrellas and selfie-sticks. All weapons, hazardous or flammable objects are strictly forbidden.
  • Food and beverages are permitted but must be checked.
    Appropriate clothing is recommended, especially in high season when visiting some important holy sites, such as Basilicas and Churches. Shoulders and knees have to be covered (Sistine Chapel included).

Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome operates on a Full Refund Policy of the amount paid during the booking for cancellations made with 30-days minimum notice
  • For cancellations/amendments requested from 30 to 3 days from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge or hold from the downpayment % of your booking
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 72 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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