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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Based on 196 Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Beautiful museum with an even better tour guide

The museum is beautifully maintained and has limited visitor access making this one of the best places in Rome to visit. The artwork by Bernini is on full display and our tour guide, Frederico, eloquently explained the statues and surrounding paintings. Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
This trip without a guide worked great for me

Had enough time to shop eat and explore at my own pace.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Good trip

Need to get the days schedule ahead of time. If you want to see David you must plan that on your own in the afternoon. We had to skip lunch because of a schedule conflict. The time at the leather store from 13:00-14:00 was nice.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Excellent experience

Sylvia our guide was knowledgeable fun and interactive.Fully briefed about our needs time for questions Able to have a break and look around the souvenir shop briefly.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Strongly recommended

I wish I would be able can give 10 points for this tour, Nicely arranged and ground staff and our tour guide were great. Thank you guys


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Amazing. Don’t miss this

Celia was a very knowledgeable guide.


Vatican Private Tours

Your prayers have been answered! Private Vatican Tours give an exclusive insight into one of the most exclusive places in the world: Vatican City, the seat of the Catholic Church! Within The Vatican, some of the greatest artistic, religious, cultural and historic treasures in the world exist. From sculptures, tapestries and maps to the “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo and “Rooms” by Raphael! The contents are as priceless as the buildings which house them. Soak it all in with a private guide!

Only with a guide are you allowed direct access between the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Some of the most important parts of the Vatican Museum are not even included on group tour itineraries, such as the Pinacoteca Vaticana art gallery. On VIP private Vatican tours, however, you will be able to see them! Nothing beats exploring the Vatican with an expert guide by your side who can share all the highlights with you. 

With so much to take in, you’ll also want your Vatican private tour guide’s undivided attention. “A picture can say a thousand words” and it can evoke a thousand questions too! Reserving your Skip the line access to the Vatican may sound ordinary, but considering it can take up to four hours to queue, fast-track is a big bonus! Save your energy for exploring the art, rather than exhausting yourself in the queue. 

To appreciate stunning artwork with meaning, Private Vatican Tours deliver!

Vatican Private Tour: Visitor Highlights

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Best Way To See The Vatican

Prepare Your Visit To The Vatican

Quick Facts



Known For

Art, History & Religion

Activity Type

Museum Visit

Yearly Visitors

5 Million

High Season

June - August

Currency Required

European Euro

Time Zone

GMT +2:00

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Vatican Private Tour: Visitor Highlights

  • Gain insider insights into one of the worlds most powerful institutions, and the seat of the Catholic Church, thanks to your Vatican VIP tour guide. 
  • Marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica, designed by Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Donato Bramante, and Carlo Maderno, asking as many questions as you like to your private tour guide!
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and see the ceiling painted by Michaelangelo which includes “The Creation of Adam” yes at your own pace!
  • Explore the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries without needing to parade around in a group.
  • See Renaissance masterpieces by Michaelangelo, Botticelli, Pinturicchio, Perugino, Ghirlandaio, and Raphael, as well as some ancient statues that are part of the Vatican collection. The fewer the numbers the more you have time to see!
  • Have your personal tour guide snap a photo of you next to the Egyptians Obelisk in the center of St. Peter’s Square.
  • Behold the Pietà, and learn about Michelangelo’s famous sculpture with one-to-one attention!

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  • The interior of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica & from St Peter’s Square
  • Michaelangelo’s painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel
  • The 2D ceiling in the Gallery of Tapestries which looks 3D

Best Way To See The Vatican

  • Combine your visits - When you buy your Vatican City tour tickets in combination with tours for sites in Rome, you often get a discounted price. Here are some must-sees to combine with your private Vatican tour: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Castel Sant’Angelo and the National Roman Museum!
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays are the best days to book your private Vatican tour. The crowds are generally less on these days.
  • Everyone tries to ‘beat the crowds’ by going in the morning which often means the afternoon is relatively less crowded!
  • The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays apart from the last Sunday of the month (when entrance is free).

Prepare Your Visit To The Vatican

  • There is a strict dress code to enter The Vatican: your knees, shoulders (and everything between) should be covered!
  • Needless to say, dress according to the season. It can get hot and cold inside as well as outside!
  • Only bring the essentials - Bags larger than 40 x 35 x 15 will need to be stored in the cloakroom. You can store your bags free of charge. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes - With more than 7km of galleries, forget fashion and start thinking practical!
  • Don’t forget your camera - You’ll have lots of memories you’ll want to preserve!
  • Bring money - A souvenir is a great way to remember your visit. Rosaries, crucifixes, books, stamps, and coins (the Vatican has its own mint) are some great available options for souvenirs!


How large is Vatican City?

Vatican City is the world's smallest nation, both in terms of area (4.7 million square feet) and population (799).

Does Vatican City have an army?

While Vatican City does not have an independent army as such, it has a Pontifical Swiss Guard (made up entirely of Vatican citizens). The responsibility for defending Vatican City from foreign powers lies with the Italian Armed Forces.

Can I book a Rome Sistine Chapel private tour?

Yes, you can. A private tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel are not separate, however. There are many aspects to a private guided tour Vatican has to offer including Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums!

How much does a Vatican private guide cost?

Prices for private Vatican tours Rome vary (anywhere from €70 to €500) but to guarantee the best possible prices, you should book in advance and online! Note: The Vatican after hours tour may be more expensive.

Which are the best Vatican museum guided tours?

Every Vatican City guided tour is excellent: it’s hard to have a bad experience of somewhere so great! You can book a small group Vatican tour or a private tour for yourself. “Vatican tours small groups” is essentially a Vatican semi private tour. The best tours, however, are Vatican city private tours. The smaller the group size the better! You will learn more than on any other tour and the tour will be more closely tailored to your needs. There’s no waiting around for strangers to take a toilet break! If you want the best, book a tour of the Vatican with a private guide to the Vatican museums and city.

Can I choose the time for my private tour of the Vatican?

If you’re an early bird, you can reserve an early access Vatican tour when you buy an early morning Vatican tour. If you don’t want such an early Vatican tour, you can book an afternoon tour or private Vatican tours after hours. On a Vatican after-hours tour, you’ll have a fraction of the crowds! Private tours of the Vatican in Rome come in many shapes and sizes: they’re perfect for a Vatican family tour too! So yes, you can choose your time when you book Private Vatican tours!

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