Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tickets with skip-the-line private tour
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tickets with skip-the-line private tour

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Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Availability: Everyday except Sundays
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
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  • A private, guided tour to see the best the Vatican has to offer
  • Save valuable time with the special skip-the-line ticket included
  • Decide with your guide which areas you want to spend more time in
  • Organize the tour according to your needs
What to expect

With this Skip-the-line private Vatican tour, you will have the time and flexibility to experience areas of the Vatican Museums, such as how long you want to spend inside the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter’s Basilica - all in a way and at a pace that suits you. Having your own personal guide means you will set the agenda for your tour. This Vatican Tour promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Sites visited include the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square.

Vatican Museum

Your private tour starts with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museum. You will be able to pass the general access lines where people often wait for several hours. You will have the chance to explore places such as the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra and the incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring these halls and works of art to life by telling you stories about the artists behind the masterpieces and pointing out important details you could miss on your own.

Sistine Chapel

Experience the Sistine Chapel like no one else. You will be able to have an enriching experience with your personal guide. They will point out all the details and give richness to the experience by sharing with you history you may not know. For example, Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait he painted was to express that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again. As incredible as his work is, it was a backbreaking feat of willpower – a fact you will understand after learning what it takes to create a fresco.

St. Peter’s Basilica

With skip-the-line access, you will also go to St. Peter’s Basilica through a VIP entrance. Here you will see the incredible altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture, La Pietà, before heading outside for a tour of St. Peter’s Square. Your guided tour finishes here, but you have the option to see and explore more! You can admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion, spot the balcony where the Pope delivers his public addresses and take scenic photographs.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
    • Access to the Sistine Chapel
    • Reserved Access into the Vatican Museums
    • Intimate private experience
    • Expert tour guide
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    Reduced price
    • Children (0-5 years): free (strollers or baby carriages are not allowed on this tour)
    Where

    Viale Vaticano, 98, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting point:

    At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani.

    It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. City Wonders strongly recommends you consult a map before leaving for the meeting point. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated. For help with meeting points or other urgent issues, please phone (0039) 06 8336 0561.

    What to remember
    • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice due to current restrictions
    • Mandatory temperature checks are in place at the Vatican
    • Please note that you must wear a mask throughout the Vatican Museums. Please bring your own mask
    • A safety distance of 1-1.5m is to be maintained at all times
    • There's a maximum of 10 participants per group
    • This service ends outside Sistine Chapel
    • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended. Entrance into the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
    • Please note that large bags/tripods/umbrellas/backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance. Only very small bags are allowed
    • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited
    • Unfortunately, this tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance
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    When
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    • Note: This tour has multiple departure times. The guest must select only one departure time on the calendar when booking, and times are not interchangeable
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    Provider
    City Wonders
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the experience begins.
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