VIP semi-private Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour

22 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 2.5 hr

We are able to offer high quality at a low price by running our tour in the afternoon or evening when there is no need to wait in line to enter the museum. You thus avoid paying the surcharge for the skip-the-line ticket which is usually only necessary in the morning. The evening is the best time to visit the museum as visitors avoid the bustle, large tour groups and crowds that are typically found earlier in the day. We promise you will enter the museum without waiting in line, in a very small group and enjoy an exceptionally high quality tour.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Vatican Museums

After being met at the Museum entrance, you will be immersed into a thrilling adventure of history, masterpieces, and secrets that for millennia have been secured within the fortified walls of Vatican City. Learn about the archaic pagan rituals practiced on the Vatican Hill, and how later on the same site in Roman times, the Apostle Peter was crucified by order of the Emperor Nero. Your expert British-born guide will navigate you to all the must-see highlights of an immense art collection amassed by the papacy throughout the centuries including Greek and Roman antiquities, Renaissance tapestries, and the spectacular Gallery of the Maps. You may be shocked to discover how two magnificent apartments deep inside the ancient and labyrinthine papal palace bore witness to the worst pope and darkest moments of the Catholic church, but you will also be astounded by the luminous beauty of Raphael’s legendary paintings which decorate some of those very walls.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

The tour will culminate at the Sistine Chapel where you can take as much time as you wish to contemplate the Renaissance masterpieces painted by Michelangelo - his Ceiling and The Last Judgement. Absolute silence is required inside this place of worship, so your guide will have already explained what these paintings mean and why they are so celebrated. You will have also learnt about the papal conclave and the fabled moment when white smoke is released from a chimney on the Sistine Chapel roof, the sign that the cardinals have elected the new pope. After your time in the Sistine Chapel, you can make your way towards the exit of the museum at your own leisure. You may want to browse the souvenir stores, see other parts of the museum, or simply watch the sunset over the Vatican gardens. The museum is so large that it can often be overwhelming, but our carefully designed experience will give you real insight into Vatican City in a pleasurable and relaxed way.

Duration: 30 minutes
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