Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Private Tour

4 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Skip the line
  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 4 hr

We know better than anyone how long the lines get at the world famous tourist attractions in Rome which is why we have put together this ‘skip the lines’ private Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. When you visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with us, you will have your very own local art historian and expert Vatican guide to ensure you don’t miss a thing. You will love this tour if you: * want a deeper insight into the Vatican City. This in-depth private tour of the Vatican gives you a glimpse into the world’s most fascinating array of historical treasures. * want to see first-hand the marvels of the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms * do not want to waste your valuable time waiting in the infamous Vatican lines * want to enjoy a level of intimacy and interaction with your guide which is not possible in group tours * want to be in complete charge of your tour * dont want to spend hours researching what to do, where to go and what to see.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Rome Group Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums

Some tour companies in Rome offer cheap, (huge) group tours with low-quality guides who pack too much information into a short space of time, leaving travelers feeling rushed and stressed. At Real Rome Tours, we do things differently. We believe that private tours should be intimate, relaxing and informative, without breaking the bank. Your guide will talk you through the masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art as well as the important sculptures of ancient Rome. Helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues and artefacts in these expansive rooms, your tour guide will explain each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history. Not only are they beautiful to look at, each masterpiece has its own story to tell – your private Vatican tour guide will tell you the story behind the paintings, the meanings behind them and why they are so renowned across the globe.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello

Next on your Vatican city private tour are The Raphael Rooms. These four rooms were part of the Papal palace, painted by Michelangelo’s contemporary and greatest rival, Raphael Sanzio. Art lovers cannot afford to miss this short detour from the museums to stand in front of entire walls frescoed by the hands of this Renaissance genius! You can almost feel the rivalry and competition seeping from the walls themselves. The School of Athens is a masterpiece not to be missed!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

Commonly called the ‘sixteenth chapel’ by foreigners, the Sistine Chapel is a vision of beauty and history. One of the many highlights of your Vatican small group tour will be its gorgeous architecture and mind-blowing decorations. Your expert tour guide will tell you all about the paintings of Michelangelo (yes, he spent 8 years of his life painting here!) and his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, including the difficulties encountered between the patron, Pope Julius II and Michelangelo. It is this attention to detail that makes Real Rome Tours stand out from the pack.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica

The Basilica features several chapels and contains numerous statues and mosaic works of importance. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit. There is something mesmerising about the intricate nature of the ancient buildings in Rome and none so much as St Peter’s Basilica, the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the Basilica took more than 120 years to complete and is one of the most important sites in Christianity. During your St Peter’s Basilica private tour our local, expert tour guide will explain to you the fascinating history of its conception, location on the Vatican Hill, design, architecture and symbolism.

Duration: 1 hour
This site uses cookies to improve your experience. By continuing to browse you agree to the use of cookies. Learn more in our Privacy Policy.