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Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica provided by City Wonders

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Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
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About
The Vatican Museums are among the largest in the world and there’s so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This private skip-the-line tour means you can explore at your own pace, but still have a guide on hand to point out all the highlights and ensure you don’t miss anything. A visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel is also included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Italian
Highlights
  • Customize your private Vatican Museums tour and spend more time where you want
  • Special entry to the Vatican Museums: Skip the long entrance lines—even the priority ones
  • Guided tour visits the Gallery of the Maps, Raphael’s Rooms, and more
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour departure
What to expect
  • Make your own way to Vatican City in central Rome to meet your private guide. Using your prepaid skip-the-line tickets, head straight inside through a special entrance and skip the long lines—even the priority ones. With your guide on hand to point out all the highlights, set out on a tour of the vast Vatican Museums. Explore the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Visit the Pinecone Courtyard and the renowned Raphael’s Rooms, and marvel at works by artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and da Vinci. As this is a private tour, be sure to tell your guide of any preferences you have or if you would like to spend longer in some rooms along the way. You will also get the chance to admire the Sistine Chapel, renowned for Michelangelo’s magnificent frescos including, The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam. After exploring the museums, stroll through St. Peter’s Square to visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the world’s most famous churches. Inside, take the time to admire highlights such as Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze altar. Your tour ends back in St. Peter’s Square.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Italian
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Customize your private Vatican Museums tour and spend more time where you want
  • Special entry to the Vatican Museums: Skip the long entrance lines—even the priority ones
  • Guided tour visits the Gallery of the Maps, Raphael’s Rooms, and more
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour departure
What to expect
  • Make your own way to Vatican City in central Rome to meet your private guide. Using your prepaid skip-the-line tickets, head straight inside through a special entrance and skip the long lines—even the priority ones. With your guide on hand to point out all the highlights, set out on a tour of the vast Vatican Museums. Explore the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Visit the Pinecone Courtyard and the renowned Raphael’s Rooms, and marvel at works by artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and da Vinci. As this is a private tour, be sure to tell your guide of any preferences you have or if you would like to spend longer in some rooms along the way. You will also get the chance to admire the Sistine Chapel, renowned for Michelangelo’s magnificent frescos including, The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam. After exploring the museums, stroll through St. Peter’s Square to visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the world’s most famous churches. Inside, take the time to admire highlights such as Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze altar. Your tour ends back in St. Peter’s Square.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3731VATICAN_P
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Reserved Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • English-speaking expert guide exclusively for your group
  • Carefully curated private tour just for your group
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - La Pieta
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica is not included until further notice due to current restrictions.
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).
  • Sistine Chapel, 00120, Vatican City The tour ends outside Sistine Chapel.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Tours departing Wednesday: Unable to include St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square. This is due to the Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica could be closed. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, the full 3-hour tour is spent inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Only small bags are allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice due to current restrictions - Therefore, tour will lasts 2.5 hrs instead
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Reserved Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • English-speaking expert guide exclusively for your group
  • Carefully curated private tour just for your group
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - La Pieta
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica is not included until further notice due to current restrictions.
Departure details
  • Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).
  • Sistine Chapel, 00120, Vatican City The tour ends outside Sistine Chapel.
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Sistine Chapel, 00120, Vatican City The tour ends outside Sistine Chapel.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Tours departing Wednesday: Unable to include St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square. This is due to the Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica could be closed. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, the full 3-hour tour is spent inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Only small bags are allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice due to current restrictions - Therefore, tour will lasts 2.5 hrs instead
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jul 28, 2021
A note from Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
You must present either proof of full vaccination (with an EMA-approved vaccine), proof of a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Via Tunisi, 4
    Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).
    See address & details
  • 1
    Vatican City
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    La Pieta
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Sistine Chapel
    00120, Vatican City
    The tour ends outside Sistine Chapel.
    See address & details
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KathleenRMCC
Rossville, TN5 contributions
Excellent Experience
Sep 2021
It was completely worth the slightly higher price to be on a private tour. We were able to move much more at our own pace and our guide, Oscar Minutillo, quickly determined our particularly interests. He was knowledgeable, funny and packed a lot into the time we had - somehow without making us feel rushed. Due to Covid, St. Peter's Basilica was not included in the tour. Our booking price was reduced and refunded. Oscar also told us that the lines for the public admission were not too long for the basilica and gave us some highlights to look for if we decided to go on our own, which we did. Excellent experience!
Written October 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Birgit R
Montclair, NJ9 contributions
Excellent experience - tour & guide
Sep 2021 • Couples
My husband and I did the tour of the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel four days ago. Our tour guide Mickey was excellent. He conveyed all facts and information in a super interesting way, which kept our attention throughout the entire tour. He was engaging, had a good sense of humor, maintained a very pleasant speed throughout and spoke excellent English. We highly recommend the tour itself and Mickey as the guide.
Written September 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Adam C
1 contribution
Overpiced and false advertisement
Sep 2021 • Couples
Don’t book with City Wonders. There are plenty of other tour options when you get there that are less pricey than city wonders. My wife and I showed up to their supposed meet up spot and they did not display their city wonders sign therefore I could not find them, which ultimately led to them leaving without us.

When I called to reschedule or get a refund, they said since it was past the time of the reservation, there was nothing they can do.

Be advised they have false advertisement on their website saying they will help with rescheduling and refunds, however this was not the case.
Written September 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear adamcS4555AM, Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We’re sorry to hear that you could not join our tour today. Our guides are always at the meeting point 15 min before the starting time holding a City Wonders flag or sign. Our Customer Care agents are available on the phone to help and guide clients to their meeting point when clients contacted them before the starting time of the tour. Tour Terms and Conditions are specified on the voucher. Kind regards, Simona City Wonders
Written September 15, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HJDMunoz
Katy, TX34 contributions
Not the tour we signed up for
This tour only includes the museums and not an actual tour of the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter’s Basilica, just tickets to go to see those on your own, so what we paid for and what we got was misleading. When we arrived through conversation the guide mentioned we could see them on our own. When I asked about them being included and showed my voucher stating all three were included the guide basically said in NOT a very nice way, like she was annoyed “That was two years ago, we don’t even do those tours anymore. I’m just a guide, you’re on your own, you have to deal with the tour company yourself...” I got the impression this had happened before. I messaged the tour company on the spot and didn’t get a response until two days later long after the tour was over basically saying it did not include St. Peter’s Basilica. So, not the most professional way to handle and not what we paid for. Buyer beware.
Written August 9, 2021
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Dear HJDMunoz, Thank you for posting a review on Trip Advisor. We're sorry that we are no longer including Saint Peter's Basilica. However we would like to clarify that this is clearly stated in the description of the tour before you book it. This tour used to last 3 hours pre-Covid, however now the new duration is 2 hours and 30 minutes as we are unable to access the Basilica using the passage between the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica. The reason is that the Vatican Museums have closed this access since the start of Covid. Please note that the price has also been adjusted and the tour is cheaper due to the Basilica not being included. Regarding the Sistine Chapel, I would like to clarify that this is included and the guide did take you there; however the venue does not allow the guides to speak inside the Sistine Chapel, therefore they have to provide all the comments outside the Chapel and then let the clients go in on their own and stay there for as long as allowed. Finally, we reply to all emails but it may take us up to 48 hours hours to get back to emails depending on the volume. Therefore for any urgent queries, we recommend that clients contact us over the phone so that we can assist immediately. We wish you safe travels. Kindest Regards Chadia City Wonders.
Written August 9, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

John S
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
They can be late but not you - poor customer service
Jul 2021
We booked back to back tours of St Peters (including doom climb) then a private tour of the Vatican museum and Sisten chapel. First tour ran late and despite leaving it early and running to the second location we were 5minutes late. We arrived at 1035 and we were supposed to be there at 1030. When we arrived the unhelpful guide in the location said our tour had left. Despite knowing the group would not have even cleared security he would not contact his colleague or try and help us join. So disappointing as we had already done multiple tours with them and on every occasion we waited in access of 15 min for late arrivals. We also tried to call as we were running to the venue only to get a recorded voice mail. Of course City Wonders was unwilling to offer a refund or credit, which I believe is questionable given it is my understanding they only pay the Vatican for the number of people that actually enter. Anyway I rate a company’s customer service on how they handle these type of issues. 0 stars to City Wonders on this occasion.
Written August 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear R6505UYjohns, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on Trip Advisor. We are sorry to hear that you missed your second tour to the Vatican Museums. Unfortunately, the first tour you booked ( St Peter's Dome Climbing with Basilica) started at 08:10 AM and was finishing at 10:25 AM. And your next tour on the same day, which you missed ( Vatican Semi Private tour) was scheduled to depart at 10:30 AM, with check in 15 minutes prior to the departure. To walk between the 2 locations, there is a 12 to 16 minute walk from the Basilica to the Vatican Museums. We are sorry that you did not contact us prior to booking the tours, as we would have recommended you to book the Vatican Semi private tour for a later departure time as you would not have made it to your next tour unfortunately. All our confirmations clearly state that clients must check in at least 15 minutes prior to start of the tour. Also, we include the duration of each tour and the expected end time. Also, depending on the tour, we may be able to wait a few extra minutes, unfortunately with the Vatican Museums tours, the tickets we get have a specific entrance time on them and the venue is very strict so if we miss the entrance time, we cannot get in and the entire group is penalized; which is not something we can risk with the clients who made it on time. As a result, for this tour, the guide could not wait for late arrivals. I would like to clarify as well, that the Vatican tour you booked was not Private but Semi Private, which means that there were other clients in your group. Please kindly note that as a courtesy, we always try to call clients who are not at the meeting point before the official departure time, our records show that one of our agents tried to contact you too but there was no answer. Finally, I would like to clarify that the Vatican tickets bear a specific entrance time that has to be respected. Once that time has passed, the ticket is invalid and cannot be used. It is also non refundable and therefore lost. As result, the tickets that were reserved for your party were pre-purchased and non refundable. We are sorry that despite all our efforts we failed to satisfy you. Thank you for your understanding. Kindest Regards Chadia City Wonders.
Written August 8, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Erin
9 contributions
Awesome tour
Sal was an incredible tour guide! He certainly has a gift for teaching and our family thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend
Written June 16, 2021
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Tom B
Newquay, UK2 contributions
Vatican tour
Really glad I booked this tour - Oscar our guide was excellent, knowledgable and his recommendations for food were so helpful! Definitely recommend, the Basilica was particularly stunning! Thank you Oscar :)
Written February 29, 2020
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Sal D
4 contributions
Tour with Christina
Hard to figure out which one of these is the tour i did. Didnt book through trip advisor. But Christina from Georgia was a delight. Very knowledgeable and made it very clear what we would be doing next. Taking all the guess work out. Very funny too. Not a dry tour at all. Fun and lively. The hours went by so fast!
Written January 19, 2020
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GoPlaces699035
Austin, TX3 contributions
Vatican tour
Dec 2019 • Family
Our guide Eva (originally from Sweden) was absolutely amazing. She was able to navigate us through the crowds with ease, and her knowledge as an art history major really brought the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica to life. She gave us all kids of details that we never would have gotten on our own. Our whole family, including 4 boys (ages 12, 13, 14 and 24) all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Eva was also very generous with her time and we never felt rushed. Definitely the highlight of our whole trip to Rome!
Written December 31, 2019
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Susan
Shanghai, China5 contributions
excellent tour in Rome
Dec 2019
We had a great time in the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica with our tour guide Maria who's very knowledgeable and personable. The sculptures, tapestries, fresco and architectures are magnificent and Maria's introduction of the rich history associated with the arts is informative and insightful. Wonderful tour!
Written December 20, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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