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Skip-the-Line Private Tour of Vatican Museums + Sistine Chapel with a PhD Guide provided by Joy of Rome Tours

Skip-the-Line Private Tour of Vatican Museums + Sistine Chapel with a PhD Guide

Skip-the-Line Private Tour of Vatican Museums + Sistine Chapel with a PhD Guide
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Tour snapshot
Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
If you’re serious about the history of art and architecture, you want a tour that goes beyond the surface of the Vatican Museums, one of the world’s greatest art collections. Benefit from the insights, wisdom, and experience of an academic expert with a doctorate in archaeology or art history—and gain skip-the-line access, too.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English, Italian
Highlights
  • See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, and more
  • Learn about art and architecture from an art historian or archaeologist
  • Visit the famous Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
What to expect
Greet your guide and group outside the Vatican Museums and hand over your entrance fees: the tour cost only covers guiding. Clear security and don your headset. View the ancient Roman collection, with its masterly sculptures, the Gallery of the Tapestries, which includes work designed by Raphael’s studio, and the Gallery of Geographical Maps. Enter the Sistine Chapel to admire the world-famous frescoes painted by the master Michelangelo—and learn about the frescoes Botticelli and other Renaissance painters crafted before Michelangelo started work. If St. Peter’s Basilica is open, enjoy time in the Basilica along the way. Your tour ends either there or on Viale Vaticano.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Italian
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, and more
  • Learn about art and architecture from an art historian or archaeologist
  • Visit the famous Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
What to expect
Greet your guide and group outside the Vatican Museums and hand over your entrance fees: the tour cost only covers guiding. Clear security and don your headset. View the ancient Roman collection, with its masterly sculptures, the Gallery of the Tapestries, which includes work designed by Raphael’s studio, and the Gallery of Geographical Maps. Enter the Sistine Chapel to admire the world-famous frescoes painted by the master Michelangelo—and learn about the frescoes Botticelli and other Renaissance painters crafted before Michelangelo started work. If St. Peter’s Basilica is open, enjoy time in the Basilica along the way. Your tour ends either there or on Viale Vaticano.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21986P12
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets cost (if needed)
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Entrance tickets are not included: 23€ per adult,15€ per kid. Tickets have to be prepaid to JoyRome.
  • the cost of tickets must always be paid by clients, regardless of any possible clients delay or no show.
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Caffè Vaticano, viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Departure Point: The meeting point with your guide is on Via Vaticano n.100, in front of the Caffè Vaticano (opposite the Vatican Museums entrance gate). You MUST be there at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time. If you miss the tour due to your late arrival, we will not be able to refund your money or reschedule you for another tour. Address: Viale Vaticano n.100, Rome Directions: You can easily get there by taxi (please be sure the driver will drop you at the right spot, in front of the entrance of the Vatican Museums, and not nearby St.Peter's square, that is at least 15 minutes walking from the right meeting point). You can also reach the meeting point by Metro (use the Red-Line to reach the stop "Ottaviano" and walk 5-10 minutes to the meeting point)
  • Piazza San Pietro | Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Additional information
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets cost (if needed)
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Entrance tickets are not included: 23€ per adult,15€ per kid. Tickets have to be prepaid to JoyRome.
  • the cost of tickets must always be paid by clients, regardless of any possible clients delay or no show.
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Departure details
  • Caffè Vaticano, viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Departure Point: The meeting point with your guide is on Via Vaticano n.100, in front of the Caffè Vaticano (opposite the Vatican Museums entrance gate). You MUST be there at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time. If you miss the tour due to your late arrival, we will not be able to refund your money or reschedule you for another tour. Address: Viale Vaticano n.100, Rome Directions: You can easily get there by taxi (please be sure the driver will drop you at the right spot, in front of the entrance of the Vatican Museums, and not nearby St.Peter's square, that is at least 15 minutes walking from the right meeting point). You can also reach the meeting point by Metro (use the Red-Line to reach the stop "Ottaviano" and walk 5-10 minutes to the meeting point)
  • Piazza San Pietro | Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Piazza San Pietro | Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Additional information
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jan 7, 2022
A note from Skip-the-Line Private Tour of Vatican Museums + Sistine Chapel with a PhD Guide
For people from 12yrs old Valid Covid-19 vaccination card or covid-19 full recovery certification (not older than 6 months) are mandatory.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Caffè Vaticano
    viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Point: The meeting point with your guide is on Via Vaticano n.100, in front of the Caffè Vaticano (opposite the Vatican Museums entrance gate). You MUST be there at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time. If you miss the tour due to your late arrival, we will not be able to refund your money or reschedule you for another tour. Address: Viale Vaticano n.100, Rome Directions: You can easily get there by taxi (please be sure the driver will drop you at the right spot, in front of the entrance of the Vatican Museums, and not nearby St.Peter's square, that is at least 15 minutes walking from the right meeting point). You can also reach the meeting point by Metro (use the Red-Line to reach the stop "Ottaviano" and walk 5-10 minutes to the meeting point)
    See address & details
  • 1
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Piazza San Pietro | Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    See address & details
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Simoniinha
Lyon, France53 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
I am very happy we booked this tour. Francesca was lovely and she kept my 6 year old entertained and taught him a lot during our time in the Vatican. It's definitely not an easy task to make little children that engaged in a museum and she accomplished it in a very natural way. We have all learnt a lot and i would recommend it to anyone with kids.
Written July 3, 2021
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B Maddox
Louisville, KY6 contributions
May 2019
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Joy of Rome tours. They provided 3 of our tours while in Europe and they were the best tours of our 3 week journey. I cannot recommend this company enough! The private tours are definitely worth the price if you want a great experience. I would recommend them to any one and will use them again on our next trip!
Written March 19, 2020
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pkashinsky
Laguna Hills, CA165 contributions
Sep 2019
We are currently traveling with our two young girls, 3 years and 16 months. We were concerned about trying to visit the Vatican with little ones in tow. Joy of Rome and our guide Alessandra eliminated all of those worries. We met Alex just outside the Vatican entrance and she quickly navigated our family through the ins and outs of the ticketing process. She made it so easy for us by then finding us an elevator access to make taking our stroller easier. While exploring the grounds and galleries, Alex worked to keep our 3 year old engaged. By the end of the tour, the two were holdings hands. Alex even helped us with carrying her when we were busy with the stroller on stairs. I really can't say how thankful we are to have had her with us. For others thinking about bringing a stroller, I would suggest trying to do without it. A small umbrella stroller would be fine, but we had a big double for the two kids. By the way, this was a private tour with just us and the guide. I would highly suggest going this route as its much more personal and individualized. Thanks Alex!!!
Written September 22, 2019
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LoveTravel451918
3 contributions
We took 3 tours with Rome of Joy.
Arianna showed us the Colosseum. We fell in love with her from the first word. Great knowledge, communication skills, personal attention to each and every question that any of us had.
We took a walking tour of Rome with Nicole. We were afraid that “Arianna “ ( she was our first guide) was not going to happen again, but as soon as we met Nicole we realized that every guide of Rome of Joy is great and unique in their own way. She showed us the main attractions of the city and was brave enough to engage our teenage boys into the history of Rome.
The third tour we took was the tour of Vatican with Grace. She captured our attention from the moment we met until our second goodbye, when she came back to tell us where to see the Swiss Guard. Despite the unexpected closing of the Sistine Chapel for more than an hour she stayed with us till the very end finding the ways to entertain us on her own time.
We cannot thank Arianna, Nicole and Grace enough for the exceptional experience they shared with us.
Absolutely RECOMMEND!!!
Written June 27, 2019
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Dariusz P
1 contribution
Taking a eight year old to Vatican Museum is nice parental ambition and poor reality attachment but aren't we all want them to be bit better than us even if we have no idea how to do it. Well Joy of Rome has this wonderful way to do just that. Thanks to wonderful, well English speaking and amazingly well educated guide name Francesca my son turn his attention away from electronic device for entire duration of the tour and actually get interested in history of our lovely western culture. Her way with children is definitely not over advertised specifically after next day's treat of VR on the ancient Rome. We so glad to spend this educational moment on our trip Francesca. Thank you very much. Darek, Kate and Michelangelo.
Written June 9, 2018
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What a beautiful words! Thanks so much. Having Michelangelo as my guest was a real honor, it was like having the original Michelangelo;) All the joy of Rome awaits you soon in Rome again. Ciao and we hope to see you soon!
Written June 16, 2018
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R Radil
6 contributions
Sep 2021
The intimacy of having a one-on-one guide, Emma, for both the Vatican and the Colosseum was second to none. I highly recommend this tour company and if at all possible ask for Emma. From the beginning they were easy to communicate with and felt secure in dealing with them even if I was half way around the World.
Written October 14, 2021
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Kim M
Seattle, Washington12 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
I didn’t think I was much a fan of tours, until my partner and I had these two tours from our amazingly talented guide, Francesca!

She was prompt, courteous, charismatic, animated, loads of fun, and delivered so much information, both the historical facts, but also about the lives of everyday people of the time. The time flew by! Wanted more!

I would highly recommend Francesca’s “The Joy of Rome” for any and all of your Rome tours! Don’t miss this!!!!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Written January 4, 2020
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Ally
8 contributions
We toured the Vatican today with Francesca, and she was absolutely outstanding! We had our two young children with us (ages 5 and 8), and she was excellent at engaging them and sharing stories about the artists and the history in a way that was interesting and accessible to them. She also expertly moved us through the throngs of people clogging the museum and gave us the context and positioning we needed to truly enjoy the visit. If you’re visiting the Vatican with kids, this is the way to do it (and ask for Francesca!).
Written December 30, 2019
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Ann M
2 contributions
Sep 2019
This was certainly a Joy of our stay in Rome. Nicole was extremely warm and friendly and shared a wealth of information throughout the entire tour
Written October 14, 2019
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Dan B
4 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Not having alot of time in Rome, Joy of Rome, Chiara, our guide, provided us with a concise, thorough and enjoyable tour. Not normally a tour type, it was great! Really, barring you do a week of studying (likely more) the Vatican and Sistine Chapel prior to your arrival, it's impossible to to tour and take it all in, in a meaningful way. Chiara / Joy of Rome packed it in perfectly...we were never going to see every single morsel of what the Vatican and Sistine Chapel had to offer, but Joy of Rome got us exactly to what we wanted. Which, consequently allowed us to discover a fraction of the non touristy charming parts of this fantastic and beautiful city!!
Written September 20, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Insightful and fun guided tour of the Colosseum with Alessandra
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Kept my young kids engaged for hours!
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Brilliant - kept the children and adults entertained
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Great Family Vatican Tour
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Fabulous tour guide makes for a great experience
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Personal and charming tour
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Great tour for the family
I booked a private tour for my son (9 years old) and myself of the Colosseum and the Forum. Our guide was friendly,
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