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Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour
4.5

Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour

By Explore Italy Tours
from
$195.96
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
$195.96
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Duration:
3h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
German, Russian, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish


  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Vatican Museum Private tour
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Official expert guide
  • Assitance on site and from our office near the Vatican
  • St. Peter's Basilica Private tour
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions


Departure details
  • Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy Meeting place: Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Rome. In front of " Bar Leonina", in Piazza Città Leonina , just outside of St.Peter's Square
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21985P58

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • On Wednesday, due to the weekly Papal Audience, and on religious ceremony there is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica will be unavailable during which the access to St Peter's Basilica is closed.
  • Meeting place: Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Rome. In front of " Bar Leonina", in Piazza Città Leonina , just outside of St.Peter's Square
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Your tickets will be held by the guide for collection on the day of the tour. You will be required to present this voucher. If you have purchased a discounted option you will be asked to show a photo ID in exchange for your tickets.
  • 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
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time. If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • We can’t be held responsible in case of sudden closure of the Saint Peter’s Basilica or any other room inside the Vatican Museums without notice, as this is a decision of the Vatican Administration itself and we have no control over it.
  • Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public museums in Italy will require all visitors above the age of 12 years old to show a valid ID and certification proving that you have either: Been vaccinated with an approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna) Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs; Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour?
How much is Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour?
Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour price starts from $211.10. Discover and book Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour cancellation policy?
Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour?
Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour is hosted by Explore Italy Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Explore Italy Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Guide: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21985P58

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Piazza della Città Leonina
    Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
    Meeting place: Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Rome. In front of " Bar Leonina", in Piazza Città Leonina , just outside of St.Peter's Square
    See address & details
  • 1
    Piazza della Città Leonina
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

cmh1284
cmh1284
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Do Not Book This Tour!
Operator canceled less than 24 hours before our scheduled tour without any explanation or alternative offered. They
viajanteipm
viajanteipm
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Excellent choice
Visiting the Colosseum above, beneath and around was a wonderful experience. Our guide was really nice, knowledgeab
christine a
christine a
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Be careful
We got there for a 10 am tour and you have to get tickets with your voucher. Be sure you know this as all tickets
Wanderer21923690260
Wanderer21923690260
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Do Not Buy
We scheduled in advance for our last day in Rome. They canceled the day before and we were unable to find room on a
cckevinm11
cckevinm11
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Stay away from these guys
Explore Italy Tours did not submit individual names to add to the access list at the Colosseum despite us providin
jandjcaputo
jandjcaputo
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Colosseum Underground
Our guide was excellent. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly. The tour was well run and very interesting. Woul
paulpO9759MP
paulpO9759MP
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Cancelled at last minute
I would rate this experience zero if possible. Having booked well in advance on the day of the tour was first sent
DoctorM
DoctorM
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A disaster in Rome
We booked the VIP night tour of the Colosseum with this company First, the Tour was postponed by an hour the day b
Rainman1965
Rainman1965
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Horrible!!
Horrible! Cancelled the tour 56 minutes before it was to start. There were no options given. Looked to try to find
HilmI6473EK
HilmI6473EK
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Ideal to beat the crowds
Great way of getting past the crowds and into the Arena of the Colosseum! Zero queuing at all to enter.
Charlotte O
Charlotte O
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disappointed by the management
Turned up to retrieve our tickets and we waiting 25 mins for them to tell us that they couldn’t print our tickets a
BeckySue333
BeckySue333
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Enjoyable experience. Maybe just book Colosseum and do Roman Forum on your own?
Really enjoyed being able to see the underground. It was a lot cooler (temperature wise) as well in that area. The
IMTAS3
IMTAS3
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Very disappointing experience
We DO NOT recommend this tour. Our tour was cancelled (with no explanation) less than 24hours before we were suppos
Mel_Shenron
Mel_Shenron
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Good tour, but make sure you have everything you need afterwards!
It was very difficult to find the location of the tour company's building which was tucked away. I did the "Ultima
sasbinoy
sasbinoy
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Don’t get skip the line tickets if you have to pick the tickets up. Just buy from ones that give e ticket immediately.
The location where you have to pick up the tickets was out of the way and since there is construction being done ar
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.5
9 reviews
Excellent
6
Very good
2
Average
0
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Terrible
1

gillian b
1 contribution
This was a great tour, we able to walk right into the Vatican without waiting in any lines - which were very long. Andy our guide was very friendly and didn't rush us at all. He was very informative and funny. I would definitely recommend this tour guide.
Written February 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
ExploreItalyTours
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the Vatican Museums with us! Thank you for your review! We will pass your kind words to Andy!
Written March 4, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

nathowdy
Argyle, TX11 contributions
Sabrina was our tour guide for our morning tour on November 22, 2019. She showed up at exactly 07:15 at the meeting location and we entered the Vatican Museum at 07:30. We quickly went through security and were the very first tourists into the Sistine Chapel that day - what an experience to have our picture taken in the Gallery of Maps with no one else there!

Sabrina was very knowledgeable, organized, and mindful of the time. She pointed out all of the highlights with a brief history of each. Sabrina also directed us to other items of interest and how to optimize our time for each.

We would recommend only seeing the sites with a tour like Explore Italy and Sabrina. We skipped the line and were able to enjoy the Vatican sites at a depth we would not be able to achieve on our own.

Thank you Sabrina for making our short stay in Vatican City a top highlight of all of our holdays ever taken.
Written November 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
ExploreItalyTours
Thank you very much for your review about your Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour with us! We are glad you enjoyed your visit, we will pass your kind words to Sabrina!
Written December 9, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andy Y.
1 contribution
As first time visitors of Italy, the trip to the Vatican was a must see. We knew ahead of time that it would be extremely crowded and ticket lines could potentially be quite long. We read glowing reviews of Explore Italy Tours and they were not wrong. We chose to go with the private guide route and had a truly wonderful time.
The day began with a hiccup but not due to Explore Italy Tours but rather with our Uber reservation. Our driver cancelled 10mins prior to the pickup time and another driver wasn't available for another 45mins. We ended up cancelling Uber and grabbed a local taxi instead. As a result we were scrambling and couldn't find the meeting spot. Ended up we were a good 10mins walking distance from the meeting point but Explore Italy was gracious enough to walk over to pick us up and we trekked back another 10mins to the main entrance. We finally entered the city with our guide Sabrina. She is a local from Rome and an archaeologist to boot! Sabrina had vast knowledge of the Italian/Roman history, art, religion, and symbolism behind everything we saw during our tour. It was like having Indiana Jones as a private tour guide but with a much prettier smile :)
If we had wandered the vast museum without her we would have overlooked without exaggeration 90% of the relevance around us. We are so so glad we went with Explore Italy Tours and can not recommend them enough. If you book with them ask for Sabrina!
Written November 21, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
ExploreItalyTours
Thank you very much for your review and your kind words to Sabrina! We are glad you enjoyed your Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour with us!
Written December 9, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jim V
Scottsdale, AZ9 contributions
Couples
I was only in Rome for a couple of days and wanted to see the famous sites, Vatican,coliseum etc. When I walked to those sites I was shocked and astounded by the thousands of people crowded armpit to armpit in line for blocks to get in to these places.

I made a couple of inquiries about getting tickets and skipping lines but was told I was too late. But while walking around the outside of the coliseum, i saw a man with a yellow skip the line vest and asked him if i could get into any of these venues. He said sure, how about the Vatican, 7:30 tomorrow morning before it opens to the public. The advertised price was $184.00 euro per person, over $500 for my wife and I in our canadiaN $. He lowered the price to E 111.00 so I took it. He walked us over to the tour company’s office, It was amazing, there was only 4 of us and the guide. . The tour ended at the Sistine chapel after about 2 1/2 hours so we were on our own to take in St. Peter’s basilica , which I thought should have been included which is why i dropped one star. . The guide was extremely knowledgeable and we truly almost had the place to ourselves for the first two hours compared to being in there with 100,000 new friends.
Written May 21, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ethan R
2 contributions
Couples
Thank you to Simona Matiu for a fantastic tour.

Everything was explained in depth and we couldn't have asked for a better tour. Any questions were answered and Simona provided an excellent service. Highly recommended.
Written April 12, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
ExploreItalyTours
Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with us!
Written April 15, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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