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Group: Vatican City Tours

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

Get ready to be blown away by the many masterpieces housed inside one of the most important and visited museums in the world; the Vatican Museums.

Let your English-speaking tour guide reveal to you the stories, anecdotes, and fun facts related to the most significant works of art in all the history of Western civilization.

We follow a carefully planned route through the Museums, visiting the most famous rooms including the Sistine Chapel, plus a wide variety of galleries full of ancient magnificent pieces which will make it a jaw-dropping experience. You’ll learn about the characters that walked these corridors before you as artists, Cardinals, and Popes and the dramas that unfolded here. On our private tour, we will skip the line with a direct entrance to the museum, saving you hours of waiting in line on busy days – so your Vatican visit will be as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

The last highlight included in this tour is the skip-the-line entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, so we can visit the stunning masterpieces held within. Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica is one of the world’s most important Christian sites. It’s also one of the world’s most striking architectural spaces. We’ll see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ and the incredible Bronze High Altar made by Bernini and eventually conclude our private tour in St Peter’s Square.

If this is a return visit for you to the Vatican Museums you can customize your tours to include off-the-beaten-path areas of the museums. For example visit the Pinacoteca Painting Gallery, the Pope’s Carriage Museum, and the Raphael Rooms. Have you ever heard of the Borgia family? How about visiting their private apartments?

Important notes

St. Peter’s Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or an appropriate alternative. Please note that appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders, and backs must be covered.

Every Wednesday morning St Peter’s Basilica is closed.

In alternative, we offer an extended tour of the Vatican Museums.

Keep this information in mind, if booking a tour on a Wednesday morning

 

What’s Included:

  • Skip the Line Entrance in the Vatican Museums
  • History of the Vatican City
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Gallery of the Geographical Maps
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line Entrance in Saint Peter’s Basilica
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica

Nighttime Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Tour

Experience the Vatican Museums in a different light when you enter after regular closing time on our Vatican night tours. For short periods during the spring and summertime only, the Vatican Museums open late to the public, allowing us to wander its corridors and examine artworks like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes with cooler temperatures and a more intriguing atmosphere.

In a more elegant setting, your English speaking tour guide will lead you through the highlights of the museum where you can snap great photos of St Peter’s dome at dusk, and where you can wander through the Pinecone Courtyard while some musicians are performing and entertaining the guests.

In a usually less crowded setting, the Vatican Museums gives this special night opening only on Friday evenings, which is a good chance to cool down from Rome’s very hot temperatures at day-time.

Learn about Michelangelo and the Popes’ at nighttime, while strolling through world-wide-famous galleries such as the Map Gallery and the one of the Tapestries, being surrounded by over two millennia of art and history to take all in, at your own pace. Walk by famous statues such as Apollo Belvedere or the 1st Century BC Laocoon, then awe at Nero’s red-marble-bath-tub and also the the huge  statue of Hercules made of bronze, which still looks flawless after 1900 years… keep going and snap a photo at the statue representing an ancient roman charioteer “Auriga”and hear of the chariot races as you walk down, along the “Gallery of the Candelabra” being surrounded by ancient roman statues which are two thousend years old, to say the least.

At last, your nighttime walking tour of the Vatican Museums finishes inside the Sistine Chapel.

By the time that you step inside of it, your tour guide will have covered its history already, and in this way you will relax inside the Michelangelo’s best known work for practically as long as you want, up until the closure of the museum.

What’s Included:

  • Skip the Line direct entrance into the Museum
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Pio Clementino Gallery
  • Candelabra Gallery
  • Tapestry Gallery
  • Raphael’s Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel (end of the tour)

 

JUDY S
JUDY S
2024-02-20
Touring Rome With A Great Guide I have been to Rome 4 times with friends and we mostly toured on our own. Once we had a guide for the Coliseum and the Vatican but they were crowded and not very interesting. A friend told me about Massimo and his story telling tours. We had 6 family members in our group and his tours were the highlight of our trip. He made it so very interesting with his stories and facts about the places we visited. I learned things I had never heard before. We never felt bored with just getting facts, but enjoyed the story format of the tour. He also went over and above his job as tour guide and made dinner reservations for us and gave us many helpful hints about taxis and times to go places when it wouldn't be so crowded. I'm going back in July with grandkids and can't wait to hire him again. He is like a family friend to me now.
Angela P
Angela P
2024-02-19
Great tours with Massimo The tours were great. Massimo was a wonderful guide. He was informative and fun. He also made us lunch reservations and helped us with transportation. Would highly recommend.
Lori M
Lori M
2024-02-15
Colosseum/Rome city tour Great experience!! Excellent tour with a lot of entertaining anecdotes. Well worth the cost. Your guide also helped with restaurant reservations & recommendations.
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2024-01-31
Tour delle cortigiane Ho partecipato al tour delle cortigiane e lo consiglio vivamente. Storie originali e interessanti, raccontate in modo coinvolgente e divertente. Massimo è competente e appassionato, sempre disponibile a rispondere alle nostre domande
Angelica P
Angelica P
2024-01-31
Intrighi...che passione! Massimo ha il bellissimo dono di farti immergere completamente nelle storie che racconta, vieni completamente catapultato in un altro tempo e inizi a vedere tutto con occhi diversi. Il Tour delle Cortigiane è stato molto affascinante e a parte l'ironia, necessaria per comprendere anche il vissuto del potere politico del Rinascimento, Massimo ha parlato di ogni donna con molta cura e passione donandoci attimi di commozione . Se volete comprendere Roma da un altro punto di vista vi consiglio caldamente questo tour e preparatevi a divertirvi.
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ann w
2024-01-23
Women is Rome We have visited Rome for many years and we have participated in many guided tours. This tour rates as one of the best ever, if not the best. It was quite easy to arrange a private tour for the three of us with Massimo for Saturday afternoon. He was prompt, friendly, informative, and an engaging storyteller. He provided stories of Romans I have never heard and certainly stimulated my curiosity to learn more. The leisurely stroll took us on streets that were new to me and the identification of various buildings,along with their histories, made the stroll captivating in a new way. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough.
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2024-01-09
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sc_dog_lover
2023-10-31
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texas_traveler750
2023-10-11
The BEST storyteller in all of Rome Massimo is simply the best! We have toured with Massimo four time now, and every time we learn something new. Massimo does his OWN research, so he isn't regurgitating the same lines the tour guide to the side is. He is well read, answers any question knowledgeably and his breadth of knowledge is deep. I recommend this group and any tour will be spectacular.
Lori F
Lori F
2023-10-08
Great Rome Adventures Massimo’s tours were absolutely amazing! We took 4 tours with Massimo as our guide, and they were all beyond my greatest expectations. I learned so much about Ancient Rome and loved Massimo’s delivery which was very thorough and entertaining. He has a gift to connect with people and made our time in Rome fabulous!