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Private Rome: Vatican, St. Peter's & Sistine Chapel Tour

Enjoy the splendor of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica on your own private tour!

Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour

See the world-famous collection of Vatican masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica in a private tour of Rome’s most important attractions.

Highlights of the Private Masterpieces of the Vatican and Saint Peters & Sistine Chapel private tour include:

  • An expert guide to show you through one of the world’s greatest museums
  • Easy navigation through the vast collection spanning more than four miles of treasures
  • Focus is given to the absolute must-sees and famous artworks, including the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo
  • Entry to the most magnificent church on earth, St Peter’s Basilica, before ending in the superb square designed by Bernini
  • See the Michelangelo sculpture masterpiece “la Pietà”
  • Marvel at impressive works of art such as the Statue of Laocoön and His Sons and the Apollo del Belvedere.
  • Explore amazing rooms such as the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps and many more
  • Don’t miss where since centuries the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the world Councils
  • Stand in awe at Michelangelo’s genius, the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The epic story of the creation, where every detail is an icon

We are no longer running public tours of the Vatican but you can enjoy an excellent guide for your group privately.

Our private Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour takes about 4 hours to cover the museum, basilica and the Sistine chapel as there are now separate entrances for each venue and security checks.

Vacation in Rome? You can enjoy the Colosseum and Roman forum on a private tour too! Please get in touch for any questions.

Tired of walking? We have the answer for you! Relax and enjoy the best of Rome with a private driver to take you around all the sites on our driving tour of Rome either by day or night.

Tour Details

All persons under 17 must present valid ID showing date of birth for entry into museums or full adult price will be charged.

Included in price:
Vatican Museum entry and reservation fees, small group guarantee, guide, audio headsets used when required.

Excluded from price:
Optional gratuities

LOW SEASON
(2nd of January to 31st of March; 1st of November to the 31st of December) meeting time and dates: 9:45am Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays; 1:45pm Saturdays

HIGH SEASON
(2nd of April to the 31st of October) meeting time and dates: 9:45am Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays; 1:45pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Meeting point:
Meets in front of Giuly’s Café in Via Santamaura n. 3, close to Vatican Museums entrance. The guide will have an ArtViva sign.

Tour Length:
3 hours

Maximum Participants:
12 persons

Dress Requirements:
Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered for entry into churches. Backpacks, large bags and long umbrellas are not permitted in the museum.

Security:
Due to increased security, some delays in entry are to be expected. We do in any case offer the quickest possibly entry.

Weather:
runs rain or shine

*St Peter’s:
On occasions when there is the Papal Audience (usually Wednesdays), the group may not enter the Basilica. Your guide will provide instructions on how to visit free of charge at a later time on your own.

° Tour not available on the 29th June for St Peter & St Paul feast day.

Please note:
All participants should bring a copy of photo ID showing date of birth in case required by Vatican security.
Although we pre-reserve your Vatican Museum tickets, there may be a short wait before museum entry while your guide collects your tickets and audio sets. Certain rooms or courtyards or even the Basilica may be closed without warning by the Museum administration. If this happens, some sites may be substituted.
No backpacks allowed
– entry & exit points are different & far from each other – no storage possibility. New Vatican regulations require all participant names in advance. Please list all names in your party in the Notes section of the booking. You will also need to have identification on the day in case requested. Failure to comply may result in refusal of entry by security. The Vatican offers a separate path for wheelchairs; as such, anyone with a wheelchair wishing to participate in the Vatican tour must have a private tour.

Meeting Point

Near the entrance of the Vatican Museum
Right in front of “Giuly’s Cafè” in Rome
Via Santamaura, 3, Roma, RM, Italia

FAQ's

We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

No large bags or backpacks in museums, in churches shoulders and knees must be covered so bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. IF it’s a walking, bicycle or a countryside tour make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

It’s important for everyone to bring their ID

student or children for the museum

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes before departure time for all tours and services

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

Save time by browsing our website for ideas on romantic getaways, historic residences, palace and castle stays, beautiful views, good value vacations, classic Tuscan country holidays and top attractions. Stop by to chat with us about the best shopping and restaurants in Florence and Tuscany!

Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)

Reviews

1 review for Private Rome: Vatican, St. Peter’s & Sistine Chapel Tour

  1. Rey Flores

    Our tour guide, Simone, made the experience personal. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, made the experience more amazing.

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