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Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private

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Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

See the best of Vatican City on this small-group tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Skip the long lines at the Vatican and go straight to the remarkable art and architecture, including galleries, the Julius II apartments, the Raphael Rooms, and Sistine Chapel. This intimate Vatican tour is limited to six people for a personal experience and individual service from the guide, and includes all entrance fees.
  • Visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See galleries, courtyards, and papal apartments
  • Take in the Sistine Chapel
  • Interior access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • All entrance fees included
  • Skip the line
  • Small group limited to six people
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

in front of Caffé Vaticano, on viale Vaticano 100, just across the street from the Museum entrance. Your guide will be holding a LIvTours sign.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet a guide at a central location near the Vatican at the pre-arranged time, then skip the line to get into the Vatican Museums to see the highlights of the vast collection. Exploring the museums with a small group, you are able to maneuver the crowded galleries at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to ask questions.

Pass through a series of gardens and terraces, where you find early Renaissance architecture and an exquisite modern art piece, then see the collection of Roman and Greek artifacts in the Octagonal Courtyard.

Visit the Muses Room, the Round Room, and the Greek Cross Room, then take in the maps and tapestries in the galleries on your way to the Julius II apartments and the Raphael Rooms, part of the papal apartments.

Enter the Sistine Chapel through a tiny door, with time to take in the brilliant frescoes that the ceiling and walls. From the Sistine Chapel, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica through an interior passageway—this allows you to skip the exterior line—and finish the tour in the enormous Catholic shrine, which contains masterpieces of design, sculpture, and artwork.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Discover some of the most famous paintings and sculptures from western civilization and listen to amusing anecdotes about the former popes and artists represented in the museums. With a small-group tour of maximum of six people, or in your very own private tour, easily maneuver through the crowded museums at a comfortable pace. After a view of the terrace over the Vatican gardens, make your way across the beautiful early Renaissance courtyard to admire Hadrian's Pinecone, and then to the modern art piece of Arnaldo Pomodoro.You will then head to the magnificent Octagonal Courtyard which is one of the most remarkable collections of Roman and Greek artifacts. Admire the famous Belvedere Torso, learn about the mystery of the Laocoon Priest of Troy, and visit the Muses Room. Walk through the beautiful galleries to admire an abundance of candelabra, tapestries, and maps. Then head to the Julius II apartments and see the grandeur and the magnificent details of the Raphael Rooms.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Next, learn of Michelangelo's masterpiece from your guide before you enter through a tiny door to admire the majestic Sistine Chapel. Take in its grandeur in contemplative silence.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The tour will end with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica where you will access the church directly through a VIP passage to skip the long line. Enjoy the awe-inspiring visit and be amazed at the size of the beautifully adorned Basilica. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour
  • Please note that tours selected on Wednesday mornings at 10 am can be periodically effected by the closure of St Peter's Basilica due to last minute decisions by the Vatican. Please be insured the lost time will be compensated with other areas of the museums.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private.

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  • "I highly recommend this tour and would suggest that without a guide you would need a whole day to try to navigate through this massive facility." See review
  • "We were on the 10 AM tour and I recommend the earlier, the better for the crowds in late September." See review
  • "It was hard to hear at times due to the immense crowds but I guess that can be expected when you’re touring such an amazing place as the Vatican." See review

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star-5
Cozy tour
Alan_D
, Sep 2021
Pamen was an excellent guide and the tour was well organized. Ask to get her as your guide, you won't be disappointed :-)
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Many thanks for your positive review of the tour at the Vatican which you took with Pamen. We appreciate your kind words of praise towards our guide and the fact that you enjoyed the intimate "cozy" setting of a small group tour. Thanks again and all best wishes Angelo and Kristin
star-5
A great experience
From-Canada
, Sep 2021
It was our second time having a private guided tour of the Vatican and we really enjoyed the tour. Laura P. was great. Her English was excellent, her explanations were clear and interesting and she was very kind and patient when some in our group were a little tired and needed a little break.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Many thanks for your nice review the Vatican tour you took with Laura. We're so glad that you enjoyed Laura's company and found her not just interesting but charming as well We'll be sure to let her know about your kind words. Thanks again. Angelo and Kristin
star-5
Perfect for Must Sees in short time
Carol_R
, Sep 2021
We had only a few days in Rome and were extremely happy we chose this tour . Diana was amazing- smart and passionate and showed us the must sees in Rome. No lines , just the right amount in each amazing historical treasure. Diana was personable, communicating perfectly and ps her outfit was one I wish I could replicate. This tour was the perfect amount of time for Vatican/Sistine /St Peter’s . Highly recommend Anna, thank you for these beautiful memories!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We thank you for your enthusiastic review of our Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Tour and we're so happy to know that it was precisely the tour you desired. Thanks again for your review and your recommendation. Angelo and Kristin
star-5
Awesome Tour. So much information Sergio was awesome!
Matt_W
, Sep 2021
WOW. What a tour. Our small group ended up being just my wife and I with Sergio as our tour guide. OMG. Sergio has so much knowledge of everything in this vast museum and roman history. It was so informative and fascinating. Let me say right here and now that if you take this tour you must ask for Sergio. You will not be disappointed with his knowledge and service and passion of the arts. The day we did this tour was so hot and I was struggling with the heat a bit. Sergio noticed this and took time out of the tour to personally go and get a couple of bottles of water for my wife and I to help with the heat. What a kind and caring gesture. As we went through the 3 hour tour, Sergio would tailor the information he was sharing based on our response to it and he would talk less about things that did not interest us and more about the things that did. It was not just talking through a repetitive routine, but rather a custom tailored experience. He described everything we would see in the Sistine Chapel before we went in as there is not supposed to be talking inside. I learned so much about the paintings on the ceiling and on the back wall of the chapel. It was fascinating. On this day the "shortcut" between the Vatican and St Peter's was closed so Sergio walked with us around to the entrance of St Peter's and brought us inside. He showed us so many fascinating things that you may not notice on your own. At one point in the tour I had a change to talk to Sergio a bit personally and I could have talked with him for ages. Thanks Sergio for a great afternoon. Please take this tour. Please ask for Sergio, you will not be disappointed.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Wow! What a fantastic review you've written about the Vatican tour you took with our guide, Sergio. Thank you so much for your detailed explanation and enthusiastic appreciation for the tour and for Sergio's kindness and attentiveness. We are so happy that the tour was all that you hoped for and that you have gone home with wonderful memories of this experience. Thank you again for writing such a beautiful review. Angelo and Kristin
star-5
Santi was great!
David_U
, Jul 2021
Santi was a great tour guide, expecially with his depth of kownlege on art and marble. I didn't really have a good appriciation for art until takeing this tour with Santi. He definitley has a knack for point out the most intersting parts of the art and was never boring. This tour was a small group hitting all the highlight that you would want to see.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Many thanks for your great review of the Vatican tour you took with Santi. Thanks also for pointing out that sometimes all it takes is a knowledgeable but also entertaining expert to help open one's eyes to things that didn't seem all that interesting at first. This is great praise for Santi and he'll be happy to read your review. Thanks again. Angelo and Kristin
star-5
Vatican
MariaCecilia_R
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour . Convenient. Thank you. Highly recommended . Appreciate the promptness xxxxxxxxzzxxx.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Maria We're so glad that you enjoyed the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and we thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review and give us a great rating. Thank you, once again Angelo and Kristin
star-5
Exceptional Tour and Guide
Richard_T
, Feb 2020
We were so fortunate have Massimo as our tour guide! He was so friendly and knowledgeable, navigating us through all the exhibits and pointing out details we never would have seen. We had the unique opportunity to see all the tapestries on display in the Sistine Chapel-it was beautiful. Massimo even took the time to take great family pictures of us! I highly recommend booking the small group tour and using him for a tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Richard Many many thanks for your lovely review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Massimo. Massimo is a fabulous guide and we'll be sure to let him know how much you enjoyed his tour. A big thank you from all 3 of us Angelo and Kristin
star-5
Great experience
bebfu
, Feb 2020
Great experience specially entering the premises which we all know how crazy that can be. Our guide ( Louise) explained everything and help us with anything .only 7 persons group.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We're so happy that you enjoyed the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Louise and we'll be sure to let her know your praise and compliments. Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. Angelo and Kristin
star-5
Excellent
bebfu
, Feb 2020
It was the best experience ever. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and nice. I can’t imagine going through that endless line for hours to get there. We really recommend this tour without hesitation. We were only 7 people, very easy to move through the large groups. 10/10
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Many thanks for your great review and 10/10 rating of our Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. It's good to know that you really appreciated the opportunity to skip the line and that our small group policy made your whole experience that much better. Thank you for writing Angelo and Kristin
star-5
Great Tour
judy
, Feb 2020
I’ve been to Rome many times and toured the Vatican at least four times. This was the best ever. Our guide spoke excellent English and was a trained archeologist. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Judy A great review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour from you, a seasoned traveler and visitor multiple times to the Vatican complex, means the world to us! Thank you Angelo and Kristin

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