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Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Private 3-Hour Tour

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Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Private 3-Hour Tour

From US$ 361.48 per group up to 2

Discover the treasures of the Vatican, from Michelangelo to Raphael and Bernini on a private guided journey through centuries of art, religion, and power. Delve deep into the most important Christian site of worship and its remarkable masterpieces.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Skip the ticket line and explore the Vatican Museums without the hassle of waiting
  • Learn about the history of the Vatican from your knowledgeable guide
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Leonardo
Full description
Skip the ticket line on a private 3-hour Vatican tour for up to 2 persons. Your private guide will lead you through the vast collections of the Vatican Museums, highlighting the most important masterpieces. Experience centuries of art, as your knowledgeable guide recounts the intriguing stories behind the masterpieces you see, and tells how they ended up at the Vatican. You’ll marvel at the astonishing Sistine Chapel, and you’re sure to be in awe as you stand and take in the magnificence of Michelangelo's frescoes that surround you! The tour continues with a visit to St. Peter’s, the largest and most important basilica in the Roman Catholic world. You’ll be amazed by the architecture and the works of art inside the church – including Michelangelo's Pietà. When you exit the basilica, you’ll find yourself in spectacular St. Peter’s Square, a masterpiece designed by Bernini.
  • Private guide
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Viale Vaticano 100

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • There is a dress code that must be followed. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
  • Note that large bags and umbrellas will need to be checked and retrieving these items can impede your ability to cover all the points on the suggested itinerary.
  • Photos and videos are not permitted in the Sistine Chapel, but are permitted in the museums, basilica, and square. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays. Wednesday morning tours are not recommended as access to St. Peter's Basilica may not be possible due to the papal audience in the square.
  • Tours are offered at 09:30 and 14:30. It’s usually less crowded in the afternoons, so the 14:30 option is recommended.
  • You will receive confirmation within 48 hours of booking (subject to availability).
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 23 reviews

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The tour with Valeria C. was really great ! From the beginning till the end it was an amazing tour with the real highlights of the Vatican museum, the capella Sistina and the St. Peter's basilica. Our guide Valeria took care about us - we were a private group of two - and showed us really remarkable art and religious peaces. Her deep know -how impressed us ! Thanks for this wonderful experience, it was a really nice afternoon !

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September 9, 2017

Excellent, informative and comprehensive tour from a courteous guide.

Our guide was courteous, knowledgeable and informative. We were able to skip-the-line and spend the time available visiting the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. All were wonderful visits and the explanation and guidance provided by our guide enhanced the experience immensely. Overall we enjoyed a very memorable visit with lasting memories. We appreciated very much the efforts of our guide and her efforts in making our visit to Rome and the Vatican a lifetime highlight.

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May 9, 2017

Our tour was absolutely amazing.

Our guide was incredible. He shared his extensive knowledge and his love of art with us. He made the Vatican come alive for us. It was a highlight of our vacation.

August 24, 2018

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