Private 4 hrs Rome Tour: Vatican and Sistine Chapel

Private 4 hrs Rome Tour: Vatican and Sistine Chapel

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Enjoy a private Vatican Tour with one of our local expert english speaking tour guides.
Your guided Tour with skip the line access will feature the extraordinary St Peter's basilica, mesmerizing Sistine chapel and Raphael rooms as well as many other works of art housed in the museum.
A visit to St Paul's Cathedral will conclude your semi private tour of the enchanting Vatican state

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Private 4 hrs Rome Tour: Vatican and Sistine Chapel

From: 115.00

Duration: 4 hours

Highlights & Includes Highlights & Includes
  • Local Expert guide
  • Skip the Line tickets to the Vatican museum
  • Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Rafael Rooms
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Private 4-Hour Tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel – a journey through art and history

The Vatican and Its Masterpieces
Embark on our captivating Private 4-hour tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel, where you will explore the intimate private apartments of Julius II, adorned with exquisite frescoes by the renowned artist Rafael.
As we delve into the lives of the great artists who contributed to the Vatican's timeless splendor, we will uncover the intriguing rivalry that existed between the legendary masters Rafael and Michelangelo, as they worked side-by-side, each striving to create their own unparalleled masterpieces.

Exploring the Sistine Chapel
With the in-depth knowledge that our private tour guides possess, you'll be able to interpret together the great works of art on display at the Vatican. In the Sistine Chapel, where we will allow as much time as possible to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes, you'll learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of Art the world has ever known. You'll be able to appreciate how the paintings of the Sistine Chapel evolved and how Michelangelo's own character changed during this Herculean task, as the world around him was thrown into turmoil.

Delving into Papal History
Throughout our Private Tours of the Vatican & the Sistine Chapel, your expert guide will entertain you with anecdotes about the famous Popes; you'll learn about the conclave and the election of Popes, their love of art & their glamorous lifestyles during the Renaissance when St. Peter's basilica & the Vatican were refurbished to splendor and magnificence we see today.

St. Peter's Basilica and Its Artistic Treasures
Our private tours of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel continue in the vast open spaces of St. Peter's Basilica, where a treasure of precious works of art awaits to be discovered. We'll discuss Michelangelo's stunning Pieta, that created the desire within Pope Julius II to contact the young artist for other more important works he had in mind. And while admiring Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family, we'll learn the justification behind a famous Roman saying "What the barbarians didn't do, the Barberini did!"

St. Peter's Basilica and Its Architectural Wonders
As you tour St. Peter's Basilica, designed by Michelangelo's great rival Bramante, you'll understand how the great architect rediscovered ancient Roman building techniques to realize a colossal church of such unprecedented magnificence that was fine-tuned by the genius of the Renaissance - Michelangelo. In St. Peter's Square, your private tour of the Vatican & the Sistine Chapel will conclude as you admire Michelangelo's Dome and the marvelous colonnades designed by Bernini that embrace the spectators who come to witness important Papal ceremonies. And listen to the life story of a simple fisherman who became the first Pope of Christianity - St. Peter.

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Entrance of the Vatican museum, where you’ll be greeted by your English speaking guide.
Your dedicated guide, an expert in both art history and Vatican lore, is prepared to share their wealth of knowledge and passion for these timeless masterpieces.
Together, you'll embark on a captivating adventure, unraveling the fascinating stories, hidden secrets, and undeniable beauty of the Vatican museums

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    Wheelchair Accessibility and Alternative Routes
    This tour is of a historical area and is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly, and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.

    Skip the Line access
    Don't miss the chance to skip the line access with our private Vatican tour, offering a more intimate and personalized experience. Your art historian guide will lead you through the Vatican Museum's entrance and provide an engaging guided tour. The itinerary includes Saint Peter's Basilica, the Raphael Rooms, and maps gallery. You'll also get to visit St. Peter's Basilica and witness Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes up close.

    Early Morning and Afternoon Tour Options
    Take advantage of our early morning tour to avoid daytime crowds, or choose afternoon tours for a more leisurely experience. The Vatican management maintains control over tour operators to ensure a seamless and enjoyable visit for all guests.

    St Peter's Basilica: Opening Hours and Itinerary Changes
    Please note that the St. Peter's Basilica opening hours may vary due to last-minute private events, religious reasons, or other uncommon circumstances. In these cases, the itinerary might be altered slightly to offer clients the best possible experience.

    Tour Prices and Additional Fees
    Tour prices do not include food, drinks, gratuities, or any additional fees for dome access or extended tour options. However, our profound partnership with other collaborating tour operators ensures that we can provide the most competitive rates and extraordinary experiences for our guests.

    Unforgettable Private Tour Experience
    Join us for an unforgettable private tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel, and let our wonderful guide take you on an amazing journey through art, history, and the lives of the most influential figures in Christianity.
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Based on 8 Reviews

Oct 25 2023

It was a wonderful experience and our guide Francesca was amazing.

Ms Marcia L Smith
Oct 20 2023

See above I just wrote it

Mr James Sowell
Jul 02 2023

We were on a seven-day Viking Mediterranean cruise and then we stayed a couple of extra days in Rome. Viking did not have any tours for us, so we had to handle this ourselves. [The tour date was June 17, 2023.] The tour guide you provided was Barbara, an art historian. She was so knowledgeable it was like having a private college course (by the way, I am a professor). Yet, her style and presentation made it so easy to understand, and she was a joy to be with. Of all of the sites and events during our ten-day trip, the tour of the Vatican (and Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's) with Barbara will always be remembered as the HIGHLIGHT! This was because of Barbara!!