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Vatican and Sistine Chapel Semi-Private Tour

Vatican tours include skip the line tickets to the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica. Guaranteed departure with 2 people , maximum 8 people . Semi private Vatican tour is led by professional guides with a background in art and archeology

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Highlights and what's included

  • Guaranteed departures with 2 people
  • Semi- private tour with a max of 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience

  • Highly qualified English speaking guides
  • Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • See Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo


Avventure Bellissime’s tours of the Vatican, Rome offer the traveller the benefit of skipping the queues and touring the historic site’s museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica within a semi- private group of up to just 8 other tourists. The tour operates with a min of 2 people .
The tour will be led by one of our Rome Guides , who all have a background in either art /history and archaeology.

Why book an Avventure Bellissime tour?
Our tours offer you a more personalised and in-depth experience. Lasting for three hours, you will have all the time you need to experience the beauty of the Vatican and its masterpieces and to soak up the atmosphere of this special trip.
Our experienced guides go the extra mile, using ipads and books to illustrate our stories and explanations. Since you are in a small group, our guides also have far more time to interact with you and answer any questions you may have.

Let’s take a look at what your tour will include:

Renaissance Rome:
The tour focuses on the Renaissance period during which the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica were built. Here we will spend around 20 to 25 minutes so you have plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere of this unique building. Our guides will also tell you about the Popes of Rome, their enclave and the fascinating story of how they are elected to office.

Michaelangelo and the Sistine Chapel
You will learn about the life and times of Michaelangelo at the Vatican, his relationship with Pope Julius II and relive how he worked alongside fellow artists to create their masterpieces including his pieta. You’ll also hear about the intense rivalry he experienced with his contemporary artists.
Along with our expert guides, you will tour the Sistine Chapel spending as much time as possible viewing and discussing one of the most famous works of art in the world.

Saint Peter’s Basilica
We will then move onto visit Saint Pater’s Basilica – the world’s most famous and largest Catholic Church. It is home to masterpieces by Michaelangelo and Bernini. We’ll also go back to the story of the Basilica’s namesake – Saint Peter and the life story of the simple fisherman who became the first Pope of Christianity.

Other Vatican highlights
We will also have time to take in the Belvedere courtyard, the impressive Pio Clementino museum with its beautiful Greek and Roman statues. Our guides will also show you the stunning Candelabra gallery and the Tapestries Gallery, and examples of Bernini and Bramante’s work.

Saint Peter’s Square
The final part of the tour will focus on Saint Peter’s square – home to important Papal ceremonies. Here you will have time to admire Michaelangelo’s Dome and Bernini’s Colonnades.

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  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off

Meeting Point

Meet your guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Your guide will have a sign with the name of the tour written on it. The tour operates with a min of 2 people a maximum of 8 people

Other Information

  • This tour is of an historical area and is not fully accessible for wheelchair users. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for wheelchair users.

  • At times, St. Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
  • There is a dress code for St Peter’s Basillica. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed.
  • Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
  • The cost of the tour does not include gratuities or hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Tour operates with min 2 participants

Key Information

  • Prices from: 89.00
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Availability: View Calendar
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Nov 15 2019
It all was so Beautiful.
Oct 13 2019
Extremely interesting! Loved the tour!
Sep 25 2019
Best and most well informed guide we have ever had in our many experiences. She was a friend to six of us by the tour's end.
Jul 13 2019
Our tour guide Doti conveyed a professorial knowledge of Vatican history; the political and religious influences affecting the evolution Vatican City; a wealth of relevant anecdotal information concerning the major artists who contributed to the collection of the finest works in the Vatican and their interactions with the Pope(s) at the time. Doti fully engaged our family with challenging questions throughout the tour, and provided some subtle and tastefully presented humor which we greatly enjoyed.
May 31 2019
Excellent guide very knowledgeable and an excellent communicator.
May 14 2019
The Vatican Museum tour was very well planned and well led by Barbara. She was fun, entertaining and informative.
Jan 03 2019
awesome tour. highly recommended.
Oct 27 2018
Great guide who was professional, knowledgeable, helpful, humorous and kind. Appreciated the use of the iPad to locate and educate with pictures. Great tour and guide.
Oct 15 2018
Excellent tour with a great guide. Very crowded, but she navigated us through the crowds very well.
Oct 03 2018
Great guide, very knowledgeable and passionate. We were a small group (4) and it was easy to listen to him and go through the maze of the Vatican Museum. Worth it
Jul 02 2018
Excellent tour with Monica! She was an awesome tour guide
Apr 12 2018
Francesca was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and was able to keep the tour interesting for our 10 year old and the adults at the same time. Francesca is amazing! The Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica are pretty amazing too!
Nov 07 2017
Great small group tour. Excellent guide, very knowledgeable.
Sep 28 2017
Franchesca rocks!

Her knowledge of Ancient Rome, the Coliseum, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the whole Vatican is outstanding and she educated us by using art books with age-progression layers. She was clear and concise in her explanations and in her English. We were amazed at how well the Coliseum is preserved, especially the statues, the bricks, and the grout between the bricks that is over 2,000 years old.

Franchesca is very friendly and top notch! We decided to book a second tour with her to the Vatican. Outstanding! I highly recommend Franchesca and Adventure Bellissime. A friend told us about this and he was right.

John and Donna from Central Florida
Aug 08 2017
Limited information was given. Best to have questions ready to ask Guide otherwise your only going to be provided info they want to share.
Mar 15 2017
Really passionate about the place and it was infectious
Jan 18 2017
Great tour - fantastic tour guide - loved the entire afternoon
Jan 18 2017
Excellent small group tour with a very good guide
Jan 18 2017
Wonderful and informative tour, skip all the lines (and the lines can take up to 3 hours to get through). No other way to see the Vatican!

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Vatican and Sistine Chapel Semi-Private Tour


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