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Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance

Highlights
  • Exclusive, early access to the Sistine Chapel

  • Comprehensive half-day tour including the Papal Tombs

  • Hear stories about the art in St. Peter’s Basilica

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Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance
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Overview

See the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public with this comprehensive tour of the Vatican Museums. Learn about the stories behind works of  art by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and more from an English-speaking guide. This half-day tour includes the Gallery of Maps, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Papal Tombs. This intimate tour is limited to 12 people.

What to Expect
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Before anything else on this in-depth Vatican tour, visit the Sistine Chapel before it’s open to the general public. Since the chapel is inside the museums, entrance is included in your Vatican tour. Now that the chapel is restored, every detail and color used in the treasured work of art is visible.

Since the  Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is prohibited. This also means  you must cover your shoulders and knees, or you might be denied entry. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. We provide you with a map/handout for reference outside the chapel, while your guide explains the significance of Michelangelo’s artwork. Use the map when you are inside the chapel for orientation. 

The Vatican Pinacoteca
Arranged through a series of rooms, in chronological order and divided by art school, the Pinacoteca is home to paintings by the likes of Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Leonardo, Guido Reni and Giotto.

Highlights of the Vatican Museums
Explore the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and our personal favorite, the Gallery of the Maps. Based on painted topographical maps of Italy by Dominican Italian friar Ignazio Danti, the Gallery of Maps predates a unified Italy by nearly 300 years. The painted frescoes reveal how Renaissance Italians saw themselves and their surroundings.

Raphael Rooms
Raphael was one of Rome's most famous artists who encompassed all the ideals of a Renaissance man. He designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. Among other masterpieces, see one of Raphael’s most famous works of art, The School of Athens.

St. Peter's Basilica and the Papal Tombs
Skip the lines to St. Peter’s Basilica and enter through a special door to enter the most opulent church in the world. Once inside, admire celebrated artwork including La Baldacchino, La Pieta, the Statue of St. Peter and more. Then, go underneath the church’s floors to visit the tombs of hundreds of Popes, as well as a Swedish Queen who converted to Roman Catholicism. 

Important: Please note you cannot return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the Basilica. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour. Also, if you would like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don’t leave with your guide to take photos in the piazza.
Reviews (29)
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Vatican full tour opulence

Did the full 5 hour Vatican tour. Arrived at meeting place 0730 across from museum. Roman Guy tours staff welcomed the different tours and we set off 0745 sharp, once through security are tour guide took us first to places that would be crowded later...More

Thank lostDigger
kaylaschorr, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review! It's always great to be able to take such a detailed tour when you're so interested in the Vatican and it's history. We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome Tour of Vatican

We booked the detailed tour of the Vatican, which has an early start so you can be one of the first groups to access the Vatican museum. Our guide Giovanni was awesome - he was very friendly, had a lot of knowledge and made sure...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your detailed and kind reviews. The detailed Vatican experience is definitely no match for the weak. Glad you enjoyed seeing all of the masterpieces the Vatican has to offer! We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 1 November 2018
Very engaging and informative tour guide!

With so much to see and so limited time, our guide did an awesome job making sure we saw what was most important. She was funny yet informative. She cut straight to the chase with things. It was a fun tour!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mitesh S
Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Ciao Mitesh! Grazie mille for your review. Seeing the sites in Rome can be quite overwhelming, which is why it's awesome to have an expert guide show you the ins and outs. We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 10 October 2018
Travel Smart

We throughly enjoyed Raffa as our tour guide. We learned so much at a very comfortable pace. Raffa encouraged my son to communicate in the beautiful Italian language .It was a fabulous way to enjoy the Vatican without worrying about where to go and long...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. Taking a private tour of the Vatican allows for so much more opportunity to explore and ask questions. We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile
Well worth it!

We all really enjoyed the tour, particularly the early entry into the Sistine Chapel. Monica our tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. While the tour wasn’t quite ‘privileged’ in the sense of minimal people in the Sistine there was much much less people there...More

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Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. With the Privileged Entrance Tour, you get to beat thousands of people waiting in the general entry line to the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums can get pretty crowded, but getting in that extra hour earlier is definitely worth...More

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Patricia M
26 May 2018|
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Response from dmacin012018 | Reviewed this property |
12 people max. We actually had 11 on our tour.
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Marnie B
10 April 2018|
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Response from Francesca T | Property representative |
Ciao! This tour lasts 5 hours, its perfect for the art and history lovers and those looking to explore the museums in more depth. If you are looking for a shorter tour we also have Vatican tours that last 3,5 hours or are... More
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