The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel play an essential part of any visit to Rome. Even if you are a returning visitor the opulence, history and the breathtaking art and architecture would leave you speechless. This paramount religious complex and artistic masterpiece is enormous! The Basilica itself is a treasure trove as big as two football fields. And the Sistine Chapel, home of the most famous frescoes in the world, is at the far end of the Vatican Museums. Even if you take the museum’s “short itinerary,” you will be treated to thousands of fascinating artworks along the way. What are they? Who created them? Experts in custom Italy travel itineraries, we design Vatican tours for first-timers and connoisseurs alike.

Taking a Guided Tour of the Vatican

St Peter’s and the Vatican Museums can be overwhelming, especially if this is your first visit, so allow our experienced guides to lead the way and share the art and history of the Vatican with you.

Taking a guided tour of Vatican City can help you get through both of these monumental attractions without missing the most important pieces not to mention understand their importance.

Contact us for your customized private tour of the Vatican

The Vatican tours we offer are on a private basis only and advance booking is required. The group will comprise your party and your expert guide only, offering you a dedicated and interactive experience. Plus, you will skip the long lines. Check out our Vatican private tours below for inspiration. Alternatively, you can work with one of our Italy trip planners to customize a privately guided tour bespoke to you and your passions.

Vatican Private Tours Customized to Your Desires!

Vatican Sistine Chapel Tour

Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

Skip the line private and personalized Vatican early morning tour.


Vatican In-Depth Tour

Private Tour of Vatican In Depth

This Vatican private tour skips the line and takes you deep into the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.


Vatican Art a Jewish Perspective

Jewish Vatican Tour

Skip the line private tour of Vatican from a Jewish perspective.


Vatican by Night Tour

Vatican Museum Night Tour

After hours Vatican tour: private skip the line tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.




One of the holiest places in the Christian world, the Vatican City embodies a truly vast collection of masterpieces. Here you will actually find the most important church in Christendom, St Peter’s Basilica, as well as the Museums holding some of the world’s greatest artistic treasures, including the Raphael’s Rooms and Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. The Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica together form the most representative image of papal Rome. Be part of the story with one of expert guides introducing you to its defining highlights. On our Vatican private tours you will come away from with a better comprehensive understanding of the history of the Holy See.

Within the Museums lavishly decorated halls there are works from the immense collection commissioned by popes throughout the centuries. In fact there are 54 galleries filled with tons of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Renaissance art. Of course, the most famous is the Sistine Chapel attracting more than six million visitors annually and making it the second most visited attraction in Rome after the Colosseum.

Dive into the best of the Popes’ vast collection with one of our private Vatican guides at your side who will introduce you to the artistic and architectural wonders of the Vatican City. Uncover the stories behind the masterpieces you encounter. Learn historical facts and those little details that you will not find in guidebooks. Focus on what you want to see most and see the works that appeal to you. Our Vatican private tours are the perfect choice for visitors seeking a personalized experience with the world of art.

Get the most out of the fifth most visited art museum on the planet. With 20,000 objects on display, we know that finding your way to the best can be daunting. Through careful planning, we deliver Vatican private tours that enthrall first-time visitors and delight the persistent returnee with art and culture in a personal way. In addition, if you need a place to stay near the Vatican City we will be happy to help you find the right hotel that matches your travel style.

Visitor Tips for the Vatican Museum

The Vatican Museum is one of the most popular attractions in Rome, so here are a few visitor tips to help you make the most of an enormous collection that can just as easily overwhelm as impress.
• Dress appropriately, please. – Entry to the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors. Modest dress in this case means no bare shoulders, knees, or midriffs for either men or women. However, this strict dress code for the Vatican is the same that applies when you enter any church in Italy. Therefore, as a sign of respect both women and man must cover shoulders and knees with appropriate clothing – low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts, and hats are not allowed.
• Don’t try to see everything. – The truth is that even with an excellent guide and lots of time you won’t see all the art and historic pieces in the Vatican Museum. Trying to see everything will leave you exhausted and your feet aching. This is why it’s highly recommended to take a guided tour to help you navigate (and make sense of) what you’re seeing.
• Don’t waste time waiting in lines when you’re on vacation. – The Pope’s Museums draws upwards of 35,000 visitors per day in high season. It is hardly surprising. They are home to the Sistine Chapel and some of the greatest finds from the ancient world. These are inspiring works in the history of art and so almost every visitor to Rome seems to want to tick them off their list. Because of this, taking a privileged entrance tour is definitely the best way to visit.
• Best time to visit –The busiest days to visit the Vatican are during April-October. If possible, we recommend visit in the off-season.

WHERE TO EAT NEAR THE VATICAN (5 Really Good Places 2020)

Exploring the Vatican cultural riches builds up an appetite. Sure, we know you deserve a gourmet break to refresh your stomach, after refreshing your soul!

The Vatican area has plenty of super-touristic venues but it is also true that this eating neighborhood has become the right place in Rome for visitors and locals alike.

Here our insider tips on the best places to eat a traditional roman lunch, a gourmet sandwich, a yummy gelato, or a slice of pizza.

The first place you come across, right on Risorgimento square, is the Panineria 200 Degrees. Really good sandwiches with yummy vegan options. The pecorino with chicory and the ricotta with radicchio totally hit the spot! Highly recommended!

Osteria di Birra del Borgo, which opened just over a year ago is a paradise for pizza and beer lovers. Absolutely the best beer bar in Rome. Brewery on site the suds are incredible. The staff is wonderful. Guys are so nice and welcoming. The food is fantastic. And the Wi-Fi is extremely fast. Drink beer. Have a good time!

In via degli Scipioni, there is one of the best wine shops with kitchen of the city, Enoteca del Frate. A hidden gem near the Vatican. An extensive wine selection and delicious food. Very attentive service. You really cannot go wrong stopping here for lunch and also a good place for that romantic night out… Expect to pay accordingly.

La Zanzara Bistrot is a great restaurant, full of local people (which is surely a good sign). Many options for meat lovers but also vegetarians. The thing that we love the most about this place are the roman style artichokes boiled and dressed in olive oil, lemon, mint and garlic. We could eat those every day. Really tasty!

Gelateria dei Gracchi, famous for its hazelnut and pistachio creams, is the right place for a sweet break. Top quality ingredients make for one of the best ice cream places in Rome. Very interesting combination of flavors. A must try!!!