Time Magazine once listed the Vatican Museums as one of the most influential places in history and we have no argument with that! One of the largest museum complex in the world, the Vatican Museums are a vast treasure trove of art and history containing an incomparable collection of works assembled by the Popes over the centuries. Where else can you see Egyptian mummies, a deep collection of Greek and Roman art and masterpieces by Raphael and Michelangelo in one day? Do not be overwhelmed by the Vatican’s offerings. On this private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel with early entrance, we will guide you on an experiential journey carefully selecting a mixture of famous and lesser-known works.

The Vatican City is home to a lot of history and with that history comes some of the best museums in the world. Therefore, the Vatican Museums are a Rome must see on many visitors’ bucket lists. They are sublime, they are historic, and overwhelming. Our tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel takes you out of the queue in the company of our art historian private Vatican guides. With skip the line entry, a planned path, and an expert guide at your side our private tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel covers the best of the Museums extensive collection. We will help you navigate through the centuries taking you straight to the works that dovetail with your interests. Our private tours of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel are the perfect choice to connect with the art in a personal way.

Art and history go hand-in-hand in the Vatican. As you enter the Museums, you take a passage through 2000 years of history. You could easily spend days lost in the overwhelming 1400 rooms filled with 20000 objects on display. Make the most of the Vatican in the hands of brilliant and inspired guides who uncover hidden secrets and little known nuggets packed to the gills with art and history. The Nancy Aiello Tours’ passionate guides will lead you through the museum pointing out the true stories behind pieces of special interest. The Sistine Chapel is the Museums’ star attraction. Gaze up at amazement at Michelangelo’s ceiling and understand the Creation of the World.

Our private tours of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel are indeed gateways through time. And even if you have been to the Vatican before, chances are you will discover something that will amaze you. If you are planning a trip to Italy between April and October check out our Vatican museum night tour available on Fridays after-hours. Contact us for a private tour of Vatican.

* Private Vatican Early Entrance Skip the Line Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter Basilica

Personalized experience built around your interests, curiosity, and passions

Whether your interest is artistic, historical, or religious, a visit to the Vatican is an essential part of any trip to Rome. Skip the line and see the world-famous collection of masterpieces on this private tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s with a great tour guide focused just on you, answering your questions as they pop up.

The Vatican Museums are the Museum of Museums, the fruit of several collections commissioned by the Pope over the centuries. With over 4 miles of galleries crammed with Renaissance paintings, courtyards displaying Greek and Roman statues, and seemingly endless hallways lined with ancient maps and musty tapestries, the Vatican Museums are among the largest in the world. Do not be overwhelmed by the Vatican’s offerings. Instead, feel privileged to walk around rooms that are part of human history! We will help you dive into the artistic highlights and hidden corners of this vast museum getting the behind the scenes stories.

Experience the exquisite highlights of the Vatican Museum

The Vatican is one of the world’s greatest museums. It holds within its walls and halls the greatest homage to Western Civilization in a single complex. As well as pre-dating most contemporary museums by centuries, it houses some of the world’s finest examples of art and architecture.

An expert tour guide is essential to navigate the vast Vatican collection spanning more than 4 miles of treasures on display. This entertaining tour focuses on the absolute must-sees and famous masterpieces of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo. Also, experience the most magnificent church on earth – St Peter’s – before ending in the superb square designed by Bernini.

Please note: Although we pre-purchase your Vatican Museum tickets, there may be a short wait before museum entry.

Certain rooms or courtyards may be closed without warning by the Vatican Museum administration. If this happens during your tour, some sites may be substituted.

Checking in large bags/backpacks and umbrellas can cause delays in entering the museum so please do not bring any with you.

How it Works.
We will get the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tickets ahead of time so that you will not have to wait in any lines. The Vatican closes on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year. With the vast amount of art to see we can help you focusing on some of the most important sections and pieces. During the booking process, you will be able to tell our Italian-based team when and what you would like to tour. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the tour for you and yours. A Vatican private tour curated to your preferences. Advance reservations are essential.

In addition, to assist you in planning your visit to the Vatican, we have also created an informative resources page – How to Tour the Vatican that offers helpful advice.

Do you combine people to share the tour?

All our tours are private and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.

Do we skip the line to enter the Vatican?

Yes. This tour guarantees your reservations and tickets to enter the the Vatican skipping the line.
Please Note: ALL visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint before entering the Vatican so please, expect to wait for few minutes to clear security.

Can we enter the Sistine Chapel without going through the entire Museum?

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and it is not available separately. One must follow through the entire route of the Museums before entering the Sistine Chapel, which is located on the far end from the Museum’s entrance. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel located near the end of a long one-way itinerary inside the Museums can only be visited as part of the Vatican tour.

What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?

We are NOT liable for reduced itineraries owing to unscheduled closures by attractions. Unscheduled closures do not depend on us, but on the administration of the sites visited on the tour. In the event of an unexpected closure of a site or attraction your guide will promptly provide an alternative itinerary. While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued.
The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum and/or Sistine Chapel at any time, and without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given but if it is impossible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.

When our tour is over will we be able to visit St. Peter's Basilica or the grottos where the Papal tombs or climb the Dome?

Absolutely. Once the tour is complete your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction to continue the visit on your own.

Can Roma Pass be used for the Vatican Museum admission?

Roma pass can only be used in Rome NOT for the Vatican admission. The Roma Pass does not include the Vatican Museums which are in Vatican City, a city state within the city of Rome. The Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel are not part of the circuit of museums that can be visited with the Roma Pass and/or the Roma and Più Pass.

Do you use headsets on your Vatican Sistine Chapel tour?

In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups composed of 6 or more participants. The Vatican requires that you rent whisper or similar audio headsets at the door so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican. Your personal guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces.

Do you do Scavi tours under the Vatican?

St.Peter Necropolis sometimes just called the Scavi or Excavations, which contains tombs dating from the origins of Christianity are organized by the Vatican itself. They accept applications and confirm the tour only the day before. Unless you are planning an extended stay in Rome, you will have trouble arranging this tour. This 90 min. tour into the excavations of the Necropolis underneath St. Peter must book well in advance. You need to email the Vatican directly at Children under 11 are not allowed.

Will we be able to take pictures especially in the Sistine Chapel?

Pictures are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. All throughout the museums the Vatican City authorities have an enlightened policy on taking pictures and visitors are allowed to take photos provided there is no flash. But this does not apply to the Sistine Chapel.

Is food allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel?

You are not allowed to consume food and drink inside the Museums, except in designated places such as the cafeteria.


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