Private Tour

Vatican Private Tour from a Jewish Perspective

Art & History
Family
Duration: 3 Hours
Languages: EN

Welcome to an awe-inspiring journey packed with surprising tales and facts where chapters of history come to life! This private tour of the Vatican from a Jewish perspective highlights the main attractions housed within the Vatican’ walls with a focus on the symbols hidden in Michelangelo’s ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. All with the undivided attention of your licensed guide and skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.


Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Visited by over 6.5 million people per year, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are top of the must see list for most visitors to Rome. Treat yourself to an art history tour that explores the Jewish connections within the Vatican and Michelangelo’s Sistine riddles. A meaningful experience made even more unforgettable by your guide explaining the biblical stories hidden in the art by Michelangelo.

 

Your private journey through art begins as you skip the long Vatican entrance lines. You will visit the most celebrated of all the Vatican’s treasures— Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel—but you will also access selected galleries filled with priceless artworks, each with its own captivating story to tell. Plus St. Peter’s Basilica with Bernini’s bronze baldachin canopy, inspired by the Solomon’s Temple original columns.

 

Regarded as Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel is the breathtaking attraction of the Museums. Decorated with striking frescoes and a cast of colorful biblical characters, the Sistine Chapel ceiling vividly portrays key scenes from the Book of Genesis while the altar wall depicts the verdict of the Last Judgement. With the help of your expert guide, you will learn the hidden messages behind the symbols and allusions the artist left us in the heart of the Vatican.

 

From the Sistine Chapel your guide uses a special entrance to access St. Peter’s Basilica directly, bypassing another long line. Once inside your guide will introduce you its impressive treasures including another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces La Pieta and Bernini’s incredible bronze baldachin. The artist designed it with twisted Solomonic columns just above the spot where St. Peter himself is supposedly buried.

 


Highlights

  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Belvedere Apollo
  • Laocoön
  • Belvedere Torso
  • Greek Cross Hall
  • Gallery of Candelabra
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Michelangelo’s Pietà
  • Bernini’s Baldachin

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica fast track entrance tickets

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • If your group numbers more than 6, the Vatican requires that you rent earphones at the door for 3 Euro/person, paid directly on site (earphones prices may vary slightly without notice)
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

At an easy to find location near the entrance to the Museums. Full details provided upon booking. Upon request, we can arrange a private luxury vehicle for commuting to the Vatican.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request from Monday to Saturday.
  • Vatican Museums Closing Days in 2021: 15 August, 8, 25 and 26 December.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be subject to unscheduled last minute closures due to liturgical celebrations or unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs during your visit, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Museums.
  • For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.
  • On Wednesday mornings, except late July and August, the Pope holds an audience during which access to St. Peter Basilica could be closed. If you want to see the Basilica, skip Wednesday mornings and consider touring on Wednesday PM.

 


Good to Know Before You Go

  • All members of your party must present at the Vatican Museums a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • The Vatican has a strict dress code. Men and women must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times. Access to the Museums will be granted only to appropriately dressed visitors (sleeveless and low-cut garments, shorts, mini-skirts and hats are not permitted).
  • You may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican (smaller than 40cm length x 35cm width x 15cm depth). Anything bigger than this, or any umbrellas or camera tripods, must be checked into the Vatican Museums cloakroom at the beginning of the tour. The cloakroom storage is free of charge, but please be aware that it is located approximately 20 minutes walking distance from the conclusion point of the tour. And because the cloakroom closes at 4pm, those doing the afternoon tour may not be able to retrieve their belongings until the following day. Thus, we recommend traveling light and leave any unnecessary belongings at the hotel.
  • The Vatican Museum reserve the right to deny entrance to any individual not adhering to their entrance rules and restrictions including, but not limited to, providing proper identification and conformance to its dress code.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Does this Vatican Tour include skip-the-line access?

Yes, all of our Vatican tours include skip-the-line access with pre-reserved timed-entry tickets. Our tickets also grant a speedy access to the special Papal exit from the Sistine Chapel, which brings guests right back to St. Peter Basilica. The general public cannot use this special exit and they must walk for 45 minutes back through the Vatican galleries, and around the Vatican city wall to reach St. Peter Basilica.

Why can’t I see a price?

We offer personalized, private travel experiences. The price depends on your party size and preferences.





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