Private Jewish Vatican Tour
For Jewish travelers to Rome with a deep interest in art, history and religion, our private Jewish Vatican tour is the perfect add-on for an enriching Italian vacation. With your own dedicated guide, you’ll get involved deeper and learn more about the artworks that are most appealing to you. Explore the many hidden treasures within the Sistine Chapel filled with Jewish images and symbols. Visit the best of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace on this informative, enlightening and fun Vatican tour from a Jewish perspective.
- Families with Kids
- Art & History Lovers
Private Jewish Vatican Tour
What to Expect
On this immersive Jewish Vatican tour, you’ll be expertly guided through the Museum’s collection exploring the Jewish connections within the Vatican and Michelangelo’s Sistine riddles. A meaningful experience made even more unforgettable as your guide unveils the biblical stories that Michelangelo hid in his paintings from a distinctly Jewish point of view. There will be time to answer all your questions – and with 9 miles of art and thousands of years of history in this tiny state, you’ll sure have a few!
Do justice to your visit with our Jewish Vatican tour, taking you on a journey through the best of these 9-mile museums to appreciate the bigger picture of art, power and politics in the Vatican City. As well as delving into the Vatican’s history and the symbols hidden in Michelangelo’s ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, we’ll explore the major works that the museums have to offer.
Jewish Vatican Tour at Glance
Your private Jewish Vatican tour begins as you skip the long entrance lines. Once inside the Museums your guide will help you make sense and enjoyment out of the world’s largest artistic labyrinth. 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. By the time we reach the chapel you’ll be well prepared to appreciate the details and quirks that make it so special – and knowing Michelangelo’s history of temper tantrums and tiffs, you’ll understand what a miracle it was that he finished it at all!
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 engaging guide, you will learn the hidden messages behind the symbols and allusions the artist left us in the heart of the Vatican.
Follow your guide out of the chapel through the privileged, no-line passageway to St. Peter's Basilica. Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica is one of the world’s most striking architectural spaces, taking the best minds of the Renaissance more than 120 years to complete. And its history is just as jaw-dropping. Inside, your guide will introduce you its impressive treasures including another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces La Pieta and Bernini’s bronze baldachin canopy, inspired by the Solomon’s Temple original columns.
For those interested in exploring Jewish history in Rome we suggest our Jewish Rome Private Tour suitable for adults and kids.
- Pinecone Courtyard
- Belvedere Apollo
- 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 with pre-reserved entry time
- St. Peter’s Basilica fast track entrance tickets
What Is Not Included
- Optional activity costs
- Food & drinks
- Tips (optional)
- Anything not expressly mentioned as included
- This private Jewish Vatican tour is available on request from Monday to Saturday.
- Vatican Museums Closing Days in 2022: 11 February, 19 March, 18 April, 29 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 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. To avoid problems in entering the Basilica on that day please consider booking an afternoon tour.
Good to Know
- 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.
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
Full payment by credit card is required to make a reservation. 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. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.
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Last update: February 7, 2022
As ever, we put health and safety first. Since the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our tours comply with the necessary safety and security regulations as per local guidelines. As long as the Covid-19 emergency persists, here what you can expect during your tour:
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Social Distancing during the tour in accordance with government guidelines.
Guest Guidelines – All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring their own FFP2 facemask and wear them for the duration of the tour (wearing masks is mandatory both outdoors and indoors).
Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Guidelines starting from January 10, 2022 until further notice:
All venues in Italy will require visitors to produce the “Reinforced Green Pass” (or equivalent record of vaccination for non-EU countries) also known as the “Super Green Pass”, to prove that they have received a booster shot (3rd injection). Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. Additionally, travel within the country by train, boat, and buses now require all passengers to wear FFP2 facemasks.
Temperature checks will also take place at tour venues; if your temperature is above 37.5°C (99.5° F) you will unfortunately not be able to attend the tour. For more information, including specifics associated with requirements and restrictions associated with travel to and within Italy, read the following Covid-19 updates or consult the Italian embassy in your country.