Vatican Museums & The Sistine Chapel: Private 2.5 hr Walking TourPrivate Tour

Explore the incredible treasures of the Vatican Museums in the heart of Rome with an expert guide, and admire Michaelangelo's stunning frescos in the Sistine Chapel on this private walking tour.

Adults: 2 Children: 0

Things to know


2 hrs 30 mins


Art, City Highlights, First Time Visitor, History, Museums and Galleries

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Walking tour: no transportation is included

What's included:

A friendly, professional English-Speaking tour guide for your own private group, Timed entry tickets to the Vatican Museums, Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places

What's not included:

Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off, Food & Drink, Gratuities, Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica
Meeting points: Your guide will meet you in front of Café Vaticano, Viale Vaticano, 100, Roma RM, Italy

What makes this tour special

Discover the dazzling treasures of the Vatican Museums, including world-famous antiquities, frescoes by Renaissance maestro Raphael, and of course the magnificence of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel on this private 2.5-hour tour. 


On your private tour you will: 


Vatican City, located in the heart of Rome, is an independent city-state, and the smallest country in the world. It is the heart of the Roman Catholic Church and the traditional home of the Pope.

The Vatican Museums with its hallowed halls and galleries, lined with world-famous priceless artefacts, antiquities, and art, is also home to works by the two Renaissance maestros and rivals Raphael and Michaelangelo.

Your highlights tour of the Vatican Museums will whisk you through the galleries ensuring you see the most renowned pieces. You will see the Belvedere Courtyard with the Appollo Belvedere and Laocoön sculptures, explore the Gallery of Tapestries with designs of the life of Christ by Raphael and the exquisitely frescoed Gallery of the Maps.

You'll hear all about the life and papacy of Pope Julius II who commissioned Raphael to paint his private apartments and Michaelangelo to paint the Sistine Ceiling. Your guide will show you the Raphael Rooms with the School of Athens fresco that would set a new standard in the art world, followed finally by the truly awe-inspiring and magnificent Sistine Chapel with those astounding frescoes painted by Michelangelo in his thirties and later his sixties.

Admire the Creation of Adam on the Ceiling and the perfection of the human form with the 392 bodies in the Last Judgement. Most of us have seen reproductions of the Sistine Chapel, but nothing beats the real thing!

Your guide will give you fascinating in-depth explanations, stories, and analyses of Michelangelo's life and masterpieces.

Your tour ends inside the Vatican Museums.

Please note this tour does not visit St. Peter's Basilica. It ends inside the Vatican Museums, allowing you to spend as long as you wish inside to get food and keep exploring at your own leisure. 

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QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
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QWhat is your cancellation policy?
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