This fully private Vatican tour with one of Rome's most esteemed Vatican experts spans the entirety of the magnificent Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Papal Vatacombs (the final resting place of Popes), and St. Peter's awe-inspiring Basilica.
Convene at our Vatican meeting point, a few short steps away from the threshold to the Vatican Museums. Once introductions have been made and formalities over, enjoy priority access into the museums and connect with the most impressive and important works of art and sculpture ever created on a 3 hour journey which touches on the incredible talent of such luminaries as Raphael, Bernini, and Michelangelo.
There are more than 1,200 rooms inside the Vatican Museums and we have hand-picked the essentials - all the most important major works of art and marble masterpieces are included on this private Vatican tour. The rooms of Raphael will both amaze and astound, as will the precious and priceless ancient Greek and Roman sculptures in the Belvedere Courtyard.
The Sistine Chapel is of course the focal point and your private guide will relate it's story, from before it was commissioned to the finishing touches, learning to distinguish between truth and legend.
Straight after seeing the Sistine Chapel, you will be granted direct access to St. Peter's Basilica, skipping the long lines outside and extra waiting time - a privilege made available only on this particular private tour.
Entering the largest basilica in the world is an honour for all. Built over what are believed to be the bones of St. Peter, you will come face to face with Michelangelo the sculptor and the massive baldachin (Bernini's bronze canopy), as well as Raphael's "Transfiguration". Make your descent to the underground level we call "Vatacombs", a rarely seen area of the Vatican where tombs of former popes rest in silence. Your tour concludes soon thereafter on St. Peter's Square where your private guide will relate the history of the Vatican State, it's Swiss Guard, and how the square was designed.