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Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Private 3-Hour Tour

4.9 / 5

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Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Private 3-Hour Tour

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From US$ 337.12 per group up to 2

Discover the treasures of the Vatican, from Michelangelo to Raphael and Bernini on a private guided journey through centuries of art, religion, and power. Delve deep into the most important Christian site of worship and its remarkable masterpieces.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Skip the ticket line and explore the Vatican Museums without the hassle of waiting
  • Learn about the history of the Vatican from your knowledgeable guide
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Leonardo
Full description

Skip the ticket line on a private 3-hour Vatican tour for up to 2 persons. Your private guide will lead you through the vast collections of the Vatican Museums, highlighting the most important masterpieces. Experience centuries of art, as your knowledgeable guide recounts the intriguing stories behind the masterpieces you see and tells how they ended up at the Vatican. You’ll marvel at the astonishing Sistine Chapel, and you’re sure to be in awe as you stand and take in the magnificence of Michelangelo's frescoes that surround you. The tour continues with a visit to St. Peter’s, the largest and most important basilica in the Roman Catholic world. You’ll be amazed by the architecture and the works of art inside the church – including Michelangelo's Pietà.

Due to Covid- 19 restrictions, you may have to visit the Basilica on your own. Before joining the line for the Basilica, listen to your guide explain the history of the Basilica and what you will see inside.

Once you've seen the Basilica, exit to find yourself in spectacular St. Peter’s Square, a masterpiece designed by Bernini.

  • Private guide
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Viale Vaticano 100

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • FFP2 mask

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • You may have to visit St. Peter's Basilica on your own at the end of the Museum tour
  • You must exit the Museum and wait in line to visit the Basilica. Depending on how long the tour of the Museum takes, the guide may give you information about the Basilica outside before you join the line to enter the Basilica on your own
  • You must cover your shoulders and knees to enter the Vatican
  • Large bags and umbrellas must be checked and retrieving these items could take time away from the tour's itinerary
  • You will receive confirmation within 48 hours of booking (subject to availability)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 26 reviews

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The tour with Valeria C. was really great ! From the beginning till the end it was an amazing tour with the real highlights of the Vatican museum, the capella Sistina and the St. Peter's basilica. Our guide Valeria took care about us - we were a private group of two - and showed us really remarkable art and religious peaces. Her deep know -how impressed us ! Thanks for this wonderful experience, it was a really nice afternoon !

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September 9, 2017

Excellent, informative and comprehensive tour from a courteous guide.

Our guide was courteous, knowledgeable and informative. We were able to skip-the-line and spend the time available visiting the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. All were wonderful visits and the explanation and guidance provided by our guide enhanced the experience immensely. Overall we enjoyed a very memorable visit with lasting memories. We appreciated very much the efforts of our guide and her efforts in making our visit to Rome and the Vatican a lifetime highlight.

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May 9, 2017

Our tour was absolutely amazing.

Our guide was incredible. He shared his extensive knowledge and his love of art with us. He made the Vatican come alive for us. It was a highlight of our vacation.

August 24, 2018

Product ID: 46079