Enjoy after-hours private access when the crowds have gone and experience the incredible masterpieces of the Vatican with a passionate art historian guide.

Highlights

  • Visit the Vatican with only a fraction of the usual daytime crowds
  • Get up close and personal with Michelangelo‚Äôs remarkable frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Top-rated private guide makes this tour a clear winner for best value

Description

Enjoy skip-the-line, after-hours entry to what is arguably the most important collection of art in the world. Your guide will navigate seamlessly through the more than 1,200 galleries while emphasizing the Rooms of Raphael, the Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard, and the Gallery of Maps, ensuring you stay on track with an eye on the ultimate prize: the Sistine Chapel.

Much of this tour will be dedicated to the majestic Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches applied by none other than Michaelangelo Buonarroti. You will hear the true life story of this fascinating yet tormented artist, who considered himself a sculptor and not a painter yet dedicated countless years of his life painting frescoes on a ceiling 44 feet high. Learn of the physical and psychological damage inflicted on the artist as your guide helps you to discern between myth, fact, and popular Hollywood fiction regarding this epic work of art.

Inclusion

  • Priority fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Fully guided Vatican Museums experience with a private expert Vatican tour guide
  • Belvedere Courtyard, Greek and Roman Sculptures

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Know before you book

  • Due to the route covered and/or the means of transportation used, it is not possible to participate in this tour using a wheelchair, scooter, or other aid. Please contact us to inquire about customized tour options for guests with mobility challenges
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Know before you go

  • Dress code: shoulders and knees must be covered
  • Tour departs rain or shine
  • Passports are not required for entry to the Vatican Museums

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to the start time will be refunded in full. No refunds will be made for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or failure to arrive at the meeting point on time (no-show).

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