Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Skip-the-Line Private Tour

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Explore Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica during this private, 5-hour tour. Your guide, who will have either an art history or archeological degree, will share the history of these famous sights as you go. Enter with skip-the-line tickets, and enjoy special access to areas usually inaccessible to the public: Niccoline Chapel and Bramante Staircase.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioNicholas Chapel : One of the off limits area of the Vatican Museums is the Chapel of Pope Nicholas V. Here you will enter a tiny chapel that was painted by the Dominican Monk Fra Angelico from the 1448; the Chapel is considered a real treasure of art of early Renaissance. The frescoes have very bright colours and they are representing scenes from the life of St. Steven and St. Lawrence. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, LazioYou will see the famous Sistine Chapel. This is the most famous masterpiece of the museum. Here you can admire the spectacular frescoes by Michelangelo such as the Last Judgement and the Creation of the World with stories of the life of Noah as well.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, LazioFinally you will proceed to the St.Peter's Basilica, the most important Basilica in the world. Here you will have the chance to see the famous Michelangelo's Pietà and the Bernini's BaldacchinoDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioBramante Staircase is another special place closed to the public and it is visitable only with special admission. The Bramante's staircase is a double helix staircase built for the Pope Julius II to allow him to access to his apartments with his horse carriage. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Vatican City, LazioThe Raphael's Rooms where commissioned to the young Raphael by the Pope Julius II who had in the 1500s at his service the best artists such as Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo. Raphael will be in charge to paint his apartment and among the several paintings you will see the School of Athens where Raphael is representing himself as well and many characters from the time including his friend the architect Bramante and his rival Michelangelo. Inside the same room there are the frescoes of the Dispute over the Sacraments and the Parnassus Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioPio clementine Museum and the galleries part of it. You will see many important rooms such as the Octagonal courtyard where are preserved many antiques statues such as the Laocoon, the apollo of Belvedere, then you will proceed to the Room of the animals, Room of Muses where is the Torso, the Round Room with beautiful giant roman statues and the bath-tub of Nero!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioYou will make your way to the Raphael rooms and Sistine chapel and see the spectacular upper galleries once part of the Pontifical apartments, you will walk through the gallery of the Candelabra, Tapestries, Maps and proceed to the Room of the Immaculate Conception before reaching the Raphael rooms. Duration: 50 minutesStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioOn your itinerary you will have the chance to stop in a panoramic terrace to take a beautiful picture of the Basilica of St. Peter's and its spectacular Dome designed partially by Michelangelo, then you will see from the terrace part of the Vatican Gardens. You will also head to the Sistine chapel passing by the Modern and Contemporary art gallery and the Borgia apartment. Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Rome Private Guides, Rome, LazioEnjoy the city with Rome Private guides, TripAdvisor Experience partner

What’s included

  • Professional Private guide for 5 hours
  • Access to the restricted areas of Niccoline Chapel and Bramante Staircase
  • Private tour
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Skip the line
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide