Private Vatican VIP After-Hours: Exclusive Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Private & Custom Tours in Rome

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This unique VIP tour of 2 hours will allow you to have the Vatican Museums all for yourself! You will get to enjoy the Galleries and Sistine Chapel without any other visitor. Your passionate tour guide will animate the history of the magnificent artworks and share with you stories and legends of the great artists from the past.Visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel when they're closed to the general public is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Transfers are included. 
Begin your private-access adventure with pickup from hotel or preferred accommodation within Rome's City Center. During normal opening hours, the Vatican Museums are almost always crowded, and the sheer mass of people can sometimes make it feel like you are being herded through the many galleries and corridors. Between the crowds and the vastness of the museums, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the experience. Your knowledgeable and passionate blue badge guide will share a privileged view of one of the most extensive art collections in the world, such as hosting sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings. See prominent Renaissance paintings from Raphael, Michelangelo, Perugino and Botticelli. This tour includesView the majestic Laocoon statue within the superior galleries, known as one of the greatest works during the Hellenistic period. Pass through the Octagonal courtyard with your guide. Continue to the ancient Gallery of the Candelabra. You will also be able to explore the Gallery of Tapestries, which was inspired by Raphael and featured Trompe L’oeil artistry.Proceed to the Gallery of Maps, a series of painted topographical maps of Italy, which are frescoes of the 16th century. Witness the beauty of Raphael Rooms without the inconvenience of crowds. You can also unwind and ask questions freely. Adore an exclusive lesson on the symbolism of Michelangelo’s world-renowned masterpieces as you become fully immersed into the Sistine Chapel. Independently, appreciate the majesty of the Chapel as you relax, meditate and contemplate - a freedom originally reserved for Renaissance Masters and Clergy. Complete your tour by walking through frescoed halls of the Vatican Library, and exiting through the famous double Spiral Staircase by Giuseppe Moro.End your journey with drop-off at your hotel or preferred accommodation within Rome's City Center.

What’s included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (centrally located hotels)
  • Blue Badge Guide (Professional Art Historian Guide)
  • Private transport by Mercedes E-Class or Mercedes Viano
  • Private VIP Vatican Museums Access
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

What’s not included

  • Gratuities


  • Hotel pickup included
  • Led by a Blue Badge guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Fully narrated tour