Vatican City Hidden Gems Private Tour with Hotel Transfers

Cultural & Theme Tours in Rome

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Enjoy this exclusively designed private 3.5 hours tour of the stunning Vatican Museums and its Hidden Gems - the second largest and the fifth most visited art museum in the world, home to the famous Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms. Skip the line and enter directly with your personal guide to enjoy some of world's most renowned masterpieces produced by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and visit some hidden off-the-beaten-track rooms. Explore the fascinating architecture and a vast collection of classical sculptures. Continue the visit by entering into St. Peter's Basilica directly from the museums, without queuing up from the main square, and finish your tour in the charming St. Peter's Square.
Treat yourself with a customized private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit some hidden gems of the museums and explore rooms closed to the general public at all times. Meet your guide at your hotel where you will be picked-up and travel together to the Vatican Museums. Skip the line for fast-track entry to the world famous Vatican museum complex, made up of galleries with an impressive number of artwork and masterpieces from antiquity to present day. During your visit you will have a chance to see one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings. Enjoy the impressive Belvedere Courtyard and then stroll through the most interesting rooms and galleries of the museum complex. Marvel at the famous Lacoon and the Belvedere Torso at the sculpture museum, deeply revered by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists. Be stunned by Michelangelo’s masterpieces inside the Sistine Chapel. Feel free to customize your tour with one of the following itineraries and starting times: Starting at 9:30AM or 1:45PM - Hidden Gems Classic Leave the crowd behind and with your guide pass the gatekeeper to privately enter the Room of the Animals. Marvel at the stunning statues of the Vatican's "Stone Zoo". Stroll through the ever-closed Gallery of Statues to explore a fantastic collection of sculptures and ceiling partly painted by Pinturicchio. Enter the real hidden gem of the Vatican - the Cabinet of the Masks - a little room with a fantastic view of the city containing precious sculptures and mosaics. Starting at 11:45AM - Hidden Gems Renaissance Experience Experience the awe of the Vatican's renaissance treasures on this detour through the Raphel Rooms and see the frescos by the the most talented painter of the 16th C.   Starting at 11:45AM - Hidden Gems Renaissance Carriage Pavillion The fascinating Carriage Pavilion was created in 1967 by Pope Paul VI in order to gather the many official papal means of transportation from 1500 to nowadays. Among them, you'll admire the papal ceremonial Equipment, Costumes of the lay Court and the Arms and Uniforms of the Pontifical Armed Guards. With your guide, you will learn about the solemn ritual of the "Cavalcade", during which the Pope was carried to St. John in Lateran on a sedan chair after his coronation as the Bishop of Rome. 14 Papal carriages are followed by vehicles such as the famous Pope-mobile Fiat Campagnola used by Pope John Paul II on the day he sadly experienced the assassination attempt in 1981. Enter the beautiful St. Peter’s Church, where the famous Baldachin by Bernini is located, and end your tour in the charming St. Peter’s Square. The view will fill you with wonder and awe and bring to completion the life-changing experience of visiting the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.

What’s included

  • Private Walking Tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off via Uber/Taxi (Centrally located only - within Aurelian Walls)
  • Exclusive access to Secret Rooms: Room of the Animals and the Cabinet of the Masks (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food & Beverage


  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • All entrance fees included
  • Skip the line
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Likely to Sell Out