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Vatican City Hidden Gems Private Tour with Hotel Transfers

Highlights
  • Exclusive, skip-the-line tour of the Vatican’s hidden rooms
  • See the Room of the Animals, Carriage Pavilion, and Cabinet of the Masks
  • No waiting in line: head right to the entranceway with special admission
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Private Vatican Hidden Gems Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
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Hidden Gems Classic 9:30AMMost Popular
Itinerary: Hotel Pick-up 9:30, Vatican Museums Pinecone Courtyard, Pius Clementine Museum, Animals Room, Cabinet of Masks, Galleries, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter Basilica, hotel drop-off
US$100.57
Hidden Gems Classic 01:45PM
Itinerary: Hotel Pick-up 01:45PM, Vatican Museums Pinecone Courtyard, Pius Clementine Museum, Animals Room, Cabinet of Masks, Galleries, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter Basilica, Hotel drop-off
US$100.57
Hidden Gems Renaissance11:45AM
Itinerary: Hotel Pick up 11:45am. Vatican Museums Galleries, Pio V Apartment, Raphael Rooms, Borgia Apartment, Sistine Chapel, S. Peter Basilica, Hotel Drop-off
US$100.57
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Overview

The Vatican Museum, home to Raphael’s Rooms and the world-famous Sistine Chapel, is one of Italy’s most popular attractions. Discover new sides to the spectacular papal galleries during this private skip-the-line tour of the museum’s hidden gems, including under-the-radar collections like the Room of the Animals and Cabinet of the Masks. Convenient hotel pickup makes for a hassle free start to your tour. 

What to Expect

After pickup at your hotel, travel with your guide to the Vatican Museum, where you’ll breeze past the crowds with skip-the-line admission. You’ll have time to explore well-known treasures like the Raphael Rooms—a set of lavish papal apartments—and Michelangelo’s blockbuster frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

You’ll also encounter off-the-beaten-track marvels like the statue collection in the Room of the Animals and the Carriage Pavilion, where you’ll see antique horse-drawn papal carriages and the Vatican’s first steam engine. Get an exclusive peek at the extraordinary wall-to-ceiling mosaics in the Cabinet of the Masks, which are normally closed to the public.

Enjoy commentary from your guide on Vatican rituals, including the origin of the papal cavalcade. Conclude with one last stop at St. Peter’s Basilica, known as Italy’s largest and most spectacular church, where you’ll get a chance to admire the bronze baroque altar by the sculptor Bernini.

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Reviewed yesterday
Amazing Private Tour

Guliano was amazing, he came and picked us up at our hotel, got us into the Vatican before the crowds. and gave us an amazing tour. It was very information, learning about the Sistine Chapel before entering. We were able to ask him questions, and...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Highly recommend it, worth spending the money

We did a private tour of the Vatican City with Silvia Monti, and the Colesseum and Palatine with Elisa and cannot speak highly enough about both tours. It was expensive, but so worth the money - I am pretty sure that we will not have...More

Thank Eleanor C
EyesofRomeTeam, Storytellers at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Buongiorno and grazie for the kind review and good feedback! Of course, we love hearing back from clients and we really appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts. We tend to agree- depending on how much you know about history, art, it can...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
There is a reason why this gets good reviews

The Private Vatican Hidden Gems tour is excellent and outstanding. Our guide was Marco and he was exceptionally good. A very nice guy and knowledgeable.

Thank Lance A
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Buongiorno, and thanks for leaving me this review! It's always nice to hear back from my guests- I am glad you enjoyed our time together! Best, Marco

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Terrific Guides from Eyes of Rome!

Our guides, Elisa and Louisa were terrific! We spent two days touring all over Rome and they were both incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and a pleasure to spend the days with! I highly recommend our guides and know you will have a wonderful time if you...More

Thank Adventurer794429
EyesofRomeTeam, Storytellers at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Buongiorno! We both agree- you were terrific guests and a pleasure to lead! We would welcome you back to Rome anytime...I hope you threw coins in Trevi fountain so we are sure to see you again. Ciao until next time, Elisa & Luisa

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great private tour with Maria Linda as our guide!

Maria Linda was awesome. She is the perfect mix of history teacher and fun tour guide. She picked us up from our hotel and called for our taxis. We were a group of 6. She arranged to get our tickets and showed us where to...More

Thank elaineliberti
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Ciao! Thanks for the nice comments you left for me...they made my day. I really like taking my guests into the normally closed off areas of the Vatican Museums- everyone involved feels special, while other museum guests look on, enviously! It was my pleasure to...More

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Kathleen L
July 21, 2018|
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Response from Tim H | Reviewed this property |
Your evoucher and/or accompanying materials should list the contact info for the tour operator. We simply emailed them our hotel info and they promptly confirmed tour date, pick-up time, etc. Went off without a hitch.
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jerrypep
April 15, 2018|
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Response from Anna S | Reviewed this property |
We spent 3 hours, maybe a little more with Linda. Is it sufficient? Hard to answer that part of your question...a lot to take in at the Vatican. Perfect for a first visit and it may be sufficient for most people.
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buietwo
April 2, 2018|
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Response from Simmo-Lopez-Carr | Reviewed this property |
There are many stairs to climb on the tour. However, I would check with the Vatican website as I’m sure they provide facilities to help everyone see the sights.
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