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Skip-the-Line Private Tour of Vatican Museums + Sistine Chapel with a PhD Guide

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Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with professional and friendly "PhD guides". All of them have a Masters Degree or PhD in Art History and Archaeology. All of them know how to make a tour entertaining and enjoyable for every age.

Conscious that there is a huge offer of Vatican tours online, by booking this tour you can get the best education together with the most friendly attitude. This tour is "skip-the-line" and private for a more personal and direct experience (no-one else will join your tour).

FYI: St.Peter’s Basilica and Square will be included or not in the tour according to last minutes events (such as Holy Year’s celebrations and special Pope’s Masses).
You'll start at
Caffè Vaticano
viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyDeparture Point: The meeting point with your guide is on Via Vaticano n.100, in front of the Caffè Vaticano (opposite the Vatican Museums entrance gate). You MUST be there at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time. If you miss the tour due to your late arrival, we will not be able to refund your money or reschedule you for another tour. Address: Viale Vaticano n.100, Rome Directions: You can easily get there by taxi (please be sure the driver will drop you at the right spot, in front of the entrance of the Vatican Museums, and not nearby St.Peter's square, that is at least 15 minutes walking from the right meeting point). You can also reach the meeting point by Metro (use the Red-Line to reach the stop "Ottaviano" and walk 5-10 minutes to the meeting point)
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
St. Peter's Square
Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, and more
  • Learn about art and architecture from an art historian or archaeologist
  • Visit the famous Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
What to Expect
Greet your guide and group outside the Vatican Museums and hand over your entrance fees: the tour cost only covers guiding. Clear security and don your headset. View the ancient Roman collection, with its masterly sculptures, the Gallery of the Tapestries, which includes work designed by Raphael’s studio, and the Gallery of Geographical Maps. Enter the Sistine Chapel to admire the world-famous frescoes painted by the master Michelangelo—and learn about the frescoes Botticelli and other Renaissance painters crafted before Michelangelo started work. If St. Peter’s Basilica is open, enjoy time in the Basilica along the way. Your tour ends either there or on Viale Vaticano.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Caffè Vaticano, viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
2:00 PM
Return Details
St. Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets cost (if needed)
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Entrance tickets (23€ each adult, 15€ each kid under 18yo. Children under 6 only 2€ each)
  • the cost of tickets must always be paid by clients, regardless of any possible clients delay or no show.
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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I didn’t think I was much a fan of tours, until my partner and I had these two tours from our amazingly talented guide, Francesca! She was prompt, courteous, charismatic, animated, loads of fun, and delivered so much information, both the historical facts, but also about the
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We toured the Vatican today with Francesca, and she was absolutely outstanding! We had our two young children with us (ages 5 and 8), and she was excellent at engaging them and sharing stories about the artists and the history in a way that was interesting and accessible to
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This was certainly a Joy of our stay in Rome. Nicole was extremely warm and friendly and shared a wealth of information throughout the entire tour
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We are currently traveling with our two young girls, 3 years and 16 months. We were concerned about trying to visit the Vatican with little ones in tow. Joy of Rome and our guide Alessandra eliminated all of those worries. We met Alex just outside the Vatican entrance and she
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Not having alot of time in Rome, Joy of Rome, Chiara, our guide, provided us with a concise, thorough and enjoyable tour. Not normally a tour type, it was great! Really, barring you do a week of studying (likely more) the Vatican and Sistine Chapel prior to your arrival, it's
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By: Joy of Rome Tours
Rome, Italy
Fantastic experience!
We had a great time with Grace from Joy of Rome. We did a private tour with our 5 yr old son. Grace was so
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Basel, Switzerland
Very enjoyable tour of Vatican and St Peter's Basilica
This was my second tour with Joy of Rome and Francesca maintained the very high standard of their guides. All the
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Jurgen S
Lima, Peru
Grace was fantastic!
We took our Colosseum and Vatican tours with Grace, from Joy of Rome Tours. She was a very experienced,
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Four fantastic tours: Highlights of Rome/Borghese Gallery/Caravaggio/Villa Farnesina
All 4 of our tours were incredible. We did the "Highlights of Rome Tour" with Jeanette, and the rest with
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Singapore, Singapore
Go with this tour & you will not regret!
We booked 2 days of tour. Meeting point was easy to find, instructions given was clear. This is possibly one of
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Kim M
Francesca knew so much and delivered with extra little known facts that you’d never find in the history books! GO!!!!!
I didn’t think I was much a fan of tours, until my partner and I had these two tours from our amazingly talented
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Outstanding with children!
We toured the Vatican today with Francesca, and she was absolutely outstanding! We had our two young children with
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Keri W
Joy of Rome was a Joy!
Excellent tour with Grace! She was so full of knowledge- answered all questions so well, and we so great with our
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Brownsville, Vermont
Outstanding visit to the Capitoline Museums
We spent a delightful morning at the Museums with our guide, Nicole. The Museums have a magnificent collection
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Brad C
Louisville, Kentucky
Perfect Tour to Start Our Trip
This was the very first tour that we did on our trip and Cristiano was an excellent guide. We met in Campo de'
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  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English, Italian
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