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VIP Semi Private Vatican – Small Group Tour Up to 10 People

1 day
TYPOLOGIES

Vatican Small Group Tours

DIFFICULTY

Easy

MIN. AGE

69

GROUP SIZE

Max 10

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

3 hrs

START TIME

3:30 pm

Visit some areas of the Vatican that are simply not open to the general public. Enjoy 30 minutes inside the Sistine Chapel with just your guide, a Vatican guard and your tiny group up to 15 people!

For many years, it has been possible for a selected few people to see parts of the Vatican you could not as well as to see the Sistine Chapel empty. Now we can offer you the closest experience to this.

The Sistine Chapel will be the absolute highlight of your tour for sure! It was constructed over the site of the original Cappella Maggiore. The Chapel was designed by Baccio Pontelli and constructed between 1475 and 1481 on the instruction of Pope Sixtus IV. The Chapel, which bears his name, was consecrated on August 15th 1483. The original fresco art around the walls was completed before the opening by the most remarkable artists of that period, including Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandeo and Cosimo Rosselli. Pope Sixtus IV was to miss witnessing the greatest accomplishments in his chapel. It was not until under the Papacy of Julius II that Michelangelo created its most renowned masterpiece. He worked on this between 1508 – 1512. Michelangelo returned in Rome, after the Sacking of Rome under the reigns of Popes Clement VII and Paul III to create his greatest artwork “The Last Judgement”. Nowadays Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo is considered one of the greatest achievements of mankind.

In this “Vatican Dream Tour”, ascend the Bramante Staircase and have its significance fully explained. Once at the top, you will be at one of the highest points in the Vatican and Rome with a tremendous view over the city. Visit the Cabinet of the Masks along with the beautiful mosaics from Hadrian’s’ Villa. Both of these are closed to the general public. Proceed onwards through the Vatican galleries and take time to admire the breathtaking frescoes and paintings in the Raphael Rooms. Leave the public areas again to enter the perfectly proportioned Chapel of Nicolas V painted by Fra Angelico in between 1447-1455.

Enter the Sistine Chapel accompanied only by your very small group and, as you step into this sacred place, enjoy a blissful silence. You get 30 minutes to admire its magnificence. Allow your guide to point out and explain the details of the world’s most beautiful fresco art. I am sure this is how Michelangelo wanted his masterpiece to be admired. Take the time to talk about it with your guide as you admire its immense beauty.

We do hope you will be able to join us on this once in a lifetime experience!

Spots are extremely limited so please reserve your place early.

Please Note

  • Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible but may be customized to meet this requirement upon special request.
  • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.

Meeting point

Join the tour at our Vatican Tours Office in Via Vespasiano 28, 00192, Rome. A perfect moment to enjoy a complimentary coffee with your guide before heading to the Vatican security check. We are delighted to welcome you!

Available days

Contact Us to request availability

Dress code

Knees and Shoulders must be covered. Failing to follow the Vatican’s dress code, entry may be refused to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Church. We also suggest you wear comfortable shoes, as a moderate amount of walking is involved in this tour.

Include

Skip-the-line tickets for the Vatican Museums

3 hours English-speaking guide

Special access to the restricted areas of the Vatican (Bramante Stairs, Niccoline Chapel and Cabinet of the Masks)

Cabinet of the Masks

Special visit of the Sistine Chapel in a semi-private tour

Services NOT included

Food and Drinks

Travel Insurance

Gratuities

Meeting point

FAQ

Are tickets to the Vatican Museums included in this tour?

Yes, all admission and reservation fees are included in the price. By booking this tour you will benefit from our skip-the-line tickets and maximize your visiting time.

Is the Sistine Chapel included in this tour?

Yes, the Sistine Chapel is one of the main highlights of this experience.

How much walking is involved in this tour?

This is a walking experience of the duration of 3 hours. A moderate amount of walking is involved, therefore we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

Is there a dress code to respect?

Because you will be visiting sacred sites, a proper attire is required, covering knees and shoulders. Please note that low cut shorts and skirts, as well as sleeveless shirts are not allowed.