Do not miss the opportunity to see as many of the unique treasures of Vatican City as possible with a 5-hour private tour of the Vatican! This newly created tour will give you an exclusive look not only at the major works visited in most tours but also at many of the rooms which are routinely overlooked on tours by our competitors.
Our tour begins with the most important galleries of the magnificent Vatican museums. This exclusive visit also grants you access to several lesser-known but equally important rooms– some of which are listed below. Your private Vatican guide will illuminate your experience with explanations of the various locations, including: the Courtyard of the Pinecone, the Chiaramonti Museums, the Pio-Clementine Museum (Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Animals, the Room of the Muses, the Round Room, the Greek Cross Room), the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, the Raphael Rooms (of Constantine, Heliodorus, Signature, and the Room of the Fire in the Borgo), the Immaculate Conception and the Sobieski Rooms in the Apartment of Pius V, the Borgia Apartment, and the Egyptian Museum.
As our guest at the Sistine Chapel, you’ll pass through a special exit which leads directly into St. Peter’s Basilica. There your guide will explain the history and beauty of this magnificent building– from its origins until now– discussing some of the masterpieces found within, including: Michelangelo’s breathtaking ‘Pieta’’, Bernini’s bronze Baldacchino and Holy Altar, and the sculpted Papal funerary monuments. For those with tours starting in the morning, the Vatacombs (Papal Tombs beneath St. Peter’s– not the Vatican Necropolis) are also included, and you’ll see the Crypt of St Peter from above!
This in-depth private Vatican tour concludes on the portico, with information on the Swiss Guard and Vatican City State.