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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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Vatican Museums
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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. 

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
  • See popular sites like Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Basilica of St. Peter, Italy’s largest and most beautiful church
  • Enjoy convenient hotel pickup
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Best private tour of the Vatican

I can't give enough stars for the Eyes of Rome agency and their tour guides. My wife and I had two private tours; the Private Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour and the Private Vatican Museums & Hidden Gems Tour. Stefania was our Colosseum tour guide...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storytellers at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you guys for touring with us and trusting us to help make your anniversary a special one. It's always great to hear the words, 'couldn't have been happier' from our guests- it helps us know we did our best and that you enjoyed yourselves....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful Vatican tour with Rosalba

My 70+ year old parents had an amazing time with Rosalba touring the Vatican. She was patient, intelligent, fun, and extremely knowledgeable. My mom said she “knew every corner of sistine chapel… she pointed out details, oddities that one would not otherwise have seen when...More

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

Buongiorno! Grazie for the kind review, especially the part about the 'three friends walking through the museum'- I felt the same way. It was my pleasure to make the tour as comfortable and interesting as possible, and I'm so happy to hear that you approved....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Private Vatican Tour

Our Vatican tour was awesome! Definitely ask for Fabiana if she’s available! She knows her art history and made the tour much more informative than it would have been otherwise! The special treat was special passes to an exhibit not accessible to the general public!...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Ciao! Glad you liked the 'awesome' tour :-D I agree that it's really neat when the Vatican guard opens up part of the museums just for you while other visitors look at us like, 'Who are they!?!' Lots of fun, do come again! -Fabiana

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Private Vatican Hidden Gems Tour with Hotel P/U

What a wonderful and informative tour with Maria Ida Moretti. Maria picked us up at our hotel and ordered a taxi for us. We didn't realize that it would just be our family and Maria, which was great. Even on the cab ride over she...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Search me out! I'd love to tour with you again :-) Private tours are the best, I can give your family all of my undivided attention! The hotel pickup works out well too- we avoid any possible stress related to getting to the tour site...More

Reviewed 8 July 2018
Informative and Interesting!

Francesco was our guide for this tour. He was entertaining and very informative on all things Vatican. We entered an hour before opening and he managed to keep us ahead of the crowds. At the end of the tour he offered additional information for our...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Buongiorno, grazie a voi for being gracious guests, and for the kind review! I am always glad to know my guests enjoyed themselves with me on their tours. Surfing the crowds is almost as fun as real surfing- I was happy to have you along...More

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Kathleen L
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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
16 April 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
3 April 2018|
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Response from Michael C | Reviewed this property |
I accompanied my 89 year father in-law. The beauty of working with a private guide is that he/she can schedule impromptu rest breaks and can lead you to all the "secret" elevators to avoid the stairs!
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