364 USD

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Rome, Italy

Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, ensuring that you will not wait in any long lines. Spend three hours here on a small-group tour, accompanied by a Vatican guard to unlock doors to secret rooms. You’ll discover the Vatican as only VIPs like presidents and royal families usually do.

Due to the nature of this special-access tour, the itinerary changes each time. Access to the secret rooms varies and is based on availability, but most tours include the impressive Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante), which is actually a ramp on the corner of the Pope's Palace. You’ll also most likely visit the Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori), an opulent, rarely seen room that holds a dazzling collection of papal gold jewelry and precious Etruscan jewels.

The Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina) is another secret room most likely seen during your tour. Every bit as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel, this secret room is adorned with gold brought back from Christopher Columbus' travels, and frescoes by Fra Angelico, a Renaissance painter whose mesmerizing artwork pre-dates Michelangelo's.

In addition to the closed rooms, see many of the Vatican Museums’ classic attractions. As your expert guide entertains you with tales of Vatican art, power and treachery, admire Apollo Belvedere and other renowned monuments. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican, and stroll through the Pinecone Courtyard.

Your tour ends on a high note with private access to the Sistine Chapel for your small group. After the doors close to the public, you'll have 30 minutes inside this incredible (and empty!) chapel. Speaking is typically forbidden, but during this private experience, your guide will explain Michelangelo's stunning ceiling fresco, which depicts scenes from Genesis, and his wall fresco, The Last Judgment.
Age Groups:
  • Infant: Age 0 - 3
  • Child: Age 4 - 14
  • Adult: Age 15 - 99
Photos submitted by travelers
4 star rating by Nancy L S on 29 Mar 2015

David, the guide, was very knowledgeable and kind. He would make a goof private family guide.

5 star rating by Dewey J on 20 Jan 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable. The time alone in the Sistine chapel was one of a kind!

5 star rating by Frank on 2 Jan 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating by Deborah H on 17 Nov 2014

Excellent tour. Tour guide was great. Sites were excellent. Sistine Chapel private viewing was inspiring!

5 star rating by Martha L on 4 Nov 2014

This was absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Our American guide was a Fine Arts major in college and she gave us so much information that few people know, I am sure. The quiet time spent in the Sistene Chapel was absolutely incredible. Recommend to everyone. Worth every penny!

5 star rating by Elaine S on 29 Oct 2014

so interesting and the guide was brilliant

5 star rating by Helene D on 25 Oct 2014

Fantastic experience, brilliant tour guide!

5 star rating by Lisa K on 24 Oct 2014

Our tour guide David was beyond amazing! The time flew by as we learned unforgettable lessons and details about the Vatican, Sistine chapel and Roma itself. I can recommend David as I guide above all others we were with!!

5 star rating by Nancy on 19 Oct 2014
Our guide was so great, she is so passionate about everything she said and her knowledge was amazing. The tour itself was an amazing experience, more than I could’ve asked for. It was so amazing being the only people viewing the Sistine Chapel and having enough time to sit there and take it all in. Being able to see many amazing paintings and statues in the secret rooms was also a treat, made the group feel good that we were the only ones with a private Vatican guard that had the master key for all the rooms. All in all the best way to see the Vatican hands down and the best tour guide too.
5 star rating by Kraig H on 15 Oct 2014

Absolutely fabulous. Our guide Sev was outstanding. He combined knowledge and passion with tremendous storytelling. It was informative and very entertaining. The access to little seen parts of the Vatican was amazing. The day ended with just the 10 of us standing alone in the Sistine Chapel for 30 minutes as Sev provided a history of the Michaelangelo masterpiece. Highly recommended and worth the cost.

Departure Point
  • Vatican Museums, Rome
Departure Time
  • This Vatican VIP Access tour departs at 3:15pm (meet strictly at 3pm). It sells out regularly so book now to save your space.
  • 3 hours
  • Varies
Return Details
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Entrance fees
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • Small-group tour
  • After-hours access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Details
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • No large bags/tripods/umbrellas/backpacks are permitted in the Vatican and must be checked in. Only very small purses are allowed. Please do not bring these items as you will need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance
  • Due to the nature of this special-access tour, the itinerary changes each time. Access to the secret rooms varies and is based on availability
  • Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom on entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that these items are not taken on this tour
Voucher Info
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Classic Vatican Museums sites:· Sistine Chapel, home to artwork by Michelangelo including The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment · Apollo Belvedere statue· Lacoon statue· Raphael's Rooms· Pinecone Courtyard· Gallery of Maps· Gallery of the Candelabra· Gallery of the Tapestries· Chiaramonti MuseumSecret Rooms of the Vatican Museums (subject to change):· Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante)· Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori)· Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina)