$477 CAD
(356 USD)

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Viewing and Vatican

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Viewing and Vatican

Duration: Not Available

Location: Rome, Italy

Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this exclusive VIP tour includes 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 the statue of 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 Judgement.
Age Groups:
  • Infant: Age 0 - 3
  • Child: Age 4 - 14
  • Adult: Age 15 - 99
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5 star rating by Anthony J on 22 Nov 2015

This private tour was The Highlight of our six week Italian holiday

4 star rating by brendanelson on 22 Nov 2015

We enjoyed the tour immensely. Seeing all the private rooms, artwork and Mama Bear Nina was an awesome guide.
The one thing I would change is the headsets. They were very cheap and it was extremely difficult to hear Nina when she was talking. For the price of this tour, better headsets should be provide.

That being said this was an awesome tour. Being in the Sistine Chapel for 30 minutes with only our small group, guide and guard was awesome. :

5 star rating by Joseph W on 21 Nov 2015

Astonishing, stunning... This was well worth every cent. Of course the Sistine was breathtaking, but the art we saw up to that point also was incredibly rich and beautiful. Our guide spoke perfect English and was nothing short of brilliant. He provided insightful comments on art pieces as well as lots of fascinating history. He also answered every question with impressive knowledge. Fantastic!!

5 star rating by Lynne P on 20 Nov 2015

I'm still have chill bumps from being in the Sistine Chapel practically by ourselves.

4 star rating by Angela W on 18 Nov 2015

The best part of this tour is the access to the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and being allowed to take photos. If that is not of major importance there are other tours that let you skip the lines and enter some secret rooms Bramante Staircase that are not as expensive. There were only 3 of us on our tour and we asked to see the Room of Gold and our guide told us that was never possible. It is advertised as a possibility so that could be a fault of our guide's knowledge. Be aware that you will not enter St. Peter's Basilica. We just went another day and bought a skip the line ticket at the ticket office just outside the square just for St. Peter's Basilica. It cost 15 euros with an audio guide. You will walk back through the Vatican Museums as you exit and it was nice to exit when the museums were closed and there were no crowds. This tour is very expensive but worth the money if a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel is high on your list.

5 star rating by Martine on 15 Nov 2015

Being in the Sistine Chapel alone was well worth the price we paid. We went into rooms in the Vatican off limits to the public and got to see all of the highlighted items and places without spendin the entire day trying to discover what to do ad where to go

5 star rating by Jason S on 12 Nov 2015

WOW....worth every penny. 13 of us spent 30 minutes alone in the Sistine Chapel, FANTASTIC. The private rooms were really cool too, our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and informative.

5 star rating by Cindy Maree S on 8 Nov 2015

Our guide Shannon was a walking knowledge of information. Highly recommend this tour. If you can request Shannon you won't regret it.

5 star rating by webboy634 on 7 Nov 2015

Mina our guide not sure of spelling was amazing. Very detailed tour, secret areas closed off to the public. We had our own dude opening doors for us. Even parts that were closed off for renovation. We spent time in the Sistine Chapel and even got a picture when no one was looking. HIGHLY recommended! Mina was very passionate about the history and it showed. Very much appreciated!!

5 star rating by Sharon D on 5 Nov 2015

It was great visiting some of the areas that are not open to the public, and being able to spend a half hour alone in the Sistine Chapel was well worth the cost.

Departure Point
  • Vatican Museums, Rome
Departure Time
  • 3:15pm (meet strictly at 3pm) This tour sells out regularly so book now to save your space.
  • Varies
Return Details
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Entrance fee
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • After-hours access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Details
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, 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 sites:Apollo Belvedere Chiaramonti MuseumSistine Chapel, home to artwork by Michelangelo including The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement Gallery of MapsGallery of the CandelabraGallery of the TapestriesLacoon Pinecone CourtyardRaphael's RoomsSecret rooms (subject to change):Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante)Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina)Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori)