367 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
5 star rating by Vanessa F on 27 May 2015

Excellent beyond expectation and worth the price of entry... Small semi-private tour literally the last one's in the whole museum... Sistine Chapel all to ourselves! Amazing!

5 star rating by Patrick K on 25 May 2015

It was worth it!

5 star rating by slavka001 on 19 May 2015

Nina you are the best guide of all tours we had. The tour is great, being in Sistine chapel after everybody leaves was just amazing. You can not see the whole museum in one day but this was the greatest experience we had. We loved city wonders tours because the guides are well educated. 5 stars Nina

5 star rating by Kermit K on 13 May 2015

The private tour of the Secret Rooms and the Sistine Chapel is incredible. David F is the best guide ever and he knows how to tell the interesting history and sights without overloading you.

5 star rating by Bobnmc on 2 May 2015

Words can't describe the wonders of the private rooms and the wonder of the Sistine Chapel with the small number of fellow visitors with the time and room to appreciate what was there to be seen. Laura is a very knowledgeable guide.

5 star rating by Liam D on 1 May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating by Christopher C (Australia) on 28 Apr 2015

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Sev was a wealth of knowledge and excitement, Sistine chapel with 8 people it is just magical

5 star rating by Edward F on 26 Apr 2015

I really struggled with whether the price difference was worth this tour when booking. Was definitely worth it. Guide was very knowledgable and fun. You get escorted through locked doors and roped off areas to see interesting things and most importantly visit the sistine chapel with just the group.

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!

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)