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This is a fully private and extended Vatican tour in five hours.

You have travelled a very long way to get here, so be sure not to miss any treasures in the Vatican City! This brand new tour visits many of the rooms which competing operators omit as a matter of routine. While our other tours strive to cover all the major works of art in the museums, this is the tour for one and all!

Meet your personal guide in our office which is located at Via Sebastiano Veniero 21, just one block away from the Vatican Museums entrance. Upon request, meeting point at hotel may be possible.

We begin the tour with time spent in all the most important galleries inside the magnificent Vatican Museums. You'll also be proffered access to several lesser known, but equally important rooms, some of which are listed below. Your private Vatican guide will illustrate and explain the following places of interest: Courtyard of the Pinecone, Chiaramonti Museums, Pio-Clementine Museum (Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Animals, Room of the Muses, Round Room, Greek Cross Room), Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms (of Constantine, Heliodorus, Signature, and Room of the Fire in the Borgo), Immaculate Conception and Sobieski Rooms in the Apartment of Pius V, Borgia Apartment, Egyptian Museum.

From the Sistine Chapel, as a customer of When In Rome Tours, you'll have right of way through a special exit which leads directly into St. Peter's Basilica. Upon arriving in the church, your guide will discuss Michelangelo's beautiful Pieta' and dome, Bernini's bronze Baldacchino and Holy Altar, sculpted Papal funerary monuments, and then proceed to explain the diffuse history of how the building as it appears today came into being. The Vatacombs (Papal Tombs beneath St. Peter's, not the Vatican Necropolis) are included (only if tour starts in the morning), and you'll see the Crypt of St Peter from above. In Depth Private Vatican Tour concludes on the portico, where we discuss the Swiss Guard and Vatican City State.

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View and print meeting point for this tour: Via Sebastiano Veniero 21, by Vatican Museums entrance

  • Priority skip the line Vatican tickets

  • Licensed private Vatican tour guide

  • Private Vatican City tour

  • Private Vatican Museums tour

  • Private extended Vatican rooms tour

  • Private extended Vatican galleries tour

  • Private Sistine Chapel tour

  • Private Vatacombs tour (mornings only)

  • Private St. Peter's Basilica tour

  • None!
Dress Code

Inside the Vatican City, for both ladies and men, knees and shoulders must be covered. For men, no shorts of any kind are allowed. No exceptions are made.

Important Information
  • Tour runs daily excluding Sundays.
  • Tour does not run on public holidays.
  • Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised.
5 hours
Meeting Point
Please let us know your preferred start time, between 09:00 AM and 16:00 PM. Meet at our Vatican office on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21. Full details in booking confirmation voucher.

Following payment, you will be e-mailed a confirmation voucher with comprehensive booking details therein. Payment made will be clarified, and clearly explained tour meeting point info plus maps included for you to find your way in Rome. Please print your voucher and bring it with you at the start of the tour.

When In Rome Tours Promise

** Vatican Museums tickets included!

No hidden costs, English speaking guide, personalized assistance, free Rome orientation & local maps at our customer service center when you check in for your Vatican tour. Amenities include intranet points, lounge, wi-fi, rest rooms, refreshments, and a Roman gladiator photo shoot!

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellation requests by telephone only are not accepted, but you may call us to confirm that you have submitted a cancellation request to us in writing. If you cancel your booking greater than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 10 Euro cancellation fee per transaction. If you cancel your booking less than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 20% cancellation fee per transaction. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received less than 24 hours before the scheduled tour departure. Similarly, no refunds will be issued for failure to cancel (no show), or failure to arrive at the designated meeting point at the departure time displayed in your booking confirmation. When In Rome Tours SRL may not be held responsible for acts of god, nor alterations to tours made necessary by unforeseen or unannounced closure of all or part of venues including monuments in the tour package. In the event of such closings, When In Rome Tours SRL will not reimburse the package, but may honor the ticket on another day.

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