Private Vatican Behind The Scenes Tour

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Enjoy a private guided tour of the Vatican from behind the scenes - including the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City and Gardens plus St. Peter's Basilica.

Meet your private, deluxe and comfortable vehicle at the port of Civitavecchia and make your way to Vatican City, approximately 90 minutes away. You will be provided with an English-speaking assistant, who will be available to you for the entire tour.

Be met in Rome with your very own private, English-speaking guide and join in on an exclusive, private walking tour inside Vatican City and discover the smallest state in the world on this 3-hour guided tour. You will have a skip-the-line ticket for the Vatican Museums, be allowed a special entrance into the Sistine Chapel and step inside St. Peter Basilica.

This truly amazing tour is waiting for you with a unique walk "behind the scenes" of the Vatican where you will see the Pope Emerito's House, Vatican Radio Station, the Academy of Science and the Pope's former Summer Residence. You will also see the Vatican Government Palace, a piece of the original Berlin Wall and the "Fontana dell'Aquilone", a lovely fountain with dancing water.

This is a very exclusive visit as it is only possible to enter Vatican City by special permission. In the afternoon, when it is completely forbidden to enter, the Pope will typically walk around to stroll and pray in this very sacred place.

Look at St. Peter's Basilica from behind and admire the Cupola from a very singular prospective. Take some incredible one-of-a-kind photos in the beautiful Vatican Gardens and discover one of the most prestigious museums in the world, with 6 million visitors per year and 4.5 miles of masterpieces.

Visit the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and Candelabras and the Chapel of Pio V before entering the Sistine Chapel where you will admire one of the greatest masterpieces in the world. Michelangelo's frescos are panoramic works that changed the course of art forever, see for yourself and experience this awe-inspiring and spectacular view.

You may be overcome with the magnitude of the Sistine Chapel's beauty but your private, English-speaking Vatican guide will next escort you through a special access to St. Peter's Basilica, allowing you to avoid long lines and save time. Discover the largest church in the world, stroll through the striking aisles and admire Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

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from $175.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
9 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Terminal.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included.
Special Instructions
If you plan to be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Comfortable flat-soled walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
Guests must be able to walk on paved, as well as cobblestone surfaces. There are steps and steep curbs in some areas. Upon request, his tour can accommodate wheelchairs, a motorized scooter and walkers. Please contact us at time of booking to confirm. During services or special events, St. Peter's Basilica may not be able to be guided inside, but an outside explanation will be given and you can sometimes then explore at your leisure. Large bags, backpacks and oversized purses are not permitted inside the Basilica. You may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras, and/or personal water bottles at designated check points. Rome is very busy, especially during the high season. Traffic delays may occur. This tour does not operate on Wednesdays, Sundays and religious holidays. Please carry a government issued photo ID when going shore.