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Exclusive, skip-the-line tour of the Vatican’s hidden rooms
See the Room of the Animals, Carriage Pavilion, and Cabinet of the Masks
No waiting in line: head right to the entranceway with special admission
See popular sites like Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms
Visit the Basilica of St. Peter, Italy’s largest and most beautiful church
Enjoy convenient hotel pickup
The Vatican Museum, home to Raphael’s Rooms and the world-famous Sistine Chapel, is one of Italy’s most popular attractions. Discover new sides to the spectacular papal galleries during this private skip-the-line tour of the museum’s hidden gems, including under-the-radar collections like the Room of the Animals and Cabinet of the Masks. Convenient hotel pickup makes for a hassle free start to your tour.
What to Expect
After pickup at your hotel, travel with your guide to the Vatican Museum, where you’ll breeze past the crowds with skip-the-line admission. You’ll have time to explore well-known treasures like the Raphael Rooms—a set of lavish papal apartments—and Michelangelo’s blockbuster frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. You’ll also encounter off-the-beaten-track marvels like the statue collection in the Room of the Animals and the Carriage Pavilion, where you’ll see antique horse-drawn papal carriages and the Vatican’s first steam engine. Get an exclusive peek at the extraordinary wall-to-ceiling mosaics in the Cabinet of the Masks, which are normally closed to the public. Enjoy commentary from your guide on Vatican rituals, including the origin of the papal cavalcade. Conclude with one last stop at St. Peter’s Basilica, known as Italy’s largest and most spectacular church, where you’ll get a chance to admire the bronze baroque altar by the sculptor Bernini.
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We booked a tour with our travel agent and were very fortunate to get Alma as our guide. It was very hot and crowded, and could have been a very stressful situation with the amount of people. Alma was very intuitive. She was able to...More
My family spent a wonderful afternoon with Simone, the incredible guide from Eyes of Rome, when we had only 1 1/2 days to tour the city. Because we had just come off a 7 day cruise of the Western Mediterranean, in which we were on...More
One of the highlight of Rome was the tour at the Vatican museum, Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with Eyes of Rome tours (guide Roberta Di Pietro). She is a friendly and a very entertaining tour guide, she shared her vast knowledge and her...More
Date of experience: June 2019
EyesofRomeTeam, StoryTeller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded today
Ciao! Thank you very much for reviewing your time with me. I love sharing local insight as well as historic facts in a way everyone can relate too!
Let me know when you’re back in the Eternal City!
Maria was excellent. She met us (family of 5) at our apartment and escorted us efficiently through an extraordinarily busy Vatican. She was knowledgeable, friendly and spoke very good English. Would definitely recommend her.
Date of experience: July 2019
EyesofRomeTeam, StoryTeller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago
Ciao! Thank you for your very kind review :)
I enjoyed showing you all my city!
Response from EyesofRomeTeam | Property representative |
During our Renaissance tour, you will have access to the Raphael Rooms and all 6 rooms of the Borgia rooms of the apartments, unless for any unforseen circumstances the Vatican administration closes off some parts, but they... More
During our Renaissance tour, you will have access to the Raphael Rooms and all 6 rooms of the Borgia rooms of the apartments, unless for any unforseen circumstances the Vatican administration closes off some parts, but they are usually all visitable.
Response from TimandJoel | Reviewed this property |
Your evoucher and/or accompanying materials should list the contact info for the tour operator. We simply emailed them our hotel info and they promptly confirmed tour date, pick-up time, etc.
Went off without a hitch.