We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Private Skip the Line Vatican Hidden Gems Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

Highlights
  • 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
More
Private Skip the Line Vatican Hidden Gems Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
From US$98.14
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Hidden Gems Classic 9:30AMMost Popular
Itinerary: Hotel Pick-up 9:30, Vatican Museums Pinecone Courtyard, Pius Clementine Museum, Animals Room, Cabinet of Masks, Galleries, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter Basilica, hotel drop-off
From US$98.14
Hidden Gems Classic 01:45PM
Itinerary: Hotel Pick-up 01:45PM, Vatican Museums Pinecone Courtyard, Pius Clementine Museum, Animals Room, Cabinet of Masks, Galleries, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter Basilica, Hotel drop-off
From US$98.14
Hidden Gems Renaissance11:45AM
Itinerary: Hotel Pick up 11:45am. Vatican Museums Galleries, Pio V Apartment, Raphael Rooms, Borgia Apartment, Sistine Chapel, S. Peter Basilica, Hotel Drop-off
From US$98.14
Show 1 more
Overview

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.

Show More
Reviews (77)
1 - 5 of 47 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Private Skip the Line Vatican Hidden Gems Tour

Fabiana was our tour guide and she was amazing! We loved every minute with her. She was so knowledgeable and came so prepared with pictures and explained everything in detail. Some other guests that were not in our group were very impressed and wished they...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roam786111
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao and GRAZIE mille for your feedback :) It was my pleasure to be your guide and I thank you very much for your comment. Having an expert to lead you through the crowds at the Vatican Museums can make your experience easier and it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Private tour of the Vatican including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

We had a wonderful private tour of the Vatican - that began when Elisa met us at our hotel. We can't recommend Elisa highly enough. Her knowledge of the history of the Vatican and the art within the galleries was fantastic adding so much to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lee F
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It was my pleasure to be your guide and I thank you very much for your comment. Having an expert to lead you through the crowds at the Vatican Museums can make your experience easier and it enhances the interest level. There's so much to...More

Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile
Vatican Tour

We had an excellent tour with our guide Paola Molinaro. She was knowledgeable, personable & passionate during our visit of the Vatican. I would give her 6 stars if possible. Tour was through Eyes on Rome👏🏻👍

Thank Nanny501
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am very very happy to read about your satisfaction... Grazie! When you return to Rome, I hope I will see you again! A presto Paola

Reviewed 1 November 2018
Marta is an amazing tour guide!

My daughter and I toured the Vatican with Marta. She was extremely personable and knowledgeable. It was money well-spent, as we learned so much information and were able to ask many a ton of questions. Marta even gave us some gluten-free restaurant tips. She was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kamcxrowe
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Buongiorno! Grazie mille for your review and for your kind words, it was a pleasure to tour with you and your daughter :) I hope to meet you on your next trip to Rome! A presto! Marta

Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile
Wonderful tour, Elisa Nobili is a Gem

Our tour of the Vatican was stress free, informative and inspiring. We were taken straight in past a line that rivaled any I have seen, and got to see and learn about the most amazing place and art collection from a true expert. Elisa was...More

2  Thank monahayes
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Dear guest, Grazie for such a warmfelt review! I am truly happy to have had the chance to meet you and share with you my passion for the incredible artwork inside the Vatican Museums, as well as getting to know you and your family! I...More

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
kathleenL7717
21 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from N592BWtimh | 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.
0
Votes
jerrypep
16 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Anna S | Reviewed this property |
We spent 3 hours, maybe a little more with Linda. Is it sufficient? Hard to answer that part of your question...a lot to take in at the Vatican. Perfect for a first visit and it may be sufficient for most people.
0
Votes
buietwo
3 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Simmo-Lopez-Carr | Reviewed this property |
There are many stairs to climb on the tour. However, I would check with the Vatican website as I’m sure they provide facilities to help everyone see the sights.
1
Vote
Travellers Also Viewed
Private Early Bird Vatican and St...
173 Reviews
from US$109.70*
Early Bird Private Vatican Tour with...
5 Reviews
from US$113.10*
Private Colosseum and Roman Forum...
192 Reviews
from US$93.50*
Skip-the-Line Private Tour: Vatican...
454 Reviews
from US$98.64*
Frequently bought together
Private Colosseum and Roman Forum...
192 Reviews
from US$93.50*
Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient...
168 Reviews
from US$113.55*
Small-Group Ancient Rome and...
117 Reviews
from US$63.50*
Private Early Bird Vatican and St...
173 Reviews
from US$109.70*
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican...
24,448 Reviews
from US$72.70*
Special Offer
Waking Up the Vatican: VIP...
137 Reviews
from US$362.90*
US$518.40
Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and...
12,259 Reviews
from US$56.60*
Likely To Sell Out
Colosseum Underground and Ancient...
633 Reviews
from US$114.30*