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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
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Private Skip the Line Vatican Hidden Gems Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
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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
US$99.62
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
US$99.62
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
US$99.62
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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.

Reviews (72)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Giuliano managed to keep 2 teenage boys entertained

Giuliano was engaging and made the tour fly by so quickly. He engaged with 2 teenage boys who had already had a lot of sightseeing the previous 3 days so Giuliano managed to exceed my expectations by keeping them enthralled. He was knowledgeable and what...More

Thank Techmum
Reviewed 1 week ago
Vatican Enlightment

We had a very interesting and informative tour, which was expected; however, this particular tour with Maria Ida Moretti was exceptional. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of Vatican history was top-notch, and her personality made history come alive for us. We highly recommend this private tour....More

Thank donaldkunz
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Ciao!! Thank you so much for your feedback :) I am happy to read your words: Eyes of Rome motto is "Come as a tourist, leave as a friend" and it is a pleasure to have two new friends. I hope to see you soon!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maria Fusella was wonderful

What a wonderful way to see the Vatican. Our tour guide Maria Linda Fusella was wonderful. Friendly, and highly knowledgable. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

Thank rachellesten
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Buongiorno! Thanks for the kind remarks, I hope to see you again. -Maria Linda

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Private Tours with Francesca

Best private tour guide I have ever hired...With a master’s degree in art history, a lovely and lively personality and and obvious love for what she does along with pride for the fabulous place that is Rome.

Thank Nancy S
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you for the compliments! I am glad my love for Rome shined through...hopefully it was contagious. Come again and visit soon, and until then, be well. Sincerely, Francesca

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Private Vatican tour

My family of 4 had the absolute pleasure of having Elisa as our private tour guide. We arrived in Rome very early in the AM and knew we were unable to check into our Airbnb. After reading other great reviews we didn’t hesitate to choose...More

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Kathleen L
21 July 2018|
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Response from Tim H | 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.
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jerrypep
16 April 2018|
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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.
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buietwo
3 April 2018|
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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.
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