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Tickitaly is able to offer two exclusive private Vatican tours, both in the company of a dedicated English-speaking tour guide who will introduce you to the artistic and architectural wonders of the Vatican City, Rome. These are private tours - the group will comprise your party and your party only, offering you a privileged and dedicated tour. See further down for more details.

These are exclusive tours, and the price reflects this. However, there is one enormous advantage - peace of mind. Most Vatican tours are put together at the last minute, and may well see timings changed, or not happen at all. You'll book your spot, perhaps months in advance, but you may well not receive confirmation until the day before your tour is due to start. This is not scare mongering, it's just the way that collective tours of the Vatican work. With tickitaly.com you'll set off for your trip to Italy knowing that all arrangements have been finalised well in advance.

Both tours last three hours and both tours include visits to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. The difference between the two is simple - the first tour also takes in St Peters - the second does not, and includes a longer and more thorough visit to the Vatican Museums.
Both tours are available in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Portugues and Swedish.


Prices are per person, and are all inclusive*, covering the cost of the tour guide, booking fees and entrance tickets.

* For groups of more than six people the Vatican insist on the use of the 'Whisper' audio system in the Basilica. Your guide will be talking into a small microphone and you'll each be listening on special earpieces. There will be a small charge (currently €1.50 per person) that needs to be paid in cash on the day.


This three hour tour takes in the Vatican Museums: the Galleria dei Candelabri, Galleria degli Arazzi and the Galleria delle Carte Geografiche, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peters. Clients may also request a visit to the Tombe dei Papi.
Click the links at the top or bottom of the page to book this Vatican tour, and click here for more detailed information on the places visited.


This tour also lasts three hours, and takes in the Sistine Chapel, the Galleria dei Candelabri, Galleria degli Arazzi and the Galleria delle Carte Geografiche, the Museo Pio-Clementino, the Sala a Croce Greca, the Stanza di Raffaello, and, on request, the Pinacoteca.
Click the links at the top or bottom of the page to book this Vatican tour, and click here for more detailed information on the places visited.

PLEASE NOTE: Recent years have seen an incredible surge in bookings for the Vatican, and a less-than-perfectly-organised administration has seen some small amount of queueing necessary in peak season, even for private pre-booked tours such as ours. There is simply nothing that can be done about this. Again, this affects everyone, and if you find someone claiming to be able to bypass this, then they're being disingenuous, to put it mildly.

MORNING OR AFTERNOON?: in the past we used to recommend booking tours in the early morning - not so now. Several enormous tour operators have begun to block-book the early morning tours, and are being allowed to do so; consequently, the Vatican has started to shunt forward other early morning tours, sometimes by one or two hours. They don't always do this, but if they do they'll do so with total disregard to previously booked dates. Should this occur, and should it affect one of our bookings, we will give notice, via email, at least 15-20 days before the tour date.
We are therefore now advising that you try to opt for late morning or early afternoon tours, where there is less chance of timings being shifted. Note we said less chance - the Vatican does what the Vatican wants, and there can be no absolute guarantees. Please also note that we would recommend avoiding Saturday if at all possible - some level of queueing seems inevitable if recent times are anything to go by.


You'll need to be wearing clothes that do not leave your shoulders/arms or lower legs bare. No shorts, short trousers, short skirts, sleeveless shirts or bare shoulders. All visitors to the Vatican Museums will be required to pass through a metal-detector prior to being granted admittance. Wheelchairs are available onsite and do not need to be reserved.

Persons with disabilities or those of very advanced years will never have to queue at any point (in fact the Vatican has won an award in this area), but they can only be accompanied by one person, others in such a group will need to queue regularly, unless a paid tour is booked for these people as well.
Wheelchairs are supplied free of charge inside the Vatican, but the tour here follows a different route, and more than 2 people may not accompany the person in the wheelchair. If a group is larger than this, they'll need to book a disabled tour and a non-disabled tour, unless they choose to take the person in the wheelchair along with them on the standard route and carry the chair themselves when necessary (stairs).


More often than not, your guide will be Federica, an officially licensed Rome Tour Guide. Federica, a native roman, graduated in Art History, with an M.A in conservation and restoration of works of art.

Federica is the author of 'Rome, Then And Now' - Amazon link

The information on this page relates to Tickitaly's private tours of the Vatican. We also offer group Vatican tours, as well as Vatican tickets for those who would rather explore by themselves, not take part in a tour. We also offer visitor information for various sites of the Vatican City, Rome and advice on tickets, admittance, dress code and more ...

5.0 stars out of 5 from 84 ratings. See all 82 reviews

5 stars
RD, Canada
6th Nov 2018
Excellent tour. Our guide was fantastic.
5 stars
JT, Peru
29th Sep 2018
Our guide Rosanna was great! Very patient and clear
5 stars
YL, United States
13th Aug 2018
Maria Grazia, our private tour guide was very knowledgeable, awesome attitude. Always willing to answer questions. She really loves the history behind her country. I will recommend the private tour to anyone and request for her if ppssible.
5 stars
LA, Chile
1st Jul 2018
It was a great experience with an amazing and patient guide.
5 stars
GM, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
20th May 2018
Excellent tour by Francesco who had to explain everything and guide us through the crowds of people. It was a great tour and he was a wonderful guide- many thanks!
5 stars
JK, United States
11th Apr 2018
Ms Deborah was easy to find and awesome.