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

From US$101.80
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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Skip-the-Line Hidden Gems Vatican Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
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Hidden Gems Classic 9:30AM
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
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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
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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
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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.

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Reviewed 4 days ago
Best Vatican Tour!

We have been privileged to experience several private tours of the Vatican over the years. This tour was the most informative and engaging yet. Elisa was extremely well versed and interesting in her presentation. She used reference materials and photos from her tablet and her...More

Thank Raddog2
Reviewed 1 week ago
An afternoon with an Art History PHD

My husband and I are 70+ and our daughter 45 and while it was her first time in Rome we have visited here 3 times before. Our guide, Tank, was very accommodating about leaving us to rest while taking our daughter to see everything. His...More

Thank DalePortland_Oregon
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Ciao! Thank you for leaving such a nice review. It is already a pleasure to share my passion with my guests, and being appreciated makes it even better. You guys were great, and I hope to see you next time in Rome! Sincerely, Tancredi

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Phenomenal Vatican tour

Fabiana was our guide and she is amazing! She is very knowledgeable and personable! We did not stand in line with all the crowds. I will absolutely book again with my family.

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

Ciao! I hope to see you again soon...we can learn more about Rome (and skip more lines!) Kind regards, Fabiana

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent tour. Well worth the cost

We thoroughly enjoyed this experience with eyes of Rome and would highly recommend it. Silvia was our tour guide and her warmth and knowledge were second to none. The queue to get in is extremely long and you get to skip it! Although it was...More

Thank CMY2010
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao! Thank you for touring with me and Eyes of Rome. It was a pleasure having you, and I must admit, there is something very satisfying about skipping the line! I'm happy that the tour and recommendations worked out for you. Come again! -Silvia

Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile
A Gem of a Tour Guide

When planning our trip to Rome, friends all strongly suggested a private tour guide for the Vatican. We took this advise and booked the “Private Vatican Tour with Hidden Gems” through “Eyes of Rome.” We are so thankful that we did! Our tour guide Elisa...More

Thank Tim H
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow! I'm not often called a gem, you guys are so kind! I really enjoyed the tour with you and I am so glad you liked it too. Helping my guests navigate around the crowds so they can focus on what matters is one satisfying...More

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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 Michael C | Reviewed this property |
I accompanied my 89 year father in-law. The beauty of working with a private guide is that he/she can schedule impromptu rest breaks and can lead you to all the "secret" elevators to avoid the stairs!
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