Deluxe Private Vatican Tour with Secret Rooms
LivTours Deluxe Private Vatican Tour with Secret Rooms is the ultimate tour if you want a comprehensive overview of one of the greatest museums in the world, as well as exclusive access into three hidden rooms, closed to the general public. Your expert private guide leads this comprehensive tour designed for serious art and history buffs! The expansive Vatican Museums house over 9 miles of stunning artwork and LivTours Deluxe Vatican Tour is designed to highlight its most significant collections such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, plus other amazing collections which few others have access to. Thanks to LivTours’ Silver Level Collaborator Status, you now have the privilege to go behind the velvet ropes of three secret rooms!
During this VIP tour, you and your private guide will take a break for a light lunch before continuing your exploration of this vast art collection. Saint Peter’s is the largest Catholic church in the world and hosts a dome designed by Michelangelo and his only signed work amongst a plethora of other stunning pieces and your private guide will personalize your tour based on your interests.
Come experience the Vatican as you have always imagined, calmly in the company of an expert private guide!
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Your LivTours Deluxe Private Vatican Tour with Secret Rooms gives you access to three Secret Rooms in an exclusive experience designed especially for you. Your LivTours private guide will accompany you straight into the museums with our special priority access, so you spend time admiring the beauty and not waiting in line!
A LOOK BEHIND CLOSED DOORS | 3 SECRET VATICAN ROOMS
LivTours is pleased to offer you exclusive access to three secret rooms that are normally locked to the public, but open to LivTours thanks to our Vatican Silver Level Collaborator status. Seeing these rooms – the Niccoline Chapel, Bramante Staircase, and Cabinet of the Masks – fawned over by scholars for centuries, firsthand is an unforgettable treat. On the way to the three secret rooms, you will get the chance to see the Hall of Busts and Hall of Animals, an extra bonus!
Your private VIP experience begins in the beautiful Octagonal Courtyard and Pinecone Courtyard where you can enjoy an open-air view of St. Peter’s Basilica! Your guide will take you to explore the less-visited areas of the Pinacoteca or ‘painting gallery’, allowing you to see masterpieces by world-renowned artists such as Caravaggio, Raphael, and Leonardo Da Vinci, giving you a thorough idea of the thousands of years of history which are housed in this one single museum.
LivTours Vatican VIP Tour also allows you more time than the average tour to explore the highlights of the museums. You will get to see the best of the Greek and Roman sculptures on this tour and learn the stories behind these magnificent pieces with your expert tour guide. Take in the detailed descriptions of the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Maps all pieces by master craftsmen with art that extends from floor to ceiling!
A LIGHT LUNCH IN THE VATICAN
After visiting the museums, you have no doubt worked up an appetite, so it is time to sit down and relax in the cafeteria while enjoying a light lunch (included in the price) before your exploration continues.
RAPHAEL ROOMS & MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL
The colorfully painted Raphael Rooms are a must-see for any visitor to the Vatican Museums. Your guide will share with you little-known secrets behind the paintings of the stunning, and sometimes over-the-top, former Papal apartments. Your Vatican VIP Tour includes seeing the most famous masterpiece in the museum – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the luxury of time as you take in the magnitude of his creation.
The last stop on your tour is St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world, with an in-depth visit. This basilica is filled with ornate art and architecture, as well as being the final resting place of Popes whose tombs are tucked away in the basement crypt.
Time flies on this tour as you take in this spectacular art collection. Your private guide is a passionate expert filled with fascinating stories, historical gossip, and vast knowledge of art and religious history. There is no need to be an art student or an expert to sign up for our Vatican VIP Tour. This luxury experience is for anyone who has an insatiable curiosity and the attitude that anything worth doing is worth doing right… including touring this massive and magnificent museum!
ABOUT VATICAN SECRET ROOMS & WHAT MAKES THEM EXCLUSIVE
VATICAN NICCOLINE CHAPEL
The Niccoline Chapel, aside from the Sistine Chapel, is known as one of the most beautiful of all the Vatican Museum chapels. You and your private group will get exclusive access into the Tower of Innocent III allowing you to see the fresco paintings by Fra Angelico, as well as frescos from the Life of St Stephen, St Laurence, and figures of the Four Evangelists. A site to remember!
VATICAN BRAMANTE STAIRCASE
The Bramante Staircase is one of the most iconic sites of the Vatican Museums, so get your cameras ready! Your private guide will lead you to this Renaissance staircase designed by Donato Bramante for Pope Julius II. Its double-helix formation gives it a stunning visual effect. This is an exclusive secret room, closed off to the general public.
VATICAN CABINET OF THE MASKS
The Cabinet of Masks is a restricted area open to LivTours clients. Your guide will show you the beautiful ancient mosaics from Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, after which the hall is named. In addition, the room is full of wonderful sculptures such as the statue of the nymph and statues of Aphrodite.
- VIP Access into the Vatican Museums
- Pinecone Courtyard
- Octagonal Courtyard
- Bramante Staircase (Secret Room)
- Hall of the Busts (Secret Room)
- Cabinet of the Masks (Secret Room)
- Muses Room
- Round Room
- Greek Cross Room
- Egyptian & Etruscan Museums
- Gallery of Candelabra
- Gallery of Tapestries
- Gallery of Maps
- Raphael Rooms
- Hall of the Chiaro Scuri (Secret Room)
- Niccoline Chapel (Secret Room)
- Raphael Rooms
- Borgia Apartments
- Sistine Chapel
- Saint Peter's Basilica
- Papal Tombs
- Saint Peter's Square
- Due to the limited accesses to the Secret Rooms your order will not be immediately confirmed and will go into Pending without charging your credit card. Thanks to our Silver Collaboration with the Vatican Museums, LivTours has a privileged communication channel with the Museums and will request your desired day and time. Once confirmed, we will charge your card and confirm your tour.
- Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
- There is no photography allowed inside the Sistine Chapel.
- St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies. If closed, the time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended.
- Backpacks are not permitted in the museum.
- Offered in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Please specify under “Additional notes” if you wish to book the tour in a language other than English.
- Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
- LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of the innovation, changes, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, the museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on the site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.
*Our Tuscan motorcycle tour and some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.
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A perfect day
"Our tour was excellent from beginning to end. We were collected by a very friendly driver and we parked right by our guide who was waiting for us at the entrance to The Vatican Museums. Our guide, Luca, was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His English was very good indeed. I am not sure how anyone could visit the Vatican Museum without a guide - there is just so much to see over such a big area. Luca was able to take us to the right places at the right time so we were able to get the most out of our visit. I would not hesitate to recommend Livitaly and Luca."
Claire B. - France
A memorable experience!
"We took the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Davide and it was fantastic!!! Six hours and we are all still smiling in all of our pictures. I don’t know how he does it but he was patient and informative and funny and enthusiastic the entire afternoon. Many, many thanks, LivItaly for experiences we will never forget!!!!"
Bordor family - USA