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Highlights of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour | Semi-Private

Max 6 people
3 hrs
Refundable booking

LivTours Vatican & Sistine Chapel Highlights Tour is an ideal way to experience the Vatican Museums, including Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. With your expert guide and groups no larger than 6 travelers, you will have a complete overview of access to one of the world’s largest art collections.

This semi-private tour allows you to fully enjoy your Vatican experience in a more intimate environment with your guide. Learn little know stories and facts of the popes and artists commissioned to create these world famous pieces. Your tour takes you through the Vatican highlights, showing art from over 2000 years ago from antiquity to Renaissance.


  • Enjoy a semi-private tour of no more than 6 people max with reserved entrance
  • Discover the masterpieces of the Vatican Museum with your expert guide by your side
  • See works by Bramante, Michelangelo, Bernini, Bramante & Raphael on one tour
  • Visit the world's largest Christian basilica, known as the resting place of St Peter
  • See the world's most prized artwork up close with anecdotes of millennial old history

Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.

Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)

Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English

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Your Vatican & Sistine Chapel tour begins with direct access to the Vatican Museums, meaning no waiting in line. Once inside, you will begin learning about its amazing art, seeing the wonders of the Pinecone and Octagonal Courtyard, and the Belvedere Torso. You will stroll throughout the Round Room and admire the Constantine coffins of the Greek room.

Your expert guide will take you to see the Gallery of Tapestries where you will walk the halls of handcrafted tapestries by Pieter van Aelst’s School which were created from drawings by Raphael’s pupils. Next, it is on to the Gallery of Maps, just imagine, wall-to-wall hand-painted maps from the 16th-century giving you an idea of what the geography looked like back then. From there you will visit the recently restored Raphael Rooms which are sure to take your breath away. Admire The School of Athens, one of Raphael’s master works, and learn about the historic greats and some contemporaries he carefully placed within this painting.

After this, it’s time to head over to see one of the stars of the tour – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Admire the 8,000 square feet of this masterpiece standing in its center surrounded by paintings. After the Chapel and all its glory, your tour guide will take you towards your final stop, St. Peter’s Basilica* where you will enjoy exclusive access to the most immense and ornate Catholic church in the world. Visit one of the most stunning pieces of art in the basilica, Michelangelo’s statue of the Pietà, depicting the Virgin Mary holding her dying child in her arms. Another must-see work of art is Bernini’s alter canopy, which is made of an astounding 100,000 pounds of gilded bronze.

This comprehensive tour will give you an idea of the grandeur of Vatican City and the artwork it holds.

To end, your guide will leave you inside Saint Peter’s Basilica, allowing you ample time to continue your exploration of the Papal Tombs, and even climbing to the top of the Dome.


  • Reserved Vatican entrance tickets
  • Fully guided experience
  • Groups of maximum 6 people
  • Pinecone and Octagonal Courtyard
  • Belvedere Torso
  • The round room
  • Constantine coffins
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms*
  • The School of Athens painting
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Michelangelos ceiling & Last Judgement
  • St Peters Basilica*
  • Berninis bronze alter canopy
  • St Peters square

  • *Access to the Raphael Rooms is contingent upon crowd conditions, timing constraints, and guard-regulated routes. Including them may not always be feasible. In these cases, your tour guide will exercise discretion to adjust the itinerary, ensuring a high-quality experience
  • *St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies. If closed, your guide will provide a revised itinerary including more of the Vatican Museums. No compensation is granted in these circumstances.
  • *Saint Peter’s Basilica is closed on most Wednesdays mornings due to the weekly Papal Audience. If you book this tour for a Wednesday the time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended.
  • *Please note: Michelangelo’s Pietá is currently under restoration until September 2024
  • 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.
  • Please be aware that the Sistine Chapel is a Holy Place and talking during your visit inside is strictly forbidden, therefore your guide will give you an explanation of the Sistine Chapel beforehand during your tour, in order to give you a comprehensive explanation before entering the chapel.
  • Backpacks are not permitted in the Museum.
  • Guests with wheelchair accessibility needs will find difficulty with this small group tour. In order to ensure a barrier-free tour with alternative routes, please book the private version of this tour.
  •  Everyone in your group, regardless of age, needs a government issued ID to enter the Vatican Museums.

LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry.  LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism  and how LivTours is contributing, click here.


All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.




  • Great Guide!

    First, I must say that our guide, Matteo, was personable, very informative, and had a good sense of humor. We saw many beautiful rooms and objects. However, even though it was a morning tour, we should have gone earlier—not the tour operator's fault, we just didn't anticipate how crowded it would be. There was no lingering, as even the security guards kept pushing everyone to keep moving. You will definitely see the highlights, but it's best to go as early as possible!

    - Sally
  • Great Tour

    Fantastic tour with an excellent guide. The small group size made it feel very intimate. We saw a lot and received great information. Skipping the long lines made the experience much more enjoyable.

    - Tobias
  • Smooth and easy

    Stefano took us on a comprehensive tour through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s. In our group of six, several of us had visited before, and Stefano did a great job correlating what we would have already seen with new rooms and passages that have only recently opening to the public. Stefano is very knowledgeable about art history and the many artifacts and time periods represented in the museums. We really enjoyed our tour and wouldn’t hesitate to book with him again. Highly recommended.

    - Erica Feiste
  • Informative, Organized Tour

    My family and I enjoyed this tour. Our guide Paola did a great job of keeping us engaged and informed of the highlights. We were fully immersed for the 3 hours of the tour and our guide made adjustments when necessary due to crowd control circumstances. Thank you, Paola.

    - LC
  • The very best!

    My husband and I took this small group tour with Silvia and were so so glad that we did. Silvia is very personable and so knowledgeable that my husband asked if she had a background or education in art history. She gave us all kinds of fun facts related to the paintings that we would never have known on our own. And she was like a mother hen always making sure we could see her. We went in November and at times the crowds were so dense it was a good thing she was attentive to us. I can’t imagine going in a busier season in a big group. I cannot recommend this tour enough. Five stars all the way.

    - Mary Ann Becker
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