Nicom Tours
Private Vatican Tour
Student Card Holders 18 - 25
3 hs.

Private Vatican Tour

The Vatican is one of the most famous sites of Rome, and this private tour gives you an exceptional experience of this incredible destination.

Discover the incredible artwork of the papal collection in the Vatican Museums, which covers over 2000 years of masterpieces. Visit the most outstanding works with your guide, who will tailor the tour to your interests and give you a personal experience of this ever-popular site. Complete your artistic feast with a visit to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, before exploring St. Peter’s Basilica to admire the church at the centre of Catholicism.


  1. Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican Museums as you start your experience of Vatican City, the smallest country in the world and one of the holiest places in Christianity. Skip the ticket line and beat the notorious queues outside so that you spend more time admiring this spectacular destination.
  2. Discover the vast art collection of the Pope, which contains about 7 kilometres of art in total! Hear every word of your private guide and ask every question whilst your guide selects the most interesting highlights to show you. These include the Pio-Clementino Museum and its ancient statues, the Gallery of Maps and its cartographic frescoes, along with the Gallery of Tapestries and its exquisite Flemish wall hangings.
  3. Continue your tour as you reach the Sistine Chapel, a treasure trove of artistic beauty that is a must-see destination in its own right. Michelangelo’s spectacular ceiling is recognised all around the world for its artistic achievement and his famous frescoes of ‘The Last Judgement’ and ‘The Creation of Adam’ are truly awe-inspiring. Learn from your guide why Michelangelo nearly refused such a challenging commission, and why his eventual masterpiece became a cornerstone of the Renaissance.
  4. Complete your visit by exploring St. Peter’s Basilica. Admire Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ and Bernini’s high altar whilst you take in the extraordinary beauty of this vast church. Feel the reverential atmosphere as you stand in one of the most important places in Catholicism, and appreciate this truly incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site.

what's included

  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica (entry to the dome not included)
  • Private Guide
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
  • Bathroom access
  • Recharging station for your mobile devices

what's not included

  • Transportation

meeting point

For English tours, please go to our office on Via Germanico 8. For tours in other languages, please go to our office on Via Vespasiano 46.

Please arrive 25 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

Please note - the meeting point is inside of our office. But for security reasons, we are not able to store any personal belongings at our office – so please plan accordingly.

dress code

Please note - the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica maintain a strict dress code year-round. All visitors must have their shoulders covered and pants/skirts must come to the knee. And make sure to wear comfortable shoes!

important information

The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica has strict security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances of most attractions, it is forbidden to bring the following:
  • Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.)
  • Glass bottles, aerosol sprays, and alcohol
  • Bicycles, skates, and segways
  • Luggage
  • Pets
Large bags and selfie sticks are not allowed in the Vatican. There is a free Vatican cloakroom service once you have gone through the metal detectors.

Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed at Easter and other religious holidays, on December 25 & 31, & every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During these times, the tour will be offered in other parts of the Vatican Museums.

On rare occasions, St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to closure without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

The Raphael Rooms are only available on the 8:30 AM English tour.


If you or any member of your party has difficulty with mobility (uses crutches or a wheelchair, etc.), please contact us in advance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Private tours are available to meet these needs, on request.

The Vatican Museums offer free entry to all disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%. For visitors who are not self-sufficient, free entry is also extended to a companion.