Jewish Rome Tours

Vatican Tour from a Jewish Perspective | Semi-Private

View the Vatican and its treasures from an entirely different angle.

140 €

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    On Request

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Start time

    On Request

  • Private tour

    Max 6 people


140 €

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Why Choose it?

  • Discover Judaic art and symbols within the vast papal collection.
  • Contextualize the Old Testament scenes of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
  • See Saint Peter's Basilica in a new light with our informative, licensed guide.
  • Private tour upon request (let us know in the box to the right).

Tour description

Everybody knows the Vatican as the epicenter of Catholicism, the beating heart of the Christian world. Few look beyond its Christian facade and ancient collections to uncover a different side to the Vatican: a side in which the oldest of the Abrahamic traditions takes center stage.

Your private Vatican Tour from a Jewish Perspective walks you through the Vatican’s vast collection, offering a unique lens through which to decode its symbols and discover its treasures. From the Jewish imagery of the Sistine Chapel to the Jewish artifacts of the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica, you and your private guide will fully explore the Vatican for a perspective most visitors in the Eternal City completely overlook.

Explore the famed halls and galleries of the Vatican Museums

Stepping straight inside the Vatican with special skip-the-line entry, you’ll proceed straight towards the highlights of the Vatican Museums’ renowned collections. Fully explore the marble-coated Gallery of the Candelabra, burnished gold Gallery of Maps, and the intricately detailed Gallery of Tapestries, seeking out the subtle Jewish symbolism hidden away in each.

Stretched across almost 4.5 miles of corridors, the Vatican Museums boasts one of the largest art collections in the world. With the focus of approaching them from an entirely Jewish perspective, your private guide will be able to venture into greater depth as you explore its many highlights. 

Discover the secrets of the Jewish Lapidarium 

Should its collection be open to the public, your Vatican Tour from a Jewish Perspective will take you through the Jewish Lapidarium: a unique collection showcasing some of the most interesting inscriptions from ancient Rome’s Jewish community. 

Hailing from the Jewish Catacomb of Monteverde, near Trastevere, these inscriptions offer fascinating glimpses into the social, religious, and cultural lives of Rome’s Jewish community between the third and fourth centuries AD. Your expert guide will introduce you to the most interesting, bringing you face to face with the ghosts of history. 

Get an all-new angle on the Sistine Chapel

If there’s one attraction you can’t miss during your time in the Vatican, it’s the Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo’s undisputed magnum opus and one of the most lasting and influential contributions to western art. Standing beneath its frescoed ceiling with Michelangelo’s Last Judgement stretching up in front of you, you’ll experience the Sistine Chapel like few others, viewing it through a lens many would never stop to think to look through.

Let your private guide regale you with stories of Michelangelo’s immersion in the Talmud, Torah, and Kabbalah - immersion which informed the visual iconography intrinsic to the Sistine Chapel’s famed designs.

Step inside Saint Peter’s Basilica through a secret passageway

From the Sistine Chapel, you’ll make your way through the Vatican’s secret passageway for the final part of your Vatican Tour from a Jewish Perspective. Within the storied walls of Saint Peter's Basilica, your guide will nourish you with the knowledge to see Michelangelo’s famous Pietà and Bernini’s Baldachin through all new eyes, allowing you to experience Saint Peter’s like so few ever do.

Your private tour concludes outside in Saint Peter’s Square where in the shadow of the square’s obelisk, surrounded by Bernini’s perfectly proportioned colonnade, your guide will put together the final pieces of the puzzle in a way that will engage, inform, and most importantly entertain.

Entrance fees are not included in the price. We will provide your VIP skip-the-line access for an additional fee. 


Licensed tour guide


  • Vatican Museums
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Jewish Lapidaium (subject to opening)
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Saint Peter's Square

important info:

Saint Peter’s basilica is an active religious center and is strongly influenced by liturgical ceremonies and needs: we are therefore not responsible for any inconvenience resulting from sudden closure of the basilica.

Umbrellas and backpacks cannot be taken inside, and please cover shoulders and knees.

Kids friendly:

This tour is kids friendly, your children are welcome

Wheelchair accessible:

Guests with limited mobility are encouraged to request a private tour.

meeting point:

Vatican Entrance, Viale Vaticano 100

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excellent guides

Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!

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