Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel: Saints Tour has prepared for you a unique and unforgettable experience. The present tour includes:
- privileged entrance to the Vatican Museums
- guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
You will have at your complete disposal one of our specialized and accredited by the Vatican guides. The route of this guided tour has been designed to let you discover – in approximately two and a half hours, with the assistance of a skilled tour guide trained in art history – unique masterpieces without wasting time in long queues.
- Free: from 0-5 years old;
- Reduced: 6 to 18 years old;
- Students (reduced): from 18-25 years old. This offer is valid only upon presentation of a valid student card, to be shown at the time of entry and/or check-in.
|DURATION||About 2 hours and 30 minutes|
|MEETING POINT||Piazza Pio XII, 5|
|MEETING TIME||Visitors are kindly requested to reach the meeting point 30 minutes earlier than the entrance time.|
|WHAT IS INCLUDED||Priority and fast-track entrance into Vatican Museums|
|English-speaking certified and authorized guide|
|Groups of max 30 people|
|Radio-transmitters to hear the guide|
|Direct and fast-track access into St.Peter’s Basilica|
|Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point|
|WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED||Tips (optional)|
|Food and drinks|
|Transfer from/to hotel|
|CANCELLATION||Free cancellation within 24 hrs from the beginning of the tour.|
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel: what awaits you
With this guided tour, you will be able to admire some of the most famous works of art renown all over the world: we are offering a journey into time and space, into history and culture, but, most of all, a fast-starting journey, where no exhausting waits in queue are involved.
Our groups are made up by a maximum of 30 people and are all accompanied by certified Vatican tour guides, who will take you through the priceless artistic treasures enshrined in the seven different museums that make up the very heart of the Vatican Museum complex.
In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, your guide will tell you stories and curiosities that will help
you to understand the historical, artistic and cultural context that has molded the masterpieces hosted in the Hall of the Muses, in the Pio-Clementine Museum, in the Gallery of Maps, in the Gallery of Tapestries, in the Raphael Rooms and in the magnificent Courtyard of the Pinecone that opens in the heart of Vatican City.
The tour of the Vatican Museums will culminate with the visit to the Sistine Chapel; since it is forbidden to speak aloud inside, your guide will deliver explanations and directions outside, using the special panels provided by the Museums. Once inside, you can admire the paintings that truly represent the highest peak of Italian Renaissance art, from the precious frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli and Piero di Cosimo, to the extraordinary vault cycle and the Last Judgement by Michelangelo.
At the end of this incredible experience, your guide will briefly tell you about the history of the Vatican and the majestic St Peter’s Basilica.
- The Vatican Museums were established by Pope Julius II in 1506 from a single statue, the marble group of Laocoon.
- The Gallery of Maps, 120 meters long, ideally reproduces the line of the Apennines: on the left, there are the regions facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, and on the right those facing the Adriatic Sea.
- In the Stanza della Segnatura, the philosophers who crowd the School of Athens painted by Raphael, have the features of his fellow painters: Bramante is the mathematician Euclid, Plato displays Leonardo’s hieratic face, Heraclitus borrows the frowning expression of Michelangelo, whose shady character was universally known. In the foreground, Buonarroti’s infamous boots, which he did not take off even to go to bed.
- A self-portrait of Michelangelo can be found in the Sistine Chapel more precisely, in the Last Judgment: Buonarroti reproduced his features in the skin that St. Bartholomew holds in his hands.
- All the conclaves that precede the papal elections, take place today in the Sistine Chapel.