The Vatican & Sistine Chapel Walking Tour

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The Vatican & Sistine Chapel Walking Tour

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  • 3 Hours
  • April - October

A Vatican City Guided Tour 

The best way to experience Vatican City highlights on a approx 3-hour tour with skip the Vatican line priority access.

You will visit, together with our licensed tour guide of Rome, the most beautiful collection of art in the Vatican Museums, which houses one of the most extensive collections in the world.

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Price Includes

  • Entry ticket to the Vatican museums
  • Priority skip-the-line Vatican tickets
  • Private guided tour with a licensed and expert Rome tour guide
  • Visit of the Sistine chapel
  • Map

Highlights

  • Gallery of the maps
  • Michelangelo Last Judgement
  • Museum Pio Clementino
  • Pinecone courtyard
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Spiral Staircase
  • St Peter's Square
  • Tapestries Gallery
  • Vatican

Itinerary

The tour will begin with a visit of the Vatican from the Gallery of Maps, the Pio –Clementino museum, and finally the Sistine Chapel, the cultural and artistic treasure of the Vatican City, known throughout the world for the frescoes of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope’s messages. In St. Peter’s Basilica we will see the dome of Michelangelo, Bernini’s canopy, the bronze statue of St. Peter by Arnolfo di Cambio, the tomb of Blessed John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyla) placed under the altar of the chapel of St. Sebastian, the Pietà by Michelangelo another stunning masterpiece showing a perfection of anatomical detail. The tour will end in the fabulous Saint Peter’s Square.

The Vatican Museums tour will begin using our fast track – skip the line vatican tickets so our guests will not have to wait in the 2 hour long lines before entering the museums.

Once inside the Vatican Museums you will lean all the history and some interesting facts. We will start by cross the Pigna Courtyard which takes its name from the gigantic bronze pinecone placed in the middle, a work found at the Roman Baths of Agrippa. Then to the Gallery of Maps on of the most eye catching and attractive of the Vatican Museums Tour. This gallery is a 120 metre long tunnel and includes a set of all the maps that represent and anticipate the unification of Italy, both geographic and spiritual. In the Gallery of Tapestries there is work exhibited from tapestry of the New School. These tapestries were woven in Brussels by the manufacture of Pieter van Aelst and represent the most significant religious events.

On this Vatican Museums tour we will also visit the Museo Pio-Clementino which houses some of the most important collections of sculptures of the greek-Roman world. The sarcophagus of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Barbaro, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoon Statue of Hermes, the statue of Venus Felix, the Perseus triumphant and Kreugas and Damoxenos.

Then moving on to the tour of the Sistine Chapel which is the cultural and artistic treasure of the Vatican Museums, its known throughout the world for the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope’s messages. The entire Sistine Chapel is a message of universal faith, the frescoes of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the “Last Judgement” is one of the unique works of art in the world which you will get to see on the best Vatican Museums Tour.

The Vatican Museums tour will end in the fabulous Saint Peter’s Square with its majestic colonnade designed by Bernini, a masterpiece of art and technique, proof of technical perfection lies in the two stone discs placed in the pavement of the square with the words “the centre of the colonnade” placing your feet on one of them, right or left depending on the case, one has the impression that the semicircle composed of four columns, is composed of a single row of columns.

IMPORTANT: The tour inside the Basilica is not included. The guide will give the opportunity to enter the Basilica after the tour. Please keep in mind that a strict dress-code, shoulders and knee must be covered. Visitors are required to check-in bags, tripods, backpacks or bulky luggage. The Basilica is subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies.

Details

Meeting Point

Vatican area. More details will be sent by email 

Departures

Daily except for Sundays and public holidays.

Additional Info

  • The Vatican museums will be closed on the 25.12 – 01.12  – 1.05 – 29.06 – 14-15-16.08.
  • Please note that on Wednesday morning St. Peter’s Basilica may not be open due to the Papal Audience.
  • Tickets have a strict entrance time. It’s recommended to be there at least 30 minutes prior your entry time. 

IMPORTANT:
Inside the Vatican City, for both ladies and men, knees and shoulders must be covered. For men, no shorts of any kind are allowed. No exceptions are made.

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