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Extended Vatican City Tour With Exclusive Sights

1. Extended Vatican City Tour With Exclusive Sights

Your tour begins outside the Vatican, where your expert guide will whisk you passed the famously long lines and through an Official Vatican Partner entrance before giving you a brief overview of the tour.  You’ll then follow your guide to the Pinacoteca, also known as the Vatican Paintings Gallery. Often overlooked by independent sightseers, this is one of the quietest parts of the Museums. Enjoy the hush as you view masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and the only Da Vinci left in Rome. As you wander this modern gallery, your expert guide will tell you not just about the techniques and subjects of these works, but also about the lives of their creators. Then, you will make your way to one of the highlights of our tour: the Bramante Staircase. A Vatican Guard will escort you beyond a velvet rope to this engineering marvel, which was built to admit horse-drawn carriages from street level to the Papal apartments. It’s usually closed to the public, so you’ll have this stunning helical staircase to yourself, with space to admire spectacular views overlooking Vatican City. Next, visit some of the well-known sights of the Vatican including the Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, and the stunning Sistine Chapel. Of course, no visit to the Vatican would be complete without seeing this iconic masterpiece, and your expert guide will be sure to give you all the background you need to truly appreciate Michelangelo’s most famous work. Finish your tour with privileged access to St. Peter’s Basilica through a door leading directly from the Sistine Chapel, avoiding the lines so you have more time inside to discover works like Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’.

Wheelchair Accessible Private Vatican Tour

2. Wheelchair Accessible Private Vatican Tour

This wheelchair accessible tour of the Vatican Museums begins with a visit to the Pinacoteca Gallery. Known as the Vatican Art Gallery, the Pinacoteca contains some of the most famous masterpieces of the Vatican Museums. Travel through Pinacoteca’s 18 rooms as you explore the lesser-known masterpieces of Raphael, Caravaggio and Da Vinci. The second destination on this Vatican Museum tour is the Chiaramonti Museum. Named after Pope Pius VII and founded in the early 19th century, the museum contains some of the most important Roman statues and sculptures. Then travel through the Pigna courtyard and then on to the upper galleries to explore the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Drift through the Sobieskj Room and the Room of the Immaculate Conception before entering the famous Raphael Rooms. Spanning four separate areas, the frescos of the Raphael Rooms are considered to be some of the most valued works of art in Italy. Last, but not least, is the Sistine Chapel. An absolute must-see in Rome, you will discover amazing works of art including Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment – the largest fresco ever painted by one man.  As you explore the endless wonders, your guide will tell you the stories behind these famous masterpieces on this breathtaking Sistine Chapel tour.  


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What people are saying about Chiaramonti Museum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11 reviews

This was, by far, the BEST tour we've ever taken!!

This was such a wonderful way to see the Vatican. Our guide was so personable and so knowledgeable. She navigated us through the museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica while providing such interesting information about the artwork. We had access to areas where no one else was admitted and had time to take pictures and enjoy the quiet and the beauty of the architecture. I can not say enough about how awesome this tour is!!

Only way to book

Our guide was very knowledgable and had a true passion for art history. She was prompt, courteous, and humorous. This tour truely has wait and extended access. Highly recommend this trip to fully enjoy your trip to the Vatican.

Excellent tour with a exceptional guide.

We booked this tour based on our son's recommendation. The tour was wonderful. Our guide, Faviania was knowledgable, delightful, and very caring.

Made my day!

We learned a lot about the artwork and the history of the Vatican. It was extremely interesting and fun!

Excellent tour. The tour guide was fantastic!

Fabulous tour. The tour guide made things really interesting and easy to understand! !