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Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

1. Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square - a quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to the top of the dome from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular. Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Genuine skip-the-line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-sees when in Rome.

Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

2. Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

Experience both the Gardens of Vatican City and the Vatican Museums on this combo trip with included entry tickets. Learn about the gardens on a minibus tour with an audio guide in all languages, then visit the museums to explore on your own. Start your day with a tour of the Vatican Gardens aboard a minibus. Plug in your audio guide to learn more about the area while you sit back and enjoy the amazing views. Drive through the Italian-, English-, and French-style gardens to admire each of their distinctive features. Marvel at the Italian-style garden's formal, geometric, and Renaissance features. As you move on to the French garden, see its great expression of classical Baroque art, enriched by statues and water features. Continue to the English garden with more memorable geometric features as well as natural and artificial elements such as caves, streams, trees, shrubs, pagodas, pergolas, temples, and ruins. After the visit to the gardens, you'll get access to the Vatican Museums. End your day by exploring one of the most visited museums in the world.

Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

3. Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

This family orientated tour of the marvels of Vatican City will have your kids engaged throughout the whole 2.5-hour experience. Today you and your children will learn with entertaining anecdotes full of details the stories that bring the art works to life. All guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions for you and your family. The tour starts in front of the Vatican Museums, where you will meet your guide and go through the priority entrance with them to buy your tickets. See and feel the history while your kids are engaged with scavenger hunts, stories and games throughout the Vatican Gardens, the Gallery of the Carriages, and the Gallery of Maps. You will have priority exit from the Museums and conclude the trip at St. Peters Square.

Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

4. Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

Enjoy an exclusive night tour of the Vatican and see one of the richest collections of art in the world without the daytime crowds or Midday heat. Learn about its masterpieces in a quiet, stress-free environment. Included are highlights of the papal palaces, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. Experience a peaceful and much calmer Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will get an orientation tour of the Basilica, and enjoy the rare sight of the square devoid of people. Availability is limited, and tours take place just once a week, departing each Friday at 19:30, so make sure to book early.

Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

5. Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican. Thanks to a new partnership in 2022, you can now be among the first to enter into the Museums, with access reserved for only a handful of other tour operators. Take advantage of exclusive access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tours and 1 hour before the general public. Explore the highlights of the papal palace, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the Tapestries and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Tailor your visit to include the aspects of the collections you want to see, whether in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, or St. Peter’s Basilica. Your personal guide will not only enlighten you with the Vatican’s fascinating history, but share bits of papal gossip and little-known stories about the popes and artists represented.

Rome: Sistine Chapel, Vatican & St. Peters Private Tour

6. Rome: Sistine Chapel, Vatican & St. Peters Private Tour

On this special Vatican tour, you’ll discover the treasures of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. In the company of one of your expert guides, marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael and explore one of the greatest art collections in the world. Many visitors are rushed through the Sistine Chapel, but on your Sistine Chapel tour, you’ll have time to gaze up at the ceiling and admire the artwork while your guide explains the secrets of Michelangelo’s intricately detailed frescoes. Close to the Sistine Chapel is the suite of private papal apartments known as the Raphael Rooms. These exquisitely decorated rooms contain some of the finest examples of Raphael’s work, including the “School of Athens” - a group portrait of the most famous ancient philosophers. On your visit to the Raphael Rooms, your guide will explain why a young painter from Urbino was chosen for such a prestigious commission, earning admiration and envy. These rooms also provide a fascinating insight into the life of the papal court, as well as the Renaissance fascination with the classical world. Often overlooked by visitors who are in a hurry to get to the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms deserve a more relaxed, contemplative visit; your guide will ensure that you have plenty of time to appreciate Raphael’s works at leisure. Your private visit to the Vatican Museums is a unique opportunity to explore one of the most remarkable art collections in the world. Accompanied by an expert art historian, you’ll learn all about these ancient masterpieces, gaining a greater appreciation of Roman art and understanding why these artworks are so important in the wider context of art history. A walk through the famous Gallery of Maps, Pinecone Courtyard and, Belvedere Courtyard is an unforgettable experience - an opportunity to be completely immersed in more than 2,000-years of art. Although it’s impossible to see the entire extent of the Vatican’s enormous collection, on your Vatican Museums private tour you’ll be able to optimize your time, seeing a selection of unmissable highlights along with some hidden treasures. After exiting the Sistine Chapel, you’ll be able to enter St Peter’s Basilica directly, without having to wait in line. During your visit to St Peter’s Basilica, your guide will tell you the fascinating story of the basilica within the context of Christian history, from its origins as a burial ground to its current state of splendor and international importance.

Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

7. Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Enjoy an exclusive visit to Vatican City on a guided tour with a professional guide. Discover the beautiful Vatican Gardens, the collections of the Vatican Museums, and the enchanting Sistine Chapel. Start your journey with a minibus tour into the Vatican Gardens: look at the Pope Emerito House, the Vatican Radio Station, the Academy of Science, the Pope’s former Summer Residence, a piece of the original Berlin Wall and the “Fontana dell’Aquilone.” Look at St. Peter’s Basilica from behind and admire the Cupola from a unique perspective. Visit the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and Candelabras, and the Chapel of Pio V. Next, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes that changed the course of art forever. Then, you can explore at St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the world’s largest church. Admire Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

8. Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican Museums, and see Michelangelo’s fabulous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel on a private tour. After meeting your guide, make your way to the Vatican Museums entrance. Before you enter the galleries, view part of the lovely Vatican Gardens from the Belvedere Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante. The long Belvedere Court connects the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere in a series of terraces connected by stairs. Enter the museums and wander through the Gallery of Maps to the Raffaello Rooms. The largest of the 4 rooms is the Hall of Constantine, the last stop on your museums tour. You will also see the Room of Heliodorus, Room of the Signatura, and Room of the Fire in the Borgo. Continue to the Sistine Chapel to admire the legendary frescoes by Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. The ceiling, and especially “The Last Judgment,” is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

9. Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy priority admission on this 3-hour tour and experience all the major highlights of Vatican City! This popular tour includes the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See one of the most important collections of art in the world at the Vatican Museums, which comprise more than 1,200 rooms. Highlights include the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will ensure that you get there quickly, while seeing the most important masterpieces along the way.

Vatican City: Private Guided Tour

10. Vatican City: Private Guided Tour

You will admire antique statues such as the Laocoonte and the Apollo Belvedere and mosaics from ancient Roman villas. You will walk through the Gallery of Maps dating from the 16th century, and much more. Discover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel, hidden so well by Michelangelo. The frescoes are stunning, but the meanings are perhaps even more important. Michelangelo’s depictions are about much more than just beauty. Afterwards, your tour continues to the interior of St. Peter's Basilica and then St. Peter's Square. This is the site where the faithful wait for white smoke to appear from the chimney signifying the election of a new pope, and also for the papal benediction, Urbi et Orbi. Hear stories about the Vatican’s history, including intrigues and conspiracies in the papal court, displays of power, and the status and wealth of many popes. You’ll also hear about modest popes who wanted nothing more than the opportunity for contemplation and a return of the church to original Christian ideals.

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What people are saying about Cortile del Belvedere

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 36,474 reviews

The tour was great, it is about 4-5 hours but it is worth it. The view from the top of the dome is great. There are quite a few stairs to get to the top and some tight spaces but it was manageable. It gets really warm in summer so make sure to bring a bottle of water, there was a place to refill on the dome terrace. We also had a 30-40 minute break between the two sections of the tour.

OMG this was an awesome experience! The best tour we went on in Italy. Our guide, Chiara, was a hoot! She remembered our names, had a ton of knowledge of all of the art history, and she had us laughing the whole time! We loved every moment of this experience. Highly recommend!

Paolo was absolutely amazing! The tour was very well organised in incredibly informative. This was truly one of the best experiences I've ever had. Thank you Paolo :)

Our guide was great! He was passionate, fun and informative. This tour covered everything we wanted to see at The Vatican

Our guide, Flavia, was incredibly knowledgeable! She was able to context and detail to everything we saw on the tour.