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Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

1. 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.

Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

4. 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.

Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Group Tour

5. Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Group Tour

Welcome to Vatican City. Prepare to cross over into another country, and enter with us the smallest state in the world. Small in size, massive in history culture, and amazement. Together we will witness some of the most breathtaking masterpieces to have ever been created. The Vatican Museums houses over 850 pieces of art and countless sculptures. I will help you highlight the most influential and important pieces including, Lacoön and his sons, Apollo Del Belvedere ,The School of Athens, Belvedere Torso. We will visit stunning rooms and courtyards including the world-famous SISTINE CHAPEL, the Hall of Animals. Pinecone Courtyard, Chiaramonti Museum, The Round Room, Pio Clementine Museum, Belvedere Courtyard, Hall of the Muses, Raphael Rooms, Greek Cross Hall The whole experience is guided at a steady pace, allowing for photos, questions, and full immersion. Please be dressed appropriately and check the guidelines before entering Vatican City (shoulders and knees covered)

Vatican City: Private Guided Tour

6. 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.

Rome: Vatican Museums Skip the Line Small Group Tour

7. Rome: Vatican Museums Skip the Line Small Group Tour

Skip the long lines at the entrance to the Vatican Museums and enjoy a guided group tour of the treasures inside. Visit the highlights of the massive Vatican Museums with a knowledgeable guide. Stroll through the vast galleries and discover rooms full of history. Admire the beautiful Pine Courtyard, and enter the Pio Clementine Museum to see the famous Laocoön and His Sons sculpture. Step inside the stunning Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos. At the end of the tour enter the largest church in the world: St. Peter's Basilica. Check out its masterpieces, such as the famous La Pietà.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

8. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Your host will greet you at the meeting point and organize your group that will be led by an expert, professional and entertaining guide. After the security check at the Vatican entrance, the group will enjoy a marvelous view of the St Peter's Basilica from the Belvedere Terrace. By walking through the Four Gates passage you'll access the Pinecone Courtyard with the famous Pigna and the Sphere within the Sphere artwork by Pomodoro. Afterward, we reach the Gallery of Candelabra, the first of the three Vatican Museums' Galleries where you can discover amazing antique statues, meticulously decorated ceilings and floors embellished with precious lapis lazuli. The Gallery of Maps, with its "gold" ceiling and maps painted in detail, dating from the 16th century, will unveil an incredible work by Ignazio Danti. In the Gallery of Tapestries, you will discover the amazing work by Raphael, created for the Sistine Chapel. The tapestries are a masterpiece of the Flemish weavers. You will get stunned in the Raphael Rooms, made of 4 rooms, where you'll find breathtaking works by this artist. Among others, you'll see very close Raphael's spectacular School of Athens. The cherry on top will be the Sistine Chapel where you will discover and enjoy the view of Michelangelo's ceiling (with The Creation) and the amazing Last Judgment.

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What people are saying about Cortile del Belvedere

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based on 572 reviews

I recommend choosing this proposal as the timing for the discovery of the Vatican museums takes time. Our guide proved to be precise, clear in explanations, not boring or academic. The three hours passed in a heartbeat between anecdotes, explanations and historical stories. Not to be missed

The Vatican gardens by bus, It was not terrible (audio that works poorly, driver who does not care a bit) but visit of the museum and the Sistine Chapel very very well with Louis (Brazilian guide) with whom we saw the passion to make people discover things.

Maria Teresa was an excellent guide and very informed. We also enjoyed all of the interesting details and facts she told us about. Overall, our experience was very pleasent.

Chiara was excellent! She was clearly an expert, entertaining and engaging. Long tour—not suitable for young children (lots of walking and listening).

Both my friend and I really liked the visit. Our guide was great and explained everything to us in great detail.