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Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

Take a tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. First, visit the Pine Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms (only on early morning tours), and the Sistine Chapel. Then, be led by an expert guide to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will also get to see other galleries of the Vatican corridors. Finally, visit Michelangelo's Pietà at St. Peter's Basilica before concluding your tour at the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour & Basilica Entry

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour & Basilica Entry

Discover the art collection inside the Vatican Museums on a tour with an art historian guide, with an optional entry to Castle Gandolfo. Walk through the galleries and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel.  Meet your guide, an art historian who will tell you all about the masterpieces you will be encountering. Hear fascinating facts and stories as you visit the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Round off the tour with by encountering the marvels of the Sistine Chapel, complete with frescoes by Michelangelo. Be awed by coming face-to-face with Michelangelo’s most famous artwork: The Last Judgement. You can also make the most of your experience by selecting the option of an additional entry ticket to the Castle Gandolfo and St. Peter's Basilica which you can visit at your own pace without the guide.

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vatican City on a guided tour of all of its most important treasures. Discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica with fast-track entrance access to make the most of your day. Begin your experience by discovering masterpieces of art in the Vatican Museums by some of the world’s most distinguished artists. Follow a guide in your chosen language to the most important areas of the museum, including the Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries. Enter the Sistine Chapel to contemplate the glory of Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece, “The Last Judgment”, one of the most famous pieces of art ever made. Then, experience the magnificent interior of St. Peter’s Basilica with fast-track entrance. Be awed by one of the holiest sites in the world and admire Michelangelo’s stunning “La Pieta”.

Vatican City: Museums and Sistine Chapel Fast-Entry Ticket

Vatican City: Museums and Sistine Chapel Fast-Entry Ticket

Highlights of the Vatican Museum Skip-the-line Tickets When you purchase Vatican Museums skip-the-line tickets, you can enjoy several highlights without having to wait in the regular entrance queues. Explore the biggest museum full of vintage and antique sculptures & frescoes at Vatican City. The Gallery of Candelabra, Tapestries, and everyone’s favorite the Gallery of Maps. You can look at the 300 years old unified Italy at one glance at the Gallery of Maps. Highlights of the Skip-the-line Sistine Chapel Tickets When you purchase skip-the-line Sistine Chapel tickets, you can directly access this iconic masterpiece without waiting in the regular entrance queues. Once you are inside you can experience the most celebrated artworks by Michelangelo. His painting always shows the sheer magnitude. While you are inside the Chapel, you will see the beautiful frescoes. With only a ticket and no accompanying guide, it’s possible to get lost around the enormous museum. For that, if you want we provide you with the map and also be aware of the Vatican City visitor information as a reference. It’s important to note that the Sistine Chapel is located within the Vatican Museums, and skip-the-line tickets specifically for the Sistine Chapel may not be available. However, skip-the-line tickets for the Vatican Museums generally include access to the Sistine Chapel. By bypassing the regular entrance queues, you can directly immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Discover the best of the Vatican in a single visit. Skip the ticket line to the key attractions and see outstanding examples of art and architecture in the company of your expert guide. Enjoy an optimized itinerary designed to allow you to get the best out of your visit to the Vatican Museums in a limited time frame, taking in the remarkable Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, and St. Peter’s basilica among other highlights in the company of one of our expert guides. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll get the chance to gaze up at Michelangelo’s ceiling as your guide explains the secrets behind Michelangelo’s masterful paintings. 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 antiquity's most famous philosophers, many of them in the guises of Raphael’s contemporaries. Often overlooked by visitors who are in a hurry to get to the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms deserve more than a brief pitstop — your guide will ensure that you have plenty of time to admire Raphael’s works at your leisure. Your visit to the Vatican Museums is a great opportunity to discover its remarkable collections of ancient sculptures, including the legendary Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere. These classical artworks had a profound impact on the artists of the Renaissance, and their muscular anatomies and psychological intensity strongly influenced the work of Michelangelo and Raphael. Accompanied by an expert art historian, you’ll learn all about these ancient masterpieces and gain a greater appreciation of Greek and Roman art. Walk through the famous Gallery of Maps, admire the Pinecone Courtyard and visit the Belvedere Courtyard. Although it’s impossible to see the entire extent of the Vatican’s enormous collection in a few hours, on this tour, you'll see a series of unmissable highlights. After exiting the Sistine Chapel, enter St Peter’s Basilica directly, without having to wait in line. The basilica has been enriched over the centuries by the hands of countless artists and architects. During your St Peter’s Basilica tour, your guide will tell you the fascinating history of the basilica and put it in the context of Christian history, from its origins as a burial ground to its current state of splendor and international importance.

Rome: Early-Morning Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Rome: Early-Morning Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Beat the crowds and see historic masterpieces up close on this guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. See the stunning Raphael Rooms, marvel at the artwork in the Sistine Chapel, and visit the impressive Vatican Museums with a guide. Enter the Vatican Museums right as they open for the day for a complete guided tour of this stunning space. Enjoy the masterpieces without the bustling crowds as you follow your guide through the Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of Maps, the four Raphael Rooms, and more. Learn from your guide where Raphael worked the faces of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo into his frescoes. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel. Arrive just as the doors first open to groups and visit at the most peaceful time of day. Get a full run-down of Michelangelo's frescoes, including a detailed handout, from your guide before heading in. Finish your tour by going to St. Peter's Basilica via a special secret passage, bypassing the long lines outside. End your morning with a full tour of this sacred space and gaze upon Michelangelo's moving Pietà, Bernini's grandiose altarpiece and learn the stories and legends behind the art.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Get under the skin of the Vatican with this tour of its Museum and the incredible Sistine Chapel. Be wowed by stories from history as you tour these world-famous sights with your guide. Meet your guide and get ready to enter the Vatican Museum. Explore all the important highlights of the galleries including Sistine Chapel. Embark on a tour with a maximum of 20 people and radio headsets to hear the guide clearly. Stay in the Museum as long as you like after the tour finishes. Stroll through the art galleries as you encounter masterworks from history. Marvel at the sight of the Sistine Chapel, including Michelangelo's famous fresco.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

Explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with a pre-reserved entry ticket. Discover one of the most extensive art collections in the world, featuring masterpieces from various periods and cultures including Ancient Egyptian artifacts and Renaissance paintings. Benefit from skip-the-line access and avoid having to wait in line for tickets, allowing more time to explore the vast collections. Discover a variety of exhibits with artifacts from various civilizations and global cultures. Admire the extensive artworks located throughout the Museums. Stroll through the wonderful Gallery of Maps. Arrive at the Sistine Chapel, famous for its ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Gaze in awe at the frescoes that adorn the Sistine Chapel, including the iconic "Creation of Adam."

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour with Basilica

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour with Basilica

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with our exclusive skip-the-line access and expert guidance. Delve into the heart of art history as you stroll through the Vatican galleries, home to some of the world's most renowned masterpieces. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the vast collections, including highlights like the awe-inspiring Gallery of Tapestries, the enchanting Gallery of Maps, and the serene Belvedere Courtyard within the Pio Clementino Museum. Prepare to be mesmerized as you step into the sacred space of the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's iconic frescoes, including the breathtaking 'Creation of Adam' and the profound 'Last Judgement,' adorn the walls, offering a transcendent experience like no other. Join us for an enriching and illuminating journey through the Vatican's unparalleled treasures.

Rome: Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Tour with Dome Climb

Rome: Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Tour with Dome Climb

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter’s Square and leave Rome behind you as you cross into Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica just as it opens to the public. Once inside, get ready to take in the most spectacular views of Rome as the elevator carries you up to the terrace level of the basilica (or walk if you prefer and earn yourself a gelato later)! Suddenly the “tiny” mosaics you saw detailing the circumference of the dome from the ground level will appear massive in their golden splendor right before your eyes. At the terrace level you can decide whether to relax and take in the view or climb the remaining 320 steps up to the summit, where the breathtaking view of Rome and beyond is simply unparalleled. As what goes up must come down, you’ll then descend with us into the lower level of the basilica to experience the “Vatacombs,” where former popes lie in ornate caskets and effigies crafted by the most celebrated artists of the centuries. Next on this adventure will be an in-depth visit of St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world, which includes world-renowned masterpieces by Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. Enjoy a short break and a snack before we reconvene for skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums, arguably the most important collection of art in the world. Your guide will accompany you through the museum to navigate its more than 1,200 galleries while emphasizing the Rooms of Raphael, the Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard, and the Gallery of Maps while ensuring that you stay on track with an eye on the ultimate prize: the Sistine Chapel. Much of this tour will be dedicated to the Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches applied by none other than Michelangelo Buonarroti, as your guide helps you to discern between myth, fact, and popular Hollywood fiction regarding this majestic work of art.

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my wife and I had an awesome experience on this tour. The tour organizers and guide were super easy to find and the process to gain access to the museums was smooth and fast. Our guide Assunta was so, so, so knowledgeable, easy to understand, and kept a great pace throughout the tour to make sure the group stayed together even through the dense crowds. Assunta was so clearly passionate about the exhibits in the museums and her stories kept us engaged and brought the art to life! We both also appreciated that she concluded the tour with enough time for us to access St. Peter's Basilica before it closed, which was just the cherry on top to our tour. Overall, we had an awesome time, learned so much, and would certainly purchase this experience again!

Joaquina was an amazing tour guide that was very knowledgeable of the Vatican and it’s galleries. Loved the tour!!

Excellent guide and very knowledgeable. She made the tour very interesting and we were all very engaged.

our guide, Flavia, was amazing! so knowledgeable! We had a wonderful experience!

Very knowledgeable, made the whole experience very enjoyable.