Museo Pio Clementino

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Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

1. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

Skip the ticket line and gain fast access to both the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Once inside, meet your guide who will conduct your tour and reveal the intriguing story behind the seminal design. Enter the Pio Clementino Museum and get up close to the astonishing classical Roman and Greek sculptures, before walking through to the Gallery of the Candelabras which is populated with majestic marble structures throughout. Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the hanging renaissance artworks at Gallery of the Tapestries, and the four Raphael Rooms. Finally, marvel at Michelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" in the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

2. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

Beat the rush and get exclusive VIP access through the museum doors before they open to the public with this early-access Vatican VIP Tour. A privilege extended by the Vatican Museums to only the most prestigious, longstanding, and reputable tour companies in the city, your group will be granted access before the other 35,000 daily guests to this, the largest and most mysterious museum in the world! You will have time to visit certain parts of the museum that you otherwise wouldn’t have had, including the Pope’s collection of vehicles in the Carriage Pavilion, the Greek Cross Hall, and the idyllic Pine Cone Courtyard garden.

Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets to both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on this guided tour. Walk through the Vatican galleries and explore one of the largest art collections in the world. Once inside the Vatican Museums, follow your guide to the Pio Clementino Museum. See Nero's bathtub, the Apollo of Belvedere and the Laocoon. Continue to the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the Belvedere Courtyard. The last stop will be the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll get to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo, such as the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement. Learn about Michelangelo and Raphael working at the same time for Pope Julius II.

Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

4. Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

You will meet your official Vatican Museums guide at the convenient meeting point and start your guided tour heading to the reserved group entrance of the Vatican Museum. Enjoy the Vatican highlights including the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and, of course, the Raphael Rooms. Admire the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, decorated with some of the most beautiful frescoes ever made, like the iconic "Creation of Adam." The guide will explain not only what the magnificent frescoes represent but will share with you anecdotes and curiosities about Michelangelo and the Chapel.

Skip the line Vatican Museum Sistine & St.Peter Private Tour

5. Skip the line Vatican Museum Sistine & St.Peter Private Tour

Enjoy the best of the Vatican collections with your private guide. This skip the line 3 hours private tour is tailored to meet your special needs. With your expert licensed tour guide have the best experience, visiting the masterpieces of the renaissance art as well as the modern art. Among others your itinerary will include the highlights of the Vatican museums, the Pinacoteca gallery that contains paintings and tapestries dating back from the 11th to the 19th century, the Pio-Clementine museum which is the first court yard to be filled with ancient statues such as the colossal marble statue of “Laocoon”, Julius the II  private rooms where important political decisions were made, frescoes by Raphael and his pupils and the Carriage museum which contains saddles, carriages, automobiles and sedan chairs used by various popes through the years. Before making it to the Sistine chapel, famous for the largest frescos ever painted by man, your tour guide will lead you through the Borgia’s apartments decorated by Bernardo di Betto called “il Pinturicchio” and his assistants which now house part of the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern Religious Art inaugurated by Paul VI (1973). The last stop but not least is Saint Peter's Basilica. Admire the immortal beauty of the “Pietà” of Michelangelo, who was only 23 years old when he sculpted it. Your tour guide will enlighten you with the history of the most important catholic church in the world starting from the story of the apostle Peter the first pope, to the present.  

Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

6. Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

Visit the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum and imerse yourself in the history of Rome with an expert guide who will ensure that you don't miss anything. Discover fantastic city views at Palatine Hill while listening to engaging tales of the past. Continue to the world-famous Vatican Museums and access artistic and historical treasures like Raphael's room, the Laocoon, or the Map gallery without having to wait in a long line. Let the majesty of the Sistine Chapel take your breath away. Use the provided headphones to hear your guide clearly at all times. See these highlights in just 4 hours and get the most out of your holiday in Rome.

Rome: Skip-the-Line to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

7. Rome: Skip-the-Line to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Navigate through a vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a licensed guide on this walking tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Meet your tour guide in front the Vatican Museums entrance. Begin your tour of the Vatican museums. Admire collections like the Maps Room and the Tapestries Hall. Appreciate masterpieces like Raphael’s 'Transfiguration' and 'The School of Athens.' Listen as your guide tells you tales of Vatican intrigue as you pass through spaces like the Courtyard of Pigna, the Octagonal Courtyard, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Animals, and the Gallery of Muses. Spend times contemplating the statues in the Candelabra Gallery or the masterpieces in the Raphael Rooms. Make your way to the the frescos that decorate the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Stop at the 'The Last Judgment' by Michelangelo. Hear about the history of this chapel before heading to St Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this renowned work of Renaissance architecture by masters like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Finish your tour with a stroll through St. Peter's Square and snap some pictures of the 284 columns and 88 pilasters that flank the square in a colonnade of four rows. Look up above the columns to see 140 statues of saints which were created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Escape Game

8. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Escape Game

The city game starts at the Vatican Museum Entrance. It will take you between 2 to 2.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Sistine Chapel. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Vatican Museums: 7-Hour Private Tour

9. Vatican Museums: 7-Hour Private Tour

Learn the secrets of the Vatican Museums in a complete, 7-hour, private tour, accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide. Focus on the greatest artists of the Roman Renaissance: Raphael and Michelangelo, and learn how art transformed from the Middle Ages into the Baroque Style. Hear stories of the Church and its development over the centuries.  Stop and enjoy the Sistine Chapel and appreciate all that went into this iconic masterpiece. Enter the  Pio Clementino Museum with the famous Laocoön, and stroll through the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Geographical Maps. Explore Raphael's Rooms, with the famous School of Athens, and, last but not least, marvel at the Pietà by Michelangelo in St Peter's Basilica.

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What people are saying about Museo Pio Clementino

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 9,512 reviews

We were completely satisfied with the tour. Unfortunately our German speaking tour was canceled 2 days before. We were contacted and offered other alternative tours. Unfortunately, we weren't in Rome for long and we already had some other excursions planned, so we only had the option of taking the booked tour on the planned day in English instead. But it was totally okay. The lady who guided us spoke good, clear English, so that we could still understand everything. She has a very extensive knowledge, told us everything in a very interesting way and showed us everything important and also left a lot of time with us to stay somewhere in between. The Vatican was very busy but you will probably always have that. We never had to queue or wait anywhere, it was very well organized.

Antonio was THE BEST! He’s an Italian with so much enthusiasm and knowledge and passion for the art and the history of this era. We were so lucky and feel grateful to have gotten a tour with him. My husband described him as the ‘upper echelon’ of tour guides! Wonderful experience and I highly recommend.

Antonio was an excellent guide, very knowledgable and patient. He took us on a lovely tour of the Vatican museums and explained the Sistine Chapel frescoes as well.

Antonio was very knowledgable about the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Would recommend taking the tour to get the most out of your visit!

The meeting point was well told . The guide was very read and explained well.it was a great experience