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Vatican: Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms & St Peter's Basilica

1. Vatican: Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms & St Peter's Basilica

On this unique full day Vatican Tour, you will see much more than on regular tours, and at a pace that allows you to take it all in without getting tired. Starting in the Vatican Museums, where we include more galleries than the typical itinerary, including the Raphael Rooms, the Egyptian Gallery and the Pinacoteca, you will see many more treasures from the Vatican collection, including masterpieces by some of the most famous names in the art world - Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Perugino, Botticelli, Giotto and others. Take a break for a relaxing lunch in the Vatican Gardens before continuing the tour to St Peter’s Basilica (unch not included in the tour fee). Your local expert guide will explain the design, construction and history of St Peter’s Basilica and the Square. Learn about the architects involved in the project - Michelangelo, Bernini, Raphael, Bramante and others - and the popes they worked for. This in-depth tour of the Basilica allows you to take in much more than the typical itinerary. We take you to all corners of the Basilica, including underground to the Grottoes, where many former Popes have been buried, including Pope John Paul II. At the end of your tour, you will have the option of climbing the steps to the Dome by yourselves - your guide will be happy to assist you with this.

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

2. 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.  

Vatican: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

3. Vatican: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

Skip the lines and visit the Vatican Museums on a small group tour with an expert guide. Learn in-depth knowledge about the Sistine Chapel and see it for yourself without the crowds. Visit the the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of the Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pinacoteca, the Round Room, Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Muses and Candelabra Gallery. Your guide will provide information about the Sistine Chapel before entering, as it is forbidden to talk once inside. Marvel at the beauty of Michelangelo's most important masterwork without the crowds, as you’ll be visiting at the end of the day. Enjoy this full experience in intimate groups of 10 people tops led by a five star guide.

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What people are saying about Pinacoteca Vaticana

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Best tour on our 21 day Holiday, thanks to Davide!

Our tour guide Davide, was just the best! His passion for story telling and expertise regarding the history of Vatican City was amazing. We opted for a private tour for our group of four and it was a great decision. Davide, must us all feel special and answered all of questions. He also gave us several recommendations regarding the rest of our time in Rome that were all spot on! I would highly recommend the private, skip the line tour for your once in a lifetime Vatican experience and ask for Davide! You will not be disappointed.

Having a private tour made the Vatican art make sense. It was easy to hear him, easy to ask all the questions. And wonderful to gonat our own pace. He helped us stay focused on the important details without being too overwhelmed with all the the things. Marius was phenomenal- request him.

Oscar was very knowledgeable and great to have around. I can really recommend this tour…. If you want to see the Vatikan

Great knowledge. Helpful having a guide lead us around the museum as it is huge. Fabio was wonderful

Very informative , covered more than you would see without a guide..loved it