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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.

Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour with VIP Entrance

2. Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour with VIP Entrance

Meet your private official guide in front of the main entrance of Vatican Museum and set out on a special VIP tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Use your skip-the-ticket-line tickets to gain priority access. Discover one of the largest and most spectacular art collections in the world. Stroll into the Belvedere courtyard to see the incredible ancient Roman and Greek statues. Then head into the Muse's rooms, Circular Room, and Greek Cross Room to see Constantine's sarcophagus. Continue the tour through the Gallery of Maps overlooking the Vatican Gardens. Finally, step inside the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's breathtaking Last Judgement. Journey through the history and the secrets which envelope the Catholic Church. Hear the stories of rivalries between the Renaissance artists.

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

3. 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.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Evening Tour

4. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Evening Tour

Avoid the daytime crowds and explore the Vatican Museum's stunning art collection and the Sistine Chapel on an after-hours evening tour. This tour, which takes place only on Friday's during the summer, allows you to access the Vatican's immense collection of art throughout exclusive evening access. The work of history's most celebrated artists, Leornardo da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio and Michelangelo, decorate the museum walls, which stretch over 7 kilometers and fill 2,000 rooms. With so many important things to see, the Vatican Museum can be an overwhelming place to visit alone. You can simply allow your licensed guide to navigate you through the 2nd-largest museum in the world on a 2-hour guided tour that concludes in Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. The evening atmosphere is very tranquil and intimate in contrast to the daytime crowds, leaving you with a unique experience that most visitors to Rome never knew existed.

Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

5. Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Choose this early entrance and get the best of your Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visit. Your experience will be enhanced by highly educated, professional art historians. Be among the first visitors of the Vatican Museums and get the best of your early start. You will be accompanied on your tour by a knowledgeable guide who will lead you through the numerous rooms of the Vatican Museums and answer your questions. Then spend some time inside the Sistine Chapel, admiring the Last Judgement and Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Your guide will explain its significance and you will come to truly appreciate this masterpiece.  

Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

6. Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

This tour allows you to enjoy an infinite number of masterpieces like Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Raphael’s “School of Athens”. All this with absolute calm and peace without being stressed out by huge crowds pushing you around during normal visiting hours. Imagine walking through these magnificently adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of bustling tourists, and only 10% of the usual crowds present; It’s almost like having the place to yourself. This is an exclusive service that only a few tour operator companies are able to offer so don't waste time and enjoy the Vatican museums at their full splendor. After the complimentary pick-up from your accommodation, you will skip the long lines, with your early morning admission ticket, and access directly the metal detector control. The tour will begin in a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter’s dome overlooking the Vatican gardens; a great spot for a family picture. Your private guide will then walk you through all the highlights of the museums which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations. You will visit the Pio Clementine museum, you will gasp at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, then, through the Hall of the painted maps, you will enter the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world. The tour ends in St. Peter's square, where you will admire Bernini's colonnade and the stunning façade of the basilica. At last, the tour guide will take you to the official Vatican gift shop and eventually show you the nearest taxi station or subway for transportation back to your hotel.

Rome: Vatican at Night Exclusive Small Group Tour

7. Rome: Vatican at Night Exclusive Small Group Tour

Discover one of the richest collections of art in the world on this exclusive night tour of the Vatican Museums. See these masterpieces, free from the chaos of the daytime crowds and the heat of daytime hours. Skip the ticket lines and go straight in with your small group of only 6 people. Be captivated by the fascinating stories of the popes, told by your expert guide. Walk through the impressive galleries of the papal palaces, see the Greek statue of the Laocoon, walk through the Pinecone courtyard, and admire the magnificent Raphael Rooms.  Finally, witness the majesty of the Sistine Chapel in a calm and peaceful environment, cloaked in the magic of night. The tour ends with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will enjoy an orientation tour of the basilica. Enjoy the rare sight of the square empty of people. Don’t miss this incredible experience.

Rome: Private Kid-Friendly Tour of Vatican City and Museums

8. Rome: Private Kid-Friendly Tour of Vatican City and Museums

Head to the Vatican Museums with your guide and skip the lines with your pre-booked tickets, ready to begin exploring. The first stop will be at the vast collection of ancient Roman and Greek sculptures uncovered through the years during excavations across Rome. Your guide will show you the most important of these, including the “Belvedere Apollo” and the “Sarcophagi of Helena and Constantina,” the mother and daughter of Emperor Constantine. Next up will be the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra where you’ll see rare Roman mosaics and view the magnificent statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses, and a multitude of Greek philosophers. The tour will then head through the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall, and the Raphael Rooms. Once the private apartments of Pope Julius II, the Raphael Rooms were decorated by Raphael and it’s here you’ll see two of his most famous works, “The Parnassus” and “The School of Athens.” The highlight of any tour of the Vatican is, of course, the Sistine Chapel, Italy’s most popular attraction. You’ll hear from your guide about Michelangelo’s frescoes, “The Last Judgment” and “The Creation of Adam,” as well as stories of Moses and Jesus in paintings by Botticelli, Perugino, and other renowned Renaissance artists. You’ll then move on to the world’s most famous Catholic Church, Saint Peter’s Basilica, which houses Michelangelo’s famous “Pietà” as well the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Finally, you will leave the basilica into the vast expanse of Saint Peter’s Square. From here you can see the chimney used to announce the election of a new pope, as well as Bernini’s famous statues. After a couple more anecdotes, your guide will say goodbye, leaving you to explore the square at your leisure. A perfect end to a brilliant tour of Vatican City.

Vatican: Vatican Museums by Night Small Group Tour

9. Vatican: Vatican Museums by Night Small Group Tour

Visit the Vatican Museums with no heat or crowds after the general opening hours. Let your tour guide take you through an evening of art history while they'll walk you through one of the biggest art collections in the world.Walk in the Pine Court and then move on to see the Laocoon group statue, the Apollo of Belvedere and Nero's Bathtub, and many more pieces of art.Enjoy some of the most famous galleries of the Vatican Museums such as the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestries Gallery, and the Maps Gallery while listening to the history behind the art on each wall.Let your tour guide tell you anecdotes and stories and answer all your questions while visiting Borgia's apartments. Move onto Raphael's room where you'll admire the School of Athens by the Renaissance famous artist and the works of some of his students.Conclude your visit by stepping inside the Sistine Chapel and admiring the works of Michelangelo, Perugino, and Botticelli. See one of the most famous religious artworks in the world: The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

Rome: Hop-on-Hop-off Bus with Vatican and Sistine Chapel

10. Rome: Hop-on-Hop-off Bus with Vatican and Sistine Chapel

Climb aboard a panoramic bus with a hop-on-hop-off ticket which lasts for 24 or 48 hours. Stop at 10 locations all around the city center and listen to a digitally recorded commentary onboard in 9 different languages. Explore the city and enjoy the best views of the city’s distinctive landmarks and learn about its fascinating 2.000-years history. Once you have chosen the tour option, meet up with your tour guide at the meeting point near the Vatican Museums. Start the tour with the Vatican Museums, where you'll skip the line and start exploring the vast collections right away thanks to the reserved ticket that comes with this tour. Enter into the museum by a spectacular big spiral staircase. Inside, find many masterpieces from different periods of time, from classical Greek art to Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo. Enjoy views over the Vatican Gardens, be guided through the history and secrets of the Catholic Church, and hear about the rivalry between the Renaissance artists. Stroll through the Chandelier Gallery, Tapestry gallery, Maps Gallery, and Apartment of San Pio V. Towards the end of the tour, visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece: The Last Judgement. 

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4.3 / 5

based on 304 reviews

This is a must - do your!!! Our guide was so knowledgeable and taught us so much during our 2 hours touring the Vatican Museum and then prepared us in advance for our visit to the Sistine Chapel. We kept saying how glad we were to have booked this well in advance as it made for a very easy day!! We highly recommend using this your company - they were the most organized and professional company located inside the museum. The headsets worked perfectly and the pace was great so we could see so much and learn an incredible amount in the 2 hours! Do not hesitate to book this , you will be so grateful to experience this with such a knowledgeable and professional guide!

Great tour, our guide was very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. Went in late September so pretty busy, which did mean we spent a lot of time making sure we kept up with our guide walking through the halls.

Our tour guide was terrific, with an extensive knowledge of art history; she pointed out things that most people would miss; needless to say, the Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museum was spectacular.

My visit was excellent, but was strongly crowded. I would like to listen more from guide in the end of guided time how to spend time in Vatican.

very decent tour all because ofnour your guide of 12 years!