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Rome: Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour with Access to Basilica

1. Rome: Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour with Access to Basilica

Join a guided tour in Rome to discover some of the most important masterpieces of the Greco-Roman world and of Renaissance art at the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with skip-the-line entry tickets. Later, visit Saint Peter’s Basilica to explore it at your own pace. Enter the Vatican Museums from the priority entrance, skipping the long waiting hours in the ticket line. Start the tour in the Courtyard of the Armor for a glimpse of the Vatican Gardens, and continue to the Courtyard of the Pine Cone located in the middle of the ancient papal buildings. Cross some rooms of the Belvedere Palace, the Pope’s former summer residence while nowadays home to the Pius Clementine Museum, which hosts important findings of Greco-Roman art, including the Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoön Group. Then, arrive at the 3 Galleries that take you to the papal apartments – the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries with works of the Flemish atelier of Peter Van Aelst on display, and the Gallery of Maps with frescoed maps of the Italian territory, commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII. End the tour by witnessing 2 unmissable sites in the Vatican collection – Raphael’s Rooms in the apartment of Pope Julius II and the Sistine Chapel, where you can admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces such as the scenes from the Book of Genesis and The Last Judgement. From the Sistine Chapel, use the private passage to arrive at the Saint Peter’s Basilica, where you can find brilliant works like the Statue of the Pietà, made once again by the great Michelangelo, the Baldachin of Bernini, and the Tombs of the Popes, all containing hundreds of years of history. Please note though that the passage between the museums and St.Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings and subject to other unexpected closure. On such days we will instead spend the entirety of the tour in the museums.

Vatican & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour for Kids

2. Vatican & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour for Kids

Prepare to be amazed on this private, child-centered two-and-a-half-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Imagine your children immersed in rich tradition and ancient wonders with a local English-speaking guide who makes learning fun. Give your family the experience of a lifetime on this tour that’s designed and priced for up to 15 participants. Sightseeing can be overwhelming for children when it involves waiting in boring lines to see places and artifacts they don’t understand. On this tour, your children are the center of activity. With reserved admission to historic sites, there is no boredom or fidgeting in the long ticket lines. Interactive visual learning tools, pop-up books, iPad games, and trivia are all incorporated into the experience to provide a realistic glimpse into life in ancient times. You’ll be escorted through the Vatican Museums for the thrill of a lifetime. Following a treasure hunt theme, children will engage in conversations about the fascinating history of Roman civilization. Through the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Caravaggio, and a host of other artists, your family will become acquainted with what it was like to live in ancient times, as an artist, a parent, a child, or even an emperor or soldier.

Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

3. Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

This family orientated tour of the marvels of Vatican City will have your kids engaged throughout the whole 2.5-hour experience. Today you and your children will learn with entertaining anecdotes full of details the stories that bring the art works to life. All guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions for you and your family. The tour starts in front of the Vatican Museums, where you will meet your guide and go through the priority entrance with them to buy your tickets. See and feel the history while your kids are engaged with scavenger hunts, stories and games throughout the Vatican Gardens, the Gallery of the Carriages, and the Gallery of Maps. You will have priority exit from the Museums and conclude the trip at St. Peters Square.

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

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

Visit the highlights of Rome's Vatican City with a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Join a licensed guide to experience one of the most impressive art collections in the world. Spend a day immersed in the rich history of art. Skip the ticket lines and head straight into the Vatican. After exploring the collection inside the museums, continue your visit to the Sistine Chapel. Later, visit St. Peter's Basilica.

Skip-the-Ticket-Line Kids Fun Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour

5. Skip-the-Ticket-Line Kids Fun Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour

Your guide will meet you near Vatican City. Then, skip the ticket line at the entrance of the Vatican Museums.  If required, you can store any belongings you may have in the Vatican cloakroom before the start of the tour. Throughout your tour, your children will join in games and win prizes whilst discovering more about the Vatican’s collections. Marvel at the multitude of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, as well as the sarcophagi of Empress Helena and Constantina, the mother and daughter of Constantine the Great.  Next, move through the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Sobieski Hall, and the sumptuously decorated Raphael Rooms.  Then, enter one of Italy’s most popular attractions, the Sistine Chapel, which is still in use, primarily for the papal elections. The chapel is home to Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgment' and other frescoes depicting Biblical stories, such as the creation of Adam.  From the Sistine Chapel, continue to the most important Catholic church in the world - Saint Peter’s Basilica. This tour is the perfect way to explore all that the Vatican has to offer, as well as keep your children entertained and engaged, as they have fun and learn. Your family will love teaming up to solve quizzes, participate in treasure hunts, and much more. Your guide will personalize your tour, creating a unique experience for your family. Your tour ends in Saint Peter's Square next to the taxi rank and bus station.

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

6. 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.

Best of the Vatican: Fast Track Highlights

7. Best of the Vatican: Fast Track Highlights

Meet your expert guide by the Vatican Museum entrance and enjoy skip-the-line entry to what is arguably the most important collection of art in the world. Your guide knows every nook and cranny of the museums and will navigate seamlessly through the more than 1,200 galleries. Emphasis will be placed on the Rooms of Raphael, the Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard, and the Gallery of Maps, ensuring you stay on track with an eye on the ultimate prize: the Sistine Chapel. As you stroll through the former papal residences, your guide will point out major works of art dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome and explain the role these ancient pieces played in inspiring the future artistic genius of Renaissance Italy. Much of this tour will be dedicated to the majestic Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches applied by none other than Michaelangelo Buonarroti. You will hear the true life story of this fascinating yet tormented artist, who considered himself a sculptor and not a painter yet dedicated countless years of his life painting frescoes on a ceiling 44 feet high. Learn of the physical and psychological damage inflicted on the artist as your guide helps you to discern between myth, fact, and popular Hollywood fiction regarding this epic work of art. After ample time gazing up at the world’s most famous ceiling, choose whether to take advantage of priority access to St. Peter’s Basilica or remain inside the museums to explore some of the remaining 1,400 galleries of art at your own pace.

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

8. Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter's

Explore the masterpieces housed in the massive collections of the Vatican museums on a guided walking tour with 18 people or fewer. Save time on your trip to Rome with skip-the-line tickets to one of the most popular attractions in the city. Meet your guide at the Vatican Museum and begin to explore this impressive complex which contains galleries, paintings, sculptures, frescoes, tapestries, and classical antiquities of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian origin. Navigate to the museum's highlights like the Raphael Rooms where you can see frescos by the famous Renaissance painter. Stroll through the Pine Courtyard, and see how depictions of the world have evolved over time in the Gallery of the Maps. Admire detailed cloth work in the Gallery of Tapestries. Pass through the Pio Clementine Museum and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Enter the Sistine Chapel where you can admire Michelangelo’s world-famous frescos: "The Last Judgment" and "The Creation of Adam. Finally, visit St. Peter's Basilica next door and admire master works such as the famous "Pietà", "Baldacchino," and much more.

Rome: Sistine Chapel Entrance and 24-hour Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

9. Rome: Sistine Chapel Entrance and 24-hour Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

Start your experience at the meeting point of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Redeem your voucher at the activity provider's office. Be taken by their staff to the Vatican Museums to get your official reserved ticket. Enjoy exploring at your own pace. Admire the immense art collection amassed by the Catholic Church, including Roman sculptures and Renaissance masterpieces. Visit the Sistine Chapel. Admire the details you have heard about, including Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait, in which he expresses to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again. See what it takes to create a fresco and appreciate the work up close. Receive your Hop On Hop off bus ticket directly at the meeting point for Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, you can use this ticket for the next 24 hours, listening to the audio guide.

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

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

Enjoy priority admission and experience the major highlights of Vatican City. Discover the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with a guided tour. See one of the most important collections of art in the world at the Vatican Museums, which comprise more than 1,200 rooms. Walk in the footsteps of Popes and Renaissance Masters as you take in the Rooms of Raphael and of course the Sistine Chapel from its commissioning to the finishing touches by Michelangelo. 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. Then, gain fast-track access to St. Peter's Basilica to view masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini among others before descending to the Papal crypts below. Finish the tour on the portico with an overview of Bernini’s St. Peter’s Square.

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Rosella was spectacular. In addition to having a near endless amount of knowledge, she is alsp an excellent storyteller. She is able to frame everything into a captivating narrative. Flexivle and able to read her audience. Managed ro keep both my 5 year old and 8 year old interested for the duration of the tour.

Sara was an amazing and engaging guide! She knew exactly what would interest the kids (10, 10, and 7,) as well as the adults. We had a remarkable time, learned a lot, and look forward to coming back for more.

The tour was very informative and a good pace. I had been to the Sistine Chapel before but this was the first tour and I learned so much that I would highly recommend it.

Great learning experience for the kids! Our tour guide was excellent! We would highly recommend this tour for families traveling with children in Rome!

Grazie mille a Donato per la fantastica visita privata. Consigliato anche per adulti. Possibilità di personalizzazione del tragitto e delle opere.