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Vatican & Sistine Chapel Group Tour with Basilica Entrance

1. Vatican & Sistine Chapel Group Tour with Basilica Entrance

Experience the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entrance on a guided tour. Learn about the secrets behind the artwork and buildings from your professional tour guide. Explore St. Peter's Basilica without waiting to enter.  Discover the Vatican Museums, the second most visited in Europe after the Louvre in Paris. Take in the 4 miles and whopping 20,000 works of art that the Vatican Museums offer for an immersive experience.   Next, head to the Sistine Chapel and see works by master painters such as Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli, Signorelli, and, of course, Michelangelo. After your guided tour has concluded, skip the line to enter St.Peter's Basilica and experience its grandeur on your own.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

2. 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 Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

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

Discover some of the most popular attractions in Rome on a guided walking tour of Vatican City. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with your guide, and admire the ornate interiors and the famed artworks housed here. Meet your guide close to the entrance to the Vatican Museums and follow them as you set out to explore the most interesting galleries within the museum. See the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Take in the ornate ceilings in each room and see the ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries that adorn the walls. Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the intricate fresco that covers the entire ceiling and walls. Painted by Michaelangelo between 1508 and 1512, the Sistine Chapel represents a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. The artist also expressed his frustration through hidden meanings in his work, which have since been uncovered and deciphered. Listen as your guide lets you in on Michelangelo's private jokes. Finally, head to St. Peter's Basilica for the final leg of your guided walking tour. The cathedral is one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture and holds the title of the biggest church in the world. Explore the interior of this magnificent structure with your guide and discover the many masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art that fill the cathedral. Admire the famous Pietà by Michelangelo and the elaborate St. Peter's Baldachin by Bernini. Your tour comes to an end outside the cathedral. From here, feel free to wander around Saint Peter's Square or visit the nearby Castel Sant'Angelo on your own. 

Vatican: Tour of the Sistine Chapel with Basilica Entrance

4. Vatican: Tour of the Sistine Chapel with Basilica Entrance

Take a comprehensive tour of the Vatican City and benefit from the expertise of an art historian guide. See stunning works of art in the papal collections by Michelangelo, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Girlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli and Signorelli. Get insights from your guide and learn information that isn't readily available in tour books. Learn the Vatican’s historic secrets and feel inspired to learn even more! Travel throughout the various areas of the Vatican in a small group for a more personalized experience. Navigate the miles of galleries at the Vatican Museums to see highlights such as the Octagonal Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Enter the Sistine Chapel and be mesmerized by the frescoes by Michelangelo. Areas you will visit: • The Art Gallery (Pinacoteca) • The Octagonal Courtyard  • The Gallery of Tapestries • The Gallery of Maps • The Round Room (Sala Rotonda) • The Greek Cross Room (Pio-Clementine Museum) • The Raphael Rooms (when possible) • The Gallery of the Muses • The Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo’s frescoes) • St. Peter's Basilica

Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

5. Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

Pre-book your entry tickets to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums and enjoy skip-the-line entry privileges. Explore the wonders of St. Peter's Basilica alone at your own pace, then join a guided tour at the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Your morning begins with a skip-the-line tour of St. Peter's Basilica, including a trip in the dome elevator, from where you can climb further to take in the true majesty of the site from up close. Explore the naves, apse, and chapels of the Renaissance church on your own, and marvel at staggering art and architecture by Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Next, you'll skip the line at the Vatican Museums, providing you with more time to explore one of the world’s greatest art collections. A guide will accompany you through the museums, telling stories that bring the statues, frescoes, and maps to life. Boasting many galleries, it can be hard to know where to start, but your guide will take you on a carefully planned route perfected over the years. Discover the bigger picture of power and politics in Vatican City and how it interacts with art. Go to the rooms of former popes in the Raphael Rooms, and wander down the extraordinary Gallery of Maps to see how ancient cartographers mapped the world through history. End in the Sistine Chapel just before closing time. Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes, including his depiction of the “Last Judgment” on the ceiling.

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Grottoes Guided Tour

6. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Grottoes Guided Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Rome to discover the history and the secrets of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Basilica in the world. Admire the stunning architecture, famous artworks, and the Papal Grottoes. Choose to add on an entry ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. After meeting your guide, explore the wonders that fill the Basilica. Follow your guide as you discover the past of St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at its grand interior, covered in gold and breathtaking colors. See the artworks created by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Bramante, a focal point for religion and a representative of the beauty of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. After visiting the Basilica, head to the Papal Grottoes, where the previous pontiffs were buried. Get indications to visit the St. Peter’s Dome on request at the end of the tour. To enjoy Vatican City fully, add the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to your experience after your guided tour. With a skip-the-line entry ticket and the help of a local host, you can discover these places at your own pace without waiting in long entry lines (this portion is not guided).

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Evening Tour

7. 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.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

8. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Enjoy a journey through art and history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Discover some of the greatest treasures and most magnificent works of art in the company of an expert guide. You will begin the tour on the verdant lawn, known as the Pine Cone Courtyard. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Pigna Fountain on the lawn of the Vatican City.  After entering the Vatican Museum, you will visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms in the museums. Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, and the hanging renaissance artworks at the Gallery of the Tapestries. At the end of your tour, you will visit the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, and marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael.

Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

9. Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican. Thanks to a new partnership in 2022, you can now be among the first to enter into the Museums, with access reserved for only a handful of other tour operators. Take advantage of exclusive access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tours and 1 hour before the general public. Explore the highlights of the papal palace, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the Tapestries and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Tailor your visit to include the aspects of the collections you want to see, whether in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, or St. Peter’s Basilica. Your personal guide will not only enlighten you with the Vatican’s fascinating history, but share bits of papal gossip and little-known stories about the popes and artists represented.

Rome: Vatican City and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

10. Rome: Vatican City and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Vatican City and see some of the highlights from the papal collection in the miles of galleries that form the Vatican Museums. Marvel at masterpieces of art from across the centuries on an itinerary focused on the most important areas of the museum. Go to the Cortile della Pigna (Pine Cone Courtyard) to see the fountain of a pine cone that once stood next to the Temple of Isis. Marvel at the octagonal courtyard of the Cortile Ottagono. Next, go to the Gallery of the Candelabra to see some 2nd-century candelabra from Otricoli. Continue to the Gallery of Tapestries to admire Flemish tapestries by some of Raphael’s students. Discover historic maps of the world in the Gallery of Maps, before visiting one of the most beautiful Renaissance rooms in the world. Enter the apartments that Raphael painted for Julius II, before going to the private chambers of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI. Enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's masterpiece frescoes and ceiling painting of the “Last Judgment.” Then, go inside the Basilica of St. Peter to experience the grandeur and spirituality of one of the world’s most important cathedrals. Discover a treasure trove of art contained within, such as the “Pietà” by Michelangelo and “St. Peter's Baldachin” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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The tour of all 3 places was spectacular. Our guide, Suzana, was very informative and knowledgeable. She told the story with a lot of historical facts, and it showed she was very dedicated.

Easy process and great tour! Christina, our tour guide was fantastic - very knowledgeable! Would love to do a tour with her again.

The guide was super-informative, attentive to everyone and patiently explained everything in great detail. 10/10

We found Christina from Maya tours very well informed and funny. She was the perfect tour guide!

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