For those who want to see the Sistine Chapel and the highlights of the Vatican’s extraordinary art collection, this group tour includes the best of the Vatican Museums as well as privileged access to St. Peter’s Basilica.
No unnecessary waiting around! Time is important, especially when you are on vacation, so we always use fast track tickets to ensure you get inside as soon as possible.
Originally designed as the Private collection of the Popes, The Vatican Museums only opened their doors to the public in 1929. Over the years its popularity has grown exponentially and, today, it is the second most visited museum in Europe. [readmore] Founded in 1506 by Pope Julius II, the Museums have been continuously modified, expanded on and updated over the centuries to become what they are today. Discover why art was so important to the church, how they started accumulating ancient works and artefacts, and how these pieces would go on to influence the Renaissance artists that followed. Find out which Popes embraced the past, by celebrating the art, and which ones tried to censor it. Wander through its labyrinth of rooms, past quadrangles, and galleries as your guide show you all the must-see pieces while explaining the fascinating history behind them.
After your highlight tour of the Museums, you will see the Sistine Chapel, one of the main reasons people visit the Vatican. Located within the Apostolic Palace this impressive sanctuary boasts works by master painters and, of course, Michelangelo.
Unarguably one of the most famous artworks in the world, the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1508 and 1512. The vault is an incredible feat of determination and artistic ability. Dealing with all kinds of complications, from issues with perspective to problems with mould and the Pope’s unwavering impatience, he endured it all to create what many consider the crowning work of his career.
At the end of your tour, your guide will accompany you to the front of St. Peter’s Basilica using a special exit reserved for certified guides and their groups. This will allow you to avoid any lines so you can wander around this amazing UNESCO World Heritage site at your own pace. St. Peter’s is one of four Major Papal Basilicas in Rome and while it is not the highest-ranked, it’s certainly the most popular!Read more
Student discount valid for under 26 years with valid student ID (passport or other sort of ID not accepted).
The radio headsets are of the Vatican. We are obligated to exclusively rent from them.
The meeting point is at Maya Tours Office at Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Rome
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
Please arrive at the meeting point 15-20 minutes in advance, late arrival or no-show can not be refunded