This intimate group experience, covering the best of the Vatican’s art collection with a specialist guide and VIP entrance, is designed for those who want to go beyond the surface and prefer a more personalized tour option.
The Vatican Museums
Join us as we take you on a journey of art through the ages. Your expert guide will relay the colorful history of the Vatican Museums, from its conception over 500 years ago to the present day. Learn how the collection came about as well as how and why the popes cultivated the arts and the artists that made space famous. [readmore] Walk through galleries adorned with Renaissance tapestries, courtyards filled with ancient sculptures and see ceilings that will redefine the way you think.
Just before the exit to the church stands the Vatican’s most famous Chapel, the Sistine. Taking its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who redesigned it, the Sistine Chapel was envisioned as his private sanctuary and modeled after the Temple of Solomon. The space portrays biblical stories from both the old and new testaments, the most famous of which are the ceiling panels that depict nine scenes from the Book of Genesis. Find out where Michelangelo hid Eve’s torso, where he placed his self-portrait and the real meaning behind the “Creation of Adam”.
St Peters Basilica
The final leg of the tour takes you deep inside St Peter’s Basilica. Built over the burial place of Simon Peter, the current Basilica is the second construction on the same site, and one of the largest churches in the world. In fact, the first thing you’ll probably notice is its size, which appears deceptively smaller form the square, due to optics. Learn how long St Peter’s took to complete, which artists were responsible for its design, and why Martin Luther refused to enter it. Discover the real identity behind the bronze statue of Peter, why the Pieta is behind glass and where the popes are buried.Read more
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
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Students who have purchased discounted tickets, must show their valid Student ID's to verify their age and gain entry
Please arrive at the meeting point 15-20 minutes before the scheduled time of your toue to avoid any delays
Late arrivals and people who miss their tour will be considered a no-show and will not be eligible for a refund
If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will be not possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again (subject to availabilty)
The radio headsets are property of the Vatican. We are obligated to exclusively rent from them, so we don`t have any quality control over them, therefore if your headset doesn`t have quality sound please let us know and we will take care of providing a replacement