Explore the secrets of the smallest state in the world, the heart of Christianity and treasure trove of art, architecture and epic tales, the Vatican City. It’s an experience no one wants to miss out on when in Rome. One of the best ways to see the Vatican is with a Vatican small group tour which allows you to dive deeper and see more than with any other regular tour.
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
Vatican small group tour takes the experience of the Vatican City to a whole new level. You can forget about hours of queueing or struggling to feel comfortable in large tour groups. You will get to see the best of the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica without rush and crowds stepping on your toes. The tour provides you with:
Vatican City boasts a great deal of history. Here is are a few facts before you go!
Pope Julius II is responsible for the existence of the Vatican museums as he founded it 500 years ago, in the early 16th century.
The start of the museum concept was the purchase of then freshly excavated sculpture of Laocoön and his Sons by Pope Julius II. Upon learning about the excavation of a stunning marble statue, Pope Julius II sent Michelangelo to examine it. Michelangelo gave his blessing and so the first piece of exhibition art was purchased.
The sculpture stood on public display and was so popular it paved the road for further collections.
Julius II was also the one who, in 1508, commissioned Michelangelo to update the ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. He also hired Raphael to decorate several different rooms and gave him free hand in creating frescoes and artworks which led to the creation of today’s Raphael’s Rooms.
The Popes who followed enriched the collections, the building projects as well as the number of Museums.