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  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    1. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. First your local guide will show you around the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Marvel at the ornate ceilings, ancient statues, and intricate tapestries found throughout the Vatican Museums. A highlight will be an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo Buonarotti. Visit the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and see the Creation of Adam in real life. Listen as your guide tells  you about Michelangelo’s private jokes and secret messages that were hidden amongst the painted frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour at Night

    2. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour at Night

    See the immense art collection at the Vatican Museums that has been built up over the centuries. Enjoy this 3-hour evening walking tour as your expert guide’s commentary brings the architecture and the art to life. Admire the stunning statues and sculptures from ancient Rome, and see mosaics and crafts from imperial times. You’ll be guided past the ticket line at the entrance and escorted inside the Vatican Museums, where you’ll visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the famous Raphael Rooms. Step inside the Sistine Chapel to see The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, 2 of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. The guided tour ends in the Sistine Chapel.

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    3. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.  Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries. Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti. 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. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work. Today these have...

  • Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    4. Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colloseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and magestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” by foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Location highlights include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

    Rome is so big and the best way to save time and see all the attractions is to take the Big Bus.

  • Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    5. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    Visit the Colosseum, one of the most iconic structures in the world. Skip the ticket line to access the Colosseum quickly and easily. Learn about the architecture and history of this massive amphitheater, which hosted senators, emperors, and gladiators, as well as animals from all over the world. You'll have the opportunity to visit Palatine Hill, site of the foundation of Rome, followed by exploring the Roman Forum site. Make your own way to the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to 54 different galleries and four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. See some of the most famous works of art in the world, from artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel, completed around 1483. View many...

  • Rome: Vatican City Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Tickets

    6. Rome: Vatican City Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Tickets

    Skip the ticket line and explore the Vatican on an 3-hour walking tour!  You will be led by an expert guide among the must-see sites of the area, including the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The best part? There is no wait! Your tour begins at the Vatican Museums, boasting 2,000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world. Listen as your guide, a specialist in art history and archeaology, provides you with a detailed and intriguing history of what you are seeing. Walk through the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the art of Michelangelo. Head to the famous sculpture, Pietà, and continue on to admire the gold and bronze Altar Baldaquin made by artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Continue out into St. Peter's Square, where you can opt to spend the rest of your afternoon basking in the historical richness of the city.

    Great tour, very informative but the meeting point was not made clear. If our email had stated the office was the meeting point it would have made our lives a lot easier.

  • Exclusive Vatican Tour: Museums and Chapel After Sunset

    7. Exclusive Vatican Tour: Museums and Chapel After Sunset

    Visit the Vatican Museums after closing hours during an exclusive series of after-dark openings that feature entrance available by advance booking only. You’ll see the collections at the Museums in the intimacy of a small group – an opportunity that few visitors have ever had! The tour group size is limited to just 20 persons and the price is all-inclusive of the tour, entrance tickets and reservation fees. The tours are conducted only on select nights - every Friday during April, May, June, September and October. Your expert English-speaking guide will enhance your experience at the Sistine Chapel and the Upper Galleries of the Vatican Museums. You’ll visit the Gallery of the Tapestries and Candelabra, as well as the Hall of Maps, the Octagonal Court, and Raphael’s Rooms.

    Our guide, Anna, was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job explaining EVERYTHING that we encountered in the Vatican Museums. Would definitely take a tour with her again.

  • Rome in a Day for Cruise Ship Passengers

    8. Rome in a Day for Cruise Ship Passengers

    Disembark from your ship and make your way to Rome by train. Find the railway station in the port with details provided in your booking confirmation. Your guided tour departs at 10:45 AM and you will arrive in Rome from the port by train in very good time beforehand. When you arrive in Rome, you'll most likely have time to see the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon before arriving at Trajan's Column in the heart of ancient Rome for an unforgettable 90-minute walking tour of ancient Rome. Unravel mysteries and mythology inside the Roman Forum before you approach the mighty Colosseum. Enter the arena through the awe-inspiring Gladiator's Gate. Head straight to the original arena floor where gladiators killed or were killed. This is a humbling and inspiring place to rest and and reflect, followed by a fully immersive tour of the Colosseum. Once outside the arena, bid your guide farewell and make...

  • Vatican Museum & Sistine: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Private Tour

    9. Vatican Museum & Sistine: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Private Tour

    Skip the long ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and spend more time admiring breathtaking art from the papal collections. Your guide will take you on an inspiring journey through the galleries of the Vatican, including Michelangelo’s heavenly frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Discover works from the Renaissance, and beautiful objects from Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece. Highlights of your tour include the Cortile del Belvedere (Belvedere Courtyard), designed by Donato Bramante from 1506. Marvel at Lysippos’ statues of “Apollo,” “Laocoon,” and “Apoxyomenos.” Continue into the Hall of Animals to see the “stone zoo” set up by Pope Pius VI. Admire the famous torso in the Hall of Muses, walk through the Greek Cross Room, and the Gallery of the Candelabra, and Gallery of Tapestries. Next, see works by ancient cartographers in the Hall of Geographic Maps. Enter the ...

    Your guide was fantastic, knowledgable and friendly. Good with adults and kids alike. We got no notification of the booking, from Raphael yours, but get your guide was helpful.

  • Rome: Private Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

    10. Rome: Private Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

    Experience a private tour of the Vatican's extensive collection. Get the full story behind famous works of art as your guide brings the Vatican Museums to life. Discover the masterpieces of the famous Michelangelo. Find out what incredible lengths he went to in finishing the Sistine Chapel. See what his bitter rival was up to in the Raphael Rooms. Check out fantastic St. Peter's Basilica without the lines. Take in one of the most spectacular churches on the planet.

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 384 reviews

It was amazing to have an overview of the interesting places in Rome and take our time to discover it, since we had no idea where to begin. Overall we were very pleased and will definitely try it in our next destination.

Very informative. You should always do it at the beginning so that you know what else you want to look at when you are on a city trip. I can only recommend.

Very helpful for initial orientation, fully helpful. Then a second round and get off where it fits.

Rome is so big and the best way to save time and see all the attractions is to take the Big Bus.

A great experience. Everything is very uncomplicated as it should be on vacation. Gladly again