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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

    2. 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: Vatican Gardens and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

    3. Rome: Vatican Gardens and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

    Skip the lines at the Vatican and enjoy a small-group tour through the Vatican Gardens and the Sistine Chapel alongside an expert guide. Stroll through the vast gardens and see all of the highlights, including the Vatican Radio, the Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Residence, and the Vatican Government Palace. See for yourself a piece of the original Berlin Wall, as well as the famous Fountain of the Eagle along with many others from the Renaissance and baroque periods. Admire St. Peter's Dome and the Vatican Museums from a unique perspective. Take photos in the beautiful Vatican Gardens and then continue on to the Sistine Chapel where you can marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes.

    Eine sehr dynamische Tour, 100% professioneller Guide. Danke Patrizia für die schöne Tour. Empfohlen für alle, die nach Rom kommen.

  • Vatican City: Best of the Vatican Small Group Tour

    4. Vatican City: Best of the Vatican Small Group Tour

    Get an introduction to the highlights of the Vatican City and then skip the ticket lines to the Vatican Museums. Wander the vast network of galleries to see highlights such as the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Raphael Rooms. Benefit from your guide's expert knowledge and learn the history of Vatican City. Hear about hidden meanings behind the precious art and more. Then, marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

    We had an excellent tour guide who is an art historian. She was very knowledgeable and explained every detail of the Vatican history precisely and clearly.

  • 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...

  • Vatican: Small Group Tour with VIP Access and Breakfast

    6. Vatican: Small Group Tour with VIP Access and Breakfast

    Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Arrive with a small group of 15 people or fewer a full hour before most of the crowd does and spend a peaceful half hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for a large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, we’ll head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. The last stop of the tour is St. Peter’s Basilica. But instead of ...

    it is a highly recommended tour for those who want to skip the long queue and enjoy the Vatican at a bit personal level. our guide was very nice with good sense of humor. the breakfast at Vatican was also a nice experience

  • Rome: Vatican Morning Tour with Breakfast

    7. Rome: Vatican Morning Tour with Breakfast

    Be amongst the firsts and spend the morning touring the Vatican Museums. Choose from either a shared or private guided experience to stroll through quiet galleries, see the museums' highlights, and experience the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive. Your morning experience in the Vatican begins with an American-style breakfast in one of the most beautiful parts of the Vatican, the famous Pinecone Courtyard. Once you finish up your coffee, your tour guide will take you through the peaceful museum galleries to show you the highlights from the vast collections Popes have acquired throughout centuries. Your tour continues towards the Sistine Chapel, home to the breathtaking frescoes painted 500 years ago by Michaelangelo. The last stop of the tour will be inside St.Peter's Basilica accessible directly from the Sistine Chapel. During the course of the pandemic, the tour will end in the ...

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour with Cabinet of the Masks

    8. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour with Cabinet of the Masks

    Skip the ticket lines to enter the Vatican Museums stress-free. Then, explore the vast network of galleries including the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Raphael Rooms. Benefit from your guide's expert knowledge and learn about the history of Vatican City. You'll also hear about the hidden meanings behind famous pieces of art. Your tour includes a visit to the exclusive Cabinet of the Masks, a restricted area inside the Vatican Museums. This hall is named after the mosaics decorating the floor, which originally came from Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli. Finally, marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Learn all about the chapel's famous painted ceiling, what scenes are represented, and Michelangelo's secret messages conveyed in them. 

  • Exclusive Best of Rome in Two Days VIP Private Tour

    9. Exclusive Best of Rome in Two Days VIP Private Tour

    Join this two-day private sightseeing and historical tour to discover the Eternal City. On the first day, you will be picked up at your hotel in Rome, though the exact departure time may vary—the final program will be sent to you via email a few days before the tour. Your private driver will bring you away from the usual tourist itineraries to capture the unforgettable sensual atmospheres of charming squares like Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Santa Maria Della Pace. You will then appreciate the Baroque masterpiece, the Trevi Fountain, the silent flow of the Tiber River, and the beautiful Pantheon. Your promenade will continue to Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and legendary Ponte Sant'Angelo to enjoy a fantastic sight of the Castello Sant'Angelo. After a 1-hour break for lunch (not included) you will have a skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museum. Here you will see the art co...

    Excellent driver and tour guides! Fantastic experience for a short trip yet seeing most of the big things in Rome! Very accommodating to the things we wished to do most.

  • Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

    10. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

    Beat the rush and get exclusive VIP access through the museum doors before they open to the public with this early-access Vatican VIP Tour. A privilege extended by the Vatican Museums to only the most prestigious, longstanding, and reputable tour companies in the city, your group will be granted access before the other 35,000 daily guests to this, the largest and most mysterious museum in the world! You will have time to visit certain parts of the museum that you otherwise wouldn’t have had, including the Pope’s collection of vehicles in the Carriage Pavilion, the Greek Cross Hall, and the idyllic Pine Cone Courtyard garden.

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 604 reviews

Very informative and competent tour through the Vatican museums and of course with a special focus on the explanations about the Sistine Chapel. Very good travel guide with in-depth knowledge and interesting background stories.

it is a highly recommended tour for those who want to skip the long queue and enjoy the Vatican at a bit personal level. our guide was very nice with good sense of humor. the breakfast at Vatican was also a nice experience

This tour really exceeded our expectations! Our guide Giovanna was amazing! She made the tour so interesting and fun. I feel so lucky we were part of her group

We had an excellent tour guide who is an art historian. She was very knowledgeable and explained every detail of the Vatican history precisely and clearly.

Our tour guide Renata did a very good job and told us a lot about the place and it's History.