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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: Private Tour

    2. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Private Tour

    Beat the crowds with a private tour of the Vatican Museums. Explore the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel with your personal and highly professional tour guide, who will tailor the experience to fit your needs and requirements. Learn about the fascinating history of the Vatican, from its creation to its modern status as the world’s smallest state. You'll explore the second largest museum in the world, home to the Raphael Rooms, Pinacoteca and Gallery of the Geographical Maps. The Vatican Museum has more than 1400 galleries, and hosts one of the largest art collections in the world, with a variety of excellent Roman and Etruscan artworks. There are pieces by master painters like Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli, Signorelli, della Gatta and, of course, Michelangelo. See the Sistine Chapel through the eyes of an experienced tour guide, officially licensed by the Vati...

  • 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.

  • Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

    5. Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

    Enjoy an exclusive visit to Vatican City. Start your journey with a minibus tour into the Vatican Gardens: look at the Pope Emerito House,, the Vatican Radio Station, the Academy of Science, the Pope’s former Summer Residence, a piece of the original Berlin Wall and the “Fontana dell’Aquilone.” Look at St. Peter’s Basilica from behind and admire the Cupola from a unique perspective. Visit the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and Candelabras, and the Chapel of Pio V. Next, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes that changed the course of art forever. Then, you can explore at St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the world’s largest church. Admire Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

    This was sold as a gardens, museum and sistine chapel tour. The time changed and when we showed up for the new time for the garden tour, a representative walked us to a bus and walked away. She never introduced herself or explained anything. The garden “tour” was a tape, but the bus driver did bot keep in step with the tape. After the tour we were ushered off the bus and did not know where to go or what to do. The new “directions” suggested we visit the Sistine chapel before or after our next meeting with a GetYourGuide person. It was about an hour and a half lter that we went to the GetYourGuide office, which was packed with people. Our guide from there was nice, but it was chaotic.

  • Exclusive Best of Rome in Two Days VIP Private Tour

    6. 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.

  • Rome in One Day Private Tour

    7. Rome in One Day Private Tour

    This is a special private tour, carefully organized, which guarantees a fascinating view of the city of Rome and its major sites.  From hotel pick-up your journey will include stops at the following sites: • Pyramid of Caius Cestius • Ruins of Caracalla Baths • The Capitol • Piazza Venezia • The Coloseum • The Forum • Trevi fountain • The Pantheon • Piazza Navona • The Vatican • The Basilica of Saint Peter It is also possible to order the skip-the-line tickets for the Vatican Museum and the Coloseum and to visit the Catacombs under Piazza Navona and experience Rome's underground world. The order of the tour can vary based on traffic conditions, and the amount of time spent at each stop can be tailored to your interests and time available. In addition to the expected stops, you can decide to stop whenever you want to take photos during your tour. The tour is customizable, and the drive...

    Our Driver Mirko was excellent. He contacted me before I even got to Rome to ask what we wanted. He showed up at the agreed time and was very flexible. I had my 4 year old and 2 year old with me and he was very accommodating, patient and helpful! We saw all the sites at our own pace and stopped for lunch and gelato. He recommended a great restaurant for lunch. We had a great time! I highly recommend this private tour! Well worth the money.

  • Rome and Vatican City Full-Day Tour

    8. Rome and Vatican City Full-Day Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rome in the morning, and then journey by minivan with an English-speaking driver/guide to the main monuments of the Eternal City. Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and get more time to follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors and fearless gladiators. Continue to the Roman Forum to explore the heart of public life in Ancient Rome. Get amazing views from Capitoline Hill and see Trajan's Column on Piazza Venezia. Discover the temple to all gods at the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and see the house where Keats lived at the Spanish Steps. Admire Bernini's fountain in Piazza Navona before getting some time for lunch. Spend the afternoon in the vast galleries of the Vatican Museum and enter Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, where highlights of the cathedral include Bernini's beautiful baldacchi...

    If you have a short time to see Rome, this is the tour for you! My guide was knowledgable and punctual, and I saw more of Rome than I thought possible in a single day - I also saw things I didn’t even know existed before the tour. Beware however, this AMAZING taste of Rome will only leave you wanting to come back for longer! Thank you Patrick!

  • Rome: Colosseum & Vatican Museum Private Sightseeing Upgrade

    9. Rome: Colosseum & Vatican Museum Private Sightseeing Upgrade

    Join this full-day tour including the highlights of Rome. If you only have a short time to spend in Rome, this itinerary will be perfect for you. Your day will start at the Colosseum, the monumental symbol of ancient Rome. Hear about the gladiatorial battles, the mad emperors and the everyday life of Romans. Continue on to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, which used to be the center of the Roman social life. After the ancient Rome tour, have a short break for lunch (not included) and you will meet your guide again directly in the Vatican City, where you will be guided through the intriguing history of the Vatican Museum and the lives of the popes. See the unique art exhibition of the Vatican Museum collected or commissioned by the popes through the centuries. The collection includes works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotto, Raffaello and other world-famous artist of the Italian High Ren...

  • Rome: Private Tour of Iconic City Landmarks with Lunch

    10. Rome: Private Tour of Iconic City Landmarks with Lunch

    The tour begins with pickup from your hotel by your friendly, local guide. Enjoy a delicious Italian espresso to set you up for a day of walking around the city, then hit the picturesque streets of Rome. With your guide, discuss which sights and attractions interest you most and customize the tour to suit your preferences. Spend the day exploring the city, and visit all the main tourist attractions including the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Spanish Steps, Navona Square, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. As you tour around the city, learn about Rome’s fascinating history from your experienced guide, and receive tips and recommendations to enhance your visit. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Italian lunch. Feel immersed in the authentic atmosphere of this family-run restaurant as you dine on freshly prepared and delicious homemade ...

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 29 reviews

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.

Beautiful tour of the Vatican gardens However, if you have the time, it is worth doing it on foot

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