It would take approximately 12 years to see every item in the the Vatican Museums, but noone has that much time to spend with the world-class collections. Visit the highlights of the Vatican (and some hidden gems) with a friendly and professional tour guide. With multiple start times, take this tour as an afternoon or morning Vatican tour. This three hour tour includes the following:
A local English-speaking professional guideSkip the line Vatican ticketsA guided tour of St. Peter's BasilicaBoth morning and afternoon start timesA Maximum Group Size of 18
Highlights of the Vatican
Gallery of the Candelabra,
Gallery of the Tapestries and our personal favorite, the
Gallery of the Maps. Based on painted topographical maps of Italy by Dominican Italian friar Ignazio Danti, the Gallery of Maps is both beautiful and informative. The painted frescoes reveal how Renaissance Italians saw themselves and their surroundings.
Raphael - The School of Athens
Raphael encompassed the ideals of a Renaissance man and designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. Among other masterpieces, see one of Raphael’s most famous works of art,
The School of Athens.
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
Only when you are inside, is it clear why it is one of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most celebrated works of art in Western civilization. Since the chapel is inside the museums, entrance is included in your Vatican tour. Now that the chapel is restored, every detail and color used in the treasured work of art is visible. Since the
Sistine Chapel is a place of worship*, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter.
*To enter the Sistine Chapel, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to this portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.Reserved Entrance St. Peter’s Basilica
The last stop on this Vatican tour is St. Peter’s Basilica. The massive church is filled with artwork from some of the most celebrated artists in history. Enter through a special door and skip the lines to get the most opulent church in the world. Once inside, admire masterpieces that include the
La Pieta, the statue of St. Peter and much more.
Important: Remember that you cannot return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, forgo the Basilica. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour. Also, if you would like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don’t leave with your guide to take photos in the piazza. Re-entry on your own is not recommended due to the long security line. The guide will not explain much of anything from the piazza so we recommend you stay and explore on your own after the tour is over.