Enjoy a tour of the serene Vatican Gardens followed by a Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica tour; it’s an exciting combination of Vatican sightseeing experiences! This half-day Vatican tour includes 1.5 hours inside the elegant gardens, seeing highlights like Our Lady of Lourdes grotto. After admiring the grounds, head inside the Vatican Museums and prepare to be wowed by the likes of the Gallery of Maps and Sistine Chapel – home to Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ fresco.Numbers are limited to 16 people on this unique Vatican tour, to ensure better personal service and the opportunity to see the very best of the Vatican.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, LazioThe Sistine Chapel is one of the most important treasures of the Vatican, of Rome and of the whole world. It is renowned both for its frescoes and for the fact that the Popes are elected here.The construction of the building took place between 1473 and 1481. What most attracts attention in the Sistine Chapel is not, however, its architecture, but the frescoes that completely decorate its walls and ceiling. Renowned artists such as Botticelli, Perugino and Michelangelo contributed to the wide decoration of the Chapel.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioThe Vatican Museums are located in Viale Vaticano in Rome, within the Vatican City State. Founded by Pope Julius II in the 16th century , they occupy a large part of the vast Belvedere courtyard and are one of the largest art collections in the world, as they exhibit the enormous collection of works of art accumulated over the centuries by Papi: the Sistine Chapel and the papal apartments frescoed by Michelangelo and Raphael are part of the works that visitors can admire in their journey.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Vatican Gardens, Vatican City, LazioThe Vatican Gardens date back to the Middle Ages, when orchards and vineyards extended north of the Papal Apostolic Palace.At the beginning of the 16th century, Donato Bramante divided into three new courtyards: the Cortile del Belvedere, the Library and the Cortile della Pigna following the Renaissance landscape design style. In the Renaissance style a rectangular labyrinth was also created, made with shrubs and small evergreen trees, framed by pines and cedars of Lebanon. Today's Vatican Gardens have numerous fountains, sculptures and artificial caves, generally dedicated to the Virgin Mary and other saints.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, LazioThe grandeur of the seventeenth-century façade of Carlo Maderno makes the idea of the gigantic dimensions of St. Peter's Basilica, still today one of the largest churches in the world. The dome designed by Michelangelo surprises in its size and harmony, characteristics that are appreciated in the challenging but rewarding climb that allows you to admire both the inside and the outside.Among the many masterpieces, not to be missed is the Pietà by Michelangelo, the work that has been surprising for centuries in terms of technique and emotion.Duration: 1 hour