Discover one of the world’s great art collections with a small group tour of the Vatican Museums. Admire the Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and visit the St. Peter's Basilica. Book now!
The tour starts with the Vatican Museums, where since 1503 the pontiffs have collected all the pieces of art throughout several years. We will start from the Picture Gallery, with Raffaello’s artworks (I cartoni degli arazzi, La Trasfigurazione), Leonardo da Vinci's (San Girolamo), Caravaggio's (La deposizione di Cristo), Giotto's (Il trittico Stefaneschi), just to name some of the most famou...
The tour starts with the Vatican Museums, where since 1503 the pontiffs have collected all the pieces of art throughout several years. We will start from the Picture Gallery, with Raffaello’s artworks (I cartoni degli arazzi, La Trasfigurazione), Leonardo da Vinci's (San Girolamo), Caravaggio's (La deposizione di Cristo), Giotto's (Il trittico Stefaneschi), just to name some of the most famous ones. You will then go through the spectacular Cortile della Pigna and the Cortile del Belvedere, passing by the Animal’s Gallery, to join the Muse's Room (Torso del Belvedere), to finish in the famous Circle Room. You will then pass by the Greek Cross Room, in order to admire Saint Helen's and Saint Constance sarcophagus. You will go through the Sala della Biga and continue throughout several galleries: the Candelabra gallery, the Galleria degli Arazzi, the Map's Gallery. Furthermore, you'll reach the Pius V's Room and moreover the Sobieski Room, which is the Immaculate Conceptions' room. Finally you'll arrive at Raffaello's Rooms: four rooms frescoed by the master painter D'Urbino, started in 1508. You will then visit the Borgia's family rich apartments who was known for its power among society and its violence. Finally, you’ll arrive in the famous Sistine Chapel: it has been entirely frescoed by Michelangelo and represents a spectacular place that you would never want to leave.
Our tour will carry on to Saint Peter's Basilica by passing in front of the famous Porta Santa. Saint Peter's was built between 1506 and 1626: an interminable construction site! By the way, a big amount of travertine (used to build the Colosseum) has become a part of Saint Peter's building material. The construction started with Pope Julius II in 1506, who asked Italian artist Bramante to destroy the original Constantine Cathedral in order to build a new one with the Greek cross plan. Inside the church, you'll admire the renowned Michelangelo's La Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino: the statue made by Arnolfo di Cambio in honor of Saint Peter. Furthermore, you will see the Vatican's cavern where the Popes' tombs are located.
The tour will finally end in Piazza San Pietro with its marvelous Bernini columns, a symbol of the embracement between the church and the Christian world. You will admire Saint Peter's dome, created by Michelangelo, and the balcony where the Pontiff gives the blessings. Here you will see Sistine Chapel's roof where the white or black smoke comes out from in case of the new Pope's election and the famous obelisk in the middle of the square.
People under 18 must bring a valid ID
Students under 24 must bring their student card
Access to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter's Basilica is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, no hats allowed)
It is not permitted to enter the Museums with trolleys, large suitcases, and backpacks, umbrellas with a spike tip, glass bottles, knives, scissors, any tools that could be harmful to other people or damage works of art
Pushchairs are permitted in the Museums
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
- Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica
- Guided Tour
- Booking and handling fee
- Guest relations assistance
- Head-sets for groups of more than 10 people
- Transfer from/to hotel