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Vatican Group Tours

Immersive Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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all inclusive price

PRICE

€ 79,00

GROUP SIZE

Max 13

DURATION

5 hours plus a break

SYNOPSIS

Our in-depth Vatican tour will immerse you in the breath-taking art and history of the Sistine Chapel. Marvel at the great works of Michelangelo, getting an up-close look at his most ground-breaking masterpieces. Let our talented guide take you on a journey through the geniuses of the Renaissance who changed the face of Rome five centuries ago. Learn about the treasures of the Art Gallery, a treat most tourists never get to experience. Delve into the Athens School as you wander through the frescoes in Raphael's Rooms and admire The Transfiguration, the artist’s last work before his untimely death. Skip all the queues and arrive at St. Peter’s Basilica and witness the long history of the Christian faith, be moved by Michelangelo’s Pietà, the works of Bernini and other masterpieces, a unique and enriching experience not to be missed.

Our Vatican tour is a fascinating journey into the history and art of the past

Get the best experience of the Sistine Chapel, the Pinacoteca, the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica with time to discover, learn and absorb the beauty and the meaning of great artworks housed in the Vatican city. There is only one route that brings you to the Sistine Chapel, passing through courtyards and palaces with on of the best art collection of the world. Don't rush through them; you'll be captivated by these extraordinary masterpieces, and even by the intricate details, such as the eyes of a statue or the frescoes on the ceiling.

Sistine Chapel Tour: Meet a Genius

Whoever explore the Sistine Chapel through the eyes of Michelangelo, whoever reads his thoughts and sentiments, encounters a genius. Who he was, how he lived and what he thought - these are the main themes of our walking tour of the Sistine Chapel. Our guides will accompany you into the great building projects of the Italian Renaissance and together we will relive the environment of the Florentine Renaissance and the Papal court in Rome in which Michelangelo created his masterpieces. On our Vatican tour the figures of Jonah, Adam, Eve, Noah and thousands of others on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and in the Last Judgement speak of Michelangelo and of the Renaissance, revealing what they say, how and why these frescoes have redefined not only art, but the way in which we look at the world.

The Raphael Rooms: Enter into the Courts of the Italian Renaissance

This was a period of overwhelming enthusiasm and of amazing innovation. The men of the Renaissance didn't merely dream of changing the world - they really revolutionised it. The printing press, the geographic maps with which Columbus reached the Americas, modern science, architecture, art and the sense of beauty (a concept demonized in the Middle Ages), all these were their creations. The frescoes of the Raphael rooms perfectly depict the world of the contemporary courts that governed the course of this new world and where the great geniuses of the age called home.The cultured conversations fueled by the wine of sumptuous banquets, the statues brought to light by a frenzied passion for excavations, new fashions, and above all new ways of thinking and living, are marvellously recreated by Raphael with the perfect touch of his graceful brush. On this Vatican group tour we will have the opportunity to experience this amazing world in the flesh. Indeed there is an entire world to discover here, a world of which we ourselves are the children.

Vatican Museums Tour: Stories of Art and History

Some of the the most important works that we will discover on our group tour of the Vatican, such as timeless Greek masterpieces like the Laocoon, the Belvedere Torso and the Apollo Belvedere, were excavated at the time of Michelangelo and Raphael, who studied and admired them in the same architectural context in which they are preserved today. The artworks that they created are the fruit of their careful study. And so we too will pass through the Pinecone courtyard, the Belvedere courtyard and the tapestry galleries, discovering a selection of masterpieces with a guide capable of recreating the climate of the epoch, helping you to appreciate the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel in their historical context.

The Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery): Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Raphael's Last Painting

Some of the finest paintings of the Vatican Museums are collected in the Pinacoteca, still ignored by most tours. In this tranquil part of the Vatican museums it is possible to appreciate the explosive force of Leonardo's Saint Jerome and the spectacular realism of Caravaggio's Deposition, an artist of absolute and ungovernable genius. We will also encounter Raphael's Transfiguration, a work that would be his last when, struck by a terrible fever, he died at the height of his fame at the tender age of 37.

Read more on the artworks of the Picture Gallery on oure blog: 5 Highlights of the Vatican Pinacoteca 

From the Sistine Chapel we will directly enter St. Peter's Basilica without waiting in line

St. Peter's Basilica: The Story of Faith

This part of our Vatican walking tour will bring us to the heart of the Christian faith, and along the way we will discover an incredible collection of relics and religious tokens that have accumulated here over the course of nearly 2,000 years at the site of St. Peter's tomb. Our Vatican group tour is optimized to allow you to experience these amazing objects in their original context. At the same time you will have the chance to admire and understand enchanting works of art such as Michelangelo's Pietà, a work whose intimate embrace overflows with such tenderness that it can move even the hardest viewer to tears. The masterpieces of Bernini, the great genius of the Italian Baroque, also dominate St. Peter's, and the spectacular eponymous piazza dazzles with astounding optical effects. It is here that the faithful have gathered for centuries to celebrate the great events of Christianity, from the election of new popes to solemn masses. We will bring you here to read a history that will also become our own, a history lived by the protagonists of our fascinating Vatican group tour itineraries.

The Basilica of St. Peter's may be subject to unscheduled closings and late openings for religious ceremonies. Because these are often last-minute for security reasons, we may not have time to notify our guests but instead the full tour will be spent exploring other parts of the museums and Sistine Chapel. We do not provide refunds for unexpected closures of St. Peter's and your guide will still give you a introduction to the Basilica, should you wish to return in your own time during your stay in Rome.

  • Maximum group size of 13 people.
  • Ticket and reservation fees with preferential access so you don't wait in line.
  • Expert, fluent English-speaking guides who know and love the collections and masterpieces of the Vatican.
  • Headsets for groups of six or more people, so you can always hear your guide.

Classic sights included in our itinerary:

  • Raphael Rooms
  • Michelangelo's La Pietà
  • Sistine Chapel
  • The Belvedere Courtyard
  • The Belvedere Torso
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Ancient Greek Sculpture Halls

Near the entrance to the Vatican Museums. You will receive full details, with a map and photo, on booking

The Vatican Museums are very large and contain numerous steps and stairways. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water

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Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for Rome's inspiring cultural heritage. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!

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