THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
The best of the very best of the collection for those who want to know more! A 4 hour long tour to discover all the highlights of one of the most visited museums in the world. Our 5 star Rome and Vatican Museums guide will show you masterpieces by Raphael and Michelangelo, the marvelous statues in the Gallery of the Candelabra and more! Have you ever heard about the incredible Gallery of the Maps with its 36 frescoes of Italian regions, thanks to which we can walk all the way along the “boot”?
Want to know more about the beauty and stories of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, painted in just four years by Michelangelo Buonarroti?
You will see more sections! Your guide will show you also the Pio Clementine Museum with the incredible Apollo and Torso del Belvedere. The two statues were inspirational for generations of artists, Michelangelo included! You will also see the sarcophagi of Helen and Costanza, in stunning red porphiry and more!
You want to explore even more? Check our VATICAN MUSEUMS IN DEPTH
Not at the moment! There was a time when from the Sistine Chapel we could skip the line to get into St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. This possibility is temporary off the table due to internal decision after Covid-19.
YES INDEED! It’s a Church, it’s free and you can go when you want, on your own pace, or you can book out tour about it. There you’ll see the Baroque canopy by Bernini and Michelangelo’s Pieta, as well as the highest dome in Rome and the tombs of some of the most important Popes, including John Paul II.
Our 5 star Rome and Vatican Museums guide will also show you St. Peter’s square, where thousands of pilgrims gather together every week for the papal blessing.
Since afternoon services will be held in the Basilica, the tour of the Church will be enriched by the spiritual atmosphere as warm afternoon light glows through the windows, filling the naves.
Inside the Sistine Chapel so that you can spend more time inside, exploring for as long as you like (up to closing time if you wish), at your own pace.
Private Tour Only
Your guide is LICENSED, LOCAL and specialized in ROME and VATICAN HISTORY.
From June to October and extra fee of 15% will be added on last minute requests (3 days before the tour date).
PRICES: The Guide Fee must be considered as a total, not per person.
We run only private tours.
We don't run small groups.
We can accommodate time/day request according to our guides' and entry tickets availability.
Final and detailed price will be provided after receiving your request from the contact form.
Starting price for a private tour (2.5 hrs) during the high season (March/Oct) for 2/4 people is 300 euros + tickets (check under "tickets price").
Starting price can be reduced during low season or increased during holidays or last minute requests.
For group larger than four, price will be provided upon request.
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