The Vatican Tour covers the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of Saint Peter. There is no need to stand in long lines: your tour includes a reservation that lets you begin your exploration immediately.
Even today, the Vatican is still a small city in itself, thriving on such privileges as fixed prices for food, gas, and many other commodities far lower than prices to be found elsewhere in Italy. Located on “the other side of the Tiber,” the Vatican is perceived by modern Romans as an entity removed from the rest of the city. Thus, an excursion to the Vatican is not unlike an invitation to another time, to the days, centuries past, when the reigning power issued invitations to court, in complete control as he decreed his laws.
Our visit will focus on the wealth of treasures stored in the Vatican Museums. These treasures were accumulated through pillaging, requisition, and other means in the days when archeological sites lay within the jurisdiction of a Papal State that exercised temporal as well as spiritual authority. Among the most famous, and perhaps the most important, treasures are the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and the Pietà of Michelangelo. These, however, represent but a few of the highlights that you will encounter during the four hours dedicated to this visit.
This tour was especially designed by one of our experts to accommodate only six people at a time. We do not believe that a basic tour can do justice to the variety of treasures in this itinerary; our goal is to provide a customized tour that engages the interests and questions of our participants as the tour unfolds, providing a more in-depth look at the Vatican than that afforded by ordinary tours.
Entering the Vatican through our own private entrance, skipping the long lines, we will begin our journey in the Pinacoteca, analyzing some of the most important paintings among the collection’s rich array of rare works. On our way to the Sistine Chapel, we will stop to analyze the statue of Julius II and the papal apartments decorated by Raphael, enriching our knowledge of the author of these works and the celebrated Last Judgment.
The last part of the tour will be dedicated to the Basilica of Saint Peter, where we will visit the great works of Michelangelo (the dome, the Pietà) and of Bernini (the canopy) before we descend into the underground passages that contain the tombs of the popes, making our way to our final destination in Saint Peter’s Square, also designed by Bernini.
This tour includes the queue-less access to the Vatican Museums. The museums are EXTREMELY crowded. They receive about 20,000 visitors every day, and this is an important factor in scheduling an enjoyable visit. Although we can skip the queue with our pass, it is still best to avoid mondays, wednesdays and saturdays. As per times, 8.00am is recommended or early afternoon, when the morning hordes have cleared off.