Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, a fascinating itinerary to discover art and secrets of the Vatican, the smallest state in the world.
At the end of the tour visit St Peter's
Vatican Priority admission - small groups - no lines entry - Headsets to hear the guide clearly and personalised tour and commentary.
A unique experience! Entering the Vatican Museums, before the official opening-time with pre booked entrance, you will skip the long lines and have the chance to admire the awesome beauty of the place.
- Itinerary: · Vatican Museums · Raphael's rooms · Sistine Chapel · St. Peter’s · St. Peter's Square
- Available: Mon - Thur - Friday – Sat - closed on Sunday and Religious holiday
- Duration: 3/4 hours
- Departure time: from 15th March to 6th November h.7.45am - from 7th November to 14th March h.8.15am
- Meeting place: outside entrance of the Vatican Museums
- For reservation and Price details: go to our Catalog ( 50% reduction for kids from age 3 to 7, and 20% reduction from age 8 to 12 )
- Supplier: Argiletum Tour Operator Rome
- Available in the following languages: English, upon request other languages Russian - French - Spanish - Portuguese - German - Japanese – Chinese
After entering the Vatican Museums and passing through the Pigna courtyard, designed by Bramante in the XVI cent. you will enter inside the Belvedere Palace, of the late XV cent.; in the first room is housed the Apoxyomenos by Lisippo, the only still existing Roman copy of this Greek masterpiece.
You are now in the heart of the museums, the Belvedere Courtyard. It was here that the first masterpieces of Greek and Roman art exhibited in the Renaissance were placed: the Apollo Belvedere, one of the most famous works of antiquity, and the Laocoon Group, defined by Pliny the Elder "the biggest sculpture known at that time".
Proceeding with the visit you will quickly pass the secondary galleries to reach the room of the Belvedere Torso, work of the I cent. b.C., much admired by Renaissance artists, especially Michelangelo.
Passing through the round room, with a monumental basin in porphyry in the centre, you will go into the Greek Cross Room where the splendid Sarcophagi of St. Helene and St. Constance are housed.
Walking through the Awe-inspiring Galleries of Candelabra, Maps and Tapestries you will reach the Apostolic Palace, the oldest section of the complex of the Vatican Palaces. Your guide will show you the Apartments of Julius II, splendidly decorated by Raphael and his assistants and then the Sistine Chapel, where you will admire one of the highest masterpieces of art: the Genesis and the Last Judgement by Michelangelo, that, after the last restorations, have gained their original splendour.
Leaving the Sistine Chapel and going down the Royal Stairway, projected by Bernini, the guide will conduct you to the St. Peter’s, the most important temple of Christianity, which gathers inside 2000 years of history and famous works of art as Michelangelo’s “Pietà”.
The visit ends at St. Peter Square, destination of all Catholics coming from all over the world, embraced by the colonnade, architectonic masterpiece by Bernini, under the symbolic protection of the "Cuppolone", as the Romans call Michelangelo's dome.
We remind you that entrance into churches requires appropriate
attire (no shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders). It is also
advisable to wear comfortable shoe
Headsets to hear the guide clearly and personalised tour and commentary
*From November to March entrance at 8.30am
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