Private Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & Museums Fast Access plus Hotel Pickup

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Avoid the queues with our private 3-hour Vatican tour, accompanied by a local guide.  You will visit the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and other noteworthy venues. 

Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. Your guide will tell you  something of the history of these fascinating places as you meander through these wonderful buildings, drinking in the atmosphere.

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Duration: 3 hours
Starts: Rome, Italy
Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Literary, Art & Music Tours



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Avoid the queues with our private 3-hour Vatican tour, accompanied by a local guide.  You will visit the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and other noteworthy venues. 

Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. Your guide will tell you  something of the history of these fascinating places as you meander through these wonderful buildings, drinking in the atmosphere.

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Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

As this is a private tour group there is the opportunity to visit some of the smaller museum rooms not on the usual tourist trail.  You can go at your own pace and take your time to enjoy the magnificent artwork.  Tours begin at either 9.00 a.m. or 2 pm  – you will meet your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums and with skip-the-line entry go straight to the Belvedere Courtyard followed by the Pio-Clementino Museum to see the magnificent collection of ancient Roman and Greek Statues.   

The tour continues with visits to the Gallery of Tapestries and then on to the largest and most important display of Renaissance maps in the world housed in  the Geographic Gallery.  The largest canvas painting in the Vatican is housed in the Sobiesky Room; learn all about this from the guide as well as details of the beautiful frescoes that adorn the Immaculate Conception Rooms. 

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

In Raphael’s Rooms you will gain an insight into the artist’s  greatest works, the Parnassus and the School of Athens that were painted for Pope Julius II. 

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

Of course, the tour highlight is the Sistine Chapel where you can see Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes, as well as those of Botticelli and other famous artists.  Your guide will regale you with the history of the chapel as well as recounting interesting facts and anecdotes, including details of the conclave that is held to elect the new Pope.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

 After the Sistine Chapel we visit Saint Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s famous Pieta, Bernini’s  Baldacchino,  as well as a host of statues depicting Popes and Saints.   

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter’s Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

The tour ends in Saint Peter’s Square where you can see the Pope’s Palace and  the colourful Swiss Guard.

Duration: 30 minutes



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