Skip the lines with a Vatican Private tour. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, all with your own private tour guide.
In the museums, among the largest in the world, your art history expert local guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the sculptures of ancient Rome, helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues, and artefacts in these rooms, explaining each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history.
The highlight of your Vatican Private Tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You’ll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo, and of his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, with the difficulties encountered by the patron, Pope Julius II and by the artist, Michelangelo.
You can optionally choose to add the Raphael Rooms to your visit. These were four rooms of the Papal palace, painted by Michelangelo’s contemporary and greatest rival, Raphael Sanzio. Art lovers cannot afford to miss this short detour from the museums to stand in front of entire walls frescoed by the hands of this Renaissance genius!
Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter St. Peters Basilica again without waiting in line. Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings.
The Basilica features several chapels and contain numerous statues and mosaic works. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.