Vatican Museums, Courtyard of the pine cone, Galleries of Candelabras, Tapestries and Geographical Maps, the Raphael's rooms, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica
Discover with us the wonders of the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City State, the smallest country of the world, an independent entity from Italy since 1929. Entering the threshold of the museums will mean for you to cross the border and leave Italy.
With this tour you experience the most relevant part of the State, some of the 54 sections and a little bit less than a 1000 rooms composing the Vatican Museums, one of the five most visited museums of the world with 6 millions of tourists every year, unique for the density of masterpieces, a chance to breath the genius of Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli, the most influential and representative artists of the Italian renaissance.
An itinerary focused on the Sistine Chapel passing through courtyards, galleries like the one of the tapestries and the geographical maps, and including the private apartment of the Pope Julius II painted by the talented Raphael.
After having enjoyed all these gems you'll be finally prepared to the overwhelming vision of the Sistine Chapel where the master spent 4 years for the painting of the ceiling with Genesis and Creation and 5 years for the altar wall with the Last Judgement. A chance to meet not only the artist through his creations but the man and his conflict, tensions and pain. A genius collaborating with 13 Popes and an everlasting carrier, 76 years.
Leaving the Chapel, a short itinerary skipping all the lines and limited to the guided groups, gives us the exclusive access to the Basilica of Saint Peter, the biggest Catholic church in the world, the cradle of Christianity, land of pilgrimages, the main expression of the Barocco style in Rome with its main interpreter, Bernini.
Once inside we won't miss the main attractions like the most iconic statue of the Italian history of art, carved by a 23 yo Michelangelo, the Pietà, the tombs of many of the 266 Popes and Peter's relics still held in a golden box under the main altar surmounted by the famous Bernini bronze canopy.
- Tours don't run for site closure on sundays and in the following days: January 1, 6, February 11, March 19, Easter and Easter monday, May 1, June 29, august 15, december 8, 25, 26.
- the meeting time is 15 min prior to the beginning of the tour
- at the vatican museums if you bring big bags and backpacks, the security staff will ask you to leave them at the wardrobe forcing you to walk for more than 15 min after the tour to take them back, the same for big umbrellas