It does not matter whether you are a religious person or not. No matter where your faith lies, you will be astonished at the accomplishments of the craftsmen of ancient Rome when they built the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
This spiritual magnet for people from around the world will be yours to tour with the knowledge and understanding of a trained local tour guide.
No tour guide book can give you the rich, genuine experience from a local’s perspective of one of the most important monuments in the world. That’s why we have selected only the most knowledgeable, personable and warm certified tour guides to lead our clients on this exploration of Italy’s holy sites.
Adorned with rare statues and art works of the finest details, the Vatican Museum offers up a feast of history and culture. They say if you stand in front of each item in the museum for just ten seconds, you would need to be there for ten years to see everything! There are over 2000 different rooms that span nearly 10 miles.
Your expert tour guide will get you past the crowds and lines and take you to see the most significant items in the Vatican Museum, such as the hall of tapestries, the immense Roman baths and Raphael’s Rooms. The entire tour’s pinnacle is Michelangelo’s most famous work, which adorns the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. There, Creation of Adam is there right in front of you, allowing you to gaze into the depth of detail and color, and let your mind wonder in amazement at how it was created.
You will have time to gaze above, then you will be taken out of a special door reserved only for those with certified tour guides. Past the crowds and directly into Saint Peter’s Basilica, where you can feast your eyes upon the Pieta, Michelangelo’s masterpiece.
You will have the opportunity to tour the space of St. Marks, and swoon at the size of the building around you. Catch the rays of light beaming through the hundreds year-old stained glass many stories above you. Make sure to run your hand along the smooth wood of the altars, that have had millions of tourists worship upon them. The numbers and history that surround the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and its museums is astounding.This experience can be led privately or in a group setting. Speak with your Travel Expert as to the best solution for fulfilling your dream trip.
Starting point: the tour starts at the Vatican Museums*, one of the world’s most important art collections. We will visit the Pinecone Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Collection (with the astonishing Lagoon Group and the Torso del Belvedere), the Corridor of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and much more. We will of course focus our attention on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, one of the greatest artistic enterprises of human kind. After an insightful description of the masterpieces of these Museums, we go directly down from a special exit reserved to the guides to the superb colonnade of Piazza San Pietro, where you will be introduced to the history of the basilica and of the pre-existing remains dating back to Ancient Rome. Inside St. Peter’s, the sumptuously decorated basilica beneath Michelangelo’s vast dome struck you with all its magnificence. Bernini’s Baldacchino and monument to Pope Alexander VII, Michelangelo’s La Pietà, Arnolfo Di Cambio’s bronze statue representing St. Peter are only a few of the breathtaking works that our guide will describe.
From November to March entrance is during official opening hours (8.45 am – 12.20)
** Entrance into the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s requires appropriate attire (men must wear pants and shirts with sleeves. Women must wear skirts and pants extending below the knees and have their shoulders covered). **