A visit to Rome would not be complete without a tour of the Vatican: properly an independent City-State within the city of Rome. For its role in the Western Culture, its fame has no need to speak, and for the Masters that were involved in its creation its art works are possibly the most prestigious in Europe. The Vatican museum was open since 1506, and nowadays over 5 million people walk every year into the Sistine Chapel and its close-by Museums, spread over 9 miles and across hundreds of rooms. The stories and the meaning of the Vatican collection ranges from art history to pagan religion, and from archeology to the Christian revelation. A literally overwhelming experience.
Your private guide will meet you outside the Vatican city walls, and together you’ll cross the boundaries to access the State of the popes, Michelangelo’s frescoes, the Gallery of Maps and Tapestries, the Roman and Greek pieces, and eventually the superb masterpieces in Raphael’s Rooms where the School of Athens is regarded as being the highest peak ever reached by Renaissance, and its crying end at the same time
On all sides, the serene gardens of the Vatican host the official residence of the Pope, graceful Renaissance buildings and a fairy tale yet densely real atmosphere.
Straight from the Sistine Chapel we grant you special access to skip the long lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, and our tour will continue there, where we’ll meet the protagonist of Baroque age, G.L. Bernini and his art works created for the holy see, as well as the intimate statue of Mary called the Pietà, first and immortal work by Michelangelo.
St Peter’s Basilica is one true masterpiece of Renaissance and Baroque, its engineering and grandeur leaves breathless every visitor, and it’s at the same time the world’s most important Catholic church, built upon Peter’s grave and guarded at all times by the loyal Swiss Guard.
All our tours focus on art history , religion and archeology. All our tours are provide in English. Additional languages can be provided on request. For groups bigger than 6 people we provide free headsets to listen to your guide’s voice All our tours grant:
History and visit of the Sistine Chapel and its frescoes, focusing on masterpieces by:
History and visit of the Vatican Museums, focusing on :
We grant direct access to St Peter’s Basilica straight from the Sistine Chapel :
|All year round|
|Monday||09.00 - 17.30|
|Tuesday||09.00 - 17.30|
|Thursday||09.00 - 17.30|
|Friday||09.00 - 17.30|
|Saturday||09.00 - 17.30|
|Please note: there might be changes in the scheduled opening time, depending on the needs of the Holy See|