At an astounding 9-mile long the Vatican Museums is home to some of the worlds most significant works of art. These priceless treasures within are matched only by the beauty of the buildings themselves; this breathtaking display has to be seen to be believed. Accompanied by your guide, you’ll see the Pinecone Courtyard, the galleries of Maps, Tapestries, and Candelabra, as well as the breathtaking Raphael Rooms.
Your day begins by visiting the Sistine Chapel. Although commentaries are not permitted within the chapel your guide will be on hand to paint a vivid portrait of the stories behind key artworks and the precious relics inside with the help of photographs of the frescoes. Take some time to admire the chapel, picking out the details you heard about like Michelangelo’s self-portrait in which he immortalizes just how hard it must have been for him to produce these works of art.
After exploring the Sistine Chapel, enjoy the perks of our Vatican partnership, by exiting via a special door that leads you straight down to St. Peter’s Basilica bypassing another long line. See the incredible Papal Altar under Bernini’s Baldachin, and marvel at Michelangelo’s other timeless masterpiece, La Pietà, as you discover the most important church in the Christian world. Once outside, admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion in St. Peter’s Square and make sure to keep a lookout for the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses.
To make your experience even more special, enjoy the new surround sound live show about the tale of Michelangelo and his frescoed masterpiece. From Marco Balich, the artistic director for several past Olympics and with music composed by the legendary Sting, the show features the history of some of artwork ever created, unveiling all of its secrets. To top it all off, we have reserved only central tickets for you, so you are guaranteed to enjoy the show at its best.
Please note that every morning but Wednesday our groups will have a guided tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica – on Wednesdays it’s highly likely that the Basilica will be closed for the Papal audience in St. Peter’s Square. On afternoon tours our guide will provide commentary about St. Peter’s Basilica from outside before groups enter to admire its splendor on their own.
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Due to some itinerary restrictions, we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users or customers with restricted mobility on our Vatican Group Tours.
We welcome wheelchair users on our Private Vatican tours. Wheelchair users are required to use a different route through the Vatican Museums. Our Private Vatican Tours fully accommodate wheelchair users and persons of reduced mobility. Your guide will bring you through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but not the Basilica.
However, we can accommodate wheelchairs in Private tours. Wheelchair users are required to use a different route through the Vatican Museums. In our Private Vatican Tour which fully accommodate wheelchair users and persons of reduced mobility. Your guide will bring you through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but not the Basilica.
*Important note: Neither option detailed above includes the special skip-the-line access to Saint Peter's Basilica as it is not wheelchair accessible. If you wish to visit Saint Peter's Basilica after your tour, you will need to exit the Vatican Museums, go to Saint Peter's Square and queue to enter. Entry to the Basilica is free.
No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.
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