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 frescos. 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 pecks 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 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.
It is possible to climb the Dome on your own if you wish, however you will need to purchase a ticket directly on site. Our tours do not include a visit to the Dome. Please note that if you intend to climb the Dome after your tour ends, you should make sure to book a morning tour (not on a Wednesday) as the Dome access is already closed in the afternoon before our afternoon tours reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Basilica is often closed on Wednesday mornings.
The tours meet at a location which is very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher you will receive upon booking your tour.
Yes, the Vatican has a strict dress code. Men, women and children must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times.
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