SEMI-PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF THE VATICAN, SISTINE CHAPEL & ST.PETER'S TOUR

Musei Vaticani

This early morning tour gives you an insight into the amazing galleries, art treasures, sculptures and much more. Enjoy this beautiful day.

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This early morning tour gives you an insight into the amazing galleries, art treasures, sculptures and much more. Enjoy this beautiful day.

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  • Languages: Englisch
  • Participants: 1 - 10
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Instant confirmation
  • public (with other participants)
  • mobile voucher is accepted
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Highlights

  • Skip the queues and admire the Vatican Museums in front of the crowd.
  • Enjoy your guided tour through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the rooms of Raphael.
  • Get privileged access to St. Peter's Church.

Description

Exclusive semi private tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica

This intimate group tour is designed for those who want to visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters, outside regular opening hours. Explore the Vatican before it opens to the general public, allowing a chance to see some of the key works, before the crowds really start to arrive.

The Vatican Museums

Within the seventeenth century walls that surround the Vatican City State lies one of the most spectacular art collections in the world, in the Vatican Museums. This national treasure was accumulated over centuries by the Popes and, today, it stands as a testimony to the pivotal role the Catholic Church played in Italian art. Your guide will delve into the history of fascinating compilation, explain how the museums came to be and show you the piece that started it all. You’ll hear riveting tales about the artists who contributed to the collection, who they were, where they came from and what they created. See examples of Greek and Roman mythology and learn how myths were used by the church to relay hidden messages.

Raphael Rooms

The Raphael Rooms are made up of four separate chambers painted by the young Raphael Sanzio and his pupils over a 16-year period. The “Stanze”, as they are often called, were painted by the artists using a mural technique called fresco, in which pigment is essentially tattooed directly into wet plaster. While painstakingly difficult, the results are breathtaking, producing incredible detail, crisp colors and poignant themes that fill the walls of these impressive rooms. Learn about Raphael’s rivalry with Michelangelo, how his artistic style matured after his exposure to the Sistine Chapel, and which room houses one of his most famous works.

Sistine Chapel

The “piece de resistance” of the entire tour is, without a doubt, the Sistine Chapel. While it still functions as a religious space today and plays an important role during the conclave, the chapel is most widely known for its art. Every inch of this space is filled with adroitness, from the often-overlooked intricate mosaic floor, to the choir box, organ and the false draperies that cover its lower walls. Frescos by early Renaissance masters fill the side walls, not to mention the ceiling and back wall, which are both Michelangelo’s creations. Find out more about fresco painting, the symbolism behind the figures, and the equipment and tricks Michelangelo employed to create such memorable works.

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is built very close to the site where the saint was martyred by the Emperor Nero. After his death a shrine was set up and became a point of pilgrimage for early Christians. Over the years this location became extremely popular and prompted Constantine to build the first church on the site. The Basilica that stands today, however, is the second construction, which was created during the Renaissance by the Popes. Learn how long it took to complete, how many people it can hold, and just how big it really is. Discover one of Michelangelo’s earlier pieces, Bernini and Borromini’s high alter and the tallest man-made structure in Rome.

Please note

Additional information

Children must be accompanied by an adult. A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You can refuse entry if you do not comply with these clothing regulations. Before entering St. Peter's, there is a security check; please leave liquids and sharp objects at home. It is not allowed to bring medium or large luggage, umbrellas or poles (except those used for hiking). It is advisable to bring small bags and backpacks, these items can also be left free of charge in the Vatican's luggage office. It is forbidden to bring weapons or dangerous objects into the Vatican Museums. It is not possible to bring alcoholic beverages, it is also forbidden to eat or drink in the halls of the museums. Please note that entering the Vatican Museums means leaving Rome and moving to another state. In high season, the Vatican welcomes more than 30,000 visitors a day! "Without queuing" means that we pay an additional reservation fee in addition to the ticket price and receive preferential admission for our groups. We have no control over how the Vatican is organized, so it is out of our hands if there is an unexpected wait. Please also understand that the radios are the property of the Vatican. We are obliged to rent exclusively from them, so we have no quality control over them. If your headset does not have a high-quality sound, please let us know and we will arrange for a replacement.

Included in the price

  • Skip-the-line ticket
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Professional guided tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Meeting point

We meet at the Maya Tours office at Via Germanico n°16, 00192 Rome (the closest Metro stop is "Ottaviano").

Cancellation Conditions

Booking can be cancelled 24 hours prior to tour's scheduled departure

This deal can be cancelled for free up to one day before the date of the activity.

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