The best of the best revealed in three hours!
If you want the best of the Vatican Museum, then this tour is for you. Skip the line and enter the wonders of the many galleries in the Vatican Museum.
- Vatican Museums
- Raphael’s Rooms
- Sistine Chapel
- St Peter’s Basilica
- St Peter’s Square
Exclusive Private Guided Tour – The Best Of The Vatican Museum
3 hrs. | Start: As requested. |
Meeting Point :Entrance of Vatican Museums – Bottom Steps under the Marble Arch
Treasures abound, mysteries revealed, plot twists and turns, myths and facts separated. Your expert private guide will reveal it all as they expertly talk to you about the art, history, and architecture. Your guide will be with you for three-hours so pick their brain and uncover what you want to know about Ancient Rome, the Emperors, and the artists. Learn a few things about the Popes of the past and their love of artwork which has allowed visitors today to admire the collections.
You will learn how influential the Popes were when it concerned compiling and acquiring artworks and how they carefully selected painters to paint certain parts of the galleries. A prime example is Raphael’s Rooms which was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint his private apartment. Interestingly, Raphael was rather unknown at that time, but what he created now has definitely made him famous posthumously. In those times, rivalry among artists was high and it was fraught with tension if one painter was chosen by the Vatican over another.
As you tour along, you guide will also reveal to you that Michelangelo was not that thrilled to work in the Sistine Chapel, but why did he? When you see what he produced on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, you will be spellbound. You will learn how difficult it was for him to paint the ceiling and what challenges he had to overcome to produce the masterpiece he did. His paintings had so much of depth and meaning which will be revealed by your guide.
The tour will end in St Peter’s Basilica, that too through a special skip the line door so that you do not have to queue to get in! This is all part of the best of the Vatican museum tour! St Peter’s is one of the holiest churches in the world and it has been designed by the likes of Michelangelo, Bernini, and Bramante. It is believed that St Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus was buried in the crypt below the church.
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Important Reminder – Exclusive Private Early Entrance Vatican Museum Tour
- There is a dress code to the Vatican which applies to children too. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
- If St Peter’s Basilica is closed for a religious function at short notice as it is a working church, you can spend more time in the Sistine Chapel.
- The Vatican Museums get rather busy during summer and after a bank holiday.
- If a disabled visitor is able to produce a certificate showing that they are more than 74% disabled, entry to the Vatican museums is free of charge. This free entry is also extended to the to their companion. If you have a disability and are not sure if you’re eligible, please contact us at the time of booking so that we may assist you further.