Discover the secrets behind the fresco paintings in the Sistine Chapel!
As this is a small group tour, we keep it to a maximum of 22 participants or less so that you get a more personalised experience with your guide.
- Vatican Museums
- Vatican Library
- Sistine Chapel
- Gallery of Maps
- Gallery of Tapestries
Vatican Museums Immersive Tour With Sistine Chapel Ceiling
3 hrs. | Start: 9.00 a.m. | Participants: Max 22 | Wednesday mornings only tour
Meeting Point : To be advised at time of booking.
An official and professional guide will lead this Sistine Chapel ceiling tour which is only available on Wednesday mornings. You will skip the line as you make your way through the Vatican Galleries. The three-hour tour covers The Pinacoteca – opened in the 1930s, it was opened to display the collection of papal paintings. You will see world-class paintings such as Madonna and Child, Raphael’s Configuration and St Jerome in the Wilderness by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Vatican galleries, Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and the Vatican Library.
With your skip the line tickets, you will enter the Vatican Museums and discover the many galleries inside. Along the way, the guide will regale the group with tales of the popes, power, art, and history which encompass this amazing museum. At the Pinacoteca, you will be able to view the artworks collected by Popes over the centuries (12th-19th centuries). There are close to six hundred years of historical artworks collected! Your guide will also share the stories of the most famous artists of the era which include, Caravaggio, Titan, Raphael, Perugino, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Produced in the Flemish country are beautiful tapestries which are found in the Tapestry Gallery. These tapestries once adorned the Sistine Chapel and were later moved to the Vatican Museums. The tapestries highlight notable events in the life of St. Peter and St. Paul.
A visit to the Gallery of Maps will reveal the topographical maps created by Danti. He was a cosmographer and used ‘modern’ techniques of those times to create maps which some people to be 80% accurate which was a high number centuries ago!
Gallery of the Candelabra is a beautiful room divided into six sections with fabulous marble columns and a marble candelabra.
A very young Raphael was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint his apartment. The Raphael Rooms contain some of the most amazing paintings you will see anywhere in the world including: Deliverance of St Peter, Fire in the Borgo, The Battle of Ostia, and The Baptism of Constantine. Your guide will share with you stories of Raphael and his paintings.
The Borgia Apartments were once the property of Alexander the VI, a Spanish Pope. There are rooms painted by the famous Pinturicchio.
Here your senses will go into overdrive as you experience a visual feast by none other than Michelangelo. Be drawn into the ‘Creation of the World’ and witness the ‘ Last Judgment’. Words do no justice – it has to be seen to be believed that a master magician artist has been able to pull this off. You will not be able to take your eyes of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Here, you will see the rarest of book collections as well as gifts to the Popes that are exhibited here. Recent excavation artefacts are also on display here. The library is about 550 years old and has over a million printed books in their collection making it one of the largest if not largest library in the world!
To experience a tour where faith, art, history merge together…
Important Reminder – Vatican Museums Immersive Tour With Sistine Chapel Ceiling
- This tour is not ideal for wheelchair-bound visitors as well as visitors with hearing disabilities. We are more than happy to organise private tours for wheelchair and hearing disabled visitors. Please contact us.
- Please wear comfortable shoes as there is a fair bit of walking.
- 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 will be spending more time in the Vatican gallery’s with your private guide.
- 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.