Group Size

Max 20

Language

English

Duration

2.5 hrs

Start Time

8:30 am / 12:30 pm

This tour option provides you with priority skip-the-line access, allowing you to bypass the crowds and immerse yourself in the experience alongside a select, intimate group of fellow explorers. You'll step directly into the grand hall of the Vatican Museum, where your captivating adventure into art and history begins!

Once inside you will be provided with headsets and your guide will lead you through the marvelous rooms of the Vatican Museums. The itinerary of this tour option includes the Upper Galleries, the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (the Basilica is not included on Wednesdays).

Your guide will passionately narrate the stories behind the artworks, and you will also have the opportunity to delve into the fascinating details about Vatican City as an independent state. Discover the rich history and the contemporary aspects of Vatican life, gaining a deeper understanding of this unique enclave within Rome.

This tour is thoughtfully designed for a larger group, accommodating up to 20 participants, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching group experience. Despite the group size, there will be ample opportunity to engage with your knowledgeable guide, ensuring that all your curiosities are addressed and your questions thoroughly answered!

Tour itinerary

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Meeting Point

Ristorante "Da Paolo" Viale Vaticano, 104

Pio Clementino Museum

Pio Clementino Museum

This section of the Vatican Museums was founded by Pope Clement XIV and later amplified by his successor Pius VI. The collection includes acquisitions of countless statues from other collectors, rich Italian families and antiques stores. This sections’ creation aimed to preserve and to display the Greek-Roman works, especially statues, gathered by the Popes throughout several centuries. The name of this section has been given after the two founders.

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Laocoön

The Laocoön is one of the main attractions inside the Pio Clementino Museum. It’s believed that the statue was created between the 2nd century BC and 1st century DC. The massive statue was found at the beginning of the 16th century on Colle Oppio, not far away from the Colosseum. Pope Julius II, an art lover and the one who inaugurated the Sistine Chapel, purchased immediately this statue, which together with Apollo del Belvedere, was one of the two main artworks of the Vatican Museums just immediately after their foundation.

Gallery of Candelabra

Gallery of Candelabra

The Gallery of Candelabra is one of the three Galleries leading toward the Sistine Chapel. An impressive collection of sculptures from all over the Roman Empire will leave you breathless. Decorated ceilings and marble floors create a magic atmosphere surrounded by ancient statues.

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Gallery of Maps

The hall of the Gallery of Maps includes one of the biggest collections of painted maps in The World. Created at the end of the 16th century the maps represent all the Italian regions with some peculiarities related to those times.

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Gallery of Tapestries

The artworks that you will be able to admire here were originally created for the Sistine Chapel. The original pictures were created by Raffaello with the intention to decorate the private chapel of the Pope. The tapestries were created by the hands of the best artisans of those times, the Flemish tapestry masters in Bruxelles.

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Raphael Rooms

The four rooms within the Raphael Rooms formerly were used as Pope Julius’ II apartment. They were commissioned by the Pope, who was known as an art lover, to Raphael, who wasn’t very well known among the artists of those times and who was only 25 years old. Among other important works that Raphael leaves in this section, there are the School of Athens and the Fire in Borgo. The four rooms bring mainly the names of the artworks within each room: The room of Constantine, the Room of Heliodorus, the Room of the Segnatura and the Room of the Fire in the Borgo.

Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

Within the worldwide known Sistine Chapel with the two masterpieces by Michelangelo: the Creation and the Last Judgement. You will discover the extraordinary technique Michelangelo used to paint the magnificent vault and how and why he had decided, thirty years later, to paint the Last Judgement.

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St. Peter’s Basilica

The biggest church in the World with the Bernini’s Altar (St. Peter’s Baldachin), with Michelangelo’s Pietà and the magnificent Cupola that has a legacy of Raffaello, Michelangelo, Bramante and many other notable artists’ work [skip the line only, no guide included].

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Featured Highlight

The School of Athens:

Made by Raphael between 1509 and 1511, the painting is located in the Segnatura Hall inside the Apostolic Palaces.
The School of Athens offers a representation of the seven liberal arts with grammar, arithmetic and music in the foreground from the left, geometry and astronomy on the right, and rhetoric and dialectic at the top of the staircase.

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