This Vatican Private Tour will give you a chance to fully appreciate this marvellous art collection at your own pace with one of our knowledgeable and passionate guides. In three hours you will discover some corners of the Vatican Museums that are not usually included with standard tours. Also, your guide will be at your disposal and they will answer all your questions and curiosities.
An experienced, professional licensed guide will lead you through several Galleries and rooms of the Vatican Museums, and you will discover the history and behind-the-scenes knowledge of all the major artworks. This tour option will bring you inside Pio Clementino Museum, though the Upper Galleries (Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Candelabra), The Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapels and St. Peter’s Basilica.
You will have the chance to admire the statues and the Octagonal Courtyard. With this tour option you will also skip-the-line at St. Peter’s Basilica and you will also enjoy a guided tour of the biggest church in the World. You will discover how numerous artists, architects, sculptors, including Michelangelo, Bernini, Bramante, Raffaello, Giuliano da Sangallo and many others influenced and participated in the construction of the nowadays existing St. Peter’s Basilica.
You can choose several departure times. The 8.30am option will allow you to enter half an hour earlier than the public and this option will give you the chance to visit the Museums while they are still less crowded.
Discover the history of the Vatican Museums Galleries, discover Michelangelo’s masterpieces, the Last Judgement and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Pio Clementino Museum
This section is the first, original collection of statues of the Vatican Museums. Named after the two Popes Pio and Clemente who, throughout the 18th century, founded and opened it to the public. The statues displayed here are of enormous importance and many of them date from the 1st to the 4th century AD. Statues of Heracles, Osiris – Antinous, Laocoonte and Apollo Belvedere are just a few of the classical statues that you will encounter on your way through the Vatican Museums.
The Galleries that are part of this itinerary are the Gallery of Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries. The statues and the marble floors, with precious decorations and mosaics and frescoes on the ceilings, are what makes the Gallery of Candelabra one of the most beautiful sections of the Vatican Museums. The Gallery of Tapestries, that will follow, will bring you closer to the expression of the genius work of Raphael. The Tapestries, which were made originally for the Sistine Chapel, were designed by Raphael and embroidered by tapestry masters in Belgium. The Gallery of Maps is 120 meters long and hosts the maps of all the Italian regions and was created between 1581 and 1583. Every region’s map is connected to the fresco, painted on the “golden” ceiling, that represents miraculous events that occurred in the region.
School of Athens
The School of Athens within the Raphael Rooms is one among many well known artworks created by Raphael. While the older Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel, a young artist Raphael had been called by the pope Julius II to paint the apartments inside the Vatican Palace. The room, meant to be the private library of the Pope, was brought by Raphael to a new level of artistic expression and topic composition. He reproduced a combination of Philosophy, theology, literature and jurisprudence.
Michelangelo’s Last Judgement and Sistine Chapel ceiling
The astonishing ceiling painted by Michelangelo when he was barely 30 years old. Known as a sculptor, Michelangelo succeeded in this challenging task: his paintings left everyone astonished. The combination of artistic talent (sculptor and painter) and knowledge of the history and catholic history, brought to light the completeness of this artist. The technique used to paint the figures on the ceiling was a pioneering method that later affected his sight and overall health.
It is hard to believe that a 23-year old artist can create something so extraordinary, overwhelming, marvellous and peculiar like the Pietà. This artwork, that brought Michelangelo among the famous artists of his era, is the first and the only one that he has ever signed. Artists, pilgrims, and tourists from all over the world admire this sculpture inside St. Peter’s Basilica with wonder and astonishment.
St. Peter’s Baldachin by Bernini
At the time of its construction, the Bernini’s Baldachin was taller than all of the buildings in Rome! The Baldachin, after the completion of St. Peter’s Basilica, was built as a reverence of St. Peter’s tomb and lays exactly below the Altar.