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Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

1. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Learn the fascinating history and facts about these sites from your licensed guide, leaving the tour with a wealth of information. Marvel at the incredible frescoes and more along the way. First your local guide will show you around the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Marvel at the ornate ceilings, ancient statues, and intricate tapestries found throughout the Vatican Museums. A highlight will be an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo Buonarotti. Visit the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and see the Creation of Adam in real life. Listen as your guide tells you about Michelangelo’s private jokes and secret messages that were hidden amongst the painted frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel

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Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Private Tour

2. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Private Tour

Beat the crowds with a private tour of the Vatican Museums. Explore the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel with your personal and highly professional tour guide, who will tailor the experience to fit your needs and requirements. Learn about the fascinating history of the Vatican, from its creation to its modern status as the world’s smallest state. You'll explore the second largest museum in the world, home to the Raphael Rooms, Pinacoteca and Gallery of the Geographical Maps. The Vatican Museum has more than 1400 galleries, and hosts one of the largest art collections in the world, with a variety of excellent Roman and Etruscan artworks. There are pieces by master painters like Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli, Signorelli, della Gatta and, of course, Michelangelo. See the Sistine Chapel through the eyes of an experienced tour guide, officially licensed by the Vatican. With this exclusive private tour, it will just be you and your own guide.

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Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Save precious time and avoid the boring history tours of the Vatican City on a small group, skip-the-line tour with an English-speaking guide. Head straight to the most important areas of the Vatican Museums to marvel at the masterpieces of the papal collections. Discover statues from ancient Greece and look inside the Pinecone Courtyard and Belvedere Courtyard, along with the Hall of the Muses, Round Room, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Admire Flemish tapestries from some of Raphael's pupils in the Gallery of Tapestries, and historical maps by fine cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps. Contemplate Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel in silence. Then, skip the long lines to St. Peter's Basilica and enjoy a fully guided tour inside. Feel free to stay and explore other areas of the Vatican City on your own once you've said goodbye to your guide.

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Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

4. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

Visit the Colosseum, one of the most iconic structures in the world. Skip the ticket line to access the Colosseum quickly and easily. Learn about the architecture and history of this massive amphitheater, which hosted senators, emperors, and gladiators, as well as animals from all over the world. You'll have the opportunity to visit Palatine Hill, site of the foundation of Rome, followed by exploring the Roman Forum site. Make your own way to the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to 54 different galleries and four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. See some of the most famous works of art in the world, from artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel, completed around 1483. View many of the most famous frescoes in the world, including the famous ceiling and "The Last Judgement" painted by Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel holds some of the world's most precious works of art, but is also used for the papal conclave, the process through which a new pope is chosen.

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Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

5. Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square - a quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to the top of the dome from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular. Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Genuine skip-the-line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-sees when in Rome.

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Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

6. Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican Museums, and see Michelangelo’s fabulous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel on a private tour. After meeting your guide, make your way to the Vatican Museums entrance. Before you enter the galleries, view part of the lovely Vatican Gardens from the Belvedere Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante. The long Belvedere Court connects the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere in a series of terraces connected by stairs. Enter the museums and wander through the Gallery of Maps to the Raffaello Rooms. The largest of the 4 rooms is the Hall of Constantine, the last stop on your museums tour. You will also see the Room of Heliodorus, Room of the Signatura, and Room of the Fire in the Borgo. Continue to the Sistine Chapel to admire the legendary frescoes by Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. The ceiling, and especially “The Last Judgment,” is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement.

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Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour

7. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour

Take a 3-hour tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums. This tour includes, among other galleries of the Vatican corridors, a tour of the Pine Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms (only on early morning tours), and a visit of the Sistine Chapel. Be led by an expert guide to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will receive a broad base for understanding the remarkable history, architecture, and politics of the Vatican.

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Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Private Tour

8. Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Private Tour

Save precious time with skip-the-line access to the popular monuments of the Vatican City, and explore on a private tour for only your party for a more personalized experience. Follow a meticulously designed itinerary to see the best of the city-state and admire priceless treasures such as the massive bronze statue in the Pinecone Courtyard and the historic maps in the dedicated Gallery of Maps. Look at the enigmatic sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons, and discuss techniques used by different artists with your expert guide. Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and get inside details about the 4 years of back-breaking labor it took to complete. Conclude your tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Witness the incomparable grandeur of its mosaics, golden ceilings, gigantic statues, and the spectacular dome.

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Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

9. Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Enjoy an exclusive visit to Vatican City on a guided tour with a professional guide. Discover the beautiful Vatican Gardens, the collections of the Vatican Museums, and the enchanting Sistine Chapel. Start your journey with a minibus tour into the Vatican Gardens: look at the Pope Emerito House, the Vatican Radio Station, the Academy of Science, the Pope’s former Summer Residence, a piece of the original Berlin Wall and the “Fontana dell’Aquilone.” Look at St. Peter’s Basilica from behind and admire the Cupola from a unique perspective. Visit the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and Candelabras, and the Chapel of Pio V. Next, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes that changed the course of art forever. Then, you can explore at St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the world’s largest church. Admire Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

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Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

10. Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

Marvel at masterpieces of art by Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and many others on a private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and see statues from Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and other great civilizations. Skip the notorious lines to enter the Vatican Museums, and enjoy a personal narrative once inside. Your guide will treat you to a customized tour, bringing the magnificent works of art to life with an interactive and imaginative commentary. Uncover the legends and mysteries behind works from the Renaissance and other art eras, and hear about the papal patrons. Marvel at sculptures, carvings, frescoes, paintings, tapestries and maps. Go to the Belvedere Courtyard, and stroll through the most interesting galleries in the museum complex. Contemplate Michelangelo's frescoes in the magnificent Sistine Chapel and admire paintings from the main artist of the Renaissance period. Then, enter St. Peter’s Church to experience the majestic architecture of the Catholic cathedral. See Bernini’s exquisite “Baldachin” and other sacred works of art. End on St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire the Egyptian obelisk that witnessed the martyrdom of St. Peter and was central to Bernini’s design.

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What people are saying about Cortile del Belvedere

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 35,214 reviews

Good morning, Yesterday we took part in your tour of the Vatican. It was in English and started at 10:00. We are writing to compliment our guide. We don't know his name but think it started with an "F..." and he is an archeologist. He was very professional, had wide and deep knowledge and presented it in a very interesting manner with a sprinkle of humor, not to mention his excellent command of English!!! Thank you very much and please thank him personally from us! Ron

The guide was amazing! Had great knowledge and was great at pointing out the most important items and their history. The your length was great - as it was the low season there were no queues to get in so bare that in mind when booking!

An amazing guide. Even though we got late (don’t be late) they let us join the group. Our guide was amazing - he told us interesting stuff about the area and the history of the Vatican !! I really recommend this tour!

I had booked a German tour, but the day before I got a message that it was not possible. You can only offer in English. I had to say yes because I wanted to go there. Otherwise everything is perfect

Great visit with Pascale (or Pascal), very educational, knows her subject inside out and even more humor and additional personal comments as a gift. Perfect.