Off-the-beaten-Path Skip the line Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour

Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Overview

Do you want to enjoy the Vatican away from the usual throng of tourists? If so, this “Off-the-beaten Path Vatican Tour is the perfect tour for you!

You will have the services of a vey knowledgeable guide who has a wealth of information on the history of this wonderful place. You will be taken to see some of the lesser-known parts of the museums – places not on the usual tourist itinerary. Visit the Gallery of Paintings (Pinacoteca), the New Wing with marvelous collections of Ancient Greek and Roman statues and the Carriage Pavilion with its wonderful exhibition of antique vehicles, including  Popemobiles!

Hotel pickup
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Private tour
Local guide
Professional art historian guide
Local taxes
Gratuities

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
This tour is an opportunity to learn about the Vatican, its history and that of the Roman Catholic Church and its many Popes.  It offers an alternative view of the Vatican Museums, away from the usual tourist trail. Reach the Vatican Museums and skip the queues, you will explore parts of the Vatican not included in the usual tourist itineraries.  In the Gallery of Paintings you will see masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Tiziano and much more!  You will then have the opportunity to explore the wonderful Carriage Pavilion.  Here there are numerous vehicles used by the Popes over the centuries.  You will see a Grand Gala Berlin made in Rome for Pope Leo XII in 1826.  There is the Fiat Compagnola where in 1981 in St Peters Square Pope John Paul was standing when an attempt was made on his life.  In addition there are three Popemobiles (Land Rover, Toyota and Mercedes 230 GE) as well as the Renault 4 donated by Pope Francis in 2013.  There is then a visit to the Courtyard of the Pine Cone (cortile della Pigna) followed by a visit to the New Wing.  This has recently been re-opened and has on display a wonderful statue of The Emperor Augustus of Primaporta and a mysterious statue of the River Nile.  Originally inaugurated in 1822, the Gallery displays works that were confiscated by Napoleon and retuned to the Vatican following his defeat.  Your guide will then take to admire the amazing Sistine Chapel, which is Italy's most visited site. You'll learn about Michelangelo's frescoes especially the Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis. You will also see in details the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other famous Renaissance masters. The Chapel also the venue of the popes election. The guide will tell you anecdotes and secrets behind the scene. As the tour ends here, you can spend as much time you wish admiring it. Join us on this stress-free visit to the marvelous Vatican City.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
This tour is an opportunity to learn about the Vatican, its history and that of the Roman Catholic Church and its many Popes.  It offers an alternative view of the Vatican Museums, away from the usual tourist trail. Reach the Vatican Museums and skip the queues, you will explore parts of the Vatican not included in the usual tourist itineraries.  In the Gallery of Paintings you will see masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Tiziano and much more!  You will then have the opportunity to explore the wonderful Carriage Pavilion.  Here there are numerous vehicles used by the Popes over the centuries.  You will see a Grand Gala Berlin made in Rome for Pope Leo XII in 1826.  There is the Fiat Compagnola where in 1981 in St Peters Square Pope John Paul was standing when an attempt was made on his life.  In addition there are three Popemobiles (Land Rover, Toyota and Mercedes 230 GE) as well as the Renault 4 donated by Pope Francis in 2013.  There is then a visit to the Courtyard of the Pine Cone (cortile della Pigna) followed by a visit to the New Wing.  This has recently been re-opened and has on display a wonderful statue of The Emperor Augustus of Primaporta and a mysterious statue of the River Nile.  Originally inaugurated in 1822, the Gallery displays works that were confiscated by Napoleon and retuned to the Vatican following his defeat.  Your guide will then take to admire the amazing Sistine Chapel, which is Italy's most visited site. You'll learn about Michelangelo's frescoes especially the Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis. You will also see in details the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other famous Renaissance masters. The Chapel also the venue of the popes election. The guide will tell you anecdotes and secrets behind the scene. As the tour ends here, you can spend as much time you wish admiring it. Join us on this stress-free visit to the marvelous Vatican City.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • READ CAREFULLY: Because of the growing popularity of the current pope Francis and his intense activity in organising mass events in the Vatican some areas might get closed last minute without previous notice. This has already happened this year and can happen again during you Vatican tour: the Sistine chapel and/or the Basilica of Saint Peter might not be accessible. In case of such events our tour guide will provide you with a valuable alternative focusing the tour inside the Vatican museums.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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