This carefully planned tour of the Vatican highlights ensures that you won’t miss any of the “must-see” masterpieces of art and architecture that make this such a unique place. Your guide will meet you at the entrance to the Museums and, with fast-track access, you’ll by-pass the queues and head inside. You can leave your belongings in the cloakroom and take a comfort break before starting the tour.
Departure & Return
Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
On this fantastic half-day tour, you’ll get to see the treasures of the Vatican, accompanied by a top-rated, expert guide. You’ll benefit from fast-track access, enabling you to by-pass the long queues of tourists and immediately begin your tour. You’ll see Ancient Roman and Greek statues, Raphael’s Rooms, the Galleries of Tapestries and Maps, the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square to much more!
The highlight of any tour of the Vatican is, of course, the famous Sistine Chapel, the most visited attraction in all of Italy. You’ll learn more about Michelangelo’s frescoes - The Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis - as well as some specifics of the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other famous Renaissance masters. The Sistine Chapel is still used today, most notably for Conclave – the secretive papal election. You’ll hear some anecdotes and little-known secrets about this amazing place.
The tour ends with a visit to the most significant Catholic Church in the world - Saint Peter’s Basilica. Here you’ll view another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pietà, as well as hear more about the architecture and the rituals of the Basilica. You will also see the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
Finally, you will enter Saint Peter’s Square to see Bernini’s famous statues and the chimney where the white smoke appears, to tell of a newly elected Pope. After a few final anecdotes your guide will bid you farewell and leave you to wander around this impressive square. A perfect end to a tour of the Vatican!