Skip-the-line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour for Americans

Rome, Italy

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

Specially tailored to American visitors, this half-day private tour of the Vatican Museums highlights the little-known linkages between the Holy See and the United States. Learn why iconic attractions like the Sistine Chapel and the Gallery of Maps have particular relevance for American citizens. You’ll visit the renowned collections with your own art historian guide, who is well-versed in both cultures.
  • A private, half-day tour of the Vatican Museums for American visitors
  • Explore hidden histories of each gallery as you visit the world-famous attraction
  • Learn little-known connections with the USA from your art historian guide
  • See iconic masterpieces from Michelangelo, Raphael, and more

Private tour
Local guide
Professional art historian guide
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

9:30 am
2:00 pm

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
you meet with your guide at the entrance to the museums, pass the tourists in the long queues and head for the cloakrooms.  Deposit your belonging, have a toilet break and then it is on with the tour. Starting in the Pio-Clementino Museum you see the wonderful ancient Roman and Greek Statues.  When the Popes ruled Central Italy the findings from the various excavations of ancient Rome were bought to the Vatican.   Your guide will tell you all about the wonderful artwork as you pass through the myriad of rooms and galleries; the Belvedere Apollo, the Torso, the busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the sarcophagi of Helen and Constance the mother and daughter of the Emperor Constantine. The visit continues to the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra; there is so much to see.  Look down at the wonderful floor mosaics and look up towards the statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses and famous Greek philosophers. Next are the Galleries of Tapestries and Maps and the Sobieski Room with its vast canvas, the largest in the Vatican.  Then on to the Raphael Rooms painted for Pope Julius II by the young Raphael and where you can see his famous Parnassus and School Athens.   Finally to the most visited site in the whole of Italy the Sistine Chapel.  It is interesting to learn about the famous frescoes painted by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Perugino and other Renaissance artists.  What to look for when you enter the chapel and see the Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam, the Genesis and the Stories  of Moses and Jesus.  Your guide will bring the frescoes to life. The chapel holds many secrets and your guide will tell you some interesting facts about the conclave that is held to elect a new Pope.  Next it is into the most famous and grandest of all Catholic churches, Saint Peter’s Basilica.  You will visit the tombs of past Popes including Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.  Your guide will tell you about the building of this magnificent edifice and the rituals and symbols that make it such a fascinating place.  See another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, his Pietà and Bernini’s altarpiece. You end your tour in you meet with your guide at the entrance to the museums, pass the tourists in the long queues and head for the cloakrooms. Deposit your belonging, have a toilet break and then it is on with the tour. Starting in the Pio-Clementino Museum you see the wonderful ancient Roman and Greek Statues. When the Popes ruled Central Italy the findings from the various excavations of ancient Rome were bought to the Vatican. Your guide will tell you all about the wonderful artwork as you pass through the myriad of rooms and galleries; the Belvedere Apollo, the Torso, the busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the sarcophagi of Helen and Constance the mother and daughter of the Emperor Constantine. The visit continues to the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra; there is so much to see. Look down at the wonderful floor mosaics and look up towards the statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses and famous Greek philosophers. Next are the Galleries of Tapestries and Maps and the Sobieski Room with its vast canvas, the largest in the Vatican. Then on to the Raphael Rooms painted for Pope Julius II by the young Raphael and where you can see his famous Parnassus and School Athens.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
It is interesting to learn about the famous frescoes painted by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Perugino and other Renaissance artists. What to look for when you enter the chapel and see the Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam, the Genesis and the Stories of Moses and Jesus. Your guide will bring the frescoes to life. The chapel holds many secrets and your guide will tell you some interesting facts about the conclave that is held to elect a new Pope.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Next it is into the most famous and grandest of all Catholic churches, Saint Peter’s Basilica. You will visit the tombs of past Popes including Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Your guide will tell you about the building of this magnificent edifice and the rituals and symbols that make it such a fascinating place. See another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, his Pietà and Bernini’s altarpiece.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Square
You end your tour in Saint Peter’s Square where your guide will leave you with some curious facts about Bernini’s statues that surround this great square. Don’t forget to look to the balcony where the white smoke tells of a new Pope and take a picture of the colorful Swiss Guards.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • 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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