Discover Italy’s most visited attraction with this guided tour! Your knowledgeable guide will show you some of the most important aspects of the museums 20 (!) sub-museums, with a special attention on introducing you to the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s stunning masterpiece - a work of art that changed the course of Western art.
Availability: Daily, except Wednesdays and Sundays
Duration: about 3 hours (once the tour is over, visitors are free to visit the museum at their leisure)
Meeting Point: at the large stairs in Via Tunisi, between the Caffè Vaticano and the Hotel Alemandi
Included: timed entrance to the Vatican Museum (ticket and booking fee), map of the museum, guided tour, headphones
Participants: maximum 30 per group
Languages HIGH season (April 1 to October 31):
English: Every day except Wednesdays and Sundays at 9:30am
Spanish: Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 am
French: Saturdays at 10.30 am
Italian: Saturdays at 10.30 am
Languages LOW season (November 1 to March 31):
English: Every day except Wednesdays and Sundays at 9:30 am
Spanish: Saturdays at 9:30 am
French: Saturdays at 10.30 am
Italian: Saturdays at 10:30 am
Rooms closed at the moment of the visit will be indicated at entrance.
Access to the Museums is permitted only to visitors with proper attire.
All the reservations, dates and times might be changed or canceled due to unforeseen circumstances related to activities of the Pope.
Reservations can be made until 2 days before the visit.
PLEASE NOTE: museum starts confirming visits not earlier than two months before the date, so reservation guarantees the insertion into the waiting list. Charge to the credit card takes place on the working day after the order was placed. In case visit is not confirmed because of the minimum number of people needed not reached, we will refund the import charged for the visit.
Opening Hours: From Monday to Saturday. The Museums close at 6:00 pm.
The Vatican Museums are closed on the following days:
Sundays (except for the last Sunday of each month, excluding Easter, June 29 and December 25 and 26)
January 1 and 6 (Epiphany)
February 11 (Lateran Pacts Anniversary)
March 19 (St. Joseph), 23 and 24 (Easter, Easter Monday)
May 1 (Ascension Thursday) and May 22 (Corpus Christi Day)
August 14 (Assumption Vigil) and 15 (Assumption Day)
November 1 (All Saint's Day)
December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), 25 (Christmas Day) and 26 (St. Stephen's Day)
All client cancellations must arrive up to 8 days before the date of the tour to be reimbursed free of charge. If you cancel 8 to 2 days before the date, 10% of the total fee will be charged. Further cancellations imply no refund possible. Clients arriving late will not be reimbursed for the missed visit, nor will a client who gets separated from the group during the visit or who does not complete the visit. In case of cancellation of a tour by the tour operator for reasons of force majeure, clients will only be reimbursed for the amount paid for the tour. Tour operator is not responsible for any additional costs in connection with the reimbursement.
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The Vatican Museums are the largest, richest, most compelling and perhaps most comprehensive museum complex in the world. Many treasures of the city's history are here, from both classical and later times, and many of the Renaissance's finest artists were in the employ of the Pope.
The Vatican Palace holds a collection of museums on very diverse subjects: displays of classical statuary, Renaissance painting, Etruscan relics, Egyptian artifacts, not to mention the furnishings and decoration of the palace itself.
The Vatican Museums are the Egyptian Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Museum of Popes Clement XiV and Pius Vi, Gregorian Museum of Etruscan Art, Antiquarium Romanum, the Vase Collection, the Biga Room, the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, the Apartment of St.Pius V, the Sobieski Room, the Room of the Immaculate Conception, Raphael's Rooms and Loggias, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Sistine Chapel, the Apostolic Library, the Vatican Picture Gallery, the Gregorian Museum of Profane Art, the Christian Museum, the Missionary Museum of Ethnology, and the Carriage Pavilion.
Justly known as one of the most famous places in the world, the Sistine Chapel is the site where the conclave for the election of the popes and other solemn pontifical ceremonies are held. The ceiling as well as the wall above the altar bear the magnificent frescoes by Michelangelo. Pope Julius II commissioned the Florentine master sculptor and painter to decorate the ceiling between 1508 and 1512. Much later, from 1537 to 1541, Michelangelo was again called to create The Last Judgement on the wall above the altar, a fresco which would change the course of Western art.
Built according to the architectural design of Baccio Pontelli by Giovannino de Dolci between 1475 and 1481, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned it. A large rectangular room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, it is divided into two unequal parts by a marble screen. The screen and the transenna were built by Mino da Fiesole and other artists.
Price per person: € 48.00