Get the most out of your visit to Rome's prized Vatican Museums – with your private, expert guide. Your three hour itinerary will take you deeper into one of the world's greatest museums. Aside from carefully chosen aspects of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, your private guided tour also includes Saint Peter's Basilica.
- IMPORTANT: Since September 2005, Saint Peter's Basilica requests the use of the Whisper Audio Guide System for guided tours of groups with over 6 participants. They will be rented by the tour operator if necessary, and their cost will be charged to the client at the moment of the visit.
- Throughout the tour, you will be guided by an expert in History or Art History, Archeology or Architecture, who will help you discover the riches of the Vatican Museums.
- Tour in English or French, German, Spanish, Portuguese – with many other languages available upon request
- Tour departs from the obelisk in the center of Saint Peter's Basilica Square in Rome
- Duration: 3 hours
- Tour is available from Monday to Saturday at 10:00am and 11:00am
- Tour must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance
- For cancellations communicated in writing at least eight (8) days prior to the booked date, we will refund the full fee.
- For cancellations between eight and two days prior to the excursion, 10% of the fee will have to be paid.
- From two days prior to the excursion departure, no refund will be granted.
- No refund will be granted to any client who is not at the place of departure at the time established. Similarly, no refund will be granted to clients who lose contact with the guide or who do not complete the excursion.
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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.
Saint Peter's Cathedral was consecrated on November 18, 1626. It is the world's largest church, with a floor area of 21,477 m2. The external perimeter is 1,778 meters, the cathedral is 186.35 meters long and 97.50 meters wide. The main nave is 40 meters high, and the dome 132.50 meters. There are 44 altars, 11 domes, 778 columns, 395 statues, and 135 mosaic panels. From Saint Peter's portico you enter the main entrance hall, with its five doors. On the right you can see the Holy Door, which is opened only every 25 years, in Jubilee or Holy Years.
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. Many treasures of the city's history are here, from both classical and later times, as well as great works of art by many of the Renaissance's finest artists who were in the employ of the Pope.
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 Saint 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.
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 group):
€ 224.66 + cost of admission ticket per person.
This is a private, guided tour, for parties from 1 to 20 people.
The tour will be scheduled especially for you and your party.
The cost for the guide is shared among the members of your party.
Please note: cost of admission ticket(s) will be included in your final price.