Complete Tour Description
No One Gets You in Earlier
As we are Official Vatican Partners with the highest partnership status, we can bring you straight through our exclusive Partner Entrance to experience this incredible collection at a relaxing pace on our Semi-Private Vatican Tours.
No One Gives You More Access
Inside, your guide will bring you for your first glimpse of St. Peter's Dome above the serene setting of the Vatican Gardens. After the first of many photos are taken, you will enter the Pinecone Courtyard, where you will get an idea of the treasures ahead. Between ancient Egyptian statues and abstract modern sculptures, your guide will give your intimate group an outline of what to look out for in the Sistine Chapel as there is no commentary allowed inside. This will give you time to prepare for the fascinating details which will be on display when you enter.
Before you reach the Chapel you will have plenty of time to explore other lesser known sites such as the Gallery of Tapestries, Hall of Maps, and the Gallery of Candelabra before stopping to bask in the Raphael Rooms with their light-filled frescoes. All through these sections, your guide will be with your group pointing out the many fascinating details such as optical illusions and tiny paintings of Christopher Columbus. Your guide will also be with you in the Sistine Chapel, but as Official Partners, we observe the respectful quiet asked for and give people time to reflect on the fascinating details such as Michelangelo’s portrayal of his contemporaries to his own hidden self-portraits.
No One Gets You in Faster
Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you can avail of our Skip-the-Line Access once more. This will bring you straight into St. Peter’s Basilica, whose dome looks even more impressive as you stand underneath it. Inside you have time to view Michelangelo’s ‘Pietá’, the only one of his sculptures to be signed by him. You have as much time as you like to take in the spiritual atmosphere among the tall columns. When you are ready, you will exit the Basilica to gaze at the impressive St. Peter's Square where the Pope addresses those who flock to listen to him.
In just three hours, we’ll show you the highlights of the Vatican Museums and its incredible buildings on this intimate tour. You'll stroll through the vast basilica where St. Peter and the popes are buried and gaze at the religious stories coming to life on the Sistine Chapel. More importantly, you will see how the Popes spread the word of the gospels by using the highest art imaginable.