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Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and Basilica Small Group Tour

  • Skip-the-line access
  • Led by an art historian
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and Basilica Small Group Tour
From US$ 93.13
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Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and Basilica Small Group Tour
US$ 93.13

Breeze into the Sistine Chapel and discover the best of the Vatican City in a 3 hour tour of the Museum & St.Peter’s Basilica. Skip all the lines and be guided through the largest collection of art in the Western Hemisphere. Your professional English speaking guide will walk you through the Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Papal Carriages, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Pinacoteca. The last part of the tour brings you into the  St.Peter’s Basilica, which many think could be one of the wonders of the world. Be prepared to be amazed by the grandeur and splendor of man's creation.

What to Expect

Your guide will meet you close to the entrance of the Vatican Museum and will facilitate the entrance with skip-the-line tickets. You will be provided with headsets so you can stroll up to each work of art at your own pace and still hear the guide clearly. We promise a guide with a clear diction.

You will start the tour with the most impressive point - the Sistine Chapel, a sublime rendition of the divine where Michelangelo raised the bar of frescoing to an unprecedented level. This is the room where 700 years of history continue, where the Popes have been elected under lock and key. The highlight of the Chapel is fresco of the Creation of Adam.

Moving to the Museum, you will now enter the Pinacoteca which holds the multi-million Euro Belgian tapestries woven with silk, gold and silver threads that were once hung on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, as well as paintings by Raphael. Admire the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in Rome – St. Jerome in the Wilderness.

Switching frequencies from paintings to statues, you get to see an exact copy of Michelangelo's Pieta. The original statue is in the St. Peter’s Basilica and sheltered behind glass, making it difficult to observe details.

The tour winds down to the Gallery of the Papal Carriages. On display are the regal carriages, palanquins, limos, pope mobiles from 1856 till 2005. The star attractions is the limousine gifted by Daimler Benz, but engineered by Mr. Ferdinand Porsche. You also get to see the Pope-mobile on which Pope John Paul II was shot on the fateful morning of 11th May 1981.

Moving forward onto the Candelabra section you will see a collection of Greco Roman Statues of Artemis, Bacchus and many others, standing alongside enormous marble candle stands.

On the left side of the Gallery of Tapestries you will notice works from Belgium representing a sequence from the life of Christ & the right side unveils pieces from the life of Pope Urban VII which were all made near Milan. Don’t forget to check out  the ceiling which looks sculpted but was actually frescoed. 

The last part of your visit in the Vatican Museum is the Gallery of Maps, also known as being the longest corridor in the building. The maps which are 500 years old have a unique intentional mistake - are upside down as they are oriented towards Rome.

The experience continues with  touring the St.Peter's Basilica. 186 meters long and 150 years of labor - this is the largest basilica in the world. Swirl around to admire the 11 domes, Bernini’s altar, Michelangelo's cupola and his Pieta. If you wish to be even more impressed, check out the paintings on the dome which are actually mosaics made of glass & ceramic. 


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Reviewed yesterday
Great tour

our host was Raul and he did an amazing job of explaining some of the art, history and significance of what we were seeing and experiencing without being overwhelming. He made the 4 hours the most enjoyable 4 hours of our trip. We strongly recommend...More

Thank Debbie D
Reviewed yesterday

We have used and recommended Europe Odyssey for the last 15 years. We have always had a wonderfully knowledgeable guide. We just returned from Rome and spent 3 days with Rahul. He knows the city and the history like no other. He recommended some restaurants...More

Thank Doug W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Rocked it!

Our second time using European Odyssey! It’s always a pleasure to tour around with Rahul Raghavan...surprises us and so knowledgeable about all the sites around Rome! Thank you rahul, for the most memorable trip each time

Thank Kanan K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
A truly Memorable Tour

On behalf of Mr. Shyam Sundar & Mrs Geeta Sundar - It was a memorable afternoon on 10 Jul 2018 when we visithed the Vatican with Mr. Rahul Raghavan conducting us in a small group of about eight adults. With his intrinsic understanding of artefacts/...More

Thank RRBB11
Reviewed 1 week ago
Rahul-Best Tour Guide in the whole city of Rome!

Our family of 12 took two different Private Tours with Rahul-the Vatican and Coliseum. We greatly enjoyed our time with Rahul. He is so knowledgeable and kind to work with. He speaks great English and makes the history of the city of Rome come alive!...More

Thank tongejudy
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Response from Allison L | Reviewed this property |
With our Europe Odyssey Tour, our guide had a pass that allowed us to bypass the long line and go straight to the security check. We waited a maximum of 3 -5 minutes.
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