A deep dive in a masterpiece of Italian Art - Skip the line admission fees included
This is a Vatican tour with skip-the-line access that will make you avoid long lines and directly emerge inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.
Walk through the fascinating Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries, then through the Raphael's Rooms, a series of galleries that show the talent of the Renaissance artist himself.
Step inside the Sistine Chapel where you can admire the astonishing artworks "The Creation of Adam", which cloaks the ceiling, and "The Last Judgement", both of Michelangelo's.
At the end of the tour at the museum we will visit the St. Peter's Basilica, built on Vatican Hill, across the Tiber river from the historic center of Rome. This was the site where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, died a martyr and where he was buried in 64 AD. St. Peter is considered the first pope, so this church is considered the most important for all Christianity and it is full of historical treasures, where artists like Michelangelo and Bernini worked.
Closing days 2018
Sunday (except the last Sunday of every month, free entrance from 9 am to 12. 30 pm; the Museums close at 2 pm unless it coincides with Easter Sunday, the 29th of June (St. Peter and Paul), 25th and 26th of December (Christmas and St. Stephen)
January 6; February 11; April 17; May 1; June 29 (St. Peter and Paul); August 15, 16; November 1; December 8, 25, 26
- Meeting the guide at the entrance of The Vatican Museum, in Viale Vaticano
- Courtyard of Pigna; Courtyard Ottagono; Pio Clementino Museum
- Gallery of Animals; Gallery of Muses; Gallery Rotonda
- Candelabra Museum; Tapestry Museum
- Gallery of the Maps
- Rooms of Raffaello
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter's Basilica with St. Peter's square
** Restrictions for Vatican and DRESS CODE **
Only small backpacks or handbags
Dress Code: For men, women and kids equally: knees and shoulders must be covered, so NO SHORTS (Bermuda and Capri trousers are ok)
Please wear something to cover your shoulders
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Outside Cafè Vaticano, in front of Vatican Museums entrance.
End location: St. Peter's Square
Duration: 3 hours
Vatican Museums are CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.
- My private guidance for the entire duration of the tour
- Skip the line entrance fees
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 EUR - Souvenir and drinks
- Any kind of transportation (it can be arranged on demand)
All my tours can be customized to meet your needs, please send me your inquiry and I will make an itinerary just for you!
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Marina was knowledgeable, passionate, and best of all patient with our two young children. I was worried about trying to take our small children with us on this tour, but also did not want to miss an opportunity to see (and learn more about) Rome. Marina made sure that my kids were comfortable and was happy to accommodate us when they needed extra time or patience. My husband and I learned so much on this tour and are so grateful that we had Marina to guide us. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone!