Vatican Museums Highlights, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, St. Peter's Square
The Vatican City is the world's smallest sovereign state with one of the richest art collections in the world. For any first time visitor to Rome, a visit to the Vatican Museums is probably a must see prerequisite.
This Private Tour experience takes you on a fascinating yourney through the 2nd largest Museums in the world and one of the oldest art collections which traces the story of humanity from the early civilizations right up to the modern times! The tour will include the discovering of the glorious Sistine Chapel, highlighted by Michelangelo's masterpieces, St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square.
Note that you can choose also a "Vatican Deluxe Tour" (4 hours) #31338 or a "Vatican Private Evening Tour" (3 hours) without crowds and summer heat #153145
>> The skip-the-line tickets are NOT included due to the different types of reductions reserved to different visitors (take a look below at "what's extra").
IF REQUESTED I ACCOMODATE THE TOUR WITH TICKETS INCLUDED!
See Photo #1 (Meeting Location), Photo #2 (Itinerary), Photo #3 (Vatican Map)
> Pinecone Courtyard
> Upper Galleries (Candelabra, Tapestries, Geographical Maps)
> SISTINE Chapel (Michelangelo's Frescoes)
> St. Peter's Basilica
> St. Peter's Square
NOTE: this short itinerary is not available when the Simonetti staircase is closed off (it will take us to the Galleries and the Sistine Chapel) from 12. 30 pm to 2 pm.
I recommend you to avoid the most crowded days: Saturday morning, Monday morning and any day before or after a holiday closure.
DRESS CODE > No shorts or sleeveless outfits are permitted. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. NO BIG backpacks, big umbrella and luggage!
*** IMPORTANT ***
Museums and Sistine Chapel cannot be visited on Sundays. The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are closed on SUNDAYS. The Museums are closed for holidays on: January 1, 6, February 11, March 19, May 1, Easter, June 29, August 14, 15, November 1, and December 8, 25, 26
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of the "Caffè Vaticano" (address: Viale Vaticano, n° 100, see Photo #1) just close to the main entry of the Vatican Museums. I'll display a folder with your name on it.
End location: We will finish at St. Peter's Square
Duration: 3 hours
This is a walking tour
*** IMPORTANT ***
I can accommodate various groups of travelers. If you have specific transportation requirements, pricing inquiries or if your preferred start time isn't listed, please send me an email by clicking on the 'MESSAGE GUIDE' button that's listed on my tour page and profile. I will reply to you promptly. Thanks!
> My services as your private professional and qualified local tourist guide; 3-hours led by an expert historian who has spent some years working on documentaries in the Vatican Secret Archive for a PhD research academy.
> Booking service for your tickets (if requested)
> Hotel pick up (if requested)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 EUR - Food/Beverages, Taxi ride, Tickets.
The skip-the-line tickets are NOT included due to the different types of reductions reserved to different visitors:
21,00 € per person - adults
12,00 € per person - for the under 18/students until 25 years old with a valid student card.
IF REQUESTED I ACCOMODATE THE PRIVATE TOUR WITH THE TICKETS INCLUDED AND A PICK UP AT YOUR HOTEL WITH A MERCEDES VAN/CAR DRIVEN BY A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER.
> Admission Tickets/Reservation VIP "Priority Skip the Line" fees
- Adults: 21 € per person
- Under 18/Students under 25: 12 € person
> Transportation (cab from/to your hotel)
> Headsets (3 € per person for Vatican Museums/St. Peter's Basilica, only for the party with more than 6 people)
Please be aware that on WEDNESDAY there is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica is unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audiences during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed and that,on rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica closes WITHOUT NOTICE. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The guide is NOT responsible for this issue.
*** PLEASE NOTE *** I am not a driver. If requested I can provide you a transportation with a luxury and air-conditioned Mercedes Minivan with a professional driver, except for the VIP Private Tours where the transportation is included.
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I'm sure I don't have the words that would adequately honor the experience my daughter and I had on Dino's tours. His encyclopedic knowledge of all things historical and contemporary in his beautiful Rome and the reverence he imparted for Vatican City was rivaled only by the love and passion through which he shared his itineraries. Well paced, yet dense. He suffused his narrations with documents and maps. EVERY moment with Dino was used to explore: artifacts, walls, floors, chambers, gardens, structures.