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!This in-depth Vatican Private Tour will give you a comprehensive understanding of the prestigious collection of the Vatican Museums, allowing you to discover the secrets of this special place. You will able to admire the Vatican's Pio-Clementino Museum (one of Rome's best collections of ancient Greek and Roman statues), the most prestigious Galleries but especially the world-renowned Sistine Chapel, highlighted by Michelangelo's masterpieces. Afterwards you will discover St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square.
Note that you can choose also a "Vatican Basic Tour" (3 hours) #62724 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 (Caffè Vaticano), Photo #2 (Itinerary), and Photo #3 (Vatican Map).
Pio-Clementine Museum (collection of greek and roman sculptures)
> Octagonal Courtyard(Apollo Belvedere, Laoocon)
> Room of the Animals (the marble "zoo")
> Room of the Muses (Belvedere Torso)
> Round Room
> Greek Cross Room
> Gallery of the Candelabra
> Gallery of the Tapestries
> Gallery of the Maps
SISTINE Chapel (Michelangelo's Frescoes)
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Square
1) In case of closure of St. Peter's Basilica, the tour could be extended by including: Raphael Rooms (partially closed due to the restoration work!), Borgia Apartments, Modern and Contemporary Art collection, Pinacoteca (Art Gallery), Pavillon of the Carriages
2) DRESS CODE > No shorts or sleeveless outfits are permitted. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. NO BIG backpacks, big umbrella and luggage!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of the "Caffè Vaticano" (Viale Vaticano, 100 - see Photo #1) just close to the main entry of the Vatican Museums OR at another mutually agreed upon location. I'll display a folder with your name on it.
End location: St. Peter's Square
**** IMPORTANT *****
The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are closed on SUNDAYS.
Duration: 4 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 'ASK A QUESTION' button that's listed on my tour page and profile. I will reply to you promptly. Thanks!
> My services as your private and licensed tourist guide - 4 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/reservation "Priority Skip the line" fees (if requested)
> Hotel pick up (if requested)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 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 TOUR WITH TICKETS INCLUDED!
> Admission Tickets/Reservation "Priority Skip the Line" fees
- Adults: 21 € per person
- Under 18/Students under 25: 12 € per person
> Transportation (cab from/to your hotel)
> Headsets (3 € per person for Vatican Museums/St. Peter's Basilica, the use of the headsets is compulsory 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 until 1 pm (recommended starting time on Wednesday: 10/10.30 am) and that,on rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica closes WITHOUT NOTICE. If this happens, you'll spend a full 4 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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We had a tour with Dino in the morning and then did the Vatican tour in the afternoon. He explained what we were to see and then went on to point out particular works of art and other fascinating items. He knew the names of the popes and what they did, also cardinals and emperors. And he made it all interesting.