If you are passionate about the Vatican and want to discover the artistic patrimony hidden inside it, this tour is an ideal choice for you as it covers the Vatican Museums, the Raphael’s rooms, the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica where inside is the Michelangelo’s “Pieta”. The tour is organised for a group of maximum 10 people plus an expert tour guide who will make this experience unique thanks to the stories and comments provided during the visit. You will always be able to follow the guide’s speech across the tour thanks to the useful headsets distributed before entering the Vatican. At the same time, this tool will allow you to take pictures freely around the museums, while listening to precious details on the works of art displayed in the galleries. Our guide will continuously draw your attention on examples of both the Renaissance and the Baroque explaining the magnificent details of the main pieces of art. Among the peculiarities of this tour there is the visit to the apartment of pope Julius II with the breath-taking painting of the “School of Athens” by Raphael, where you will be surprised by the beauty of Raphael’s Rooms. Then, you will have the chance to step into Pope Borgia’s apartment painted by Pinturicchio and his assistants, where the tour guide will also give you some historical facts about the Borgia family.
Get ready for the main point of interest of the itinerary: the famous Sistine Chapel. Due to the holiness of the location no talking is allowed inside, therefore the guide will explain everything before the entrance. In the chapel, you will have some free time on your own to admire the incredible beauty of its frescoes and to appreciate Michelangelo’s talent. In addition, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Conclave and imagine to participate to the election of the Pope that is traditionally held in the Sistine Chapel.
In the last part of the tour you will walk in one of the biggest churches in the world: Saint Peter’s Basilica. In here, our guide will show you some examples of spirituality expressed through the art: the Pietà made by Michelangelo, the Bernini’s Baldachin and the astonishing Chair of St. Peter called “La Cattedra” and the tombs of the Popes around the lateral naves. Do not miss the one of Pope Innocent the VIII by the famous sculptor Antonio Pollaiolo. The actual Basilica of St. Peter is replacing the medieval one built under the Emperor Constantine, the actual church was started in the 1506 by the Architect Bramante for the Pope Julius the II and took over 120 years to complete it.
Itinerary: Vatican Galleries, Raphael Rooms with School of Athens, Sistine Chapel, Basilica of St. Peter’s and Michelangelo’s Pieta.
Book this tour to learn everything about the Vatican in an almost private group with our passionate tour guide.