Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour

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from €95.00 EUR
Duration: 3 Hours
 Organized by: Enjoy Rome
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Set off on an immersive journey through the grandeur of Vatican City, accompanied by our expert guides. With an exclusive fast-track pass, you’ll bypass the crowds to explore the Vatican Museums, the legendary Sistine Chapel, and the magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Fast-track Access and Comprehensive Guided Tour

Skip the serpentine queues and indulge in an enriching journey through the Vatican Museums. Your guided tour commences with the majestic Pine Courtyard, followed by a stroll through the visually striking Belvedere Courtyard. As you navigate through the awe-inspiring Gallery of the Maps and the Candelabra Gallery, our guide’s engaging narrative ensures you soak in the rich tapestry of history embedded within these walls.

Admiring Timeless Masterpieces

A visit to Vatican City would be incomplete without marveling at the artistic genius of masters like Michelangelo and Raphael. As part of your tour, discover the world-renowned Pio Clementine Museum, home to some of the most celebrated classical sculptures. Additionally, explore the mesmerizing Raphael Rooms, revealing the artistic legacy of the High Renaissance.

The Unparalleled Sistine Chapel

Your guided journey leads you to the heart of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel. Marvel at Michelangelo’s iconic frescoes “The Last Judgment” and “The Creation of Adam”, which adorn the chapel’s ceiling and altar. This monumental work of art is not just a feast for your eyes but also a journey through biblical narratives.

The Majestic St. Peter’s Basilica

Finally, step inside St. Peter’s Basilica, an architectural masterpiece that encapsulates the spirit of Renaissance design. Witness the profound beauty of Michelangelo’s “La Pietà” and immerse yourself in the Basilica’s awe-inspiring ambiance.

Historical Background of Vatican City

In 800 AD when the Pope crowned Chariemagne emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, it seemed as though the old grandeur was revived again. lt was an illusion. Rome was to witness the long struggle between the papacy and the feudal nobles, and above all between the Pope and the Emperor (struggle for investiture) which gave her historical importance but also left her weakened. In 1305 the Pope was forced to transfer the papal seat of Christianity to Avignon where it remained until 1367. There now followed two difficult centuries (until the imperial sack of Rome in 1527), but meanwhile the papacy was growing in power and splendour both in art and culture.

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Guided Tour - The famous sculpture of Pieta is the first famous sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti in St. Peter's Cathedral in the Vatican.

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter’s Guided Tour – The famous sculpture of Pieta is the first famous sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti in St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican.

Popes such as Julius II and Leo X created the great Renaissance and Baroque Rome by commissioning monuments and works of art of unusual splendour to artists such as Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael. The architects Bernini and Borromini built splendid palaces and churches in response to the Protestant Reformation. Baroque Rome with its fountains, gardens and palaces, is one of the highlights of Western culture. Now begins a new age: at the end of the 18th century the influence of the French Revolution made itself felt; Pius VI was deported to France and the short-lived Roman Republic was established. Afterthe Restoration, Napoleon weakened the papacy.lt resurged under Pius II who regained temporal power Because of the Risorgimento, the Pope was once more forced to flee, and the Republic of the Mazzinian Triumvirate was established.

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Guided Tour - Ceiling of the Sistine chapel.

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter’s Guided Tour – Ceiling of the Sistine chapel.

On the 20th of September Italian troops entered Rome, thus putting an end to the temporal power of the Pope and Rome became the new capital of Italy. For half a century there was a cold war between the papacy and the Italian state, ending with the Lateran Pact in 1929 by which date Fascism had taken over. The Pope is now once more the head of Christianity and the head of the smallest state in the world: the Vatican City Mussolini’s Fascist rule tried to bring back to Rome the glories of its antique splendours by demolishing edifices, building avenues, stadiums and monuments. The war, the invasion of Rome by the Germans, the heroic resistance of the Romans and the end of the monarchy mark the birth of the new Italian Republic. After World War II, Rome has seen: urban growth, increase in population, the years of the “Dolce Vita” (when Rome was capital of the world-renowned Italian cinema) and political problems. lt is now preparing itself for the new great world event, the Jubilee of the year 2000.

Please Note

  • St. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the following times: Wednesdays: 8 AM – 12 PM, December 24th, and 31st. During these times, the tour will divert to other noteworthy parts of the museums.
  • The Vatican is highly frequented all year round. High-season months include April to June and September to October. However, our skip-the-line access ensures your entrance to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel without delay. For St. Peter’s Basilica, there might be a minor waiting period.
  • Any changes in meeting time will be communicated to you by call or message.
  • Latecomers will unfortunately not be refunded.
  • Those with disabilities or special health needs are advised to inform us during booking.

Embark on this enchanting tour of Vatican City and witness the wealth of art, culture, and history it has to offer. Dive deep into the heart of this historical city and create memories that will last a lifetime. Reserve your spot now and immerse yourself in an experience beyond the ordinary.

Highlights
  • Explore the vast Vatican Museums, home to a priceless collection of art and artifacts from throughout history.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, including Michelangelo’s iconic “The Creation of Adam” and “The Last Judgment.”
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world, and admire its stunning architecture and artwork, including Michelangelo’s “Pieta.”
  • Learn about the rich history of the Catholic Church, the Vatican City, and its most famous residents, including popes, artists, and architects.
  • Benefit from the knowledge and insights of an expert, English-speaking guide who will enhance your experience.
What's Included
  • Live tour guide (English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian),
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly,
  • Entrance fees and tickets (Guaranteed skip-the-line entry)
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel,
  • Access to St. Peter’s Basilica (entry to St. Peter’s Dome not consisted of),
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point,
  • Restroom access,
  • Charging station for your devices.
What's not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off,
  • Transportation,
  • Tickets for Saint Peter’s Dome
  • Gratuities.
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.

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