Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peterâs Basilica on this in-depth group tour. In the company of an expert guide, youâll learn about the history of the Vatican and the geniuses of the Renaissance, including Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo Da Vinci. Highlights include the masterpieces of the often overlooked Pinacoteca (âPicture Galleryâ), famous statues such as âLaocoonâ, and the sublime ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Join us on a journey through centuries of art and history, learning all about the lives of the popes and artists on this in-depth group tour of the Vatican. You’ll have the opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, on a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will explain this fascinating historical context of the frescoes and tell you all about the life of Michelangelo.
The Vatican Museums are full of inspiring artworks, as you’ll discover on your walk through the galleries. The Raphael Rooms are another highlight; these extraordinary frescoes, which were commissioned for the apartments of Pope Julius II, represent Raphael at the height of his artistic powers. You’ll be amazed by the range of artistic treasures in the Vatican Museums, from classic Roman statues such as the “Apollo Belvedere” to Baroque paintings by great artists such as Caravaggio. Your guide will also show you some hidden gems in the Pinacoteca, one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, usually overlooked by other tour companies.
The Vatican is the world centre of Catholicism, but regardless of your religious beliefs, St Peter’s Basilica is unmissable for anyone with an interest in art, history and culture. Built on a vast scale, the sheer size of the Basilica makes a visit a humbling experience. On your tour of St Peter’s Basilica you’ll discover more great works of art, such as Michelangelo’s moving statue “Pietà”, which depicts the Virgin Mary tenderly holding the body of Christ. You’ll also learn all about the artistic visions of Bernini, the Baroque artist and architect who transformed the Basilica and St Peter’s Square.
As you stand in St Peter’s Square, gazing up at the iconic dome of the Basilica, you’ll hear stories of the Catholic Church and the lives of the popes, many of whom had a huge, long-lasting impact on both the political and artistic history of Italy. Throughout the centuries, the complex webs of power and politics at the Vatican have influenced not only religion, but European history. There is no better way to appreciate the importance of the Vatican than on a tour, walking through St Peter’s Square with an enriched understanding of the powerful men who once lived and worked here.
Our groups are limited to 13 people, in order to give you a more personal, intimate experience, and you will have plenty of opportunities to talk to your guide (an art historian), and ask questions. In addition, all tickets are bought in advance, which means you can skip the line and spend more time exploring the marvelous collections of the Vatican Museums.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements