Man Made Magic: Private Tour Of Michelangelo's Rome

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    12:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Salita dei Borgia
  • Return Details :
    St. Peter's Square, Vatican City.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This is a fully private guided tour then self-guided Vatican experience covering Michelangelo's life and works in Rome. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was a fine sculptor with an aversion to painting. He influenced the development of Western art like no other before or since his time (1475-1564) and his name is synonymous with High Renaissance and Mannerism. See his most famous works in the city where he lived for some 60 years.Time spent with your expert Art Historian guide is approximately 2 hours. After your fully private guided tour, you will be given priority access, skip-the-line tickets into the famous Vatican Museumsforthe self-guided portion.Recommended time inside the Vatican Museums, and thereafter, St. Peter's Dome Climb (Michelangelo's cupola), c. 3 hours.


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Step back in time on a history tour

All entrance fees included

Private guide for a more personalized experience

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We visit all the sites in Rome where Michelangelo Buonarotti's art and architecture can be seen. Michelangelo arrived in Rome from Florence on June 25th, 1496 at the age of 21 to sculpt "Bacchus" for Cardinal Raffaele Sansoni Galeoti Riario, a commission which was rejected outright. From his "Bacchus" (1497) and the Pietà (1499), we are able to date Michelangelo's first steps in Rome with precision. We learn about his influence and position at the helm of the High Renaissance movement, we ask why he decided to destroy most of his work in old age, we debate his commissions for the Medici family in Florence, and consider his jealousy of Raphael. This tour covers the grandiose St. Peter's Basilica, dome, cupola and Pietà, his "Genesis" above the Sistine Chapel (1508-1512) and "Last Judgement" behind the altar (commissioned by Pope Clement VII), the Vatican Museums, Piazza del Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill), the heavily revised Tomb of Pope Julius II and central "Moses" in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains), and his unusual sculpture of Christ ("The Redeemer") in the church of Santa Maria sopra la Minerva. We discuss the influence upon him of the Laocoön Group. Michelangelo captured the essence of humanity, he was able to immortalize his subjects on canvas and cut beauty into marble. His work was glorious and proffers an omnipotent air.

Michelangelo's legacy in Rome continues to be defined by his work on the dome of St. Peter's Church, which was still in it's early stages when he died. His close circle of associates and assistants completed the structure in the year 1590. Between the time of Michelangelo's original drawings in 1547 and his death in 1564, work was ponderous, but during the reign of Pope Sixtus IV, progress was remarkable. However, Michelangelo's magnum opus, the Tomb of Pope Julius II, became an affliction of some magnitude and dominated over forty years of his long life. Michelangelo's many commissions between Rome and Florence ensured prolonged delays and a succession of alterations, the culmination of which was unfinished and unsatisfactory work. The sculpture was eventually moved into the comparatively humble surroundings of the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, instead of the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's Basilica. Pope Julius II was buried beneath St. Peter's upon his death in 1513, and his tomb is known as "Michelangelo's Moses", with little or no reference afforded it's original purpose.

Our private Michelangelo tour details the Renaissance man's life and work in Rome in depth. We also visit the area where he is believed to have lived, close to Trajan's Column.


Expert Art Historian guide

Fully private premium walking tour through historic Rome

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums


Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Ticket for St. Peter's Dome Climb. This cannot be booked in advance, it is only available to purchase at the entrance. Full instructions and directions will be provided in your booking confirmation e-mail. Cost per ticket is 10 (elevator) or 8 (stairs)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved.

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.

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.

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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