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Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

1. Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

Take a tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. First, visit the Pine Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms (only on early morning tours), and the Sistine Chapel. Then, be led by an expert guide to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will also get to see other galleries of the Vatican corridors. Finally, visit Michelangelo's Pietà at St. Peter's Basilica before concludig your tour at the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

2. Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Visit the Vatican from top to bottom with this unique guided tour that includes a visit to the very top of the cupola designed by Michelangelo. Then it's down to the Papal Crypts and Catacombs for a fully immersive experience. Additionally, enjoy skip-the-line entry and the main Vatican Museums. Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square and enjoy a guided tour of the St. Peter's Basilica. Get an elevator up some of the ways to the Dome and get your daily dose of exercise in as you climb up 320 stairs. Enjoy spectacular views from the top, which is worth the hike up. Back on terra firma, you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Genuine skip-the-line access means you will be fast-tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces that make the Vatican Museums must-sees when in Rome.

Rome: Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Tour incl. Papal Tombs

3. Rome: Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Tour incl. Papal Tombs

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vatican City on a guided tour of all of its most important treasures. Discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Papal Tombs all included with fast-track access to make the most of your day. Begin your experience by discovering masterpieces of art in the Vatican Museums by some of the world’s most distinguished artists. Follow a guide in your chosen language to the most important areas of the museum, including the Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries. Enter the Sistine Chapel to contemplate the glory of Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece, “The Last Judgment”, one of the most famous pieces of art ever made. Then, experience the magnificent interior of St. Peter’s Basilica with fast-track entrance. Be awed by one of the holiest sites in the world and admire Michelangelo’s stunning “La Pieta”. Complete your visit of Vatican City in the Papal Tombs to see the resting place of many popes and royals. Appreciate the religious importance of this burial site as you observe the sarcophagi, frescoes, and tombs near the grounds of St Peter's burial.

Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

4. Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Enjoy an exclusive visit to Vatican City on a guided tour with a professional guide. Discover the beautiful Vatican Gardens, the collections of the Vatican Museums, and the enchanting Sistine Chapel. Start your journey with a minibus tour into the Vatican Gardens: look at the Pope Emerito House, the Vatican Radio Station, the Academy of Science, the Pope’s former Summer Residence, a piece of the original Berlin Wall and the “Fontana dell’Aquilone.” Look at St. Peter’s Basilica from behind and admire the Cupola from a unique perspective. Visit the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and Candelabras, and the Chapel of Pio V. Next, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes that changed the course of art forever. Then, you can explore at St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the world’s largest church. Admire Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

5. Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

This family orientated tour of the marvels of Vatican City will have your kids engaged throughout the whole 2.5-hour experience. Today you and your children will learn with entertaining anecdotes full of details the stories that bring the art works to life. All guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions for you and your family. The tour starts in front of the Vatican Museums, where you will meet your guide and go through the priority entrance with them to buy your tickets. See and feel the history while your kids are engaged with scavenger hunts, stories and games throughout the Vatican Gardens, the Gallery of the Carriages, and the Gallery of Maps. You will have priority exit from the Museums and conclude the trip at St. Peters Square.

Rome: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour

6. Rome: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour

Avoid the long lines with early entry into St. Peter’s Basilica. Make your way to the first level, you can either take an elevator or climb the stairs. At this level, you will see the ornate details of the inside of the dome and overlook the Vatican City. Then, if you are up for the challenge, climb 300 more steps to the top of the dome for fantastic views of the entire city. After the dome climb, admire the ornate interior of St. Peter's Basilica on a guided tour. See the amazing works inside the church, like Michaelangelo’s La Pieta and Bernini’s Baldacchino. Next, walk with your guide to the entrance of the Vatican Museums for a guided tour of a vast collection of artwork and treasures. Explore the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of Maps. Arrive at the Sistine Chapel and learn about the frescos and history of the chapel with your guide. After seeing Michelangelo's masterpiece. Explore other sections of the Vatican Museums, including the Pio Clementino Museum, Borgia Apartments, and Raphael Rooms.

Best of the Vatican: Fast Track Highlights

7. Best of the Vatican: Fast Track Highlights

Skip the ticket line to see the best of the Eternal City: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel. You will be accompanied by an experienced, licensed Vatican guide throughout. During the morning tour see the highlights of arguably the most important collection of art in the world. The museum, which comprises more than 1,200 galleries, includes the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will take the shortest possible path so that you arrive there quickly and without unnecessary waiting. Along the way, cover the most important masterpieces and your guide will ensure you don't miss a thing. Learn about the background of the Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches being applied. You’ll also learn the difference between fact and popular Hollywood fiction about the Chapel. After spending ample time inside the Sistine Chapel you may remain inside the Vatican Museums as long as you like, or exit and visit St. Peter’s Basilica on your own.

Rome: Vatican City Highlights Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

8. Rome: Vatican City Highlights Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Save precious time while in Rome with skip-the-line access to the popular monuments of the Vatican City on this guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.  Follow a meticulously designed itinerary to see the best of the city-state and admire priceless treasures such as the massive bronze statue in the Pinecone Courtyard and the historic maps in the Vatican Museum's dedicated Gallery of Maps. Look at the enigmatic sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons, and discuss techniques used by different artists with your guide. Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and get inside details about the 4 years of back-breaking labor it took to complete. Conclude your tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Witness the incomparable grandeur of its mosaics, golden ceilings, gigantic statues, and the spectacular dome.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

9. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Start your tour by skipping the (always long) ticket lines to get into the museum and diving right into the galleries holding some of the most famous works of art in the world. This specially-designed route encompasses all the can’t-miss pieces while also including some of the lesser-known works that will really dazzle you. Your expert, English-speaking guide will give you eye-opening insight and context (along with some great stories) as you explore the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere courtyard with ‘Apollo Belvedere’ & the Laocoön group, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries. The piéce-de-resistance is, of course, the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will prep you for your time here by telling you the stories behind the creation of the iconic frescoes as well as what they mean. When you enter, you will then be able to appreciate the full majesty of the room, spotting little details like Michelangelo’s self-portrait and the rather painful revenge he plotted for the Pope’s aide (he wasn’t his biggest fan…) From the Sistine Chapel, you'll follow your guide through a special, groups-only door taking you right into St. Peter's Basilica—skipping the long line outside. Once in St. Peter's, your guide will point out the precious art and treasures inside and share the story behind the church's 120-year construction. The Vatican is more than just a museum. It's home to the Pope and Catholicism and is one of the world's smallest yet powerful states. On this intimate tour, your guide will ensure that you get an overview of it all—from papal scandal to Renaissance masters and the day-to-day operation of Vatican City. Sites Visited: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel Raphael Rooms Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons Pinecone Courtyard Gallery of the Candelabra Gallery of the Maps Gallery of the Tapestries St. Peter's Basilica

Private Vatican Museums Night Tour

10. Private Vatican Museums Night Tour

The Vatican Museums - generally acknowledged to be one of the best collections of art in the world - are usually closed to the public at night. On this Vatican Night Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to discover Greek statues, The Sistine Chapel and Renaissance masterpieces after dark, and the Vatican Museums with an expert private guide. When night falls, the atmosphere of the Vatican Museums is transformed. You’ll marvel at the timeless beauty of these grand galleries. You’ll walk through vast, frescoed chambers and hallways lined with some of the most famous statues from antiquity, enjoying the enchanted atmosphere which can only be experienced in the calm of the evening. The splendour of the Vatican never ceases to amaze, but your visit will be further enriched by the explanations of your personal guide. You’ll see works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, and discover what inspired these great artists. This tour is carefully planned to optimize your time, showing you highlights such as the Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms as well as some of the hidden treasures of the Belvedere Courtyard, The Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries. The Vatican is renowned throughout the world for its astonishing collection of Greek and Roman art. A Renaissance enthusiasm for classical artwork led to the rediscovery and display of great works such as the Laocoon - a moving depiction of the struggle of a doomed family - and the aesthetic perfection of the Apollo Belvedere. Discover the stories and the secrets of these magnificent sculptures on your private Vatican tour, exploring the Courtyard of the Pinecone, the Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and many other famous parts of the Vatican Museums. An undisputed highlight of the tour is undoubtedly a walk through the Raphael Rooms. Stunning frescoes by Raphael decorate the walls and ceilings of the most luxurious rooms in the papal apartments, including the famous School of Athens. This impressive fresco not only demonstrates Raphael’s supreme talent, but also offers a fascinating insight into the art and philosophy of the Renaissance. Your journey through the Raphael Rooms takes you to the Sistine Chapel tour. Seeing Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring frescoes with your own eyes is an unforgettable experience. Learn about the remarkable life and work of Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of all time, while studying the rich detail of the most famous ceiling in the world. On your private tour of the Sistine Chapel you’ll have the opportunity to admire the paintings up close, and hear the story behind the Last Judgement. This vast painting on the altar wall was surprisingly controversial when it was first revealed, for reasons you’ll discover on your private tour. With the help of your knowledgeable guide, you’ll separate fact from fiction and learn the truth about Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

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What people are saying about Cortile del Belvedere

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Very good tour! Sadly, together with the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI, we could not access St. Peter's Basilica, however, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel were impressive! The guide Paolo explained everything to us in detail and gave us curious facts about various things! They were very kind and since we couldn't access the basilica with the tour, we were refunded part of the money we paid. Excellent service use good quality

Magnificent excursion enlivened by a local guide called Veronica, who was, as she said, a little crazy but super nice, friendly, cordial, very professional and at least boring, on the contrary, she made us spend a very pleasant morning. I recommend it

The guide was very nice, she spoke Spanish very well, and you could tell that she had a good command of the historical subject, my tens

Excellent experience visiting Vatican museum and very knowledgeable guid

Enjoyed the tour but mostly, the reason is our guide Monica