Museo Pio Clementino

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Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

1. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

Skip the ticket line and gain fast access to both the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Once inside, meet your guide who will conduct your tour and reveal the intriguing story behind the seminal design. Enter the Pio Clementino Museum and get up close to the astonishing classical Roman and Greek sculptures, before walking through to the Gallery of the Candelabras which is populated with majestic marble structures throughout. Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the hanging renaissance artworks at Gallery of the Tapestries, and the four Raphael Rooms. Finally, marvel at Michelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" in the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

2. Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets to both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on this guided tour. Walk through the Vatican galleries and explore one of the largest art collections in the world. Once inside the Vatican Museums, follow your guide to the Pio Clementino Museum. See Nero's bathtub, the Apollo of Belvedere and the Laocoon. Continue to the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the Belvedere Courtyard. The last stop will be the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll get to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo, such as the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement. Learn about Michelangelo and Raphael working at the same time for Pope Julius II.

Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

3. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

Beat the rush and get exclusive VIP access through the museum doors before they open to the public with this early-access Vatican VIP Tour. A privilege extended by the Vatican Museums to only the most prestigious, longstanding, and reputable tour companies in the city, your group will be granted access before the other 35,000 daily guests to this, the largest and most mysterious museum in the world! You will have time to visit certain parts of the museum that you otherwise wouldn’t have had, including the Pope’s collection of vehicles in the Carriage Pavilion, the Greek Cross Hall, and the idyllic Pine Cone Courtyard garden.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

4. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Take a guided tour of the extensive papal collection of statues, artifacts, and paintings by some of the world’s most distinguished artists in the endless corridors of the Vatican Museums.  See work by historic cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps, admire the Gallery of the Candelabras and more. Enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece. Afterward, explore St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace without a guide. Discover highlights include Bernini's high altar and the stunning "La Pieta" by Michelangelo.

Skip the line Vatican Museum Sistine & St.Peter Private Tour

5. Skip the line Vatican Museum Sistine & St.Peter Private Tour

Enjoy the best of the Vatican collections with your private guide. This skip the line 3 hours private tour is tailored to meet your special needs. With your expert licensed tour guide have the best experience, visiting the masterpieces of the renaissance art as well as the modern art. Among others your itinerary will include the highlights of the Vatican museums, the Pinacoteca gallery that contains paintings and tapestries dating back from the 11th to the 19th century, the Pio-Clementine museum which is the first court yard to be filled with ancient statues such as the colossal marble statue of “Laocoon”, Julius the II  private rooms where important political decisions were made, frescoes by Raphael and his pupils and the Carriage museum which contains saddles, carriages, automobiles and sedan chairs used by various popes through the years. Before making it to the Sistine chapel, famous for the largest frescos ever painted by man, your tour guide will lead you through the Borgia’s apartments decorated by Bernardo di Betto called “il Pinturicchio” and his assistants which now house part of the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern Religious Art inaugurated by Paul VI (1973). The last stop but not least is Saint Peter's Basilica. Admire the immortal beauty of the “Pietà” of Michelangelo, who was only 23 years old when he sculpted it. Your tour guide will enlighten you with the history of the most important catholic church in the world starting from the story of the apostle Peter the first pope, to the present.  

Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

6. Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

You will meet your official Vatican Museums guide at the convenient meeting point and start your guided tour heading to the reserved group entrance of the Vatican Museum. Enjoy the Vatican highlights including the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and, of course, the Raphael Rooms. Admire the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, decorated with some of the most beautiful frescoes ever made, like the iconic "Creation of Adam." The guide will explain not only what the magnificent frescoes represent but will share with you anecdotes and curiosities about Michelangelo and the Chapel.

Rome: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

7. Rome: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

Enjoy an exclusive, small group guided tour of the Vatican Museums, with a maximum of 12 guests per guide for a more intimate experience. Skip the ticket lines to access the galleries, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art and antiquities. Collected by popes over many centuries, the collection includes stunning works by Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini, among many others. Go inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes. See the Belvedere Apollo statue in the Octagonal Courtyard. Discover Greek and Roman masterpieces in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander through the Gallery of Tapestries to see Flemish tapestries by Raphael’s pupils. Marvel at works by ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps. Then, go inside St. Peter's Basilica to see more masterpieces by Michelangelo, Rapahel and Bernini, including Michelangelo’s “La Pieta,” beneath the dome of the world’s largest church.

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

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

Get the most out of your time in Rome with these skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Enjoy being met by a host that will take you in the Vatican partner entrance. See art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods that was put together by the Vatican popes. Experience the wonder of one of the world’s largest collections of private art. Walk by frescos, paintings, sculptures, and treasure. View Raphael’s Rooms, and learn the stories behind works such as the ‘School of Athens'. Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps before making your way to the masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel. Spend more time with the glorious artwork and historic pieces and less time waiting in long lines with these attraction tickets.

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

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

Navigate through a vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a licensed guide on this walking tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Meet your tour guide in front the Vatican Museums entrance. Begin your tour of the Vatican museums. Admire collections like the Maps Room and the Tapestries Hall. Appreciate masterpieces like Raphael’s 'Transfiguration' and 'The School of Athens.' Listen as your guide tells you tales of Vatican intrigue as you pass through spaces like the Courtyard of Pigna, the Octagonal Courtyard, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Animals, and the Gallery of Muses. Spend times contemplating the statues in the Candelabra Gallery or the masterpieces in the Raphael Rooms. Make your way to the the frescos that decorate the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Stop at the 'The Last Judgment' by Michelangelo. Hear about the history of this chapel before heading to St Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this renowned work of Renaissance architecture by masters like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Finish your tour with a stroll through St. Peter's Square and snap some pictures of the 284 columns and 88 pilasters that flank the square in a colonnade of four rows. Look up above the columns to see 140 statues of saints which were created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini.

Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

10. Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

Visit the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum and imerse yourself in the history of Rome with an expert guide who will ensure that you don't miss anything. Discover fantastic city views at Palatine Hill while listening to engaging tales of the past. Continue to the world-famous Vatican Museums and access artistic and historical treasures like Raphael's room, the Laocoon, or the Map gallery without having to wait in a long line. Let the majesty of the Sistine Chapel take your breath away. Use the provided headphones to hear your guide clearly at all times. See these highlights in just 4 hours and get the most out of your holiday in Rome.

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What people are saying about Museo Pio Clementino

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 9,512 reviews

Amazing! Very well organised, we were there at 8 am which I would recommend. Just the right amount of information, and looking at the highlights, which we would never have found on our own. Very informative and no problem keeping up with the guide. The visual presentation at the start where she gave us all the information about the Sistine Chapel was very good, as the guide cannot actually go in there with us. To be able to go back on your own to see more afterwards is also useful

The tour with Hildegard was very good and at a high level. We were very happy with everything. Again any time.

Really amazing tour, we didn't queue at all to get in and the guide was really interesting and passionate

Fabulous experience in the Vatcan museum Plenty to see, and St Peters Basilica is just spectacular.

Nice experience the guide, Claudia, very good and kind.