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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.

Vatican City: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

2. Vatican City: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Learn the fascinating history and facts about these sites from your licensed guide, marvel at the frescoes, and leave the tour with a wealth of information. First, your local guide will show you around the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Marvel at the ornate ceilings, ancient statues, and intricate tapestries found throughout the Vatican Museums including an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by Michelangelo. Visit the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and see the Creation of Adam in real life. Listen as your guide tells you about Michelangelo’s private jokes and secret messages that were hidden amongst the painted frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel

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

3. 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 Early Entrance Private Tour

4. Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican. Thanks to a new partnership in 2022, you can now be among the first to enter into the Museums, with access reserved for only a handful of other tour operators. Take advantage of exclusive access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tours and 1 hour before the general public. Explore the highlights of the papal palace, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the Tapestries and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Tailor your visit to include the aspects of the collections you want to see, whether in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, or St. Peter’s Basilica. Your personal guide will not only enlighten you with the Vatican’s fascinating history, but share bits of papal gossip and little-known stories about the popes and artists represented.

Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

5. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

Explore Rome's iconic landmarks in one day on a tour of the Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Benefit from skip the line tickets at both locations. Visit the Colosseum and skip the ticket line for easy and quick access. Learn about the architecture and history of the amphitheater, which hosted senators, emperors, gladiators, and animals from all over the world. Have the chance to visit Palatine Hill, followed by exploring the Roman Forum site. Make your own way to the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to 54 different galleries and four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. See some of the most famous works of art in the world, from artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel, completed around 1483. View many of the most famous frescoes in the world, including the famous ceiling and "The Last Judgement" painted by Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel holds some of the world's most precious works of art but is also used for the papal conclave, the process through which a new pope is chosen.

Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

6. Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

Enjoy an exclusive night tour of the Vatican and see one of the richest collections of art in the world without the daytime crowds or Midday heat. Learn about its masterpieces in a quiet, stress-free environment. Included are highlights of the papal palaces, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. Experience a peaceful and much calmer Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will get an orientation tour of the Basilica, and enjoy the rare sight of the square devoid of people. Availability is limited, and tours take place just once a week, departing each Friday at 19:30, so make sure to book early.

Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

7. Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

Experience both the Gardens of Vatican City and the Vatican Museums on this combo trip with included entry tickets. Learn about the gardens on a minibus tour with an audio guide in all languages, then visit the museums to explore on your own. Start your day with a tour of the Vatican Gardens aboard a minibus. Plug in your audio guide to learn more about the area while you sit back and enjoy the amazing views. Drive through the Italian-, English-, and French-style gardens to admire each of their distinctive features. Marvel at the Italian-style garden's formal, geometric, and Renaissance features. As you move on to the French garden, see its great expression of classical Baroque art, enriched by statues and water features. Continue to the English garden with more memorable geometric features as well as natural and artificial elements such as caves, streams, trees, shrubs, pagodas, pergolas, temples, and ruins. After the visit to the gardens, you'll get access to the Vatican Museums. End your day by exploring one of the most visited museums in the world.

Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

8. 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: Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

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

Your expert guide will take you to the treasures of the Vatican Museums Collection. Experience Renaissance art at its most refined in the Raphael Rooms. Enjoy the charming novelty of the Gallery of Maps. You’ll see this and so much more on this private tour of the Vatican City with skip-the-line access. Is there another room as brilliantly decorated as the Sistine Chapel? People of all faiths are moved to tears by the masterful depiction of mankind’s tragedies and triumphs. Michelangelo’s frescoes are the highlight here – the scale of the frescoes leaves an indelible impression. Your guide will illuminate the secret meanings behind this iconic work.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Cortile del Belvedere

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This is a marathon of a tour and completely worth it! I accidentally booked for a day earlier than I thought and the company kindly allowed us to join on the second half of the tour and come again the next day. (I might actually recommend booking the museums and chapel separately from St. Peter’s just because there is so much to see) We in total spent 8 hours at the Vatican. Our guide Sandra was excellent and was so passionate about the information!

My husband and I enjoyed this tour, this tour offers so much and more. Making it to the top of the dome was an incredible experience. Our guide was easy to follow, to understand and knowledgeable. We would recommend this tour.

Chiara was the most amazing guide! We loved the whole tour and how funny she was. Thanks! If you haven't been to the Vatican, this is the tour to go for.

Chiara was a fabulous guide, heaps of information and kept the tour super fun and entertaining too

excellent tour. Chiara is the best! informative, knowledgeable, fun, perfect communication.