The tour is comprehensive of fast and privileged access to the Vatican Museums; a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel accompanied by specialized guides accredited by the Vatican; and a fast-track and privileged access into St. Peter’s Basilica, directly from the Sistine Chapel. A 2h 30’- long itinerary conceived to allow visitors to admire unique art masterpieces with the assistance of an expert guide trained in historical-artistic disciplines, without wasting time in long queues.
|DURATION||About 2 hours and 30 minutes|
|MEETING POINT||Via Leone IV, 49|
|MEETING TIME||Visitors are kindly requested to reach the meeting point 30 minutes earlier than the entrance time.|
|SECURITY DEPOSIT||Upon the arrival at the agency , all tour participants will be asked to leave a security deposit of 10 € per person for radio-transmitters that will be delivered by the guide inside the Museums. This deposit will be fully refunded at the end of the guided tour.|
|WHAT IS INCLUDED||Priority and fast-track entrance into Vatican Museums|
|English-speaking certified and authorized guide|
|Groups of max 25 people|
|Radio-transmitters to hear the guide|
|Direct and fast-track access into St.Peter’s Basilica|
|Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point|
|WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED||Tips (optional)|
|Food and drinks|
|Transfer from/to hotel|
|Max number of participants||Starting from November 4th, the Direction of the Vatican Museums has established that the guided groups cannot be composed of more than 44 participants. Saints Tour, wishing to offer to all its customers a unique and absolutely enjoyable experience , has limited the number of participants to the guided tours to 35 units.|
|CANCELLATION||Free cancellation within 24 hrs from the beginning of the tour.|
SISTINE CHAPEL EXTRAORDINARY CLOSINGS
Please be informed that, during the month of January, the Sistine Chapel will observe the following extraordinary closings:
- Thursday, January 9th: Closed from 10 am to 1.30 pm
- Friday, January 10th: anticipated closing at 3 pm
- saturday, January 11th: anticipated closing at 12:30.
Admire one of world’s most renowned art collections without wasting time in long and exhausting queues!
Our groups – made up of a maximum of 35 people and accompanied by highly skilled and qualified guides, certified by the Vatican State – will lead you through the priceless artistic treasures housed in the seven distinct museums that make up the heart of the Vatican Museums complex. In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, your guide will reveal stories, anecdotes and curiosities that will help you understand the historical, artistic and cultural context that has given birth to the masterpieces hosted in the Hall of the Muses, in the Pio-Clementino Museum, in the Gallery of Tapestries, in the Gallery of Geographical Maps, in the Gallery of Tapestries,in Raphael’s Rooms, in the magnificent Courtyard of the Pinecone disclosing in the heart of the Vatican City.
The tour will culminate in a visit to the Sistine Chapel; since no speaking aloud is allowed inside, your guide will provide all the necessary explanations and indications to the outside, using the special illustrative panels prepared by the Museums. Once inside, you will lose yourself in the contemplation of what can be considered a true palimpsest of Italian Renaissance art, with precious wall paintings by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli and Piero di Cosimo, up to the extraordinary cycle of the vault and the Last Judgment by Michelangelo Buonarroti.
After this incredible experience, by the means of an inner aisle, you will enter directly, without queues or waits, into St. Peter’s Basilica: here there is, before your very eyes, the beautiful Pietà, the only sculpture Michelangelo has ever signed; the grandiose canopy with twisted columnsby Gian Lorenzo Bernini; the tombs of the Popes St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII and the breathtaking view of the interior of the dome, designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti.
The tour will end in the churchyardof St. Peter’s Basilica, a privileged point of view to admire the extraordinary embrace of Bernini’s colonnade– enclosing the obelisk and the twin fountains – as well as the balcony from which Pope Francis greeted the crowd after his election.
DID YOU KNOW THAT …?
- The Vatican Museums were established by Pope Julius II in 1506 starting from a single statue, the marble group of the Laocoon.
- The 120 meters-long Gallery of Geographical Maps, ideally reproduces the line of the Apennines: on the left, in fact, there are the regions overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, and on the right those overlooking the Adriatic.
- The philosophers gathering in the School of Athens, painted by Raphaelin the Room of the Segnatura, bear a very strong resemblance to Sanzio’s felllow artists: Bramante is the mathematician Euclid, Plato has the features of Leonardo; Heraclitus has the grim face of Michelangelo, whose shadowy character was known to all. In the foreground the infamous boots, which Buonarroti wore even in bed.
- Another portrait, or rather self-portrait of Michelangelo, can be found in the Sistine Chapel, more precisely in the Last Judgment: Buonarroti has reproduced his features in the skin that St. Bartholomew holds in his hands.
- All the conclaves before the papal elections still take place in the Sistine Chapel.