Guided – skip the line tour of Vatican museums, Sistine chapel and direct access to saint Peter’s Basilica.

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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.


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DURATIONAbout 2 hours and 30 minutes
MEETING POINTVia Leone IV, 49
MEETING TIMEVisitors are kindly requested to reach the meeting point 30 minutes earlier than the entrance time.
SECURITY DEPOSITUpon 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 INCLUDEDPriority 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 INCLUDEDTips (optional)
Food and drinks
Transfer from/to hotel
Max number of participantsStarting 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.
CANCELLATIONFree 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.

FULL DESCRIPTION

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.

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Meeting point

Via Leone IV, n. 49 – Roma.

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Meeting time

Visitors are kindly requested to reach the meeting point 30 minutes earlier than the entrance time.

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Security Checks – Tips for the visitors

All visitors must undergo security checks at the entrance of Vatican Museums; in order to facilitate and speed up the metal detector control operations, it is advisable to first separate the objects not admitted (large umbrellas, glass bottles) from your hand luggage and report it to the staff in advance.

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Dress Code

Entrance to Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica is permitted only to properly dressed visitors: shoulders and knees must be covered and loose and/or low-cut garments, shorts, miniskirts as well as hats are not allowed.

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Food and drink

It is strictly forbidden to introduce alcoholic drinks as well as glass bottles inside the Museums; the consumption of food and drinks is also prohibited.

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Photographs and videos

Inside the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica, photographs and videos are allowed, but the use of flash and extendable selfie stick is absolutely forbidden; inside the Sistine Chapel no photographs and no videos, by any mean, are allowed.

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Info

The City of Vatican- under whose jurisdiction the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel lie – is a separate and indipendent Nation with respect to Italy, subject to its own laws and security rules. Therefore, Saints Tour may be not held responsible for any eventual delay due to security checks and/or technical issues that may be occurring at the entrance of the Museums.
Tours will not take place on Sundays and on the occasion of Catholic religious festivities.

Price:75,00 47,00

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