The Complete Vatican Tour - Afternoon

Walking Tour

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Introduction

Our Complete Vatican Tour is designed to give you a unique understanding of the history and world-class art collection of the Vatican. It shows you all the classics and throws in a few surprises to take you on a deep, artistic adventure in just over 3 hours.


Tour Information

Tour Code: WIT6A
Tour Type: Experiences
Tour Category: Walking Tour
Departure Type: On Request
City: Vatican, Italy
Grade/Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 Hours 15 Minutes
Transport Mode: Walking
Scheduling: Small Group Tour
Languages: English
Hotel Pickup: No
Children Allowed: Yes
Min. Pax: 2
Max. Pax: 15
Start Time: 01:00 PM
Starting/Meeting Point : At the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento.
Availability:
Everyday Except Wednesday and Sunday From April 2018 To October 2018
Blackout Dates:
1,6 January 2018
22 February 2018
19 March 2018
2 April 2018
1 May 2018
29 June 2018
14 August 2018
27 September 2018

Highlights

  • Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums with pre-reserved group entrance tickets, potentially saving you hours of waiting in line.
  • Enjoy our specially designed route that shows you all the works you know you wanted to see and a few surprises you won’t expect. Stops include the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries.
  • Gape at Michelangelo’s frescoes and paintings in the Sistine Chapel and learn the incredible stories behind them.
  • Skip the line at St. Peter’s Basilica for a full guided tour including Bernini’s baldacchino altar and Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ among other incredible masterpieces.
  • With small groups of only 15 people or fewer, headsets for every guest and an expert guide, your experience will be more intimate, providing you with the context and history to make your visit truly special.

Description

We start by skipping the (always long) lines to get into the museum and diving right into the galleries holding some of the most famous works of art in the world. Our 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…)
 
Finally, we trade the artistic masterpieces of the Vatican Museums for the architectural masterpiece that is St. Peter’s Basilica. Traveling with a licensed guide has its perks, as you’ll learn when you use the special guides-only door leading from the Sistine Chapel directly to the Basilica (and past long general access lines).
 
Built over St. Peter’s tomb, it took the best minds of the Renaissance more than 120 years to complete St. Peter’s Basilica. It was worth every second though, as you’ll discover during a 1-hour tour with your guide. They’ll lead you to Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ (the only work he ever felt the need to sign: Your guide will tell you why) Bernini’s soaring baldacchino altar, and the well-worn feet of St. Peter, which pilgrims rub for good luck.
 
While many tour operators fit 25 or more people into their Vatican tours we’ll never put you with a group of more than 15. We’re passionate about the Vatican and want to share that passion with you in intimate groups led by the most engaging, and knowledgeable guides in the Vatican.
 
 
Sites Visited:
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • St. Peter’s Square

What's Included

  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups, never more than 15 people
  • Headsets

Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Please Note

  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees.
  • We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. We are unable to provide refunds in this case.
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on any of our group Vatican tours.
  • Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks etc must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour.