Your Guide will guide you through a visit of the Vatican Museums,Sistine Chapel and a VIP entrance to St.Peter’s Basilica (*if open).
Highlights include the Belvedere courtyard, Pine courtyard, Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries, THE SISTINE CHAPEL and THE RAPHAEL ROOMS
Our reservations at the Vatican Museums allow you to SKIP THE LINES (no waiting at the museum line which on a normal day can be anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.)
Our accredited Vatican guides have Privilege entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica from the Sistine Chapel that is only opened to accredited Vatican guides.
You can visit St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Includes free entranceto the Papal Crypts. Elevator to the Cupula not included.
(Italian: Musei Vaticani) are Christian and art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.
The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display,and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments
Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century. The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello decorated by Raphael, are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. In 2013, they were visited by 6 million people, which combined makes it the 6th most visited art museum in the world.
There are 54 galleries, or sale, in total,with the Sistine Chapel, notably, being the very last sala within the Museum. It is one of the largest museums in the world.
The four Raphael Rooms (Italian: Stanze di Raffaello) form a suite of reception rooms in the palace, the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican. They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. Together with Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, they are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome.
The Stanze, as they are commonly called, were originally intended as a suite of apartments for Pope Julius II. He commissioned Raphael, then a relatively young artist from Urbino, and his studio in 1508 or 1509 to redecorate the existing interiors of the rooms entirely. It was possibly Julius’ intent to outshine the apartments of his predecessor (and rival) Pope Alexander VI, as the Stanze are directly above Alexander’s Borgia Apartment. They are on the third floor, overlooking the south side of the Belvedere Courtyard.
*On Wednesday mornings and certain days (decided by the Vatican that is beyond our control) the Basilica entrance maybe closed. For further clarification please contact us
Covered knees and shoulders required
Good walking shoes suggested
Private Tour €200 ( upto 8 people )+ entrance fees**
**€30 per person