Vatican Best of the Best Small Group

Lazio/Rome

Jump to the front of all the lines and join us on an incredible 2.5-hour journey through the Vatican’s unmissable big 3; the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. This Vatican tour is perfect for families traveling with young kids or those who simply want a fairly quick overview of the world’s smallest city-state. With over 1,200 individual rooms and 9 miles of galleries to wander, one could easily spend a full day getting lost in the winding corridors of the Vatican Museums. We are here to guide you straight through the maze and on to the real must-sees. We provide headsets so that you can catch our insider’s scoops clearly and comfortably, even in the buzzing museum galleries.
Revel in a time when Michelangelo and Raphael were the rivaling rock stars of the Renaissance. Examine timeless art and progressive techniques as we lead you on an enlightening journey through the Sistine Chapel, the Tapestry Galleries and other art-filled courtyards and corridors of the Vatican – brimming with frescoes, sculptures, tapestries, and more. Our expert guides create a rich experience by giving personalities to names and stories to artworks.
While the Sistine Chapel remains to be the most famous ceiling in the world, few people know that Michelangelo never wanted to paint it, to begin with. Get the inside scoop on the artists’ lives, rivalries, and dramas. Who stole whose techniques? How was Michelangelo unwillingly forced to spend 9 years of his life on the Sistine Chapel ceiling and Last Judgment? Get in on all the gossip and don’t miss any of the hidden details the prodigy artists painted into their world-famous frescoes.
The tour concludes on a high note inside St. Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll witness the incomparable grandeur of intricate mosaics, gold painted ceilings, gigantic statues, and spectacular domes. Optical illusions will be unveiled and history will unfold as we escort you to the bronze Baldachin and the chair of Saint Peter himself. Last but not least, we will stop by the Pietà, one of the cornerstone works of the Renaissance. Learn what led Michelangelo to defile one of his most prized sculptures and the reason he modeled the Virgin Mary to appear the same age as her dying son.

Includes:
Pinecone Courtyard, Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and his Sons, Belvedere Torso, Round Room, Greek Cross Hall, Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Pietà, The Baldachin

Max: 20 participants
Start time: 10:00am
Duration: 2 hrs 30 min