Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Tour
A relaxed pace evening tour without the bustle of the morning crowds.
- 2 hr 30 min2 hours 30 minutes
- 49 euro49 €
- Vatican Museum
After being met at the Museum entrance, you will be immersed into a thrilling adventure of history, masterpieces, and secrets that for millennia have been secured within the fortified walls of Vatican City. Learn about the archaic pagan rituals practiced on the Vatican Hill, and how later on the same site in Roman times, the Apostle Peter was crucified by order of the Emperor Nero. Your expert British-born guide will navigate you to all the must-see highlights of an immense art collection amassed by the papacy throughout the centuries including Greek and Roman sculptures, Renaissance tapestries, and the spectacular Gallery of the Maps. You may be shocked to discover how two magnificent apartments deep inside the ancient papal palace bore witness to the worst pope and darkest moments of the Catholic church, but you will also be astounded by the beauty of Raphael’s legendary paintings which decorate some of those very walls. The tour will culminate at the Sistine Chapel where you can take as much time as you wish to contemplate the masterpieces painted by Michelangelo - his Ceiling and The Last Judgement. Absolute silence is required inside this place of worship, so your guide will have already explained what these paintings mean and why they are so celebrated. You will have also learnt about the papal conclave and the fabled moment when white smoke rises from a chimney on the Sistine Chapel roof, the sign that the cardinals have elected the new pope. After your time in the Sistine Chapel, you can make your way towards the exit of the museum at your own pace. You may want to browse the souvenir stores, see other parts of the museum, or simply watch the sunset over the Vatican gardens. The museum is so large that it can often be overwhelming, but our carefully designed tour will give you real insight into Vatican City in a pleasurable and relaxed way. Sites Visited ● Vatican Museums ● Sistine Chapel ● Raphael Rooms ● Courtyard of the Pinecone ● View of St. Peter's dome and Vatican Gardens from Museum terrace ● Greek and Roman sculptures including Apollo Belvedere and Laocoön ● Gallery of the Candelabra ● Gallery of the Tapestries ● Gallery of the Maps ● Borgia Apartments Meeting Point ● Viale Vaticano 100 (top of steps directly across road from museum entrance) Included ● Entrance ticket to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel ● Local mother tongue English-speaking guide ● Expertly guided walking tour ● Headset (for groups of 6 people or more)