Vatican and Sistine Chapel Extended
Are you a curious art lover? This is your tour! You will spend half day getting deep into the Vatican Hidden Gems and Masterpieces
Duration 5 h.
Skip the line Entrance to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
Flexible Start time. Please, select a date to see availability
Meeting Point Close to Vatican Museums Entrance (Details at Booking)
Operating Days Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat. (not on Sunday)
Tour doesn’t run on Sunday
Language English (contact us for other languages)
Short Tour Description
The Vatican Museums have some of the most impressive art collections in the world, if you like to discover them in depth this is the right tour for you!
The Vatican Museums do not contain just art collections of paintings, sculptures and other works of art, collected by the popes over the centuries, but they are Museums inside a Museum.
All the art collections are housed inside the rooms that the Popes, over the ages, chose as Private Apartments, visiting the Vatican Museums you have the opportunity to admire the Apostolic Palaces‘ most extraordinary and fully “a fresco” decorated rooms, once inaccessible places.
Start with a view of the huge St Peter’s Dome from the Pinacoteca Courtyard and then follow our skilled local guide through the amazing Pinacoteca, the Paintings Gallery, which contains masterpieces by the most famous painters from the 12th to 19th century, be delighted by Giotto’s revolutionary Trittico Stefaneschi, Raphael’s last work the Transfiguration, St. Jerome, the only Leonardo’s painting in Rome and the Caravaggio‘s Deposition from the Cross.
Admire the most famous Roman and Greek statues in the Pio Clementino Museum, established by Popes Clement XIV and Pius VI in the 18th century to collect the Ancient sculptures owned by the Vatican: the Belvedere Apollo, the celebrated Laocoon Group, the Belvedere Torso by Apollonius, that inspired artists form Michelangelo to Rodin, the Sarcophagi of St Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine and his daughter Costantia, entirely made of rare red porphyry stone.
Then be led to the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, one of the first expressly dedicated to Etruscan antique population, a hidden gem full of surprises located in the Palace of Innocent VIII, which contains vases, bronzes and other archaeological findings and exhibits gold jewelry made by the Etruscan goldsmiths. From the Etruscan Museum you have the chance to see through a window the Bramante’s monumental double-helix Staircase.
After crossing the Gallery of Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps, visit the outstanding Raphael’s Rooms, part of the papal apartments and then, after the Borgia’s Apartments, get inside the amazing Sistine Chapel, entirely covered with the most famous Michelangelo’s frescoes, the Ceiling and the Last Judgement.
The tour will end inside the St. Peter’s basilica, the greatest of all churches of Christendom and one of the holiest Catholic shrines, where you will admire the magnificent main altar, the Baldaquin, designed by the most famous baroque artist Giovan Lorenzo Bernini, touch the foot of St.Peter’s statue to get his blessing, be amazed in front of the Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Pietà.
This Tour gives you the deepest knowledge of the masterpieces and artists kept inside the amazing Vatican Museums.
✓ English-Speaking Local Expert Tour Guide
✓ Private Tour
✓ Skip the line Entrance to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
✓ Entrance tickets and reservation fees
✓ Audio headsets (just when needed)
On Request (WITH EXTRA CHARGE)
✓ Hotel pick-up/drop-off
✓ Pinacoteca Courtyard
✓ The Pinacoteca (Vatican Art Gallery)
✓ Gregorian Etruscan Museum
✓ Pinecone Courtyard
✓ Octagonal Court
✓ Pio Clementino Museum
✓ Gallery of Candelabra
✓ Gallery of Tapestries
✓ Gallery of Maps
✓ Raphael’s Rooms
✓ Borgia Apartment
✓ Sistine Chapel
✓ St. Peter’s Basilica
✓ Michelangelo’s Pieta
✓ Bernini’s Baldaquin
Viale Vaticano, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
You will find us near the Vatican Museums Entrance.
We will hold a sign with your name on it.
Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica or parts of the venues could be subject to last-minute closures due to unforeseen circumstances.
This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors.
Entry to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors.
Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, short skirts and hats are not allowed.
Security checks by metal detector
For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened. To facilitate and speed up security checks by metal detector, visitors are advised to remove inadmissible items from their hand baggage beforehand, and to inform staff in advance.
Luggage, bags and rucksacks
Before entering the exhibition spaces, visitors are required to leave in the cloakroom all luggage, suitcases, rucksacks, packages and containers not considered suitable by staff on account of their size or nature.
Visitors who continue their tour in the Vatican Basilica are reminded not to leave their baggage in the Vatican Museums.
The cloakroom service is free of charge.
Large umbrellas, sticks, tripods and stands for photography, video cameras, stainless steel water bottle, banners and signs of any type must all be left in the cloakroom.
Even if you get through security, you will be turned away by the attendants at the entrance door.
Photos and Video
Photos an Video without flash are allowed everywhere at the Vatican, including inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
But inside the Sistine Chapel, photos are not allowed at all.
Tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed anywhere in the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
When you leave the Sistine Chapel to reach St. Peter’s Basilica you exit the Vatican Museums and it isn’t possible to return to the Vatican Museums. If you want more time inside the Vatican Museums you must forgo the guided tour of the basilica.
Please let the guide know before you leave the tour.