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Rome: Vatican Gardens Bus Tour and Vatican Museums Visit

1. Rome: Vatican Gardens Bus Tour and Vatican Museums Visit

Explore the green heart of the world’s smallest state on this open minibus tour of the Vatican Gardens. Admire lush hectors of cultivated green-space. Have the option to tour the Vatican gardens with or without tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Meet your guide and get assistance boarding the minibus. Uncover the secrets of this rich verdant space that occupies one third of the Vatican city's 44 hectors. Learn about these gardens which date back to the 13th century. Hear about how the gardens were enriched by initiatives of various Pontiffs, as you experience this unique encounter between nature, art, and the Christian faith. Find out about the artists, architects, and creators who took care to create this harmonious location. Take in the highlights of the Vatican Museums, from the Sistine Chapel to lesser-known gems of the collection. Visit the Hall of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra and the incredible Raphael Rooms. A definite highlight of your visit is the Sistine Chapel. Take some time to admire the details you have heard about, including Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait, in which he expresses to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again! As incredible as his work is, you’ll appreciate it even more up close and after you’ve seen what it takes to create a fresco. Redeem your voucher at the Touristation office then the staff will accompany you into the Museums to get your official reserved ticket.

Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

This tour allows you to enjoy an infinite number of masterpieces like Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Raphael’s “School of Athens”. All this with absolute calm and peace without being stressed out by huge crowds pushing you around during normal visiting hours. Imagine walking through these magnificently adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of bustling tourists, and only 10% of the usual crowds present; It’s almost like having the place to yourself. This is an exclusive service that only a few tour operator companies are able to offer so don't waste time and enjoy the Vatican museums at their full splendor. After the complimentary pick-up from your accommodation, you will skip the long lines, with your early morning admission ticket, and access directly the metal detector control. The tour will begin in a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter’s dome overlooking the Vatican gardens; a great spot for a family picture. Your private guide will then walk you through all the highlights of the museums which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations. You will visit the Pio Clementine museum, you will gasp at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, then, through the Hall of the painted maps, you will enter the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world. The tour ends in St. Peter's square, where you will admire Bernini's colonnade and the stunning façade of the basilica. At last, the tour guide will take you to the official Vatican gift shop and eventually show you the nearest taxi station or subway for transportation back to your hotel.

Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Early Access Private Tour

3. Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Early Access Private Tour

The guide and the driver will meet you at your accommodation for a comfortable ride by a full optional air conditioned car or van to the Vatican Museums. By entering at 8 am you'll get 1h head start on the general public. A lovely stroll on almost empty halls, galleries and terraces will make this tour a lifetime experience. Enjoy the heyday of the Renaissance at the Raphael's rooms. When the regular groups are still wandering in the chaotic galleries you'll get to the Sistine Chapel almost alone!

3-Hour Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

4. 3-Hour Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

Tour one of the holiest sites in Christendom on a guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums including a comprehensive visit to the Sistine Chapel and the masterpieces of St. Peter’s Basilica. With exclusive skip-the-line access, saving you long waits in the lines that usually form outside one of the world’s most popular attractions. Considered one of the most important places in the history of human civilization, start your tour at the museum to see the important collections of art that various popes have acquired throughout the centuries. Look out for renowned sculptures and masterpieces of Renaissance art. Feel the weight of history and get a sense of the sacred as you spy paintings by Raphael, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo, including his masterwork in the Sistine Chapel. Admire Bernini’s colonnade in St. Peter’s Square and go inside the Basilica. Built over the centuries by famous architects including Michelangelo, its iconic dome is one of the glittering symbols of Rome. There are morning and afternoon tours. Morning tours (3,5 hours) include the Galleria dei Candelabri, the Galleria degli Arazzi (Raphael Cartoons), the Galleria delle Carte geografiche, the Sala Sobieski, the Sala dell'Immacolata Concezione, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments leading to the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square. On Wendesdays the Basilica is not visited inside due to the Papal Audience, therefore after the Sistine Chapel you will access the Vatican Apostolic Library instead (St. Peter's will be explained from the outside before ending the tour). Afternoon tours (3 hours) include the Galleria dei Candelabri, the Galleria degli Arazzi (Raphael Cartoons), the Galleria delle Carte geografiche, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square.

Rome: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus with Guided Vatican Museums Tour

5. Rome: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus with Guided Vatican Museums Tour

Visit the Eternal City by riding the open Hop on Hop off Gray Line bus and admire Rome from its exclusive top deck! Combine your ride with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! The Gray Line I Love Rome bus city tour will give you an overview of the most important monuments in Rome. Relax on board with audio commentary available in 13 languages. This pass includes a One Run ticket (i.e. a single ride), so you can ride the bus for all its 8 stops, getting on wherever you want and getting off at the end of your tour. Your ride will last about 1.5 hours so, find your spot, get comfortable and admire the best attractions in the city: Piazza delle Repubblica, Terme di Diocleziano, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, Altare della Patria, Teatro Marcello, Castel Sant'Angelo and much more… This combo pass also includes a guided tour of one of the most iconic attractions in Rome: the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel! About 20,000 works of art await you within the walls of the Vatican Museums! No worries though, because every little detail has been planned meticulously to let you discover the museum’s most beautiful sections in total relaxation. Your expert guide will be welcoming you at the meeting point to start the visit with the group and enjoy this must-do tour of Rome thanks to the exclusive preferred entrance. The visit will include the Gallery of Tapestries, the superb Gallery of Maps, the Borgia Apartments to the wonderful Raphael’s Rooms. Finally, step into the Sistine Chapel to worship Michelangelo’s masterpiece and one of the museum's most famous cultural and artistic treasures. Come on, time to look up and lose yourself in the magic of the chapel. You just have to pack your bags and visit us! All current health regulations are applied and enforced by our staff and guide personnel so that you are always guaranteed the best standards.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour

6. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour

Visit the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City on this 2.5-hour small-group tour, and see one of the world’s largest museum complexes, containing some 2,000 rooms that stretch for nearly 9 miles (15 km). Skip the line with your small group of no more than 12 people, stroll through the corridors to view the world’s largest private art collection, once intended exclusively for the pope. As your expert guide entertains you with tales of Vatican power and intrigue, you’ll feel the Renaissance works of art come to life. Amble through Raphael’s Rooms, the 4 interconnecting chambers adorned with paintings by Raphael and his pupils, before visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Sistine Chapel, which is considered the pope’s home chapel. Walk through this sacred Vatican site to see Michelangelo’s astounding frescoes, The Creation of Adam, and The Last Judgment. The tour continues with St Peter’s Basilica, step inside to see why it’s so much more than just a church, and gaze in wonder at its awe-inspiring architecture and mosaics, including another Michelangelo masterpiece, La Pietà. Steeped in history, St Peter's Basilica is said to stand on the ground where St Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried. The guide will explain the highlights of the basilica and its significance as the holiest place in Christendom.

From Rome: Pope's Residence and Vatican Museum Guided Tour

7. From Rome: Pope's Residence and Vatican Museum Guided Tour

Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museums and the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo with skip-the-line entry privileges. Enjoy private guided tours of the pope's residence and the Barberini Gardens before visiting the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Start your journey in the center of Rome where you will board a private air-conditioned coach heading to Castel Gandolfo in the verdant Alban Hills. Your guide will fill you in on the history of this long-hidden region. On arrival, enter the Papal Residence for a private tour that includes the pope’s own bedroom, study, and chapel. Hear insights into the lives and traditions of popes of the past and present as well as the residence’s role as a sanctuary for refugees during World War II. Look out to the sea from the Papal Terrace as the popes have since the 17th century. Then, continue for a stroll around the Barberini Gardens, whose balance of Imperial Roman and classical influences surrounds the whole Renaissance complex in tranquil beauty. After some free time for lunch, the next stop is the Vatican. Bypassing the hours-long lines with skip-the-line access, you'll enter the Vatican Museums with your guide. As you move through the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra, and the Raphael Rooms, your guide will share the stories behind this incredible collection of art and artifacts, including stories about the items most visitors miss. Later, head to the Sistine Chapel and find yourself in awe as you step into this hushed and sacred space. With the aid of photographs and your guide’s knowledge, you’ll know exactly what to look out for when you experience the incredible detail of the chapel for yourself.

Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

8. Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

Discover one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the world’s greatest art collection on a private guided tour of the Vatican City, and marvel at masterpieces of art by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio, Perugino, and Michelangelo. Your guide will take you past the long lines to enter the Vatican Museums, giving you more time to explore the art, and less time wasted on waiting. Originally conceived for the sole enjoyment of the Pope, the lavish labyrinth is made up of 2,000 rooms that stretch over 9 miles. It is said that if you spent 60 seconds looking at every item, it would take you 12 years to see everything. Your guide will lead you to some of the main attractions, as well as reveal secrets hidden among the established masterpieces. An undoubted highlight will be Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Admire his fabled “Creation of Adam,” and wander through the former apartments of the popes in Raphael's Rooms. Then, it’s time for another Michelangelo masterpiece. Go inside the Basilica of St. Peter’s to see his “La Pieta” among all the other treasures. End on St. Peter's Square, where your guide will point out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusions that embrace visitors in the “maternal arms of Mother Church.”

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Perfect excursion.

Perfect excursion. Everything, as it seemed to us. Personal transfer from the hotel. Alessio, who meets us, passed the baton to our guide, Marina Muravyeva. She so easily led us along the planned route that it was imperceptible that there were a lot of people around. Marina somehow very deftly led us so that sometimes there were practically no one around. The accompaniment itself is very capacious information, but at the same time unobtrusive. Marina understood our mood very well, it is always nice to be on the same wavelength with a person. All this, combined with her youth, attractiveness, charm, left a lasting impression of the tour. Thank you for the high level of service!

The driver was right on time, maybe a little early and took us to a quaint little bistro where we had some Prosecco and my daughters enjoyed some handmade cheesecake. Our guide met us there and we walked to Vatican City and conducted our tour. Our guide was amazing. He was incredibly knowledgeable and great with my daughters keeping them engaged and captivated. What a beautiful place, and to have your own personal guide who can cater his presentation to fit your needs so perfectly is worth every penny. We were so pleased that we chose this tour for our time in Rome. There are several options for Vatican tours but there is no way you would regret this one!

The private tour in the morning before the official opening times was the highlight of our trip to Rome. Pick up at 7:30 am at the hotel was reliable. Our German-speaking guide Sebastian led us very professionally through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. With lots of detailed knowledge and anecdotes, Sebastian made the tour a great experience that we will always remember.

Very good day with a very good guide, Roberto!

Original and very interesting excursion with a good, attentive and dynamic guide, departing from Rome: Roberto. And the other guide on site, Francesca, was also really warm. She taught us many things. The day was very successful.

It was so exciting and interesting with Frank, he drew us into his world. We also had no problem with the wheelchair. It's just awesome and humorous. There was also a vocal part. We can only say thank you once more.