Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica:
You will meet your private guide at the hotel or at the entrance of the Vatican Museums to start the tour. ( Pre arranged tickets ). Walking through the splendid galleries of the Vatican Palaces, richly decorated with fresco paintings and gilded stuccos, you will admire the ancient and the renaissance art collections. In the archeology section the guide will high light the most important ancient statues like the Laocoon, the Apollo of Belvedere, the Belvedere Torso and so on…in the Greek Cross Room you will see the oldest christian imperial coffins : the sarcophagus of St Helen and the sarcophagus of Costance (emperor Costantine’s mother and daughter) and the beautiful floor decoration with the multicolour mosaics of the 2nd/3rd century A.D.
Crossing the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps you will get to the very celebrated Raphael’s Rooms, painted by the famous renaissance artist Raphael for Pope Julius II, the guide will point out the most beautiful paintings like the School of Athens, the Dispute over the Holy Sacrament, Heliodorus driven out of the Temple and so on…the tour will continue with a visit to the Sistine Chapel, the holiest catholic chapel, visited by over 4 milion people every year. You will see the monumental paintings by Michelangelo: The Creation of the World and the Last Judgement, besides the splendid paintings on the side walls by the masters of the 15th century (Pinturicchio, Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio)…..From the Sistine Chapel you will get to St Peter’s Basilica, the biggest of the papal Basilicas that took 120 years to be build from 1506 to 1626…it houses some of the most important works of art in the world like the Pietà by Michelangelo, the bronze Canopy of the altar and the Glory of the Holy Spirit by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Underneath the Basilica is where the Popes are burried in the Crips. The Grave of John Paul II is now upstairs into the Basilica from the moment the Pope was beatified in 2011. The tour will be over at St Peter’s Square, the architectural work of art by Bernini, from where you can see the Apostolic Palace, the Pope’s residence.
Length of this tour is approximately 4 hours
For information, reservations and general inquiries of this tour please Contact Me
Regular ticket: Euros 16
Reserved tickets: Euros 20
Reduced ticket: Euros 8 (only for kids between 6 and 18 years of age)
Free entrance for kids below 6 years of age