Small Group Tour of the Vatican & St. Peter's Basilica

Location: Rome, Rome - Vatican
Duration and Type: Half Day Tour, History & Art, Religious Heritage
This 4-hour, small group tour will introduce you to the marvels of the vast Vatican Museums, one of the world's greatest repositories of art, and to the treasures contained within St. Peter's Basilica. It begins with a visit to the Pinacoteca which contains approximately 500 paintings, among them Giotto's two-side altarpiece for Old St. Peter's, Raphael's "Transfiguration" and his woven tapestries that once hung in the Sistine...
This 4-hour, small group tour will introduce you to the marvels of the vast Vatican Museums, one of the world's greatest repositories of art, and to the treasures contained within St. Peter's Basilica.

It begins with a visit to the Pinacoteca which contains approximately 500 paintings, among them Giotto's two-side altarpiece for Old St. Peter's, Raphael's "Transfiguration" and his woven tapestries that once hung in the Sistine Chapel, an unfinished panel by Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio's monumental Baroque "Entombment" whose vivid, almost photographic realism makes viewers feel as if they, too, are taking part in the scene.

As you walk through the Vatican Museums with your guide, you will feel the great weight of history accumulated in these halls, as well as the deep sense of the sacred characterizing these works of art. Raphael was busy painting the walls of Pope Julius II's private apartments in 1508-12 when his rival, Michelangelo, was working on the Sistine Chapel ceiling next door. Gazing up at Michelangelo's masterpiece, "The Creation of Adam", is an experience you will never forget!

The tour continues in St Peter's square, where the arms of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's splendid colonnade reach out to embrace you, and then into the Basilica. Here is Michelangelo's exquisite marble statue of the "Pieta'" right next to the tomb of Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005 and was made a saint in 2014.

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$136.00 per person (1 - 6 people)

Additional Information

Additional information: Participants of this tour are both Select Italy and non-Select Italy clients; maximum number of participants is 6. Entrance tickets and headsets for the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are included in the price of the tour. Please note that transportation to/from the meeting point is NOT included in the...

Sites Included

Vatican Museums including the Pinacoteca, Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel; St. Peter's Square and...

Customer Reviews

Great with teenagers
June (Tampa, fl usa)
We had an awesome tour of the Vatican and St. Peters Basilica. We were in a group of 6. We...

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