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

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

  • City: Rome, Rome - Vatican
  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Explore the Vatican Museums including the Pinacoteca, the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter?s square and basilica with a knowledgeable guide.


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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# of People Price
1 - 8 people $120.00 per person

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Additional Information

Additional information:

  • Participants of this tour are both Select Italy and non-Select Italy clients; maximum number of participants is 8.
  • 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 total price. Select Italy will be happy to arrange a private transfer for a supplemental fee.

Please also note that you will not be allowed to enter the museum without proper attire - no shorts, miniskirts or capri-style pants, no sleeveless shirts or bare shoulders.

Furthermore, please note that on Wednesday mornings, when the Papal Audience takes place, there is the chance of the St Peter's Basilica being closed to the public.

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

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My friend's wish was to visit the Vatican with me and I wanted it to make it a memorable experience for her. I prebooked the 4 hour tour from Toronto, Canada. It was the best experience we ever had. OUR MOST AMAZING, KNOWLEDGEABLE, EXPERIENCED, PROFESSIONAL, FRIENDLY TOUR GUIDE BY THE NAME OF ELEONORA, SURPASSED ALL OUR EXPECTATIONS. OUR COMPLIMENTS!! I would recommend this tour to everyone.

My wife and I pre-booked our Vatican experience through Select Italy prior to leaving. It was well worth the money. We met our guide and embarked on a 4 hour tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica. She provided interesting and knowledgeable information on the history of the entire complex. Very enjoyable.

Our tour guide 'Julia' was perfect! We were so happy with our tour of the vatican and the Basilica. We were guided through the crowds, always being brought to a quiet area where we could listen and learn about the artwork. Julia kept everyone's attention by explaining historical figures and events in an easy to understand way. I would recommend Select Italy as a 5 star tour.

Our Guide, "Alle" is nonpareil in her knowledge of St. Peters and the "Masters". Her voice gave an earthly expression of joy to the paintings, artifacts and Biblical allegories. This was our second visit to the Vatican, using Select Italy for our Guide. Our first time was in 2007. We enjoyed both immensely. Select Italy does its homework in finding the best professionals as "Guides"...hardly an accurate description for these architectural "wonders". Unforgettable visit with "Alle"

We had an awesome tour of the Vatican and St. Peters Basilica. We were in a group of 6. We by passed the lines and went straight in. Our tour guide "Freddie" was amazing. She was able to explain the works of Art with great detail, we were not rushed, she took her time and managed to keep our 14 and 16 year old teenagers interested and engaged the whole time. I highly recommend the tour.

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