Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s
An unforgettable experience visiting the world-wide famous Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Saint Peter’s Basilica.
This tour starts in the Cortile della Pigna, also called the Courtyard of the Pinecone, which gets its name from the enormous bronze Pinecone dated back to Roman period. The Pinecone originally decorated a fountain in the Roman baths of Agrippa. Always in this court yard, visitors can admire a pair of bronze Roman peacocks from Hadrian’s mausoleum which stand on either side of the Pinecone.
In the Room of the Muses some other important sculptures are displayed; in particular the guide will drive the visitors’ attention to the Torso del Belvedere – a celebrated fragment of an ancient Greek statue by Apollonius. The following tour step is the Round Room where visitors can admire the Bust of Zeus, the golden statue of Hercules, Hadrian’s statue, and the enormous porphyry tub that was originally in Nero’s Golden House. The size of this tub gives visitors an idea of how the famously indulgent Roman ruler lived.
The following gallery is the so-called Gallery of Tapestries with its enormous antique tapestries commissioned in the 16th century by Pope Clement VII to decorate the Sistine Chapel. Next step is the fascinating Gallery of Maps, while walking along this gallery, visitors can admire the gorgeous Vatican gardens from the gallery windows.
After some minor rooms, you will reach the Raphael Rooms, originally the Papal residence, these rooms are covered almost entirely by frescoes painted by the Renaissance master, Raphael and partially by his students.
The tour last stop is in the Sistine Chapel. Because no talking is allowed in the chapel, the guide will talk about the crape decorations before entering the crape with the help of illustrated panels.
The chapel was decorated by world-renowned artists: Botticelli, Perugino, Ghirlandaio and Michelangelo.
The chapel Ceiling were commissioned by Pope Julius II to Michelangelo who painted them from 1508-1512. The painted area covers 930 square metres and contains over 300 figures, among them the Creation of Adam scene. The celling perimeter is painted with the Biblical figures of the Prophets and the Sibyls.
Entrance wall is adorned by Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, depicting the Apocalypse as told in the book of Revelation. According to the Bible, Christ will return to judge all souls – the souls of the dead will rise from their graves to be judged if they are to go to heaven or hell.
The price includes: private guide at disposal for about 4 hours, entrance tickets to Vatican Museum, San Pietro and Sistine Chapel.
Not available on Wednesdays, Sundays and religious holidays.
For groups over 10 participants visitors are provided with headphones to hear the guide explanation comfortably.
The lowest price is calculated on a group of 20 people.