Private Vatican Hidden Gems Tour

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  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 4.5 hr

Enjoy this exclusively designed private 4.5 hours tour of the stunning Vatican Museums and its Hidden Gems - the second largest and the fifth most visited art museum in the world, home to the famous Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms. Skip the line and enter directly with your personal guide to enjoy some of world's most renowned masterpieces produced by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and visit some hidden off-the-beaten-track rooms. Explore the fascinating architecture and a vast collection of classical sculptures. Continue the visit by entering into St. Peter's Basilica directly from the museums, without queuing up from the main square, and finish your tour in the charming St. Peter's Square. Upgrade your tour with the visit of St. Peter's Dome and the drop off service back to your centrally located hotel.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Vatican Museums

Treat yourself with a customized private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit some hidden gems of the museums and explore rooms closed to the general public at all times. Meet your guide at your hotel where you will be picked-up and travel together to the Vatican Museums. Skip the line for fast-track entry to the world famous Vatican museum complex, made up of galleries with an impressive number of artwork and masterpieces from antiquity to present day. During your visit you will have a chance to see one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings. Enjoy the impressive Belvedere Courtyard and then stroll through the most interesting rooms and galleries of the museum complex. Marvel at the famous Lacoon and the Belvedere Torso at the sculpture museum, deeply revered by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. It is known throughout the world both for being the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held (in the past also some papal coronations), and for being decorated with one of the most famous and celebrated works of art of artistic civilization the frescoes by Michelangelo

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Square

This monumental elliptical space, enclosed by 284 Doric columns four rows deep (196m wide and 148m long), is the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who laid it out during the pontificates of Alexander VII and of Clement IX.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: La Pieta

The Pietà (1498–1499) is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica

Enjoy the breathtaking Saint Peter's Basilica, shrine of Christianity and Art. You will marvel at the Priceless Pietà, by Michelangelo, and stop by the venerable tomb of Saint John Paul II & Pope Karol Wojtyla.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Cupola di San Pietro

The cupola was designed by Michelangelo who worked on the basilica's construction beginning in 1547. On Michelangelo's death in 1564, his pupil Giacomo Della Porta took over the direction of the work, completing the dome in 1590.

Duration: 30 minutes
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