Skip-the-Line Small group at Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

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Enjoy a small group of maximum 12-15 people with a guide dedicated to answering questions and enlightening everyone on the spectacular history behind this heritage site. This immensely catholic journey will be explained by our expert local guide where you'll learn the history behind many places and things such as the beloved Sistine Chapel, the iconic Belvedere Courtyard, the antique galleries, and so much more. Take that perfect picture in front of the Pigna Statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, discover the series of galleries in Raphael’s Rooms.The Sistine Chapel will surely be a highlight of this tour, as it is extremely important and where the Pope goes to worship.On this journey,you'll learn the secrets and legends that only a local would know and will get a special look into this historical site. Do you know where the special chimney used for the black and white smoke traditionally is? Your guide will tell you! Were Raphael and Michelangelo friends? Not exactly, let's discover it!

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Tours and The City

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums: walk on one of the old private pope courtyards, the pinecone courtyard with a pinetree from the II aD. Have a look to the optagonal courtyard and admire the iconic Laocoon. Explore the Museo Pio Clementino and discover its roman and greek sculpture collection, walk on the amazing galleries such as the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Be surprised by the wonderful frescos made by Raphael for Julius II della Rovere at the beginning of the XVI century and get in to the mysterious life of the famous Pope Borgia.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cortile della Pigna

The Fontana della Pigna or simply Pigna is a former Roman fountain which now decorates a vast niche in the wall of the Vatican facing the Cortile della Pigna, located in Vatican City, in Rome, Italy.

Duration: 5 minutes

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The Gallery of Maps[1] (Italian: Galleria delle carte geografiche) is a gallery located on the west side of the Belvedere Courtyard in the Vatican containing a series of painted topographical maps of Italy based on drawings by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello

The four Raphael Rooms form a suite of reception rooms in the Apostolic Palace, now part of the Vatican Museums, in Vatican City. They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. Together with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, they are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel: We will go and see the famous works of Michelangelo, where he spent years to create this treasured master piece while standing upright on wooden scaffolds.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peters Basilica is included in the ticket but not in the experience as the access from the Vatican Museums has been closed due to Covid. The guide will explain you how to admire the masterpieces of La Pieta, the statue of St. Peter, the Baldacchino, the famous Pope’s tombs such as John Paul II and John XXIII so in case you woul'd like to go by your own.

Duration: 30 minutes
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