All-in-One Vatican Tour with St. Peter's Dome, Basilica & Sistine Chapel

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Many travelers ask: Is there a Vatican Tour that includes everything? We hear you out! Now, yes! This is a special, and unique special-combo itinerary and is not for all: It is, of course, possible to explore the Vatican Museums independently. But without an understanding of the art & history of the Vatican, it can be tough to tell exactly what you're looking at - let alone what it means. 1) Dome and Basilica Tour: Explore every facet of one of the greatest buildings on Earth as you climb to the top of St.Peter’s Dome, and then visit treasures like Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s Baldachin. 2) Discover the Vatican Museums with a personal expert guide to satisfy your every curiosity on the masterpieces, Raphael Rooms, and Sistine Chapel. A local expert will guide you through the history and secrets of the Vatican. This is an intimate experience with tour groups capped at just 8 people or fewer. This means that there won’t be a mass of people between you and your tour guide.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: St. Peter's Square

St. Peter’s Square in is one of the most famous (and certainly one of the most holy!) sights in the world. It was designed in the 17th century by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who was known as the most accomplished architect in Rome at the time. Pope Alexander VIII, who commissioned the piazza, asked Bernini to emphasize St. Peter’s importance as “the gateway to Heaven” and the architect implemented the request beautifully. He divided the square into a smaller trapezoidal area adjoining the Basilica and an oval main part, which together create a ground plan in the shape of a giant keyhole.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica

Time to see Rome from the top of Michelangelo’s Dome! The view from the top of St. Peter's Dome is hailed far and wide as the best panorama of Rome. From these heights, you will also be able to gaze over the whole of Vatican City, with its splendid gardens. This is 360° of pure magic as the Eternal City stretches to the hills beyond, and your guide will help you spot many a famous roof and dome, from the Pantheon to Castel Sant'Angelo and more.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica

If you thought the size of the Vatican Museums was overwhelmingly spectacular, St. Peter’s Basilica takes the “wow factor” to another level. The sheer capacity of the interiors is enough to leave any visitor searching for words to describe its vastness. At 613 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 147 feet high, it took an incredible 120 years to build, starting from 1506. Admire Michelangelo’s unparalleled Pietà masterpiece and stroll towards the center-right nave to observe Bernini’s bronze Baldachin, which sits directly atop the site of St. Peter’s tomb.

Duration: 30 minutes

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Raphael’s most famous frescoes can be seen in four rooms in Pope Julius II’s and Leo X’s apartment. The first of the Raphael Rooms (1508-1524) to be frescoed – Pope Julius II’s study – reflects the themes of theology, philosophy, poetry and justice. Raphael’s most noted painting the School of Athens highlights the degrees of knowledge acquired through reason. The largest of the rooms the Hall of Constantine represents the victory of Christianity over Paganism, the Room of Fire is dedicated to Pope Leo IV, and the Room of Heliodorus represents the liberation of St. Peter. A real highlight on our Vatican tour!

Duration: 15 minutes

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The Gallery of Maps is a stupendous hallway where geography and history are perfectly intertwined. Created at the end of the 16th century, the entire room is dedicated to customized maps, which display the whole of Italy. On one side of the 393-foot long gallery are two representations of the country: one from the Imperial Roman Era and the other from the 1500s. Each map shows political happenings, religious roles, and major battles. The ceiling is no less remarkable, with frescoed scenes displaying episodes and miraculous events of apostles, saints, and martyrs, which are linked to the geographical maps below.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums feature many works of art that belonged to the different Popes and are full of artistic beauty. Here is a glimpse of some of the most beautiful things to see in the Vatican Museums. Rooms and Galleries of the Vatican Museums, as the Greek Cross Room, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, Raphael Rooms, and much more! These collections have been piled up over the course of centuries through acquisitions, donations, commissions, confiscations, and quite often lucky discoveries from underground Rome and not only

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

Admire the breathtaking Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo! The most famous section of the Sistine Chapel ceiling is Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. This scene is located next to the Creation of Eve, which is the panel at the center of the room, and the Congregation of the Waters, which is closer to the altar.

Duration: 25 minutes
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