For many years it has been possible for a certain selected few people to see parts of the Vatican you could not, and to see the Sistine Chapel empty. Now we can offer you the closest experience to this.
The Sistine Chapel will be the absolute highlight of your tour for sure! It was constructed over the site of the original Cappella Maggiore. The Chapel was designed by Baccio Pontelli and constructed between 1475 and 1481 on the instruction of Pope Sixtus IV. The Chapel, which bears his name, was consecrated on August 15th 1483. The original fresco art around the walls was completed before the opening by the most remarkable artists of that period, including Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandeo and Cosimo Rosselli. Pope Sixtus IV was not to witness the greatest accomplishments in his chapel. It was not until under the Papacy of Julius II that Michelangelo created his most renowned masterpiece. He worked on this between 1508 – 1512. Michelangelo returned in Rome, after the Sacking of Rome under the reigns of Popes Clement VII and Paul III to create his greatest artwork “The Last Judgement”. Nowadays Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo is considered one of the greatest achievements of mankind.
In this “Vatican Dream Tour” you will ascend the Bramante Staircase and have its significance fully explained. Once at the top, you will be at one of the highest points in the Vatican and Rome with a tremendous view over the city. We will then visit the Cabinet of the Masks with the beautiful mosaics from Hadrian’s’ Villa. Both of these are closed to the general public. We will proceed onwards through the Vatican galleries and take time to admire the breathtaking frescoes and paintings in the Raphael Rooms. Now we will leave the public areas again to enter the perfectly proportioned Chapel of Nicolas V painted by Fra Angelico in between 1447-1455.
Entering the Sistine Chapel alone with just our very small group will be just the icing on the cake. As we come in this sacred place you will enjoy a blissful silence. We will have 30 minutes to admire its magnificence. Your guide will point out and explain the details of the world’s most beautiful fresco art. I am sure this is how Michelangelo wished his masterpiece to be admired. You will be able to talk with your guide and have time to reflect in silence for sure.
We do hope you will be able to join us on this once in a lifetime experience.
Spots are extremely limited; please reserve your place early.
- Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
- This tour operates in all weather conditions.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.