On this unrushed 4 hour tour we will meet you at 7.30am in front of the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Your personal guide will start immediately to give you a background of the overall structure as even the outside is quite incredible. On entering at 8am we will head straight away to the most important highlights all the time endeavoring to give you as much privacy as possible.
We will finish in The Vatican at The Sistine Chapel where as well as explaining the story of its creation and also the story contained in its most magnificent artwork, you will be given a few minutes to contemplate its beauty in silence. From there we will leave through a special exit that will take us directly to St Peters avoiding the long lines. Your guide will give you an outline of its history and creation while also explaining features and some more incredible art. One of which is Michelangelo’s Pieta. This is possibly one of the most incredibly emotional sculptures ever created.
The sheer size and opulence of the Basilica is something to behold. It will become apparent why it is called the most important church in the world. As we leave there we will enter St Peter’s Square. Your guide will explain how it came about and also show you a few secrets known by the locals. The Vatican and St Peters are a victim of their own success and because of this we try very hard to make it a memorable and comfortable experience. As we pass through the various stages of this tour we will try wherever possible to keep away from large groups of people. Our most important aim is your enjoyment of the whole experience.
Anyone leaving a tour of The Vatican and its museums will almost always take away as their greatest memory the remarkable frescoes in The Sistine Chapel. I however feel that this in a little bit of an injustice to the wonders of St Peter’s Basilica. Now I know that the sheer size will always create discussion but if you put that aside and then look deeply and slowly at what surrounds when you enter and walk silently around itself it is a masterpiece. The structure was built over 126 years by a plethora of the greatest architects of the day, many dying while under commission. Because of the different opinions and changing management, both Popes and architects, it was a potential disaster which never happened. Architects of the magnitude of Bramante, Bernini and the very old Michelangelo all had a hand in creating one of the world’s most incredible churches. Michelangelo was to pass close to its completion but his famous dome was very close to finished at that time. It was thought that only his genius and vision could create such a huge unsupported dome. The artwork, sculptures, frescoes and wood carvings are quite simply exquisite and need time to digest.
When you book this tour please tell us if you are travelling with kids. It will be our pleasure to provide a child friendly guide to enhance their experience.
- Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduction tickets.
- In case the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your private guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.
- This tour operates in all weather conditions.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.