Our group is restricted to 14 people which gives you that personal touch and access to the guide who is happy to interact with you as a friend. See the masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo plus many, many more. Gaze in awe at the Sistine Chapel ceiling and wonder of the sheer size and opulence of the worlds biggest Catholic Church. By taking this opportunity we have the comfort of avoiding the huge crowds of later in the day and also the heat in Summertime Rome.
In taking this tour you will walk among masterpieces too many to name all here. Also you will see some items created centuries ago that challenge your eyes and perception, particularly in the Gallery of the Tapestries. How can a table in a flat tapestry completely change direction as you walk past it. You will see huge maps where the cartographers, the worlds best at the time possibly missed out including your country!The Vatican has many secrets and wonders and today we will introduce you to but the tip of the iceberg.
The four Raphael rooms in the Vatican Museums are a major highlight of a visit and for the solo visitor they are often missed. They along with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel make up the Grand Fresco Sequence of the High Renaissance period in Rome. Stanze di Raffaello are in a suite of apartments originally intended for Pope Julius Ii. It is thought he commissioned them to out do his predecessor Pope Alexander VI. He never managed as he was to die with only 2 rooms complete. Pope Leo X had them completed. While in the Raphael rooms you will witness possibly the greatest single masterpiece of fresco art, The School of Athens Interpreted as a study in philosophy and depicting it is thought every notable philosopher from ancient Greek history. The only one that is instantly recognisable is Aristotle as we have his bust to compare with. Vasari also suggests that he also included himself, for that you can decide. It is worth noting at this time that Michelangelo himself was an undoubted master of the art it was not his preferred medium. He was foremost a sculptor and there lay his passion.
- Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price 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.