- 4.5-hour skip-the-line Vatican art tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
- Learn about the history of the Vatican artwork and the talented Renaissance artists employed by the popes
- Stop at rarely visited Vatican sites such as the Bramante Staircase (normally closed to the public), Pinacoteca and Chiaramonti Museum
- Admire artistic highlights such as Da Vinci’s St Jermone and Raphael’s Transfiguration
- Visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica to ogle three Michelangelo masterpieces including the Creation of Adam
- Enjoy privileged fast-track access to the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway
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What You Can Expect
Just on its own, this tour was great. But it was made absolutely fantastic by our tour guide, Dorianna speling?! Here's why she and the tour were so fantastic...
1 She was unbelievably knowledgeable about the Vatican, the various pieces of work, etc.
2 She was personable, funny, and witty. She was appropriate and well timed with her jokes.
3 She was a great story teller/narrator, which helped keep me interested, captivated, and not bored.
4 She has, what I think, is one of the coolest degrees/jobs around....she's a full blown archaeologist!! I mean, that's a super cool awesome job! And, because she's a female archeologist, I think it makes her even cooler and a great role model for young girls.
5 She was very passionate about art, the artists, the history, etc, and you could tell she cared about/loved it.
6 Her English was exceptional and very easy to understand.
7 The Bramante Staircase was a great thing to see. It has awesome views of the city.
8 Because of how you access the Bramante Staircase, other people not in our tour group saw us entering and thought the area was being open to the public. So when they tried to follow us in, they were turned away. Although it may make me a bit of a jerk, I appreciated the exclusivity that the extra money this particular tour afforded me, and thus felt it was money well spent.
9 The group size was good.
10 If she saw someone taking flash photos, she would immediately ask them to turn off the flash. It's a huge pet peeve of mine when people do that, because it can ruin the artwork.
11 A few people tried to join our tour. She told them they needed to move along, as we had paid money for the guided tour.
The one thing I would suggest to anyone going to the Vatican is to goo as early in the morning as possible...the later it gets, the more packed it gets.
Best tour of the Vatican Museums! We were a small group of 11, and were the only group at the Bramante staircase. We could not wish for a better tour or guide. Our guide Viviana is an archaeologist who also studies theology. Her knowledge of the art pieces and history is amazing, she answered all our questions and more! We appreciated the art pieces and places even more as she provides the history behind them. From the beautiful tapestries to the Borgia rooms to Rafael's rooms to the breathtaking Bramante staircase to Etruscan collection to the beautiful Sistine Chapel and ending at St Peter's Basilica and so much more!. This is the best way to see the Vatican Museums and St Peter's.
Outstanding ! Great tour guide!
Dorianna was first class, very interesting and knowledgeable and we enjoyed every minite
The tour guide Sve was just great. He was informative and very knowledgeable. He made the tour pleasant and connected with his group well. I left very the tour with a great impression! The history and the arts. Very happy! I would recommend this tour with this guide tour.
Excellent - even with the downpouring rain!! Our guide was magnificent, warm and easily understood. She kept us out of the rain as much as possible and authentically cared about our enjoyment of these magnificent museums. I would highly recommend this.
My tour guide Doriana was very informative and interesting.
Wonderful. We had an American guide that was very knowledgable. The art collection there is quite impressive. Best museum and tour we've ever had and we have been there 5 times.
Dario was an excellent guide. He spoke clearly, he was funny and he shared many interesting stories with us. I particularly liked this extended tour as we were not in with the crowds as much as one is on the regular tour. If you can afford a tour of the vatican it is worth it because it is huge and I think one could easily get lost.
Manuela was a great source of knowledge and was excellent in explaining the history of the artists as well as the Vatican ! I highly recommend her and would gladly take another tour with her! We were very pleased with Viator.