Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Private Guide


This tour represents un unforgettable experience visisting the world-wide famous Vatican Museums which houses one of the largest art collection in the world belonging to the Vatican State.

DURATION: about 3 hours
AVAILABILITY: every day except for Sunday and religious holidays.
TOUR STARTING TIME: from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
the tour includes a detailed visit of the main sections of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel accompanied by an expert, licensed guide. Pre-reserved entrances, no line at the museum entrance.

ATTENTION: the tour starting time you are choosing in the reservation form can be modified according to the museum availability. It will be Italy Travels duty to inform visitors of this change before sending the confirmation voucher by email.

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Italy Travels tour guides staff is represented by licensed guides of great experience and high level of professionalism, competence and excellence on their job. All Italy Travels guides are authorized by the provincial administration of Rome and most of them are art historians and teachers in art subjects.
All guided tours organized by Italy Travels always include pre-reserved museum tickets when museum tours are included in the tour itinerary. In this way visitors avoid waisting time waiting in line in front of museums ticket offices.

Italy Travels cannot be held responsible for partial closing museum rooms, itinerary variations inside the museum, cancellations or entrance delays due to unexpectable events, strikes or decisions taken by the museum direction or unexpected variations of the Pope movements which involve the museum buildings.

The Vatican tour itinerary can be personalized according to any visitors’ special request.The standard schedule includes all most important museum sections.


This tour starts in the Cortile della Pigna, also called the Courtyard of the Pinecone, which gets its name from the enormous bronze Pinecone dated back to Roman period. The Pinecone originally decorated a fountain in the Roman baths of Agrippa. Always in this court yard, visitors can admire a pair of bronze Roman peacocks from Hadrian’s mausoleum which stand on either side of the Pinecone. While in the Courtyard of the Pinecone, the guide will focus his explanation on the main architectural elements of the Vatican Palaces located all around the couryard and talk about the buildings history.
The next step is at the Belvedere Courtyard represents a very important portion of the Vatican Museums Greco-Roman section housing famous antiquities such as the Laocoon statue and the Apollo Belvedere. The Laocoon depicts an ancient Greek story of a Trojan priest and his two sons, killed by sea serpents during the Trojan war. This sculpture was especially popular in the Renaissance as many great artists studied its anatomy. The Apollo Belvedere represents the Greek god Apollo, this statue has been considered the greatest sculpture of ancient classic times.

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