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Vatican Treasures Small Group Tour

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  • 2.5 hr

Get ready to join our small group for a 2.5 hours tour of the Vatican! Your guide will show you the main highlights of the Vatican Museum, one of the biggest art collection in the world, with Upper Galleries, Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartment included. Admire the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's beautiful frescos on its walls and ceiling. Once outside of the Chapel, your guide will lead you to St. Peter's Square, where you can stop to admire the amazing Basilica from outdoor. After the tour, you can make your own way in. The group is up to 15 people

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Vatican Museums

Your tour will start in the Vatican Museums and Upper Galleries. These include one of the Maps, one of the Tapestries, and one of Candelabra. The galleries are connecting the north section of the Vatican Palace with the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter’s. The rooms preserved many Roman statues discovered during the excavations and many spectacular painted rooms.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello

Then, you will move to the Raphael Rooms, which were part of the apartment of Pope Julius II. Here you will see also the Parnassus, the Dispute over the Sacrament, and the Room of Signatura painted by Raphael. When the artist was painting here, his rival Michelangelo was working of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums

Then, you will move to the rooms painted by Pinturicchio and commissioned by the Spanish Pope Alexander VI Borgia: the Borgia Apartment. These are inside the oldest section of the Apostolic Palace and its main rooms conserve a collection of contemporary and modern works of art.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums

Finally, you will reach the modern and contemporary art galleries. These galleries exist thanks to the numerous donations made for Pope Paul VI, who called back to the Church the modern and contemporary artists recreating the link between art and church during a speech in the Sistine Chapel. Among the many famous artworks, you will admire Matisse's, Chagall's, Dalì's, and Bacon 's ones.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

Then, you will enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with the Frescoes painted in the 1500s for the Pope Julius II and Paul III; Michelangelo first painted the Ceiling where he represented the Creation of the World, from the Genesis book, and stories of Noah’s life. The Renaissance “Genius” when he was 61 years old he will come back to paint in five years only Last Judgement on the wall behind the altar.

Duration: 30 minutes

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