See the Vatican without Crowds – Private Tour

 

 

Explore the Vatican at night and walk through the corridor and the rooms of the papal apartments while outside is getting dark and add a touch of mystery to your Vatican tour. This is a tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

A visit to the Vatican, the seat of the papacy and home to several world-famous Museums, is for many a highlight of their trip to Rome, the Eternal City. This small but powerful independent state located across the Tiber river from Roma’s historic center hosts the most important edifice of the Catholic Church, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and several of the most important masterpieces of the art world. The Basilica—world’s largest—is a major attraction not only for believers but for European art, architecture and history enthusiasts. A sacred space, the Basilica hosts the tomb of Saint Peter, the first ever pope, as well as those of other pontiffs included John Paul II. Furthermore, through its wonderfully crafted altar, frescoes, mosaics and majestic dome, this church is a testament of man’s fascination with beauty, which was chosen as a communication vehicle with the divine. During this tour of Vatican City with, you will see Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and Square! Join our group to live an unforgettable experience.

The richness of the pontiffs’ collection of art, sculpture, and objects so diverse as sarcophagi and even several mummies reflect the extent of the Vatican’s world dominance at its height. Often, men of great taste and means, the popes amassed an impressive collection of unique artifacts. Some of them—such as The Laocoön Group—have been displayed in the Vatican in the same room since 1506. Adding to that, the rooms and even the corridors of the museums are worthy attractions in their own right. Visitors are granted access to The Papal apartments, adorned with frescoes by Raffaello and Michelangelo, the Hall of Maps, the Borgia Apartment. Spread throughout 12,000 rooms, the Vatican Museums’ unique art treasures span over 4000 years of history. Collected by generations of powerful pontiffs and cardinals they highlight a millennia of papal influence. From Raphael’s frescoes to the red porphyry sarcophagi made for the relatives of Emperor Constantine to the Laocoon Group, one of the most impressive examples of ancient sculpture, showing a priest and his two sons attacked by a sea serpent, the Vatican Museums offer a wealth of attractions. Among the other things, you will admire the impressive Belvedere Torso, a stunning first-century marble statue that has influenced Michelangelo as he depicted the Sistine Chapel, the Hall of Maps, Giulio Romano’s depiction of the battle of Ponte Milvio, and much more.

During our tour of the Vatican, guests will visit The Sistine Chapel, dreamed up by 33-year-old Michelangelo, whose iconic frescoes depicting The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam are some of the most easily recognizable images in Western culture. The Sistine Chapel, named after Pope Sixtus IV (Sisto in Italian), the man who built it, represents one of the most accomplished examples of High Renaissance Art. Completed over four years by Michelangelo at the request of Pope Julius II, the frescoes, especially The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam have secured a place in art books as well as in popular culture. That simple yet powerful gesture by which God, depicted for the first time as a muscular figure, gives life to Adam by extending his finger is today one of the most iconic images one can think of. With its paintings covering 12,000sqft, the Sistine Chapel is until today pope’s private chapel and has served as the sole location of papal elections since 1870. With our licensed guides you will be able to skip the line again and reach St Peter’s Basilica through a dedicated corridor. Individual visitors need to exit from a secondary entrance and do not have access to the basilica unless they go all the way back to St Peter’s square to line up again, waiting to enter the Basilica. Without wasting time, our guest enter the Basilica via the Sistine Chapel in this private tour.

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