Vatican Tour (Private)
The Vatican is visited by five to six million tourists every single year, and it offers its visitors an unmatched collection of artistic treasures. The Vatican museums hold artwork gathered by a lone line of Popes across many centuries, and among their holdings are found some of the most celebrated of Classical sculptures and most renowned paintings of the Renaissance.
In the public areas of the Palace of the Vatican, you will view the four “Raphael Rooms” with their famous frescoes and the still-intact “Raphael’s Workshop.” The full museum contains an astounding 54 art galleries, and the very last gallery is known as the Sistine Chapel. Both Raphael’s wall frescoes and Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes form a continuous sequence and are at the very pinnacle of the Roman Renaissance.
The Sistine Chapel is technically a part of the Pope’s official residence, but it is also a part of the regular tour route through the Vatican Museums. It was named after Pope Sixtus IV, whose project it was to restore and beautify the chapel in the late 15th Century. The depictions of creation and other Biblical stories on the ceiling and walls and such famous works of Michelangelo as the Last Judgment, the Life of Moses, and the Life of Christ, are an almost overwhelming sight. Portraits of the Judgment, the Life of Moses, and the Life of Christ, are an almost overwhelming sight. Portraits of the various Popes are also present, which is particularly appropriate since this is the place where new Popes are selected.
The Sistine Chapel is also an architectural wonder, most especially its enormous dome, and it ranks among the largest churches in the world. It is cited by Catholic tradition as burial place of the Apostle Peter and is one of the most sacred buildings of the Roman Catholic Church.
On our Vatican Tour, we will explore all of the most important parts of the tiny but much-visited Vatican City. The tour lasts for three hours and begins at 3:00pm.