Vip Vatican Afternoon Private Tour
Are you looking to make the most out of your visit to the Vatican Museums but you are not a morning person? Even for tourists who prefer a lie in, there are still options to visit the Vatican Museums without kicking your heels in the long ticket lines that the infamous Vatican Museums attracts. This complex of Museums hosts thousands of artworks, from all periods, for all artistic tastes. Therefore, it is not surprising that they would attract a huge number of tourists on a daily basis. Most tourists try and get there early so that they avoid overcrowding. However, the Explore Italy team has designed a tour for our tourists who have enjoyed a night of Italian wine and entertainment before visiting the Vatican and so this tour will start at 2 PM. Do you want to know the best part of it? We will pick you up from your preferred location! More than that, this is a private tour, which means that you will not only skip the lines, but you will benefit from the undivided attention of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. This tour is designed for a minimum of two people, so you choose who joins you in this Vatican adventure! You can now discover what one of the world’s most famous museums has to offer at your own pace, with your loved ones, at a time convenient for you.
Discover the never-ending corridors of the Vatican Museums with your own guide With such an extensive collection of art, around 7 kilometres of art corridors to be more precise, anyone can miss the most important parts of the Museums, or even get lost. You will be relieved to have a guide with you that knows the Museums like the back of their hand who will talk you through the historical, artistic, and cultural wealth preserved inside the walls of the Vatican Museums. Your experience will get much more organised, and you will not waste any time. You will explore the rooms of the Museums at your own pace and with a lot of time on hand to focus on the most intricate details. As you discover countless galleries your guide will be on hand to explain the meaning and background of the statues, paintings, tapestries, and mosaics that you will see. The collections that you will see are either pat of Popes’ own collections or they have been gathered from the world’s most famous and wealthy individuals who donated artworks to the Catholic Church. You will mender through places such as the Candelabra Gallery, a gallery divided into 6 superbly designed rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries exhibiting Raffaello Sanzio’s perfectly preserved tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps displaying global maps created by Roman topographers centuries ago. Centuries of artwork in the same place!
Marvel at the famous masterpiece of Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel ceiling You will also reach the famous Sistine Chapel, where you can find Michelangelo’s “pièce de résistance”. It took 9 years for the famous Florentine artist to complete these fantastic frescoes. Your assigned guide will have you enthralled with fascinating stories as you weave your way through the Sistine Chapel. Your expert guide will explain to you the full spectrum of the story, starting with the break from the Middle Ages, that became known as the Renaissance, to the hidden stories behind the artwork and the unique genius of Michelangelo. The marvellous frescoes illustrate symbolic scenes from the Bible. Out of the 9 famous panels of the ceiling, the most famous painting is the “Creation of Adam”, who provokes awe amongst its visitors and has changed the way humanity perceives the beauty and the divine. To say that the colours of the Chapel are beautiful, would be an understatement, the colours are so vivid and graceful that they would leave anyone speechless. Talking and taking pictures are not permitted in the Chapel, which will make the experience much more inspiring. Your guide will make sure to give you and your group a description of the artwork within the chapel and will answer all your questions once out.
Privileged fast track entry to St Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world After visiting the Sistine Chapel you will get privileged fast track entry to St Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. This private tour, will end with the Basilica, where you will go through 2,000 years worth of history and art. Since St Peter’s Basilica is the mother church of the Catholic Faith it is of tremendous significance for Christianity. While many tourists come for religious reasons, St. Peter’s Basilica is heavily visited by people of all faiths and beliefs. In case you are wondering why it is because the basilica houses many ancient and renaissance treasures. One such treasure is Michelangelo’s famous “Pietà”, an incredibly moving piece of art. This sculpture portrays Mary holding her son Jesus after his crucifixion. The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter is also a fabulous example of baroque architecture and décor. The man behind this style is Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who designed the jaw-dropping “Baldacchino”, a large bronze canopy towering the tomb of St. Peter. Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica at the end of an afternoon tour will be a pacifying, yet insightful experience. From here, you can explore what is perhaps one of the most famous plazas, or at least the plaza with the most fascinating architecture, St. Peter’s Square.
What to know: While visiting the Vatican, all tourists are asked to abide by the city’s dress code. This implies that everyone needs to have their shoulders and knees covered. We appreciate that the Mediterranean summer temperatures can get quite hot. We recommend having a bottle of water with you at all times and bringing a light scarf to cover yourself when it is required. All visitors must pass through airport-style security and hats, food, and metal tools are not permitted in the Museums. Moreover, St Peter’s Basilica is not only the world’s largest Catholic church, but it is also an active church, which implies that access can be restricted due to liturgical ceremonies.