Explore the vast collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture and frescoes at the Vatican Museums with this privileged access pass. Escape the long queues and gain exclusive entry to the museums an hour ahead of the general public. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the world famous Sistine Chapel. Enjoy an exclusive buffet dinner under the moonlight in the scenic surrounds of the Pinecone Courtyard.
The English speaking expert guide will escort you through the galleries, decorated with works from the most famous names of the Renaissance, including Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Octagonal Courtyards.
You will also visit the picturesque St Peter’s Basilica and the patio overseeing the lovely Vatican Gardens. Your expert guide will reveal the vast artistic history of Rome, detailing the formation of pagan Roman statues and contemporary Christian art.
This specially designed tour shows all Rome’s most famous artworks including Michelangelo’s ‘Last Judgement’ or Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘St Jerome’. See Christianity in a new light and gain insight into the religious history of Vatican through these impressive pieces of art.
26 Apr 18 - 26 Oct 18: FridayDuration
4 hoursStart time
At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition.
The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani.
Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani metro A station: When you step off the metro, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Leave the station and walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3 ½ blocks, crossing three junctions (1. Via Vespiano 2. Via Leona IV and 3. Via Santamaura) before getting to Via Tunisi, the fourth junction.
Turn left down Via Tunisi and walk straight for a block. In front of you will be a set of wide steps with a handrail running down the center. Your meeting point is at the BOTTOM of these steps.
In total, the walk from the metro station to the meeting point should take around 10 – 15 minutes.
Arriving from St. Peter's Square: Facing St. Peter's Basilica from the center of piazza (near the obelisk), turn right (north) and exit the piazza through the columns. Follow the Vatican walls (which will always be on your left side) all the way around to the entrance of the Vatican Museums (the entrance is on the left as you go uphill on Viale Vaticano.) This walk should take around 15 – 20 minutes.
At the Vatican Museum entrance, cross the street at the pedestrian crossing. Straight ahead of you at the intersection of streets Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi you should see Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano. Between these buildings you will see a wide set of steps with a handrail running down the middle. Our meeting point is at the BOTTOM of these steps.
Arriving by Taxi: Please notify driver to arrive at the "Ingresso dei Musei Vaticani in Viale Vaticano" (entrance to the Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano).
The taxi should leave you at the entrance of the Vatican Museums, situated along the long, high wall that marks the border of the Vatican. From here, cross the street at the pedestrian crossing. Straight ahead of you at the intersection of streets Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi you should see Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano. Between these buildings you will see a wide set of steps with a handrail running down the middle. Our meeting point is at the BOTTOM of these steps.
GPS Coordinates: 41.907262, 12.45304
Meeting Point: See on map
Meet your expert guide at the bottom of the wide steps, across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi.
Whisk past lengthy queues and enjoy privileged access to the museum an hour before the general public hours with this exclusive tour. You will be escorted to the breathtakingly beautiful Pinecone Courtyard for a buffet dinner of local delicacies, coupled with exotic wine.
After a sumptuous dinner, your expert guide will lead you inside the museum for the most important part of the tour. Vatican Museums has 54 galleries, housing one of the largest art collections in the world. The expert guide will help you navigate through the maze of halls adorned with stunning artworks.
The Vatican Museums contain a vast store of artworks, ranging from the ancient to the contemporary. The world-famous Sistine Chapel is a key stop on the tour.
The most prominent galleries visited during the tour are:
Sistine Chapel: The Sistine Chapel is decorated from floor to ceiling with works from some of the most famous names of the Renaissance. Michelangelo’s ceiling and altar frescoes hung here are considered one of his greatest achievements as an artist.
Raphael’s rooms: Pope Julius II commissioned Raphael to redecorate his suite of apartments, which came to be known as Raphael’s rooms. The frescoes in these rooms mark the height of the Renaissance era in Rome. They also house Raphael’s most famous fresco, ‘The School of Athens’, which represents the greatest minds of the time coming together and sharing their knowledge.
Gallery of Maps: Opulent and impressive, The Gallery of Maps will leave you awestruck. It houses the largest cycle of geographic paintings ever created. In this gallery, you will find snowcapped mountains, whimsical boats, fabulous sea creatures and even the mythological god of the sea, Neptune, presented in these elaborate maps.
Gallery of Tapestries: This 75 metre-long gallery houses many splendid tapestries from two different time periods. They depict the lives of both the Barberini Pope Urban VIII and Jesus, known as the ‘Adoration of Magi’ and the ‘Resurrection of Christ’.
Octagonal Courtyard: The courtyard showcases an extraordinary collection of antique sculptures. Take note of the three most significant sculptures in the collection, the Apollo Belvedere, Perseus - the head of Medusa between two boxers, and the celebrated Laocoon Group.
This tour will also take you to magnificent outdoor locations like St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Gardens. Stand under the dome of the basilica, known as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom”, and marvel at the finesse of Italian Renaissance architecture. Enjoy a stroll on the open patio overlooking the beautiful gardens of Vatican.
The tour ends at the Vatican Museum and you should make your arrangements to return to your accommodation.
*St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or an alternative. We endeavor to inform guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, however, this is not always possible. In such cases, we are unable to provide any refund or discount.
We strongly recommend you consult a map before leaving for the meeting point.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance.
Our coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets to be easily recognizable at the meeting point.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
Entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered, no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for both men and women.
Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited.
The Vatican Museums are among the most highly trafficked sites in the world. Our tour routes are designed to minimize exposure to crowds as much as possible, but be aware that the museums are very busy by nature.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.