THE VATICAN: MUSEUMS AND BASILICA

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The Museums, a collection unrivalled in all the world, with works of art of huge importance, and the Basilica, which is the symbol of Christianity par excellence. A visit to the Vatican museums and the Basilica of St. Peter is an absolute must for every Rome itinerary, and with us you will skip the queque and enter directly into this wonder. The Laocoön and Apollo Belvedere, together with works by Michelangelo, Raffaello and Gian Lorenzo Bernini are just some of the highlights of a tour that allows us to enjoy the splendour of the Papal courts of the renaissance. The fruit of centuries of Papal commissions, the Vatican Museums offer a unique collection that ranges from art to archaeology, from history to numismatics. The itinerary is focused on the most important areas of the museum, beginning with the painting gallery, with works by Raffaello, Leonardo and Michelangelo, passing through the Pigna Courtyard, which was originally part of the residence of Julius II, one of the most influential Popes of the renaissance. It is thanks to him, in fact, that the collection contains some ancient masterpieces that continue today to form part of the foundations of the Vatican collection: the celebrated statues Laocoön and Apollo Belvedere, exhibited in the courtyard of the same name in addition to other ancient pieces that for centuries have been considered wondrous examples of beauty and perfection. From here the route takes us to the gallery of the candelabras and to the tapestry gallery, with pieces dating back to between the 16th and 17th centuries, then leading on to one of the most spectacular galleries of the museum, that of the geographical maps. The collection of this gallery represents a genuine masterpiece of art and science. Of particular note are the meticulous descriptions of the Italian regions as they appeared at the end of the 1500s. Further along visitors pass through the rooms that used to belong to the apartments of Pope Pius V. The route then leads to one of the most important examples of renaissance art, the rooms that Raffaello painted for Julius II, the frescoes depict the triumph of the church and also celebrate the Pope who commissioned them. From the apartments of Julius II, visitors pass to the apartments of one of the most controversial Popes of the renaissance, Alexander VI, whose rooms still house the rich collection of contemporary art and then finally on to the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s masterpiece seen in the decoration of the ceiling and on the extraordinary depiction of the Last Judgement. The Basilica of St. Peter, accessible without having to queue from the Sistine Chapel is the last stop on this visit: one of the most ancient churches in the world. Built on the tomb of Peter the apostle, today the church is a treasure trove of precious works of art such as the Pietà by Michelangelo and the St. Peter’s Baldachin by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

 

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PRIVATE TOUR
Kid Friendly: Yes
Disabled Friendly: Yes
Maximum travelers: 8

Starts: from 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Duration: 3 hours

 

 

PRICE
260€ per group

 

Admission fee and Skip the line tickets:

€ 35,00 per person over 18

€ 20,00 er person under 18 

MEETING POINT
Caffè Vaticano, Viale Vaticano n. 100 or at your Hotel