Vatican Museums, viale Vaticano, 100
2 ½ hours
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Experience the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel by skipping the long crowds of tourists and entering with this reserved tour quickly. This is a reserved tour, as only a small group of people are allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. An intimate event that turns into a private tour.
The tour route, in the company of an expert art history guide, takes visitors through the most important cultural and religious sites inside the Vatican Museums: Classical antiquity at the Pius Clementine Museum, Renaissance art at the Gallery of Maps and Tapestries, Christian pictorial art at the Pinacoteca, modern art at the Collection of Contemporary Art, the Raphael Rooms andthe Sistine Chapel with the famous Vault by Michelangelo.
The Sistine Chapel is the most representative masterpiece of the entire Italian Renaissance and one of the most important works of art in the world. Pope Sistius IV, whose name it bears, had it built, commissioning artists such as Botticelli,Perugino and Girlandaio to fresco the side walls of the chapel with stories of the prophet Moses and Jesus.
Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to decorate the ceiling. The Tuscan master, basically a sculptor, created an enormous fresco there that is widely considered his great masterpiece: ‘the Vault’ depicts the stories of Genesis surrounded by giant Prophets and Sibyls. After 25 years, Michelangelo was called upon again to fresco the wall behind the altar with the work “The JudgementUniversal“.
Permitted clothing for this tour includes trousers and skirts that must cover knees and shoulders, sleeveless blouses or tank tops are not permitted. It is advisable to bring a scarf to cover yourself if you are wearing summer clothes before entering the churches. It is forbidden to wear hats, carry rucksacks, suitcases and containers.
N.B. Refunds are possible up to 24 hours before the date of the tour. This tour is not accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Punctuality is recommended.
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