The 110 acres that comprise the Vatican City are home to some of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. The global centre of the Catholic religion attracts millions of fervent religious supporters and interested visitors each year. As you pass the famed Pontifical Swiss Guard, the Pope’s security force since 1505, you’ll enter perhaps the most recognizable plaza in the Western world: St. Peter’s Square.
Given the Vatican’s importance as a religious and historical destination, it’s no surprise that it is consistently brimming with tourists. Attractions like the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel regularly have long lines for entrance, and papal addresses are heard by thousands of people beneath the window of the Apostolic Palace.
Throughout history, wealthy and famous visitors have presented the Popes with some of the most important works of art in Western history. These include multiple sculpture museums with special galleries dedicated to statues, busts, and masks. Even more impressive is the collection of paintings with works by Da Vinci, Bellini, Titian, and a suite of rooms dedicated to the frescoes of Raphael.
The Sistine Chapel has drawn admirers from around the world for over five hundred years, ever since the completion of Michelangelo’s great Sistine Chapel ceiling. The magnificent frescoes that make up Michelangelo’s famous ceiling include The Creation of Adam, an iconic depiction of a Biblical scene; only Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa matches its artistic significance. To be admired in silence, the Sistine Chapel provokes awe amongst its visitors with breath-taking art and architecture in all directions. In order to prepare you for the grandeur of the Chapel’s interior, our guides will offer a helpful history of the art inside and provide orientation to better direct your exploration.
After this you will be left, through a priority entrance, in St. Peters Basilica, the greatest piece of Renaissance architecture as well as being largest church in the world, to explore at your own leisure
When it comes to visiting the historic sites of the Vatican, it’s worth it to pay for a premium tour experience. Our Ultimate Semi-Private Vatican & Sistine chapel tour paves the way for you to visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in all its beauty.
Along with this tour you can use t panoramic bus with the Hop-On Hop-Off ticket for the duration chosen; These are a 24 or 48 hour pass. You have 10 stops at the most famous attractions all around Rome's city centre.
When on board you have digitally recorded commentary in 9 different languages. Hop on to explore the city and enjoy the best views of Rome’s distinctive landmarks and learn about its fascinating 2000+ years history.