Lets explore the newest concept in sightseeing by Gartour, the all new Elite Walking Tours. This means small groups, expert guides, and special attention to all the details of each unique itinerary.
With our new Vatican Elite Tour, you will join a small group walking tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica, and skip the line by booking ahead! With 2000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world you will be lead by an expert guide along the history of this outstanding Museum.
You will marvel at the sight of the Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous and visited sites in the world. Ordered in the late 15th century by Pope Sixtus IV (hence the name “Sistine” Chapel), it is the most emblematic example of papal patronage during the Renaissance period. Thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, you will have an unforgettable experience. This great artist created the masterpiece painting on the ceiling, The Creation of Adam, as well as the incomparable Last Judgment, on the altar wall.
But the Vatican Museums are not just the Sistine Chapel… along the tour our guide will show you more art jewels such as the Pio-Clementino halls with the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries. We will then leave the Vatican Museum and proceed to the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica. The dome of the Basilica was designed by Michelangelo who also designed the plan of the Renaissance church. Inside this church we will experience the beauty of the world famous sculpture La Pietà (another Michelangelo masterpiece and the only sculpture personally signed by the artist). And in the meantime, we will discover the originality of another art genius, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Thanks to him you can admire the extremely impressive Baldachin Altar (in gold and bronze), and the splendid Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square. In booking this tour, you will find it to be the highlight of your holiday. Join us for this unique art experience within such rich architectural history. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, you can then decide to stay in Vatican city for the rest of the day, or join any of our other afternoon Elite Tours.
** Entrance into the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code. Gartour cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Please note that on Wednesday mornings, when the Papal Audience takes place, there is the chance of the St Peter’s Basilica being closed for the public. In this case we offer and extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums. **