Vatican City – Basic tour
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter’s Basilica
The Vatican City State is one of the most visited touristic site in the world. Visitors from all over the world come here to visit the Vatican Museums (house of the famous Sistine Chapel) and the Basilica of St. Peter.
The Museums are gigantic: it would take you a lifetime to explore the collection in full.
I’ve been working as an official tour guide of the Museums since 2009, so I’m very experienced about this specific itinerary: I can suggest you the best timing for the visit and which sections are more interesting for you.
This selection is based on my experience of archaeologist and 10 years of private tours in the Vatican City: at the end of the tour, let me unveil for you the supreme art of the Sistine Chapel, the masterpiece of Michelangelo, and the majestic Papal Basilica of Saint Peter.
Departureat the Vatican Museums main entrance
Dress Codeknees and shoulders must be covered. Bermuda and Capri pants OK, NO shorts
Vatican Museums (Pius Clementinum and Galleries)
St. Peter's Basilica
- the Basilica of St. Peter is a working church, so can close without notice for religious events , funerals, pilgrimages, security reasons. I'm NOT responsible for this issue, but I'll do my best to provide the tour as described. In case of an unplanned closure of the Basilica of St.Peter we'll visit another section of the Museums.
- timing may change depending on your pace and level of interest
- This tour is not available on Wednesdays (there is the Papal Audience in the St.Peter's Plaza) and Sundays, and on Catholic festivities.
- You'll see the Sistine Chapel at the very end of the tour. It's not possible to visit only the Chapel.
- From April to October, the Museum welcomes 30.000 visitors per day. Avoid this tour if you hate crowds