Rome Vatican Museums tour (with tour guide)

Discover Masterpieces at the Vatican Museums with an Expert Guide

Type: Shared and private tour options available
Duration: 3 hours 
Availability: Monday to Saturday (unavailable on religious holidays)
Special information: Please note that entry to the Vatican and Basilica requires appropriate attire (no shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders please)

A full guided tour of Vatican City: Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel - Gallery of the Tapestries

The Vatican Museums are considered among the most important in the world and a visit to them is a must for anyone traveling to Rome. Here, over the years, the Popes have gathered and preserved for future generations some of the greatest masterpieces of all time, and some of the most precious artefacts of the past. Initially, the Popes placed the art collections found in their palaces at the disposition of the public, for the good of culture. At the beginning of the 1500s, Julius II was the first to expose, in the Octagonal Courtyard, a selection of valuable ancient sculptures. At the end of the eighteenth century, at Clement XIV and Pius VI's initiative, the first organised artistic collection was opened to the public. From that time onwards, works continued to be added, resulting in a collection that covers a vast period of time in history, and a wide geographical scope, stretching from the world of ancient Egypt until today.

This is a wonderful choice for all those visiting Rome, and especially so if you have an interest in art and religious architecture.


Tour itinerary

The tour begins through Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads and follows the ancient Aurelian Walls that once surrounded the ancient city. En route, you will see the famous Villa Borghese Park and the northern gate of the ancient city leading into Piazza del Popolo, where you will see an Egyptian obelisk dating back to the time of Ramses II. Finally, on arrival at the Vatican Walls, your guide will then lead you around the Vatican Museums, where you will be treated to a detailed tour with a description of the history of this famous building from your expert tour guide. You will then take the beautiful spiral staircase and continue through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel, which makes the most wonderful finale to your time discovering Vatican City. Here, you can spend time observing the beauty of this iconic place and see its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. 

If you would like to book this tour or you would like us to arrange any customised tour for you, please call one of our dedicated team on 01223 637331 or Click here to send us an enquiry.