Eyes of Rome

Vatican Gardens First-Class: A Secret Way to the Sistine Chapel

Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the Vatican Gardens, skipping the crowded Museum galleries, including a Secret Connection to the Sistine Chapel

Focus

  • Art
  • Nature
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Enjoy the exclusive Vatican Gardens- over 60 acres spread over half of Vatican City full of history and unexpected art pieces

Avoid the often crowded Vatican Museums and led straight into the Sistine Chapel before accessing St. Peter's Basilica

Enjoy a tour en plein air and admire the Vatican state from a different perspective

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

3.5 hours

START TIME

08:30

TRANSFER

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Transfer to the tour site included

NOT AVAILABLE

Wednesday, Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Blue badge certified private tour guide
  • Skip the line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Exclusive tour to the Vatican Gardens with an Internal Vatican Guide
  • Exclusive VIP passage from the Gardens to the Sistine Chapel via the Sala Nozze Aldobrandini (usually closed to the public)
  • Fast Entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • One Way Transfer from your hotel/accommodation to the tour site
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Drop Off back to your hotel after the tour (available upon request)

Sites you’ll visit

  • Vatican Gardens
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • These Private Gardens to the Pope stretch 57 acres over Vatican city, meaning they actually cover most of the Vatican state! The gardens are full of fountains and sculptures dating back to the eras of Renaissance and Baroque.
  • Definitely the most known work of art of all time, the frescoes by Michelangelo are considered the finest work of art ever created by Man. The iconic narration of the vault dedicaded to the Holy Creation and the Bible is a pendant of the huge wall scene (60 feet tall) just behind the altar: the “Last Judgment” with its 391 figures. The side walls welcomed Michelangelo’s creation with pre-existing stories of the Life of Jesus and Moses by Botticelli and the Renaissance masters. Despite the religious dedication, the meaning of the Sistine Chapel trascends the time and space of the Church and reveals its universal meaning for mankind.
  • The largest Basilica in the world is also home to worldwide masterpieces like the famous Pietà by Michelangelo! it even houses an underground crypt for Popes, of which can be visited. The Basilica has a big influence from Michelangelo and you can see his art work throughout. The Basilica was originally built above the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles, where the Pope visits every Christmas or Easter Time.

Tour description

This Special Vatican tour covers all of the not-to-be-missed sites within the Vatican.

Avoid the crowds, congestion, sweat and stuffy rooms with our fresh Vatican Gardens and Sistine Chapel Private Access Tour.

Your journey beings with pickup from your hotel or preferred accommodation within Rome's City Center. The Vatican Museums is one of the most visited museums in the world and there is only one way to truly avoid the crowds inside during high season- by skipping the upper Galleries where crowds concentrate; going at a slow pace, creating a bottleneck and wasting your time.

You can beat the traffic by opting to visit the beautiful Vatican Gardens with your private tour guide and access the Sistine Chapel by taking a shortcut. Immerse yourself into the colorful pathways which are complemented by priceless artwork, fountains, alluring flowers and Renaissance architecture. Gaze at the giant labyrinth adorned by Lebanese Cedars catching all the details and hidden treasures within. 

Continue your private tour with quick access to the Sistine Chapel directly from the Vatican Gardens. Listen to an explanation of Michelangelo’s masterpiece commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV as the center of Christendom, unveiling the artist’s secret meaning behind the artwork.

With your guide take advantage of quick access to St. Peter’s Basilica where you will end your tour with the touching statue of La Pietà as well as the great Bernini’s Baldacchino and holy St. Peter’s Sepulcrum.

You will feel more relaxed and energetic after our open air, green tour without having to miss the two highlights of a Vatican Tour: the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Enjoy and keep the secret to yourself!


Useful information

  • Not available on Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Not suggested for wheelchair users
  • Even with your ‘Skip the Line’ ticket you are NOT exempt from the line (queue) for the Security Check. As you enter in the Museums all visitors and their bags have to be screened under metal detectors and to be checked by the Vatican guards.
  • It is not possible to bring large bags or backpacks, as well as bulky bags, big umbrellas and selfie-sticks. All weapons, hazardous or flammable objects are strictly forbidden.
  • Food and beverages are permitted but must be checked.
  • Appropriate clothing is recommended, especially in high season when visiting some important holy sites, such as Basilicas and Churches. Shoulders and knees have to be covered (Sistine Chapel included).


Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge 50 % of your bookingfor no-shows or cancellations made within 168 hours of your tour date. For bookings confirmed through deposit-downpayment, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge the remaining tour balance on the day of the tour on the credit card provided during check out
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 168 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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