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Vatican Museums with Niccolina Chapel

Private Access to the Niccolina Chapel as well as a full experience of the main Galleries, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica

Focus

  • Art
  • Religion

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

09:30

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 and Sistine Chapel
  • Exclusive access to the Niccolina Chapel
  • 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/accommodation after the tour
  • Extras


Sites you’ll visit

  • Vatican Museums
  • Niccolina Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Famous throughout the world, the multiple galleries and rooms can take days to visit although only just over a third of the art that Popes throughout the centuries have collected is on show to the public. The museums house an immense collection that includes some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world along with some of the most precious Ancient Rome and Egyptian statues.
  • One of the secret rooms of the Vatican Museum is the Niccolina Chapel, a small but gorgeous place which was the private chapel of a Pope of the XV century. Discover the amazing frescos that are seem to engulf the chapel, dating back six centuries!
  • You will be fascinated by the Raphael Rooms, not only by their beauty as soon as your eyes feast upon the previous private pope apartments but also for the hidden political messages entwined through the fantastic frescos he left. Raphael was called to work in the Vatican when he was just 25 years old, by the Pope Julius II and from that day he was a great rival of Michelangelo, who are both considered masters of the Renaissance Age.
  • 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

Get off the beaten paths and enjoy special access to the Vatican Museums that includes an exclusive permission to visit the Niccolina Chapel, generally closed to the rest of the public. Start your tour exploring the galleries of the Museums that house an impressive collection of artwork and be stunned by masterpieces of great artists.

Follow your private, knowledgeable and amazing tour guide through a maze of artwork and learn interesting stories and anecdotes. Continue with the Niccolina Chapel, one of the secret rooms of the Vatican Museums situated in the heart of the Apostolic Palace, close to Raphael’s lodge and the areas where the apartment of Julius II and Leo X would later be established. Admire the sumptuous decoration of the Chapel, one of the great works of fifteenth-century Italy and is probably the peak of what may be defined as the Florentine painter’s “Christian humanism”. Walk through the Raphael's Rooms, the four papal rooms famous for their frescoes painted by Raphael, one of the most important art figures of the High Reneissance in Rome.

Once inside the Sistine Chapel, you will be able to admire the golden decorations, priceless frescoes and the hidden meaning behind two masterpieces by Michelangelo : The Creation of Adam and Eve and The Last Judgment. End your tour visiting St. Peter's Basilica where you will find Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldachin.

Useful information

  • Not available on Sunday.
  • Not suggested on Wednesday morning due to the Papal Audience.
  • 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 7 days 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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