The Vatican and the Castle

Upgrade your Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour visiting Castel S. Angelo, the Castle of the Pope near St. Peter’s basilica.

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What’s included

First-class tour with a private guide

Special skip-the-line tickets

Fluent English Speaking guides with a background in archaeology, history and art

Entertaining and insightful explanations

Highlights

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Our Vatican and Castle tour includes the most important sights in Vatican City (the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica) combined with Castel S. Angelo, one of the oldest and most luxurious papal residences in Rome.


Duration: about 5 hours

The Vatican Museum is not only notorious for the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Raphael but also for its crowded galleries and endless lines. That’s why we think that the best way to see the Vatican is taking a customized private tour. You’ll skip the lines and visit the best attractions with your private tour guide.

Learn all about the history of the Vatican, the magnificent collections of the Museum and the lives of the popes who commissioned the most talented artists to create unique artworks that still inspire and attract visitors from all over the world.

During your Vatican Museum and Castel S. Angelo tour, your expert guide will lead you through the frescoed rooms and galleries, helping you to make the most of your time in the Vatican. You’ll discover all the highlights and also some less famous hidden gems. How long has the Pope been living in the Vatican? Why was this place chosen? You guide will tell you all about the remarkable history of the Vatican, but don’t hesitate to ask your own questions.

Discover 3,000 years of art history, including Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, Renaissance art, colorful tapestries, paintings and architecture. You’ll encounter the two main artists of the Renaissance in Rome, Michelangelo and Raphael, learning all about their artistic genius and fierce rivalry. Gaze at their most remarkable masterpieces: the Raphael Rooms, famous for their colors, sense of movement and dramatic composition, and the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll admire Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece and learn how he changed the art world forever.

Your guide will tell you about St. Peter’s life, his martyrdom and his grave, showing you the highlights of the Basilica: Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s Baldacchino (canopy), the main altar and more. You’ll pass through St. Peter’s Square, embraced by Bernini’s colonnade, where you can admire the Pope’s residence and the Swiss Guards, the official bodyguards of the Popes, in their colorful uniforms. Which window does the Pope use for his Sunday speeches? Your guide will show you!

After the Vatican tour you can enjoy a break on your way to Castel S. Angelo, which is just a 10 minute walk from the Vatican Museum. Your guide will be happy to recommend an authentic local bar or ice cream shop, so you can enjoy an excellent coffee or gelato. After your break you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the last part of your private tour.

Once at the castle you will skip the line, and enter directly, ready to discover one of the most beautiful and ancient off-the-beaten path sights in Rome. You’ll learn all about its incredible history, discovering how it was transformed over nearly 2,000 years. In fact, Castel S. Angelo was built as the tomb of Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D. and then, on behalf of the Papacy, transformed into a luxurious private residence. Discover how this remarkable building was once used as a prison, and hear the stories of some of the people imprisoned there. You’ll pass through the tomb of Emperor Hadrian, the frescoed rooms of the Papal residence, right to the top of the building. The terrace offers some of the most spectacular views of Rome, across the river and historic center.

Take an active part in your own tour and enjoy all the advantages of our fully-customized service! Join our Vatican Museum with Castel S. Angelo tour for unforgettable memories of your trip to Rome.

Sights Included

Vatican Museum
Gallery of the Maps,Gallery of the Tapestries
Raphael Rooms & School of Athens
Sistine Chapel
Ceiling and Last Judgment by Michelangelo
Renaissance frescos by Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio
St. Peter’s Basilica
Michelangelo’s Pietà
Bernini’s Baldacchino
Castel Sant'Angelo
Breathtaking views
Unforgettable frescoes

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Price:

420 € up to 2 people, 30 € per each additional adult.
Kids under 18 pay only 15 € each.
Pick up and transportation by cab included*.
Tickets are extra, but we'll get them for you.
Ticket price: 45 € for the adults, 20 € for the kids under 18

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*Pick up and transportation are included only if you’re staying within the pick up area. If your hotel is not in the pick up area, we will find the best solution to accommodate your needs.  Click here to see the free pick up area 

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