What awaits you
You will have the option of early entry and a rich breakfast included. You will then be able to visit the most fascinating and mysterious places in the Vatican. An invaluable heritage to discover the Cortile della Pigna, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Belvedere, the Galleries of Tapestries, Candelabra and Geographical Maps, the Raphael Rooms and much more. With us you will have the privilege of visiting the Gabinetto delle Maschere (room closed to the public).
We will choose for you only the best guides, the most charismatic and attentive to your needs.
Let yourself be guided in the discovery of Raphael and Michelangelo by one of our official and expert guides. You will take a leap into the heart of Christianity. The visit will last approximately three hours: the Cortile del Belvedere, the Cortile della Pigna, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Geographical Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Raphael Rooms. You will have the opportunity to see a room closed to the public completely in private: the Gabinetto delle Maschere located in the Pio Clementino Museum, owes its name to the beautiful mosaic from Villa Adriana in Tivoli and which depicts bucolic scenes and theatrical masks. At the end of the tour you will be able to admire the Sistine Chapel live.
Minors aged between 6 and 18, upon presentation of an identity document.
Students aged 25 or under (completed) in possession of a document issued by the school or university proving enrollment for the current year.
Children under the age of 6
Don't miss the opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of the Vatican Museums with us. In 1506 Pope Julius II blesses the first stone of the new St. Peter's Basilica, placing a sculpture from the 1st century BC in the Vatican. C. popped out that year on a cold February morning from the soil of a vineyard in Rome: the Laocoon, perhaps the most celebrated statue of antiquity. Pope Julius II had sent his architect Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo to the site. They had no doubts: that was the famous sculptural group that Pliny the Elder had seen and described in the palace of Emperor Titus. A month later the Laocoon was in the Vatican by the will of the Pope: the first of a collection of masterpieces which would later become the Pontifical Museum. Laocoon was the Trojan priest who had guessed the deception of the wooden horse with which the Greeks were about to take over the city. Before he could warn his fellow citizens, two snakes sent by enemy gods killed him and his two sons. As the founder of the new Christian Rome, Pope Julius II judged the discovery of the Laocoon "providential". He placed the statue in the Belvedere courtyard, on the highest level of the Vatican hill and soon joined other ancient masterpieces already in his possession, including the Apollo del Belvedere. On the artists whom Julius II called to work in the Vatican - and also on many artists of the following centuries - those statues had an extraordinary impact. The prophet Jonah who dominates the vault of the Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo has his model in the Laocoon. Even the Christ of the Last Judgment painted by Michelangelo himself has the body of Laocoon and the face of Apollo Belvedere.