- Sistine Chapel
- Vatican Museums
- St. Peter's Basilica
- Skip-the-line tickets
- 4 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
After, we will make the trek over to the Vatican Palace, discussing papal history as we start on the ‘percoso classico’, the path to some of the world’s most famous ancient and Renaissance paintings and sculptures. Along the way we’ll make a number of stops, including the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and either the Raphael Rooms or the Pinacoteca, connecting the dots between the history and aesthetic significance of these masterpieces as we walk.
Our last stop will be St. Peter’s Basilica, where we’ll gaze upon the profound beauty of Michelangelo’s Pietà and survey the church’s celebrated architectural features, before heading out to St. Peter’s Square for a peek at the Swiss Guards.
Do people with disabilities pay to enter the Vatican?
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
While it is possible to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in a wheelchair, there is no wheelchair access from the Sistine Chapel to St Peter's Basilica. If you use a wheelchair, please contact us to discuss alternate options.
Theresa is an art historian and author of "Creating and Contemplating the Renaissance Garden". She holds a Master's degree in Art History and is intensely interested in the layers of Rome and unfolding the city's depth through seminar teaching and freelance writing. She is a contributing writer on Italian travel for The New York Post and The Buffalo News and has been involved as editor and consultant for several Italian and English language travel and academic book publications.
Simona is a Roman archaeologist specialized in the Late Imperial and Middle Ages periods. She graduated in Archaeology and Ancient History from the Sapienza University of Rome and subsequently obtained her higher degree in Restoration and Heritage preservation. Currently she works as field director on excavations and restorations for the Superintendency of Rome and Latium (Ministry of Cultural Heritage). She is also deeply involved in an international project (CNR) the scope of which is the application of high technology to artefact conservation and ancient structure preservation. Last but not least, Simona also enjoys combining food and archaeology, a passion that grew during her dissertation, in which she studied the majolicas of the Colosseum and the foods that they contained, and how eating habits evolved over time.
Sabrina graduated in Art History at the Sapienza University of Rome and went on to complete a postgraduate degree in History of Medieval and Modern Art. Since 1993, she has worked for some of the most important art museums in Rome, such as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. She is very active on the publishing side; her papers and books focus on 19th- and 20th-century Roman art. She is vice president of Archivio dell'Ottocento Romano, a cultural association pursuing and promoting scholarly research on the Roman artistic production of the 19th century, and curator of Galleria Prencipe, an art gallery where she organizes 19th-century and contemporary art exhibitions, but also courses, conferences and lectures led by eminent specialist art historians and archaeologists.
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