Discover the Vatican's top attractions following the explanations and route traced by your expert tour guide! This experience is part of Iconic Insiders, a selection of tours designed for first time visitors to uncover what matters and get oriented in a new city. Your destination insider is a licensed guide who will offer recommendations and highlight the most visually attractive places of the itinerary.
With a collection of more than 70,000 works of art gathered by the popes over the centuries, some 20,000 of which are displayed in 54 galleries, the Vatican Museums are counted among the biggest museums in the world. Not only they have a record of grandeur, but they also contain priceless treasures including the best known Ancient Roman statues and the most iconic works of the Renaissance. Next to the museum, rises the majestic St. Peter's Basilica, "the greatest of all churches of Christendom", which holds additional gems of inestimable artistic and religious value.
Begin your experience by skipping the long lines and accessing the Vatican Museums. Once inside, your guide will lead you through its labyrinthic structure covering the most important parts of it. Walk along the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Candelabra, take your time to appreciate the masterpieces by Raphael, Bellini, Leonardo, Titian, and Caravaggio, and admire in awe the frescoes realized by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel. Then, head to the Basilica where you'll have the chance to appreciate Bernini's baldachin, Pietà by Michelangelo, and the outstanding dome.