Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica Tour Description
The Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour is one of the most popular guided tours of Rome. Every Rome tour company offers a Vatican Tour. However, there are only a handful of Catholic tour operators in Rome, and our award winning tour company is considered the best and most Catholic.
If you're looking for a mediocre Vatican tour like everyone else then we're not for you. If however you're looking for a Catholic tour of the Vatican by committed Catholic tour guides with professional art history qualifications, then you have found the best tour.
Of course the Vatican City is at the heart of the Catholic Church and is in fact classified as a separate country. To truly understand the history and features that you will see in the Basilica of St Peter, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, things should be presented against the backdrop of Catholic belief. Only then does the full force and meaning of the features, monuments, statuary, art, architecture and splendour you will see, truly become clear.
Beginning in the Vatican Museums after skipping the long lines, you will take an educational journey through one of the largest collections of Greek and Roman statuary in the world and learn about the dedication and genius behind some of the greatest contributions to all of western art. Marvel at the most magnificent expression of Renaissance art in the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's world famous frescoed ceiling.
See the Rooms of Raphael, a man whose talents were said to have rivaled nature herself.
See St Peters Basilica one of the greatest monuments in all a Christendom built over the course of centuries above a simple Christian tomb at the base of the Vatican hill. This tomb of course contains the bones of St Peter himself. Why not also book our Sts Peter & Paul in Rome Tour to see the principal places associated with these two earliest saints including the Mamertine Prison where they were imprisoned, and the Basilica of St Paul where St Paul's body lies to this day...
Also within the Basilica of St Peter, one can wonder and contemplate the death of Christ before Michelangelo's 'Pieta', the most admired statue in all the world sculpted by the 23 year old hands of the most famous of renaissance artists Michelangelo Buonarroti. For the Catholics amongst you, you may even have the opportunity to have confession here in the very bosom of our Mother Church.
Eternal City Tours are one of the finest providers of religious tours in Rome with a particular focus on Catholic Christianity. All of our guides are highly educated and able to convey the true and accurate interpretation of what is before you. Other tour companies and guides do not have this level of insight and in fact can often be anti-Catholic.