Discover the top sights of the Vatican and follow the explanations of your expert guide on a guided tour. This experience is part of Iconic Insiders , a selection of tours designed specifically for first-time visitors to discover and orient themselves to the city's top highlights. Your licensed guide is a local insider who will give you recommendations and show you the best photo spots along the route.
With a collection of more than 70,000 works of art collected by the Popes over the centuries, of which around 20,000 are on display in 54 galleries, the Vatican Museums are among the largest museums in the world. Not only do they stand out for their size, but they also contain priceless treasures, including the best-known ancient Roman statues and the most famous works of the Renaissance. Next to the museum stands the majestic St. Peter's Basilica, "the largest of all churches in Christendom", which contains other treasures of inestimable artistic and religious value.
Begin your experience by bypassing the long lines and gaining access to the Vatican Museums. Once inside, your guide will lead you through the labyrinthine structure and show you the most important parts of the museum. Walk along the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Candelabra, take time to admire the masterpieces by Raphael, Bellini, Leonardo, Titian and Caravaggio and marvel at the frescoes by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Then head to St. Peter's Basilica, where you'll have the opportunity to admire Bernini's baldachin, Michelangelo's Roman Pietà and the outstanding dome.