Take this walking tour with a difference - led by a Ph.D. level scholar/historian our supplier will provide you with an in-depth alternative to traditional tours, pairing intellectually curious and adventurous travellers with specialists for an in-depth cultural experience. Our four-hour, critically acclaimed Arte Vaticana walking seminar is designed to give a comprehensive, in-depth introduction to the Vatican art collection and St. Peter's Basilica. Led by a scholar of Church history or an art historian, this is our most signature Vatican itinerary. We begin with the Vatican art collection, one of the world's great repositories of art. we generally start with a thorough overview of Papal history and the construction of the Papal Palace (now home to the Museums). We will often veer off to the chronologically-arranged picture gallery known as the Pinacoteca, which forms the perfect backdrop for a seminar on the history of painting from the late medieval to high Renaissance periods. From here we will traverse the halls of the Vatican palaces, visiting the most important rooms of the museums including the ancient statuary collection of Julius II and the Papal apartments decorated by Raphael. By the time we reach the Sistine Chapel, we will have set the context to appreciate the cultural and artistic climate in which Michelangelo worked painting the ceiling and later the Last Judgment.
As this is a walking tour comfortable shoes are recommended. Our supplier is committed to providing intellectually curious and adventurous travellers with specialist guides and professionals for an in-depth cultural experience. In case of any urgent problems with this tour (can not locate the guide/meeting point etc), please call local number +39 01 5897 7508 or + 1 646 863 5002 (24 h number). The guide will not be carrying any kind of sign or gaudy tour-guide flag. You will know your docent because at the appointed time s/he will be outside, under the awning, looking for people who are there for a walking tour. You should make yourself known to him/her. The people at the bar in Paolo's know Context Rome as "Scala Reale" (the previous name of our organization). If you have difficulty locating your docent, please announce yourself to them. They will help. Our reservation allows us to queue for the reserved entrance. This line can be long but usually moves quickly. Important: if you miss the reservation time, you will not be allowed entry into the museums. The Vatican has a strict dress code; legs and shoulders should be covered. Large bags and any sharp objects are not accepted. Reservations and tickets to the Vatican will be included at the time of booking.
Bookings of over 6 passengers may be split into smaller groups due to the limited capacity of the transportation available.
- Length4 hours
- Not available dates6/28/2013, 6/29/2013, 8/14/2013, 8/15/2013, 9/27/2013, 11/1/2013, 12/8/2013, 12/24/2013, 12/25/2013, 12/26/2013, 12/27/2013, 12/28/2013, 12/29/2013, 12/30/2013, 12/31/2013