From glorious art to immaculate churches and some of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world, there is much to be excited about private tours of the Vatican. Although the city has earned quite a reputation and notoriety for being tourist infested, this doesn’t stop people’s desire, curiosity, and craving for all that Vatican has to offer. The papal city receives some 20,000 visitors on a daily basis, which is why it pays taking Vatican guided tours to make sure you get the most out of your visit. Private Vatican tours are keys to making sure you get to every single attraction and landmark you wish to visit so you won’t miss out on all the major city highlights as well as its hidden gems.
St. Peter’s Basilica is a definite must-see. The largest of its kind, this Renaissance church is itself an artistic masterpiece with its ornate, baroque interiors, decorated by works of artists, ranging from Giotto to Bernini, and Michelangelo, to name but a few. Proper attire is an important thing to remember when visiting the Basilica (and the Vatican Museums) as strict dress codes are implemented inside the church and the galleries. Vatican guided tours are a great way to bypass the long queues and leave other important arrangements in the hands of seasoned tour operators who will take care of everything you will need in order to have a seamless experience of St. Peter’s Basilica, the necropolis, the dome, treasury, and the museums.
Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s famed paintings are prominently featured is adjacent to the basilica. Access is available through (and only through) the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Gardens are well worth a wander, when you have idle time between museum visits. The gardens feature ruins of the ancient fort, along with stunning flowerbeds, oak trees, and impressive fountains.
Beyond the Vatican border is Castel Sant’Angelo, a picturesque landmark you shouldn’t miss when visiting the city, but if it is the Pope you truly came to see, he gives a weekly public audience at St. Peter’s Square, every Wednesday morning, especially during the summer season.
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