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Vatican City is one of the most popular places to see while visiting Rome, however, many do not realize that the history of the Vatican goes beyond the structures you see today. The first built on the site was in 324AD under Emperor Constantine. The walls commonly referred to as civitas were built by Leo IV in memory of Saint Peter beginning in 847 and completed in 855. During the Medieval and Renaissance eras, the Vatican was the spiritual center of all of Europe.
Vatican City is home in Rome within its own Medieval and Renaissance walls on three sides and the entrance at St. Peters Square.
Inside the ancient walls of Vatican City is a world that has span throughout history as well as many documents, artwork, and beauty that has been collected and preserved. With a personal guided tour, you and your family will be able to enter without standing in the long lines and have at your disposal your own personal guide that will give you a brief history on everything you see.
Throughout the Vatican, you will be able to embrace a world of beauty, history, museums, palaces, as well as stand in the presence of the largest and most rare art collections in the world.
What can you expect on a private Vatican Tour?
Your private tour guide will provide you with an in-depth tour Vatican City with the highlights being the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Gardens, and Saint Peter's Basilica. The Vatican Museums are home to the largest collection of history as well as art collections from various centuries. The Museums are divided into different sections, which are the Vatican Historical Museum, Greek and Roman Antiquities, the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, Pinacoteca, Missionary-Ethnological Museum, Gregorian Etruscan Museum, Pio Christian Museum, and the Gregorian Profane Museum. Each section has its own treasures and with your private tour guide, you will be able to learn about all the items you see and the importance they hold in history.
Other sights around the Vatican include the Belvedere Palace, the four rooms painted by Raphael, the Room on the Immaculate Conception, and the Apartment of St. Pius V. Of course, the Sistine Chapel with its beautiful hand painted walls will be a real treat. All along the walls of the Sistine Chapel, you will find the life of Christ, the life of Moses, the books of Genesis on the ceiling, and the Last Judgment on the altar wall. Michelangelo created the ceiling and the Last Judgment. Just standing in the Sistine Chapel will surely give you the atmosphere and feeling of devotion that many have felt in this serene and magnificent chapel.
A stroll through the Vatican Gardens has to be included in your tour. You will be able to walk in the footsteps of the various popes that have used the garden as a place for a solitude as well as meditation for many years.