Vatican Tour from a Jewish Perspective
Welcome to an awe-inspiring journey packed with surprising tales and facts where chapters of history come to life! This private tour of the Vatican from a Jewish perspective highlights the main attractions housed within the Vatican’ walls with a focus on the symbols hidden in Michelangelo’s ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. All with the undivided attention of your licensed guide and skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
- Families with Kids
- Art & History Lovers
Vatican Tour from a Jewish Perspective
What to Expect
You can’t visit Rome without visiting the Vatican, and if you are Jewish treat yourself to this informative and educational Jewish Vatican family tour. You’ll be expertly guided through the Museums exploring the Jewish connections within the Vatican and Michelangelo’s Sistine riddles. A meaningful experience made even more unforgettable as your art historian guide unveils the biblical stories hidden in the art by Michelangelo.
Your private journey through art begins as you skip the long Vatican entrance lines, where your guide will help you make sense and enjoyment out of the world’s largest artistic labyrinth. You will visit the most celebrated of all the Vatican’s treasures— Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel—but you will also access selected galleries filled with priceless artworks, each with its own captivating story to tell. Plus St. Peter’s Basilica with Bernini’s bronze baldachin canopy, inspired by the Solomon’s Temple original columns.
Regarded as Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel is the breathtaking attraction of the Museums. Decorated with striking frescoes and a cast of colorful biblical characters, the Sistine Chapel ceiling vividly portrays key scenes from the Book of Genesis while the altar wall depicts the verdict of the Last Judgement. With the help of your expert guide, you will learn the hidden messages behind the symbols and allusions the artist left us in the heart of the Vatican.
From the Sistine Chapel your guide uses a special entrance to access St. Peter’s Basilica directly, bypassing another long line. Once inside your guide will introduce you its impressive treasures including another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces La Pieta and Bernini’s incredible bronze baldachin. The artist designed it with twisted Solomonic columns just above the spot where St. Peter himself is supposedly buried.
- Pinecone Courtyard
- Belvedere Apollo
- Belvedere Torso
- Greek Cross Hall
- Gallery of Candelabra
- Gallery of Tapestries
- Gallery of Maps
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Michelangelo’s Pietà
- Bernini’s Baldachin
What Is Included
- Private licensed professional local guide
- Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with pre-reserved entry time
- St. Peter’s Basilica fast track entrance tickets
What Is Not Included
- If your group numbers more than 6, the Vatican requires that you rent earphones at the door for 3 Euro/person, paid directly on site (earphones prices may vary slightly without notice)
- Food & drinks
- Tips (optional)
- Anything not expressly mentioned as included
- This private tour is available on request from Monday to Saturday.
- Vatican Museums Closing Days in 2022: 11 February, 19 March, 18 April, 29 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 and 26 December.
- St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be subject to unscheduled last minute closures due to liturgical celebrations or unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs during your visit, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Museums.
- For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.
- On Wednesday mornings, except late July and August, the Pope holds an audience during which access to St. Peter Basilica could be closed. To avoid problems in entering the Basilica, on that day please choose an afternoon tour.
- Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Requirements starting from August 6, 2021 until further notice:
All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring and wear a facemask.
In accordance with government guidelines, during the service all participants must maintain a safety distance of 1 meter from other people.
All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days before the activity starts, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
All participants who are over 12 years old must bring and present a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.) matching the vaccination or test results.
Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, read here or consult the Italian embassy in your country.
Good to Know
- All members of your party must present at the Vatican Museums a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
- The Vatican has a strict dress code. Men and women must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times. Access to the Museums will be granted only to appropriately dressed visitors (sleeveless and low-cut garments, shorts, mini-skirts and hats are not permitted).
- You may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican (smaller than 40cm length x 35cm width x 15cm depth). Anything bigger than this, or any umbrellas or camera tripods, must be checked into the Vatican Museums cloakroom at the beginning of the tour. The cloakroom storage is free of charge, but please be aware that it is located approximately 20 minutes walking distance from the conclusion point of the tour. And because the cloakroom closes at 4pm, those doing the afternoon tour may not be able to retrieve their belongings until the following day. Thus, we recommend traveling light and leave any unnecessary belongings at the hotel.
- The Vatican Museum reserve the right to deny entrance to any individual not adhering to their entrance rules and restrictions including, but not limited to, providing proper identification and conformance to its dress code.
- This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.
How to Book Your Private Tour
- Send Us Your Inquiry
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- Payment Policy
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- Tour Voucher
Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.
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Vatican Tour from a Jewish Perspective
As ever, we put health and safety first. Since the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our tours comply with the necessary safety and security regulations as per local guidelines. As long as the Covid-19 emergency persists, here what you can expect during your tour:
Social Distancing – Appropriate distance between guide and clients during the tour in accordance with government guidelines.
Guest Guidelines – Clients are expected to bring their own facemask and are required to wear them for the duration of the tour.
Temperature checks will also take place at tour venues; if your temperature is above 37.5°C (99.5° F) you will not be able to attend the tour.