I came across Aiello Tours on the Internet while researching Family Oriented Tours of Italy. Ann, who was precise, through and informative, answered my email in a very timely manner. Needless to say I was very impressed. Over the weeks preceding our trip she helped arrange for family tours of Rome, transportation to and from the airport, as well as a heritage tour from our rented Tuscan Villa. All were executed precisely as requested. All the tours were wonderful, informative and professionally done.
I must make special mention of our Tour Guide in Rome. I cannot say enough about her. She had the unique ability to provide an entertaining tour for the children while at the same time provide a wonderful and informative tour into Roman culture and history. My husband and son-in-law were history majors in college and were thoroughly impressed by the insightful of the tour. We all felt that it was one of the best tours we had ever taken. My family of 9 ages 5yr to 65 yrs would highly recommend Aiello Tours. Thanks we could not have done it without you.
SKIP THE LINE IN DEPTH PRIVATE TOUR OF THE VATICAN
The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are unquestionable highlights of a visit to Rome, but can be overwhelming without a strategy. In addition, the Vatican collection is vast, rich, and varied ranging from ancient Greek statues to post-impressionist paintings. Whether you want to see the Vatican’s greatest hits or are seeking an in-depth understanding of the art that most catches your interest, we will create the right experience for you. With careful planning, skip the line access and one of our passionate guides on hand we will help you make the most out of your visit. This in depth private tour of the Vatican engages Rome first-timers and regular museum-goers with art and culture in a personal way.
Cross the Vatican off your bucket list with a private itinerary curated to your preferences. Feast your eyes on one of the world most extensive collections gathered by art-loving Popes with an expert who helps you to appreciate what you are looking at understanding of the beauty around you. Along with the well-known artists, you will also be introduced to lesser-known masterpieces lurking just off the beaten tourist path waiting to be discovered. Dive into the Papal Palaces your way, your pace accompanied by a private Vatican guide tailoring a narrative around your curiosity and questions. Get under the skin of the Vatican’s history. Hear the stories behind the Vatican City itself and the masterpieces whose creations crowd its walls. This Vatican City tour is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the novice and art buff alike.
Savor the rich artistic heritage of the Museums and Sistine Chapel enriched with the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica in a thorough and engaging way. This in depth private tour of the Vatican takes you out of the line and into the company of an art historian who guides you through lavishly decorated galleries including the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Tapestries. In the Sistine Chapel, engage with the largest frescoes in the world. Gaze in amazement at the 1200 square meters ceiling where Michelangelo painted key scenes from the Book of Genesis. Learn entertaining little details behind the fresco and understand the Creation of the World. Marvel at the Christian-inspired Last Judgment fresco covering the whole altar wall of the Chapel. Between the two frescoes is an interval of almost twenty-five years and you will realize between the evolution of Michelangelo’s painting style.
From the Sistine Chapel the guided tour continues on to the St. Peter’s Basilica skipping the line. Discover the largest and holiest place of Christian worship in the world. This will be a journey into the history of the Popes and the Catholic Church. The Basilica, built at the time of Emperor Constantine on the site of the martyrdom of St. Peter, has attracted huge masses of pilgrims for centuries becoming the center and the symbol of the Christianity. Here you will encounter the dramatic beauty of Michelangelo’s Pieta the most famous sculpture of the master, Bernini’s monumental bronze canopy rising above the altar, along with artworks by Canova, Arnolfo di Cambio and the Algardi. Our in depth private tour of the Vatican ends in St. Peter’s Square. We can customize your Vatican City tour to a wide variety of interests.