Our overall experience was very positive. The booking process was excellent. Everyone at Nancy Aiello tours was extremely responsive to all of our questions (even those unrelated to the tours!). The tours were excellent as well. Samuel did a great job with our tour in Venice. Filippo, who led our tours in Rome, was amazing. He was extremely knowledgeable, organized and gracious – and he did a tremendous job of engaging our boys in the tours. He enhanced our experiences in Rome beyond description. I would absolutely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to our family and friends.
Visited by over six million people per year the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel play an essential part in your Roman experience. The Museums contain one of the largest art collections in the world, ranging from classical statues to contemporary works. Spanning over 9 miles and containing 20,000 objects on display this vast museum can prove daunting to the visitor. With this in mind, we have designed a Jewish Vatican tour focusing on the most interesting bits with the insights of our passionate, brilliant and inspired guides. Hear the storied history behind the treasures you see with a special focus on the Jewish symbols and allusions depicted in the Sistine Chapel. As you travel back in time, your guide familiar with the collection will share a mix of historical information and surprising details with you.
The Vatican’ Sistine Chapel, the site of papal ceremonies used by the Cardinals for their election of a new Pope, is also a masterpiece of history of art. Furthermore, the Sistine Chapel itself matches the proportions of King Solomon’s Temple as described in the Old Testament. The vibrancy of the colorful biblical characters and the way Michelangelo decorated the 12,000 square feet vault never fails to inspire. Our Jewish Vatican tour will immerse you in the breathtaking art and history of Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. Learn about the techniques, hidden symbols and messages depicted in the heart of the Vatican. The chapel’s awe-inspiring ceiling portrays nine episodes from the book of Genesis the highlight of which is the Creation of Adam. The main altar wall illustrates The Last Judgement. The artist used secret messages that advocate for a reconciliation between Christianity and Judaism. When the Vatican private tour is over, either you can stay in the Museums or get skip the line access to explore St. Peter’s Basilica from on your own. Contact us for a private Vatican tour from a Jewish perspective.
* Private Vatican Skip the Line Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter Square
Our Vatican skip the line tour from a Jewish perspective follows a carefully planned route and comes with a private Vatican guide making the experience all the more interactive and personal. Your guide will be with an expert on the Museums who will listen to you, will answer your questions and create a dialogue to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Uncover the priceless art collection of the Popes in the Museums at your own pace. Discover the biblical messages depicted in Michelangelo Sistine Chapel and learn their meanings. This Jewish Vatican tour provides a thorough overview of the Museum’s most important collections from a Jewish perspective.
For those with an interest in art, history, or religion, there are not more satisfying experiences in Rome than visiting the Vatican, a place where art and faith meets. Walk straight into the Museums skipping the line. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces the Museums brim with treasures and history. The Sistine Chapel is the crowning glory of the Museums. The Chapel is decorated with a series of frescoes on the side walls illustrating Biblical scenes from the story of Moses on the left wall and the story of Christ of the right one. The meanings of these images are connected to the painting opposite to them. Our private tour of the Vatican ends in St. Peter’s Square as your guide points out Bernini ingenious use of optical illusion. This Jewish Vatican tour offers an emotional journey through art and faith packed with historical information and surprising facts.
How it Works.
As part of this private Vatican tour, we will provide pre-purchased entry tickets to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, which allow you to skip the long entry lines to the Museums. The Vatican closes on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year. With the vast amount of art to see we can help you focusing on some of the most important sections and pieces. During the booking process, you will be able to tell our Italian-based team when and what you would like to tour. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the private tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel for you and yours. A private Jewish Vatican tour curated to your preferences. Advance reservations are essential.
In addition, to assist you in planning your visit to the Vatican, we have also created an informative resources page – How to Tour the Vatican which offers helpful advice.
Optional Add-Ons to Enhance Your Private Tour
St. Peter's Basilica
ADD ON Private Guided Skip the Line Visit of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes
Raphael Papal Rooms
ADD ON Private Guided Visit of Raphael Papal Rooms
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes
One Way Private Transfer Service by Deluxe Vehicle
ADD ON One Way Private Transfer with Private English Speaking Licensed Driver by Deluxe A/C Vehicle
Do you combine people to share the tour?
All our tours are private and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.
Do we skip the line to enter the Vatican?
Yes. This tour guarantees your reservations and tickets to enter the the Vatican skipping the line.
Please Note: ALL visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint before entering the Vatican so please, expect to wait for few minutes to clear security.
Can we enter the Sistine Chapel without going through the entire Museum?
The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and it is not available separately. One must follow through the entire route of the Museums before entering the Sistine Chapel, which is located on the far end from the Museum’s entrance. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel located near the end of a long one-way itinerary inside the Museums can only be visited as part of the Vatican tour.
What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?
We are NOT liable for reduced itineraries owing to unscheduled closures by attractions. Unscheduled closures do not depend on us, but on the administration of the sites visited on the tour. In the event of an unexpected closure of a site or attraction your guide will promptly provide an alternative itinerary. While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued.
The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum and/or Sistine Chapel at any time, and without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given but if it is impossible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.
When our private Vatican tour is over will we be able to climb the Dome or visit the grottos where the Papal tombs?
Absolutely. Once the tour is complete your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction to continue the visit on your own.
Can Roma Pass be used for the Vatican Museum admission?
Roma pass can only be used in Rome NOT for the Vatican admission. The Roma Pass does not include the Vatican Museums which are in Vatican City, a city state within the city of Rome. The Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel are not part of the circuit of museums that can be visited with the Roma Pass and/or the Roma and Più Pass.
Do you provide wheelchairs at the Vatican?
Yes. We are pleased to reserve wheelchairs on your behalf to experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel around the Vatican accessibility routes. Remark: Wheelchairs at the Vatican are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. You must present a passport as identification.
Do you use headsets on your Vatican tour?
In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups composed of 6 or more participants. The Vatican requires that you rent whisper or similar audio headsets at the door so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican. Your personal guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces.
Do you do Scavi tours under the Vatican?
St.Peter Necropolis sometimes just called the Scavi or Excavations, which contains tombs dating from the origins of Christianity are organized by the Vatican itself. They accept applications and confirm the tour only the day before. Unless you are planning an extended stay in Rome, you will have trouble arranging this tour. This 90 min. tour into the excavations of the Necropolis underneath St. Peter must book well in advance. You need to email the Vatican directly at [email protected] Children under 11 are not allowed.
Will we be able to take pictures especially in the Sistine Chapel?
Pictures are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. All throughout the museums the Vatican City authorities have an enlightened policy on taking pictures and visitors are allowed to take photos provided there is no flash. But this does not apply to the Sistine Chapel.
Is food allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel?
You are not allowed to consume food and drink inside the Museums, except in designated places such as the cafeteria.
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Kids loved the involvement and the tour guides tailored it nicely to their age level. Lots of great knowledge shared relevant to the age level and family needs without being overwhelming.
Hello Rachel and Nancy,
I was going to write you to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the two tours in Rome and Florence and we regret not having booked the one in Venice! Everything went well and we learnt so much about in a very short period of time. Lucia was great and so was Caterina. Very good guides, very polite driver in Rome. Hang on to them! We will definitely recommend your company.