Join our three-hour Vatican tour of the Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica through a Jewish perspective. In this small group tour your expert guide will take you through the Jewish treasures in the Vatican Museums and retell the stories of Jewish connections contained in the artworks.
Tour the world’s greatest art collections in the Vatican museums through Jewish perspective found in candelabras, tapestries and geographical maps. Explore the hidden secrets of Jewish influences in Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel and be enriched as we tour the Jewish Lapidarium. We will skip the entrance line to St. Peter’s Basilica and eventually to St. Peter’s Square.
Once you enter the Musuems avoiding the queue thanks to the skip the line tickets, your guide will take you and the small group you join to discover the magnificent Jewish collections and stories that are hidden in the collections. Find out the story behind Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. Search the Jewish secrets in the Vatican galleries.
One of the main stops of the tour in the Vatican Museums in the Jewish Lapidarium, where your guide will show you the oldest Roman inscription. It is one of the most important Vatican collections of ancient inscriptions which was discovered during the Jewish catacombs excavation. Locate the inscription of Jewish diaspora of Rome.
Of course, you will not miss the masterpiece of the Vatican Museums: the Sistine Chapel. Also here the guide will explain you and the group the Jewish connections in Michelangelo’s Renaissance artwork of the Sistine Chapel. Search the hidden Jewish influences in Michelangelo’s painted Old Testament stories on the ceiling. Find out the most important religious function in the Sistine Chapel. After the visit of the Sistine Chapel, the tour will end with the visit of the St. Peter's Basilica with the guide.
If you are interested in learning more about the Jewish cultural tradition in Rome, we suggest you also the tour of the Ancient Rome through a Jewish perspective and the small group tour of the Jewish Ghetto and the Synagogue in the center of Rome.
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
This tour departs with a minimum of 4 participants (maximum 8).
We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and clothes. It is not permitted to enter Churches in shorts, uncovered shoulders, miniskirts.
Should St. Peter's Basilica be closed for religious ceremonies, the tour will instead include the visit of Raphael's rooms.