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Tours, designed to cater for different age groups, are offered in order to satisfy both historical and artistic needs, to support the subject matter of a particular course as well as satisfying pedagogical and psychological requirements. These educational formats accustom students to listening and observing, while discovering the joy in learning. By sharing ideas with the Museum's teaching staff about each work of art, students are able to learn how to examine a work of art.

The vast art collection of the Vatican Museums enables every school the choice of a specific itinerary. To avoid the risk of pursuing a dispersive approach, specific itineraries are available, to be selected for their compatibility with the school syllabus.

Specific Itineraries

  • Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel
    A true immersion in Renaissance Art in Rome, through two of its protagonists, Raphael and Michelangelo, and through their masterpieces exhibited in the Vatican Museums.

  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum and Sistine Chapel
    An itinerary that takes students from the Egyptian to the Renaissance period, enabling them to learn more about and to appreciate the Pharaohs of the rich Egyptian civilisation, through a journey that leads them through to the discovery of the Renaissance period and through the pictorial masterpiece of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum and Gregorian Etruscan Museum
    A fascinating journey through time guides students to the rediscovery of two great civilisations: the Etruscan, through objects found in the tombs of ancient Etruria, and ancient Egypt among pharaohs and mysterious mummies.

  • Gregorian Etruscan Museum and Sistine Chapel
    The itinerary guides students on a journey through centuries of the Etruscan civilisation, discovering the secrets of daily life in ancient Etruria until the Renaissance period, and thence to the pictorial masterpiece by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

  • Pio Clementine Museum and Sistine Chapel
    An itinerary that brings together sculpture and painting: from ancient classical statues, including the famous Laocoon group, with a place of honour in the Museums, up to the sixteenth century, culminating in the Sistine Chapel with the pictorial Masterpiece of Michelangelo.

  • Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery) and Sistine Chapel
    This visit is dedicated to the pictorial masterpieces by the Mediaeval and Baroque masters: Giotto, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

  • Vatican Gardens *
    The tour is unique, as it takes the visitor through 2000 years of history in the smallest state in the world. Besides the natural beauty of the gardens, the Vatican City is rich in monuments and precious works of art.

General Itineraries

  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
    Ancient Art, the Renaissance, Raphael and Michelangelo. These are the most important themes encountered along the itinerary which wends its way through the most important sections of the Vatican Museums. It is a journey through history and art, which is perfectly adaptable to all school syllabuses.

  • Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
    An itinerary rich in History, Art and Faith. Visitors walk through the most famous sections of the Vatican Museums, from the Ancient Art of the Pio Clementine Museum to the Renaissance of the Raphael Rooms. The visit includes the two most sacred sites of the Vatican: the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
    N.B. The visit to Saint Peter's Basilica is made in accordance with the liturgical celebrations of the Holy Father or other events of Holy See or of the Vatican City State.
    Should it not be possible to visit the Basilica, the guided tour will however proceed in the Vatican Museums alone (still lasting around 3 hours). In this case, tickets already purchased cannot be refunded.
    During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, this type of visit will not include passage through the Holy Door.
    For further information on the Jubilee, please consult the official web site www.im.va

Useful information...

  • The animated didactic visits are aimed at Primary and Middle Schools.
  • A maximum of 30 students may take part in a single activity at any one time.
  • The didactic tour is available in the following languages: Italian, English, German, French and Spanish.
  • Tour Duration: Specific Itinerary: 2 hours General Itineraries: 3 hours.
  • Visits are available from Monday through Saturday depending on availability.
  • Online booking is mandatory.
  • For disabled students it is advisable to contact the Public Relations and Services Office (tel. + 39 06 69883145; + 39 06 69884676) so as to organise a tour compatible for those in wheelchairs.
  • * This tour is not recommended for students with walking difficulties and is not accessible for those in wheelchairs.


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