Skip the line and learn about one of the most fantastic collections of art in the entire world. You will explore thousands of years of art and learn about art techniques and the lives of the artists. Led by our expert guide, you will learn about the history of the art, the papal states and the Roman Catholic religion as well as the intriguing history of Italy as a country. The tour starts in the afternoon to avoid the morning crowds which allows for a more peaceful tour through the Vatican Museum and its many attractions. These include the stunning Renaissance courtyards, the Raphael Rooms, thousands of pieces of classical sculpture, and last but not least: Michelangelo's magnificent frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. After you will explore the largest church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica, with VIP access. Enjoy this wonderful exploration of the Vatican with a semi-private group of 6 people or fewer!