- Peruse a collection of art 2000 years in the making and curated by some of history's most distinguished people – the Popes! The massive collection is from many eras and dates back to ancient Egypt and its pharaohs
- Visit the Sistine Chapel and see up close Michelangelo’s frescoes and one of the most famous paintings in history – his painting of God and Adam almost touching hands
- Round your evening off with some quintessentially Italian food and drink. Choose prosecco, red wine or white wine and combine it with some local delicacies
Whether you love Dan Brown novels or not, you might feel like you’re in one (in a fun way!) with this happy hour tour. Make your way through the centuries-old complex of museums and peruse art that has been collected over 2000 years by distinguished collectors - the Popes! Then discuss it all over a drink and nibbles as the Roman evening lays itself out for you. You'll feel like part of The Illuminati.
Pope Julius II, aka The Warrior Pope, was a feared figure but he did appreciate the arts and life’s more sophisticated endeavors. In the early 1500s he gathered together a group of sculptures that had been lying around the house (so to speak) and thus began the Vatican Museums.
His successors added to this collection and today 54 different galleries, or sale, make up the Vatican Museums. The buildings themselves date to the 1500s and... well, they were decorated by the Renaissance’s finest artists so expect to be astounded by the surroundings.
The role call of art is impressive. And broad. Really broad. You will of course see the likes of Titian, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. But you’ll also statues from ancient Greece, ethnological items brought back by Christian missionaries from all over the world and monuments from ancient Egypt. Head of a statue of the lioness goddess Sekhmet is the name of one such statue and it shows the Popes could be an eclectic bunch.
And we’ve come this far without even mentioning The Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s famous fresco of God and Adam reaching for each other. They speak for themselves, so just know that they’re included in the evening.
And what awaits after all this art and culture? Well, a glass of wine of course. And something for your taste buds too. Choose a classic red or white wine, or perhaps a prosecco, and nibble on local cheeses, small pizzas (more cultured, you know), pasta, fresh fruit or mignon pastries.
And for the final chapter, simply bask in the balmy Roman evening.
- Skip the line entry tickets to the Vatican and happy hour (aperitif inside the Vatican Museums) Snacks + Drink
Dress code: Mandatory for all churches in Italy
- Knees and shoulders must be covered.
- Low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts are not allowed, for neither men or women.
- If you don't adhere to the dress code, you won't be allowed in
- Metro: Metro Line A get off at station Ottaviano - S.Pietro-Musei Vaticani or Cipro (from both stations 10 minutes walk).
- Bus: 49 (stop in front of the Museums Entrance)
- Bus: 32, 81, 982 (Piazza del Risorgimento, end of the line) and 492 (stop at Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni) it's about 5 minutes walk to the Vatican.
- Tram: 19 get off at Piazza del Risorgimento, it's 5 minutes walk to the Vatican.