Michelangelo & Papal Rivalry: Vatican & Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour

An immersive Vatican tour from your home with live Q&A

4.9 / 5 See All 90 Reviews · 1.0h · Virtual

What is a Virtual Guided Tour? It is not virtual reality. It is a licensed guide led webinar packed with photos, videos, polls and a fully interactive chat function which makes this anything but a lecture video. There is also a live Q&A at the end satisfying all your questions about the Vatican. Whether you’ve never been abroad or spent every summer in Italy, enjoy this exciting, interactive experience from the comfort of your home.

Tour Details
  • Live from Rome!
  • The Sistine Chapel
  • Live Polls and Quizzes, Fun for All Ages
  • Chat with your Guide in Real Time
  • The Raphael Rooms
  • The Vatican Museums Main Galleries
  • Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Pio Clementino Museum

All Start times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). You can use this timezone converter tool to verify what the start time is in your city. Change the city on the right to "New York" and insert the time you are considering. The tool will compute what time that is in your location.

Do you want to experience the wonder of the Sistine Chapel from your favorite recliner with our best Vatican guides? Have you been consumed by wanderlust or planning a trip to Italy? Would you like to spend an hour with a licensed Vatican guide learning the ins and outs of the Church, art and history? Join this amazing online experience with The Tour Guy that includes: 

- An expert licensed Vatican Guide fluent in English

- A 1 hour online experience touring the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

- A live Q&A session to answer any questions regarding the content and visiting the Vatican

The Vatican Museums 

Arguably the most valuable art in the world, every gallery at the Vatican is unique in theme, style, and motive. Personally commissioned by venerable Popes for power and influence, each gallery tells its own story. From the lavish and elaborate Borgia Apartments which were created as the personal chambers for Pope Alexander VI of the Borgias (yes those Borgias) to the Gallery of Maps, your expert guide will lead you on an intimate tour and share the poetic controversy that goes well beyond the art history textbook. Though we are now spoiled by Google Maps, the giant detailed cartography of each Italian region drawn by Ignazio Danti is jaw-dropping in both its accuracy and aesthetics. Your guide will describe these works along with poetic controversy and history that goes well beyond the art history textbook. 

Sistine Chapel

The masterpiece of all masterpieces. Michelangelo’s great ceiling is a work unparalleled by any other in the world. Your guide will show you the Chapel in detail, describe Michelangelo’s technique, decisions and the enthralling background that led to the painting of the room that thousands venture to everyday. Your guide will also illustrate how the Sistine Chapel looked prior to the painstaking 10 year long restoration that was completed in 1994 which brought the Chapel back to life. Learn about not only Michelangelo’s ceiling, but the other great frescos by famous Renaissance artists like Sandro Botticelli, that line the walls. This opportunity to learn about the Chapel in detail should be a wonderful experience for both those who have never visited the Vatican and those who have been many times. 

Saint Peter’s Basilica

The final stop on this virtual journey is the largest church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica. Built atop the tomb where it is believed St. Peter himself is buried, Bernini built the Baldacchino, his giant canopy, to protect the first Bishop of Rome. Your guide will take you through the epic church to see not only the Baldacchino, but also Michelangelo’s Pieta, because how can you visit the Vatican and see a single Michelangelo masterpiece? You will also explore the chapels and nave of the great Basilica that is the epicenter of the Catholic Church.

What you get with this tour
An Expert Licensed Vatican Guide
Live Q&A with your Guide
1 Hour Interactive Online Experience
All tours are listed in EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Tripadvisor Logo
See what people are saying

90 total reviews

Leave a review
Average customer rating
4.93 / 5 based on 90 total reviews
5 star 84
4 star 6
3 star 0
2 star 0
1 star 0
1/12/2021

S
Reviewed by
Stephen And Mary Beth Lauricella
1/12/2021

Found it a very enjoyable experoence

G
Reviewed by
Gustaf Darrason
1/12/2021
Vatican and Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour

Such a lively, engaging guide. The tour was very informative and brought the sites to life.

L
Reviewed by
Lisa Fellman

show more reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Online, exact instructions will be sent upon booking

What to bring?

A strong internet connection and a good cup of coffee or cappuccino!

What to bring?

A strong internet connection and a good cup of coffee or cappuccino!

Where to meet?

Online, exact instructions will be sent upon booking

What are the minimum computer requirements?

All you need is access to the internet, laptop or ipad are recommended for screen size. Casting to a TV should work as well

What age group will be best suited for this experience?

We welcome those of all ages, there will be certainly be nothing beyond PG in the experience

Can my family join?

Absolutely! If you would like to huddle around the computer and watch we would love have them join! There will only be one login per booking though, therefore it cannot be accessed on multiple devices

Do I need a webcam / Microphone? Will other people be able to see me/hear me?

No, if you would like to interact you are welcome to but no one will see your camera or hear you speak unless you'd like to in the Q&A portion but that would be only audio. Your privacy is very important to us.

Do I need to download a separate program or anything?

No, we will send you the link to access the experience upon booking with all instructions

What time are the tours?

Tours will be at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm EST on the Weekend and at 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm EST Monday - Friday. All tours are listed in Eastern Standard Time

Can I cancel?

Virtual Tours are nonrefundable, but are transferable with 1 hour advance notice

Total: $18.30 as low as $10.98

available days discounted days

Reserve Now $18.30 as low as $10.98
$18.30 as low as $10.98
You may also like
Exclusive Event, Anytime

Exclusive Event, Anytime

Virtual Private Tour with Local Expert Guide

Host an online virtual tour of your very own at locations around the world!

Saturday 11:00 am EST
Up to 40 % off

Saturday 11:00 am EST

Napoleon's Personal Treasure Trove: Louvre Virtual Tour

An immersive tour of the Louvre's main artworks from your home with live Q&A

Saturday 4:30pm EST
Up to 40 % off

Saturday 4:30pm EST

Life and Decadence Forever Preserved in Ash: Pompeii Virtual Tour

Immerse yourself in Pompeii and Vesuvius with this interactive experience

Sundays at 3pm EST

Sundays at 3pm EST

Detailed Virtual Louvre Tour and Its Collection of Sculptural Masterpieces

Take a closer look at the many sculptural masterpieces in the world's largest museum.

Saturday, 1/16 at 2 pm EST

Saturday, 1/16 at 2 pm EST

A Great Master of the Renaissance: The Life and Work of Raphael Virtual ...

Discover the work of Raphael during the 12 years he spent in Rome until his death.

Next: Sat 1/30, at 3 pm EST.

Next: Sat 1/30, at 3 pm EST.

19th Century Splendor of the Imperial City: Budapest Virtual Tour

Take a virtual journey across the city of Budapest and discover how the twin cities were united.

Saturdays at 1pm EST
Up to 40 % off

Saturdays at 1pm EST

Gaudi, the man who put his city on the map: Barcelona Virtual Tour

Explore the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and more online, with a local guide

Saturday 1/23 at 2 pm EST

Saturday 1/23 at 2 pm EST

World's Great Destinations: The Pink City of Jaipur Virtual Tour

Discover why it's the most visited city in India and why it's called the Pink City.

Next on Jan 9th at 5:30 pm EST

Next on Jan 9th at 5:30 pm EST

Interactive Cooking Experiences with Renowned Chefs All Over the World

Cook with Home Cooks and Acclaimed Chefs from Around The World, Live!

Sunday 11am EST
Up to 40 % off

Sunday 11am EST

Gladiators, the Colosseum and Crazy Emperors: Ancient Rome Virtual Tour

An immersive Colosseum tour from your home with live Q&A

Valid for 5 Years!

Valid for 5 Years!

The Tour Guy Gift Card

Give the gift of Tours in Italy, France, Spain, the UK and US or Virtual Experiences such as Live Cooking Classes

Sunday 2:00 pm EST
Up to 40 % off

Sunday 2:00 pm EST

Marie Antoinette: The Rise and Death of Versailles Virtual Tour

Take an interactive virtual experience to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles.

Sunday 4:00 pm EST
Up to 40 % off

Sunday 4:00 pm EST

Golden Mosaics, Winged Lions and the Floating City: Venice Virtual Tour

Virtually experience St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the city of Venice with our best local Guides

Sunday 3:15pm EST
Up to 40 % off

Sunday 3:15pm EST

The Secrets Behind the Birthplace of the Renaissance: Florence Virtual Tour

Virtually tour the David, Renaissance gallery, and City with our best Florence Guides.

Sundays 12pm EST
Up to 40 % off

Sundays 12pm EST

Caravaggio and Bernini: Two Very Different Geniuses: Borghese Virtual Tour

Virtually Tour the Borghese Gallery on this Online Interactive Experience

Sunday, 2/7 at 3 pm EST

Sunday, 2/7 at 3 pm EST

Historic Cities, Highlands and Islands: Virtual Tour of Scotland

Join this 1-hour highlights tour to explore the magnificence, mysteries, and magic of the Scotland.

Saturday 3:15 PM EST
Up to 40 % off

Saturday 3:15 PM EST

Paris: The City of Lights from Ancient Times to the Fire of Notre Dame

With your Expert Guide Avi, explore the great history of Paris and its Ile de la Cité, from the Roman settlement to the Modern Sites

Sundays at 4 pm EST

Sundays at 4 pm EST

Grandfather of Impressionism, Monet & His Inspiration: Giverny Virtual Tour

Learn about the life and works of Claude Monet and Giverny, where he spent much of his life.

The Northern Capital of Russia: Virtual Tour of Saint Petersburg

The Northern Capital of Russia: Virtual Tour of Saint Petersburg

The former capital of the Russian tsars, this city is a treasure trove of culture.

Sunday 4.30pm EST
Up to 40 % off

Sunday 4.30pm EST

A Labyrinth of Bones below the City: Paris Catacombs Virtual Tour

Go beneath the city of Paris for a spooky virtual hour with an expert guide.

Private Only
Special Event

Private Only

World's Great Destinations: Ireland Virtual Tour

For this week's edition of World's Great Destinations, journey to Ireland with your expert local guide Mark. Experience the sites, history and culture of the Emerald Isle

Private Only
Special Event

Private Only

Pyramids, Dynasties and Power: Ancient Egypt Virtual Tour

A journey to the Nile, join expert guide Arafa for an exploration through Ancient Egypt

Saturdays at 1:30 pm EST

Saturdays at 1:30 pm EST

Impressionism and the Golden Age of Art: Musée D'Orsay Virtual Tour

On the journeys of art and history, head to the Paris' Musée D'Orsay with Avi to explore the golden age of Parisian art from 1848-1914

Sat, Nov 28th at 4 pm

Sat, Nov 28th at 4 pm

The Magical World of Harry Potter: Edinburgh Virtual Tour

Experience the magic of Harry Potter's beginnings with this special interactive tour of Edinburgh!

Saturday 1/9 at 2 pm EST

Saturday 1/9 at 2 pm EST

Vatican Special: The Secret Rooms of the Vatican

Discover room rarely shown to the public within the Vatican.

Saturday 12/12 at 4 pm EST

Saturday 12/12 at 4 pm EST

The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

An immersive online tour of Leonardo Da Vinci with live Q&A

Private Only

Private Only

Ancient Sites and Hidden Mysteries: Virtual Tour of Athens

Explore Athens with a blend of ancients locations and modern appeal.

Next: Saturday 2/6 at 4 pm EST

Next: Saturday 2/6 at 4 pm EST

Across the City of 100 Spires: Interactive Virtual Tour of Prague

Explore and experience the Capital of Czech Republic with a local, licensed, and expert guide.

Private Event

Private Event

Interactive Private Cooking Experience with Chefs From All Over the World

Host your classes to learn with live, interactive events with renowned international chefs.