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Art Lover's Guide to Rome

Art Lover's Guide to Rome

The Italian capital isn’t only famous for its history—Rome has long been a major art destination as well, and art tours offer a look at some of the city’s best-known works. See below for the top museums, galleries, and art-filled churches to visit.

Vatican Museums – Art and artifacts of the papal collection

The vast collections of the Vatican Museums can be overwhelming, not least because of the long lines at the entrance every day. Skip-the-line tours offer a way to beat the queue and make sure you don’t miss the most important pieces, such as the Apollo of Belvedere and the Laocoon.

Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo’s fresco masterpieces

The Sistine Chapel is considered to be part of the Vatican Museums, and it’s usually visited on tours of the museums. Choose a tour that starts at the Sistine Chapel to get in before the crowds and view Michelangelo’s work in peace.

Borghese Gallery – Caravaggio and Bernini pieces

Inside this former nobleman’s home is a fabulous collection of Bernini sculptures and Caravaggio paintings. The Borghese Gallery can only be visited on a guided tour, which fill up well in advance—be sure to book ahead.

Barberini Palace – Italian art in a royal setting

This 17th-century palace houses part of the National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica). The collection features pieces from the 13th to 18th centuries, with particularly notable works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Bernini.

Palazzo Corsini – Personal collection of a noble family

The 18th-century Palazzo Corsini contains another part of the National Gallery of Ancient Art, with most works on display having once been a part of the Corsini family’s private collection. The pieces are well preserved, almost entirely in their original locations on the walls from when they were donated by the family.

MAXXI (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo) – Contemporary art

Rome’s art museum for the 21st century, nicknamed MAXXI, opened in 2010 and is as much an attraction for its architecture as its collection—the building was designed by famed Iraqi-British architect, Zaha Hadid.

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Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a tour of Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

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Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex before it opens to the general public on this early access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums. As you explore rooms like the Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel, learn about the Renaissance artwork of masters like Michelangelo with in-depth commentary from a knowledgeable private guide. You’ll also visit St Peter’s Basilica and hear insider details about the Vatican, plus skip past all the entrance lines, even the priority ones.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour

Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour

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Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as you are escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
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  • 3 hours
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Borghese Gallery Revealed PrivateTour with an Art Historian

Borghese Gallery Revealed PrivateTour with an Art Historian

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Explore Rome’s Borghese Gallery with an art historian guide to make the most of your visit. With expert commentary about the artists on display, such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian and other Italian masters, you’ll be able to fully appreciate the paintings and sculptures. After your tour, make sure to stroll through the tranquil gardens outside and enjoy a view of the city. Note: Your entrance fee to the gallery is not included.
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Exclusive Private Tour:expert guiding on the art and history of All the Vatican

Exclusive Private Tour:expert guiding on the art and history of All the Vatican

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Skip the lengthy lines and enjoy VIP access to the Vatican Museum’s many works of art on this private, guided tour. Hear the stories that bring the art to life. Visit the Vatican Pinacoteca art gallery; the Chiaramonti Museum, and a collection of Roman busts and statues. Also, see Raphael’s Rooms, four interconnected rooms with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael and the Gallery of Tapestries. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous “Creation of Adam” painting, plus St. Peter’s Basilica and more.
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  • 3 hours
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Corsini Palace and Gallery in Rome Private Skip-the-line Tour

Corsini Palace and Gallery in Rome Private Skip-the-line Tour

The Corsini Gallery is one of Rome’s most impressive art galleries and visiting with a private guide ensures you don’t miss anything. Enjoy skip-the-line access on this private 2.5-hour walking tour; marvel at works by masters such as Caravaggio, Van Dyck, and Rubens; and admire the magnificent surroundings of the grand Baroque palace.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Borghese Gallery Tour with Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael

Small-Group Borghese Gallery Tour with Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael

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Explore the Villa Borghese's meticulously curated collection during this small-group tour in Rome. Stroll through twenty rooms of the 17th-century palace with an art historian guide. See breathtaking works by masters like Caravaggio, Bernini and Raphael, including Bernini's 'Apollo and Persephone' and Caravaggio's 'St John the Baptist'. Admire the villa's marble architecture and ceiling frescoes as you listen to engaging commentary from your guide. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people or less.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip-the-Line Tickets with Host - Borghese Gallery

Skip-the-Line Tickets with Host - Borghese Gallery

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Visit Rome’s celebrated Galleria Borghese, a two-story, 22-room former villa that houses an impressive collection of antiquities, paintings, and sculptures, with convenient skip-the-line access. Enjoy pre-booked tickets to this often sold out museum with the assistance of a professional coordinator to smooth entry. See two of the collections most famous works, Raphael’s The Deposition and Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath, as well as paintings by Titian and Rubens.
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  • 30 minutes
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