There is a beauty to the Vatican Museums. Through the day they lose their sheen, the art sometimes disappearing amid the clamber of tour groups. Peace returns to the galleries as the tourists depart, and the sanctified allure returns. It is after-hours when you can truly appreciate this space. Raphael’s Rooms display elegance in the brushstrokes and the imagery. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling is so exquisite, but also so delicate when seen from below. Great galleries of sculpture and early Christian art is so expressive when it has the space to breathe. And of course the chapels, each with its own story and subtleties.
Today you will land in Italy, meet your guide, and transfer to a hotel in the heart of historical Rome. From your boutique hotel, it will be just a few steps to some of the city’s major icons, such as the Pantheon and Spanish Steps. After some time to unwind, you can travel to another country, entering the Vatican City as the museums close for the day. Take a look inside the world’s largest church before an intimate exploration of the Vatican Museums, the guide taking you through all the major galleries and chapels. The rest of this evening is at your leisure, and the guide will suggest various places to dine.