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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome

Holy Tour Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & Sant'Angelo

Product ID: 124481
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Spend 2.5-hours on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with privileged access to St. Peter's Basilica, and then 2-hours on an intimate guided tour to discover the main treasures of Castel Sant'Angelo.
About this activity
Duration 4.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Admire the Castel Sant'Angelo on a intimate guided tour
  • Skip the long lines for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Explore St. Peter's Basilica at your own pace
Full description
Begin with Vatican Museums, where you'll skip-the-line and start exploring the vast collections right away thanks to the reserved ticket that comes with this tour. The Vatican Museum was founded in the 16th century by Pope Giulio II, and since then, has been enriched by a large number of masterpieces through time. It is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world and covering about 7 kilometers (4.35 miles) of chambers and corridors. You will be taken into the museum by a spectacular big spiral staircase. Inside you will find many masterpieces from different periods of time, from classical Greek art to Renaissance masterpieces of Michelangelo. Admire the statue of Laocoön and his sons which is one of the most famous ancient sculptures or the Raphael Rooms with some of the best paintings of this famous artist - such as the Transfiguration, his last piece. Admire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico and many more. Enjoy a view over the Vatican Gardens. Towards the end of this tour, visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece: The Last Judgement. At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you to have a privileged entrance of the Saint Peter Basilica. Visit the basilica at your leisure without a guide. Inside, admire some Baroque masterpieces and the breathtaking Pietà by Michelangelo. Enjoy a moment of reflection in the Vatican caves where many popes are buried, including Pope John Paul II. Tour highlights include the following: introduction of the Vatican City and Vatican history, Chandelier Gallery, Tapestry Gallery, Maps Gallery, apartment of San Pio V, the Sistine Chapel and many more along the way. At the end of the tour, you will have direct access to St. Peter's Basilica.

Once finished at the Vatican, make your own way to Castel Sant'Angelo to enjoy an exclusive and unique intimate guided experience that will enable you to appreciate and admire the incredible structure in the best way possible. An official experienced guide will escort you around the castle, showing you the incredible masterpieces hosted there and telling you all about the castle's histories along with its role during the history of Rome. Your tour will start just outside Castel Sant'Angelo, where you will find your guide. From there, appreciate and admire the incredible and impressive structure of the castle and its wonderful setting. Once you get inside, you will be impressed by the several treasures hidden there. During your visit, see the Emperor Hadrian's tomb, popish apartments and bastion, torture chamber, historical prisons, Michelangelo's courtyard, an amazing panoramic view from the terrace, Castel Sant'Angelo Bridge and so much more.

Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to/ from attractions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica will start at 10:00 AM from Via Leone IV n. 6, Rome. Castel Sant Angelo will start at 5:00 PM from Castel Sant Angelo's entrance. Your guide will be waiting outside for you.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Walking frames
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• A dress code is required to enter places of worship and the Vatican Museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• Infants under 6 are free
• Not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in the Sistine Chapel (if you need an accessible tour, please check the special tour: "Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel special guided private tour wheelchair accessible")
• Note that it will not be possible to visit the basilica during religious holidays and ceremonies. The basilica is often subject to sudden closures
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