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  3. Rome
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Rome: Vatican Museums and Papal Audience Group Tour

Product ID: 62615
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Enjoy an audience with Pope Francis I, and skip the lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica on a 6-hour tour of the Vatican City. See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and many others, along with ancient maps and tapestries.
About this activity
Duration 6 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
  • Enjoy an audience with Pope Francis I
  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums
  • See Michelangelo's sublime Sistine Chapel
  • Learn more about the art of the Renaissance
  • Marvel at antiquities from Ancient Greece
  • Get a blessing from the pope
Full description
Enjoy an audience with Pope Francis I, and pray with him to receive the Apostolic Blessing on a full-day tour of the Vatican City.

The weekly Papal Audience is a special event for Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and lasts approximately 2 hours, during which there are speeches in Italian and other languages. After the blessing and a break for lunch (at your own expense), meet your guide and enjoy a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums.

Your Vatican tour will start at 1:30 PM. See masterpieces of art and antiquities collected by successive popes over the centuries. Journey through periods of art and civilization, such as the classical art of Greece, to the Renaissance works of Michelangelo. Your guide will explain the history and secrets of the Catholic Church, and tell you about the rivalries between Renaissance artists.

Go inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring “The Last Judgement.” Then, experience the holy magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica, where baroque masterpieces and Michelangelo’s “La Pietà” are waiting to be discovered.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums
  • Admission ticket for the Papal Audience
  • Art historian guide
  • Headsets so that you can hear your guide clearly
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Transportation to or from attractions
  • Tour guide during the Papal Audience
  • Food or drink
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Via Leone IV, 6, 00192 Roma RM, Italia

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Important information
Know before you go
• The Papal Audience is a free event and does not require a ticket, the tour operator will provide you with the required booking
• Seats are not assigned during the Papal Audience
• Please note that there is a strict dress code at 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 be refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
• The Vatican Museums tour involves a moderate amount of walking
• Student discounts only apply to those under 26 years old with an International Identity Student Card (ISIC), to be shown on site
• Child discounts apply for those aged 7 to 18 years old with a valid ID card to be shown on site
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to difficulties in the Sistine Chapel
• A valid ID card is mandatory to bring for each participant
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