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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Vatican Museum and Castel Sant'Angelo with Typical Lunch

Product ID: 203761
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Visit two of Rome’s most historical sites in one day. Get exclusive access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Castel Sant’ Angelo.
About this activity
Duration 1 day
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
  • Marvel at the stunning façade of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Explore the Vatican Museum
  • Learn the history of the Castel Sant'Angelo and papal corridors
  • Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch
Full description
Meet your guide a few meters from the entrance of the Vatican to skip the line into the popular Vatican Museum. Here, you'll learn about the remarkable history, architecture, and politics of the Vatican City. Your guide will lead you through some of the lesser-known spots that tourists tend to miss. You will discover masterpiece paintings, sculptures, and other works of art, which have been collected by popes through the centuries. 

The Sistine Chapel is the highlight of this tour—you will be amazed by the work of Michelangelo’s fresco. Your expert historian guide will teach you about the pieces and the stories behind them. Inside the walls of the Chapel, you will see the glory of Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece, The Last Judgment. It's a marvel to behold and the reason why the Sistine Chapel is known as the crown jewel of the Vatican, perhaps even of all the world's art treasures. 

Continue your tour through the corridors and skip the line to St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest basilica. In this monument, you can admire the stunning masterpiece of Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini. See the church’s incredible altar and impressive dome, the pilasters of Maderno's nave, and exquisite architectural features by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Then, be escorted to a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional lunch.

After lunch, head to the Castle Sant’Angelo, which is a few minutes’ walks from the Vatican City. Walk through Ponte Sant’Angelo, known as the Aelian Bridge or Pons Aelius. Your guide will explain the details of this special bridge built by Emperor Hadrian. As you enter the castle, on the right bank of the Tiber river, skip the line to Hadrian’s cylindrical mausoleum. Your guide will talk about the changes that took place throughout the centuries behind the fortified walls of the first castle to be built in Rome and how popes converted the structure and a fortified a corridor called the Passetto di Borgo.  Follow the steps of the former popes as you walk through the Passetto di Bargo, built to escape death threats. This corridor will lead you back straight to St. Peters Square. Before the tour ends at St Peters square, learn about the architects behind its astonishing construction, including Michelangelo, Bernini, and Borromini.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line ticket to Vatican Museum and Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Certified tour guide
  • Radio system to hear your guide
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Pickup and drop off at your accommodation
  • Entrance fee to the cathedral
  • Additional food or drink
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of the Ambasciata della Repubblica Araba d'Egitto, 9 Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• You must wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees and you may be refused entry if you do not obey the strict dress code
• You will receive confirmation at the time of booking
• It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes because there is a moderate amount of walking involved
• St. Peter’s Basilica has an airport-style security check and no liquids, large bags, or sharp items are allowed
• Skip-the-line access is guaranteed even during peak season except in the event of delays or strikes by the Vatican Museum management
• In high season the time allowed inside the Sistine Chapel could be limited by the Vatican Museum's security staff
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StarFlorence

Product ID: 203761