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Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

1. Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

Once you arrive at the agency, you will start the tour right away. You will participate in Pope Francis' audience which takes place every Wednesday either in St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall, inside the Vatican State. After receiving the blessings from the Pope, the activity coordinator will lead you to the bar where you will enjoy a typical Italian breakfast with a cappuccino (or americano) and cornetto (croissant). You will then venture through the walls of the smallest sovereign state in the world, your guide will explain to you the history of the magnificent St. Peter's Square and the reason why it is so important for catholic people all over the world. With your skip-the-line tickets, the guide will take you directly inside the Vatican Museums, a place enriched by rare and unique treasures. You will be able to see the masterpieces of famous Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. The marvelous Renaissance paintings and frescoes are not the only works you'll see, your guide will lead you to the Pigna's gardens and the octagonal courtyards, where you will admire the stunning ancient Roman sculpture of the Laocoon. At the end of the tour, you will enter the well-known Sistine Chapel, hold on tight — the extreme beauty of the celestial is something very unique and special. Pope Giulio II gave carte blanche to Michelangelo who developed this original and colossal fresco work. At the very end, you can choose either to spend more time in the Museums or to exit along with your guide.

Rome: Vatican Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Museums

2. Rome: Vatican Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Museums

Visit Vatican City - the smallest state in the world, on a tour in Rome. Explore the Vatican and discover its museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel all in one with a local guide, without having to wait in line. Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums, where your guide will lead you through the main galleries and point out its unmissable highlights. Meet your guide and set off to admire the magnificent St. Peter's Square outdoor and its impressive colonnade by Bernini. Marvel at the centuries-old frescoes preserved in the Sistine Chapel and learn all about Michelangelo and the making of his masterpiece: The Last Judgement.

Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

3. Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

This tour offers the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums at your own pace with entry before regular opening time. Skip the ticket line and first discover highlights of the Vatican Galleries, with its collection of precious artworks. Your guide will then take you to see the spectacular Sistine Chapel, where you will be able to admire Michelangelo’s work free from the crowds you find during the regular opening hours. Then, get privileged access to the Cabinet of the Masks, which is usually a restricted area of the Vatican. Enjoy a unique experience with your professional and knowledgeable guide and discover one of the Vatican's most precious treasures.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

4. Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy priority admission on this 3-hour tour and experience all the major highlights of Vatican City! This popular tour includes the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See one of the most important collections of art in the world at the Vatican Museums, which comprise more than 1,200 rooms. Highlights include the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will ensure that you get there quickly, while seeing the most important masterpieces along the way.

Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

5. Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

During the morning, you will be taken to St. Peter's Square to take a seat and enjoy a special religious moment. Pope Francesco will offer readings in several languages and pray with the faithfuls. At the end of the audience, you will enjoy a quick lunch and then continue your experience with a visit to the famous Vatican Museums with its classical sculpture galleries, tapestries and most significant paintings, collected in one of the most important museum in the world. Visit the famous Sistine Chapel and, through an exclusive access pass, enjoy the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the whole Catholic Christian world, built on the tomb of the first pope in history next to the famous St. Peter's Square. The tour will conclude here.

From Civitavecchia: Vatican, St Peters & Sistine Chapel Tour

6. From Civitavecchia: Vatican, St Peters & Sistine Chapel Tour

Start the tour at Civitavecchia Harbor where you will be picked up. Embark on a small group tour in and arrive at the Vatican Museums and meet your tour guide. Take advantage of your exclusive skip-the-line access tickets, entering the museums through a panoramic terrace where you can admire the stunning view of Saint Peter's dome overlooking the Vatican gardens.  Begin your tour of the collections which include a seemingly infinite number of masterpieces by Bernini, Raphael, Botticelli, Perugino, and other treasures - all incredibly united under one roof. Learn about how the numerous popes that have lived in the Vatican continuously enriched it with different artworks.  Admire the most beautiful Roman ancient statues and gaze in awe at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, before continuing on through the Hall of the Painted Maps. Finally, witness the unmissable ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the sublime 'Last Judgment' by Michelangelo.

Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

7. Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

This Vatican Private Tour with Cabinet of the Masks will offer a unique experience. You will visit not only the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel but also the exclusive Cabinet of the Masks, a part of the museums which is usually closed to the general public. The visit will start when you meet your private guide in the morning. Begin immediately to explain the history of the Vatican. The guide will expertly guide your group through the Vatican Museums' extensive galleries, to let you take in all the history and art of the works exhibited. With this tour, you will also have the unique chance to visit the Cabinet of the Masks. This constitutes an exclusive area of the galleries, whose name comes from the beautiful Roman mosaics depicting masks that adorn its floor. Your tour will continue with the gem of the Vatican, Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Sistine Chapel. Thanks to the earlier access, you will be able to admire its beauty together with a limited number of visitors and enjoy it as it deserves.

Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

8. Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

Marvel at masterpieces of art by Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and many others on a private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and see statues from Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and other great civilizations. Skip the notorious lines to enter the Vatican Museums, and enjoy a personal narrative once inside. Your guide will treat you to a customized tour, bringing the magnificent works of art to life with an interactive and imaginative commentary. Uncover the legends and mysteries behind works from the Renaissance and other art eras, and hear about the papal patrons. Marvel at sculptures, carvings, frescoes, paintings, tapestries and maps. Go to the Belvedere Courtyard, and stroll through the most interesting galleries in the museum complex. Contemplate Michelangelo's frescoes in the magnificent Sistine Chapel and admire paintings from the main artist of the Renaissance period. Then, enter St. Peter’s Church to experience the majestic architecture of the Catholic cathedral. See Bernini’s exquisite “Baldachin” and other sacred works of art. End on St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire the Egyptian obelisk that witnessed the martyrdom of St. Peter and was central to Bernini’s design.

Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

9. Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

Discover one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the world’s greatest art collection on a private guided tour of the Vatican City, and marvel at masterpieces of art by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio, Perugino, and Michelangelo. Your guide will take you past the long lines to enter the Vatican Museums, giving you more time to explore the art, and less time wasted on waiting. Originally conceived for the sole enjoyment of the Pope, the lavish labyrinth is made up of 2,000 rooms that stretch over 9 miles. It is said that if you spent 60 seconds looking at every item, it would take you 12 years to see everything. Your guide will lead you to some of the main attractions, as well as reveal secrets hidden among the established masterpieces. An undoubted highlight will be Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Admire his fabled “Creation of Adam,” and wander through the former apartments of the popes in Raphael's Rooms. Then, it’s time for another Michelangelo masterpiece. Go inside the Basilica of St. Peter’s to see his “La Pieta” among all the other treasures. End on St. Peter's Square, where your guide will point out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusions that embrace visitors in the “maternal arms of Mother Church.”

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

10. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Explore the highlights of the Vatican City on a 3-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums for an introduction to a selection of the galleries of classical sculptures, tapestries, and paintings. Journey through Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. See maps by age-old cartographers. Go to the private chambers of former popes, and see paintings by Raffaello. Enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo Buonarroti’s miraculous frescoes, and his ceiling painting of “The Last Judgment.” The, access St. Peter's Basilica and explore the largest church in the Catholic faith. The sacred site was built around 320 by Emperor Constantine over the tomb of the apostle Peter. Completely redesigned about 200 years later by artists such as Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini, it is now the spiritual heart of the Christian world. Exit onto St. Peter's Square, and admire the colonnades by Bernini. Look up at the vast dome of St. Peter's as you tour ends on St. Peter’s Square.

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What people are saying about Saint Peter's Square

I felt lucky to have David as my guide to tour the Basilica and the Vatican! He was so patient, organized in his thoughts and engaging throughout the tour. Some pointers that made him such a fun and empathetic person: - encouraged questions from us and explained in a way we could follow along - gave a heads-up at crucial points that allowed us to prepare ourselves for what’s next, eg. when we had to be extra alert, when we were about to see a some fine detail, when we were going to enter a confusing/crowded place etc. - his knowledge was intense and he was good at sharing that in the form of stories vs bare facts Great experience and my entire group loved this time with him!

My family had an amazing early morning tour with our guide - Claudia. Claudia was an expert on so many aspects of the Vatican history and art. She made our entire family comfortable and eager to learn more in every hall we visited. Thank you so much for an amazing experience at the Vatican Claudia. We all enjoyed every minute or our time together.

The private versus the group tour. You’ll get lost in the shuffle with a group. Our guide Letiza, was amazing. You’ll get all your questions answered on top of all the info she provides. Thanks for an amazing experience

Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. If it’s hot out bring sunscreen and maybe even a small umbrella but be courteous of others.

Raul was very attentive, eloquent and engaging. We enjoyed the tour very much.