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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.

In-depth Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica & Square

2. In-depth Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica & Square

Start your tour in St. Peter's Square and be fascinated by its architectural secrets. Discover the optical illusions as were thought by its designer, Bernini. Enter the Basilica and be amazed by its magnificence. Marvel at the mosaics all around you and see why it took 150 years to rebuild. Walk past renowned masterpieces of Renaissance and Neoclassical art with your expert guide. Stand in front of the harmonious 98.5-foot high canopy, and appreciate the expressive power and delicate beauty of Michelangelo's "Pietà". Conclude your tour by descending to the underground grottoes to see St. Peter's tomb. Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century Basilica while you admire the work of the beautiful frescoes within.

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

3. 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.

Best of Rome in 1 Day: Private Tour with Colosseum

4. Best of Rome in 1 Day: Private Tour with Colosseum

Join this Best of Rome Private Day Tour to discover the Eternal City. See the Trevi Fountain, the charming Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the silent flow of the Tiber River, the Pantheon, and Piazza Venezia with its Wedding Cake monument. You will be picked up in the morning (exact time subject to change) and your private driver will drive you to go sightseeing around the historical center of Rome. Continue to Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and legendary Ponte Sant'Angelo, to enjoy a fantastic sight of the Castello Sant'Angelo, and to the astonishing St. Peter's Square with its superb colonnade. Afterward, enjoy a beautiful view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill and see Circus Maximus, the site of the Roman chariots races with its evocative views of the sprawling ruins of the emperor's palaces on Palatine Hill. After a 1-hour break for lunch (which is not included), you will have a private skip-the-line tour of the symbol of the ancient Roman world, the Colosseum. Discover the techniques of construction invented by the Romans, the incredible ability of the gladiators, the fighting between exotic animals, and the level of technology achieved by Roman engineers to build the Colosseum. Your tour will then continue exploring the Palatine Hill, the residence of the Roman emperors, overlooking one side of Circus Maximus and on the other side, the views of the valley of the Roman Forum, an ancient center of Roman political, religious, and commercial life. In this archaeological area, see some of ancient Rome’s most evocative ruins such as the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius, and the Temple of Julius Caesar, built in the same spot where his body was cremated.

Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St.Peter

5. Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St.Peter

Navigate through a vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a licensed guide on this walking tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Start your walking tour in front of the Vatican museums. Admire collections like the Maps Room and the Tapestries Hall. Appreciate masterpieces like Raphael’s 'Transfiguration' and 'The School of Athens.' Listen as your guide tells you tales of Vatican intrigue as you pass through spaces like the Courtyard of Pigna, the Octagonal Courtyard, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Animals, and the Gallery of Muses. Spend time contemplating the statues in the Candelabra Gallery or the masterpieces in the Raphael Rooms. Make your way to the frescos that decorate the Sistine Chapel ceiling and take a stop at The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Hear about the history of this chapel before heading to St Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this renowned work of Renaissance architecture by masters like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Finish your tour with a stroll inside St. Peter's Basilica.

Rome: St. Peters' Basilica and the German Cemetery

6. Rome: St. Peters' Basilica and the German Cemetery

Visit a lesser-known spot in Rome: the German cemetery at the Vatican. Enter the Vatican through a back door and encounter a small oasis of calm. Learn more about the oldest German national foundation in Rome. Afterward, see priceless works of art and hear interesting stories as you visit St. Peter's Basilica. Admire the grandiose dome at one of the world's largest churches. See the bronze baldachin under the dome, which is as big as a ten-story house.

Rome: Eternal City Highlights Minivan Tour

7. Rome: Eternal City Highlights Minivan Tour

Tour the area aboard a comfortable minivan as you learn more from our local guide. Avoid the extensive and tiring walk and crowd, this tour is perfectly designed to give a pleasant and enjoyable experience to the visitors away from the tourist bustle. Experience the amazing atmosphere as the guide features the main attractions of the Eternal city. Rome is well known for its vast metropolis of classical architecture, incredible food, gardens, art, history and a world famous-film industry. Don’t miss this lifetime event. Make sure to take the best pictures or selfies as you will have time to get off and witness some monuments up close. Explore and marvel the famous landmarks from the outside, see the statuesque Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Venice Square, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps, Navona Square and the heart of Rome; St. Peter’s Square.

From Civitavecchia: Vatican, St Peters & Sistine Chapel Tour

8. 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.

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour

9. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour

The Vatican hides so many treasures that it makes sense to visit it the smart way: by skipping the ticket lines at the entry and learning about its wonderful collections from a professional local guide in a small group. This tour for small groups allows you to discover the best of the Vatican following the explanations and the routes traced by your expert guide. Get to see the artworks of Michelangelo and Raphael, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of the Candelabra. The tour ends at St Peter’s Square.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 217 reviews

As indicated, there is no queue to enter St. Peter's Basilica, but it is specified so we were not surprised. While we were queuing (impressive from the outside but all in all went quite quickly), we had explanations. It was convenient for that to meet before. We arrived a little late (we were at the Vatican Museums before and underestimated the time between these 2 visits, plan a lot) and another guide kindly helped us find your guide (phew, otherwise we won't would never have reunited with the world...). Very interesting visit to the basilica, visit in French, I unfortunately forgot the name of the guide who was really great with a lot of knowledge and caring with everyone. Alone we would have missed a lot of information. Unfortunately, we did not continue with the visit of the Dome (claustrophobia) but to do for those who can, the view must be fantastic.

The tour is highly recommended. Our tour guide Mariella made the tour very interesting and told us many exciting details. You could hear her very well. Mariella has an incredible amount of knowledge, which she shares with great pleasure. She is also very considerate as a tour guide.

Simona Capodimonti, our guide, has done her job very well. It left ample room for the group's questions and my husband's interventions. Tour lived up to our expectations. Ok

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.

Meeting point was easy to find. The guide was great. Gladly again.