Christian History Tour with Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Rome Catacombs

Rome, Italy

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Overview

An amazing way to journey through the history of Rome, on the morning tour you will experience the ancient burial grounds of the early Christians at the Catacombs of Domitilla, one of the world's oldest highways with the Appian Way, and the crypt where thousands of friars are buried in elaborate bone structures. In the afternoon you will explore Vatican City on our Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. This tour will visit areas of the Vatican Museums that most tours overlook in addition to spending plenty of time to revel in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel.

Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities

Departure Point

Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
Located under the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini Church, the Capuchin Crypts are the first stop on this tour. Here you will see the macabre aspect of catacombs as 3,700 Capuchin monks are buried here in elaborate bone structures. Many of these structures are built to represent Christian symbols, and as your guide will explain it has caused some controversy. The crypt is divided into 5 chapels; Crypt of the Resurrection, Crypt of the Skulls, Crypt of the Pelvises, Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones and Crypt of the Three Skeletons. Many of these skeletons are found fully intact still in their Franciscan attire. The crypts provide a eery and exciting Catacombs experience.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
The oldest network of Catacombs in Rome, the Catacombs of Domitilla date back to the Second Century CE. Located 50 feet below ground this nearly 10 mile long maze of tunnels acted as the burial grounds for early Christians. The Catacombs were constructed outside the city to maintain sanitary conditions in the city as early Christianity did not allow for the cremation of bodies. As the Catacombs were built during a time where Christians were looked down upon and persecuted, the tunnels acted as a safe haven where they could practice, pray and socialize in peace. The Catacombs also include incredible early Christian art including an intact fresco of the Last Supper which is nearly 2,000 years old.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Vatican Museums
Observe the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and the Roman Guy's favorite, the Gallery of the Maps. Based on painted topographical maps of the Italian peninsula by Dominican Italian friar Ignazio Danti, the Gallery of Maps is both beautiful and informative. The painted frescoes reveal the detail Renaissance Italians knew of geography and the regions they identified with. The maps dating from around 1580 are nearly 300 years older than the united Italy. These maps also show the importance of the Italian peninsula as an entity before the Italian state.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Sistine Chapel
One of the most impressive and celebrated works of art in world history, the Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo's ultimate masterpiece. Spend time in solace stating at the intricacies and depth of the amazing fresco above. Silence in the Sistine Chapel is strictly enforced as it is a place of worship and holiness. Before entering, your guide will describe what to look out for and amazing stories regarding the Michelangelo and the Chapel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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St. Peter's Basilica
The last stop on the tour is St. Peter's Basilica. A massive church the size of two football fields and the capital of the Catholic Church, we will enter through a special door directly from the Sistine Chapel. This access saves up to hours of time as the general line into St. Peter's can be thousands of people long. Before saying arrivaderci you will visit Michelangelo's Pietà statue as well as Bernini's Baldacchino.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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