Skip-the-line Vatican Sistine Chapel St Peter Basilica & John Paul II Tomb Tour

Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Overview

This small-group tour of the Vatican Museums introduces you to the highlights of one of the world's greatest art collections. After skipping the ticket line, you'll see Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Sistine Chapel, and more, plus visit St. Peter's Basilica. By booking this tour, you can avoid having to navigate this large and usually crowded venue by yourself.
  • See the best of the Vatican Museums by exploring with a guide
  • Skip-the-line access saves you precious time at this popular site
  • Learn more about the vast collection of art than you would on your own
  • Tour is limited to 10 for a small-group experience

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Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Meet your guide at the entrance to the museums and with skip-the-line access you can deposit your belongings in the Vatican cloakroom, perhaps take the opportunity for a comfort break and then begin this wonderful journey to discover the treasurers that the Vatican holds. First you will see the exhibition of Ancient Greek and Roman art.  When the Popes ruled Central Italy artwork was brought to the Vatican from all areas of the city that were being excavated and the guide will point out some of the most noteworthy: the Belvedere Apollo; the Torso; busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the sarcophagi of Helen and Constance, the mother and daughter of Emperor Constantine.  The tour continues with a visit to the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra where you will walk across precious mosaics and come face to face with the magnificent statues of Ephesus, the Muses and some famous Greek philosophers. There are more treasures to be seen in the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall and the Rooms of Raphael.  Painted by Raphael and his disciples these rooms house the famous Parnassus and School of Athens and were the private apartments of Pope Julius II.  
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Then it is on to the most visited site in the whole of Italy, the Sistine Chapel.  The guide will tell you all about the Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis, Michelangelo’s famous frescoes.  The Chapel also houses many other magnificent works; the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other famous Renaissance artists. The Chapel also has an important part to play in the church today as the venue for the conclave where new Popes are elected.  Your guide will tell you about this unique event as well as many other interesting and curious facts. 
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Following the Sistine Chapel you enter the most important Catholic Church in the world – Saint Peter’s Basilica.   Your guide will tell you about the Basilica’s architecture, its symbols and the rituals that take part there.  You will visit the tombs of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II and see another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, the Pieta. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
The tour finishes in Saint Peter’s Square; here your guide will relate some facts and anecdotes about Bernini’s magnificent square.  See the Pope’s balcony and where the long awaited smoke comes from during the election of a new Pope.  A great way to end this superb Vatican tour!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

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