Rome: Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour with Entry

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Join a guided tour of the Vatican and enter before the crowds arrive to experience the unparalleled beauty, ancient history, and religious significance of one of Rome's most iconic attractions.

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Highlights

  • Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in the company of a guide
  • Set off on an exclusive Vatican tour early in the morning before it gets busy
  • Discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

Description

Join the more than five million annual visitors of the global heart of the Catholic Faith. Experience the Vatican City with privileged access to the main attractions, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. From its stunning beauty to its ancient history and artistic and religious significance, the Vatican, the entirety of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a one-stop-shop for any traveler. Whether the paintings, sculptures, religious art, architecture, or even the Pontifical Swiss Guards that have protected the Pope since 1506, little else compares to the utter majesty of the Holy See. Choose the VIP or early morning option to start exploring the beauty of the Vatican before the general public arrives. Wander the Vatican Museums, the famous Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica surrounded by very few. Or, choose the afternoon option to visit later in the day. Follow your expert guide into the Museums to discover the world’s most extensive collection of art, including the greatest sculptures and artwork of the Renaissance period. Continue through the Candelabra Gallery, divided into six splendid rooms containing artworks found throughout the country, bringing relics of the Roman Empire into the modern-day. Then explore the astonishing Gallery of the Tapestries, host to an extensive collection of Raffaello Sanzio’s tapestries depicting different Catholic stories and myths. From there, walk through the Gallery of Maps with your guide, the perfect place for travelers with a taste for the sciences. Check out the global maps created by Roman topographers – a glimpse into what the world was thought to look like centuries ago. Experience the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the intricately painted frescoes that adorn the chapel's ceiling and walls. Listen as your guide explains what to look for once inside the chapel and answers any questions you may have after exiting. Next, head to your final destination on this guided walking tour, St. Peter's Basilica. Discover the religious art housed here and marvel at the Renaissance architecture of the biggest church in the world. Experience Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini’s Baldachin, and much more. Your tour comes to an end in St. Peter's Square, the perfect spot from which to continue exploring on your own.

Includes

Live guide Entry to the Vatican Museums Guided tour of the Vatican Museums Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly Map of the Sistine Chapel

Important Information

  • During religious holidays, or on Wednesday mornings during the high season when the Pope has an audience in St. Peter's Square, the tour will only include an external guided tour of the basilica This tour will take place rain or shine All visitors must pass through airport-style security

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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