Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

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Skip the ticket lines on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Acquire a deep understanding of the history and world-class art collection of Vatican City.

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Highlights

  • Marvel at the majestic architecture of Vatican City and visit its main landmarks
  • Receive skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Browse through the vast collection of breathtaking art at the museums
  • Gaze up at Michelangelo's awe-striking fresco in the beautiful Sistine Chapel
  • Learn unique facts about each location visited from your certified guide

Description

Forget about waiting in line and access the outstanding gems of Vatican City with skip-the-line tickets. Learn all about its history and gaze at its opulent architecture and artworks with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Start your tour by skipping the (always long) ticket lines to get into the museum and diving right into the galleries holding some of the most famous works of art in the world. This specially-designed route encompasses all the can’t-miss pieces while also including some of the lesser-known works that will really dazzle you. Your expert, English-speaking guide will give you eye-opening insight and context (along with some great stories) as you explore the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere courtyard with ‘Apollo Belvedere’ & the Laocoön group, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries. The piéce-de-resistance is, of course, the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will prep you for your time here by telling you the stories behind the creation of the iconic frescoes as well as what they mean. When you enter, you will then be able to appreciate the full majesty of the room, spotting little details like Michelangelo’s self-portrait and the rather painful revenge he plotted for the Pope’s aide (he wasn’t his biggest fan…) From the Sistine Chapel, you'll follow your guide through a special, groups-only door taking you right into St. Peter's Basilica—skipping the long line outside. Once in St. Peter's, your guide will point out the precious art and treasures inside and share the story behind the church's 120-year construction. The Vatican is more than just a museum. It's home to the Pope and Catholicism and is one of the world's smallest yet powerful states. On this intimate tour, your guide will ensure that you get an overview of it all—from papal scandal to Renaissance masters and the day-to-day operation of Vatican City. Sites Visited: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel Raphael Rooms Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons Pinecone Courtyard Gallery of the Candelabra Gallery of the Maps Gallery of the Tapestries St. Peter's Basilica

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Tour guide Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel skip-the-line ticket St. Peter's Basilica skip-the-line ticket Headset

Important Information

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, which may take up to 30 minutes in high season Guests are asked to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees inside the chapel and may be denied entry due to improper dress It is the responsibility of each guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect any left luggage after the tour The special access passage between the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesdays and subject to other unexpected closures during special festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. On these days, you will instead explore the magnificent Pinoteca Gallery

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