Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

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A holiday in Rome without visiting the Vatican is like a day at the beach without swimming in the sea. See the best of the Vatican museums and gain direct entrance with skip-the-line access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, while our excellent guides entertain you with stories that go with each masterpiece.

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This budget-friendly tour is the best value for money for travellers that are interested in 1) seeing the museum’s highlights 2) meeting a new friend or two through your group and 3) skipping the lines (trust us, with over 6 million tourist spilling into the museum every year, you’ll want it!)

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Disclaimer: you will be entering the Vatican museum during one of the busiest times of the day. While the tour provides skip-the-line access, the crowds in the museum vary from day to day and some delay with security can be expected (it would be misleading for other tour operators to not tell you this!)

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Duration: 3 hours
Starts: Roma, Italy
Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours



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A holiday in Rome without visiting the Vatican is like a day at the beach without swimming in the sea. See the best of the Vatican museums and gain direct entrance with skip-the-line access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, while our excellent guides entertain you with stories that go with each masterpiece.

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This budget-friendly tour is the best value for money for travellers that are interested in 1) seeing the museum’s highlights 2) meeting a new friend or two through your group and 3) skipping the lines (trust us, with over 6 million tourist spilling into the museum every year, you’ll want it!)

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Disclaimer: you will be entering the Vatican museum during one of the busiest times of the day. While the tour provides skip-the-line access, the crowds in the museum vary from day to day and some delay with security can be expected (it would be misleading for other tour operators to not tell you this!)

Itinerary
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Stop At: Borgo, Via dei Corridori, Rome Italy

Meet your tour guide at our office, located in the oldest neighbourhoods of the Vatican, Borgo Pio. Following a self introduction by your guide, you will walk through the charming shops of the Borgo, as he/she shares some local tips for eating and site seeing in Rome, including off the beaten track sites that you must visit during your holiday!

Some background will also be provided on the history of the Sistine Chapel (we do it here as the chapel forbids noise and travellers are expected to observe silence once entering).

Duration: 40 minutes

Pass By: Via della Conciliazione, Rome Italy

Admire the flags and surrounding embassies as you walk through this street, which serve as the primary access point to St. Peter’s Square, and by extension, to the Vatican City itself.

Stop At: St. Peter’s Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

We arrive at St. Peter’s Square, which is marked by a towering Egyptian obelisk and enveloped by columns and statues of saints. Hear about the history of the square and the legendary artist Bernini who designed it.

Fun fact- the Pope addresses crowds from his apartment window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, during the Papal audience held every Wednesday and Sunday morning.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

En route to the museum, you will get to see and hear about how residents of the smallest city in the word go about their day to day life (including getting their mail!) Snap a pic of the Swiss guards- the pontifical bodyguards in their distinctly Renaissance uniforms.

Our Tip: send yourself a post card after the tour. The post office sells a variety of memorabilia, including stamps with Pope Francis’s face!

Then, slowly head towards the museum’s entrance, where you will be led to a special area reserved for skip-the-line groups.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Be prepared to hear about stories as your guide walk you through an astonishing collection of Roman and Greek statues, the gallery of tapestries, and a gallery of maps depicting 16th century Italy.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

Admire Michelangelo’s famous works, including the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement. This spectacular fresco evokes lifelike images within the mind, vividly portraying stories of mankind in the biblical era.

Note that the museum requires visitors to observe silence and a dress code (knees and shoulders covered).

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

You will be brought in front of St. Peter’s Church, where a special entrance will allow you to enter directly from the museum and bypass the long queue out in the square. Got questions? Ask you guide before parting ways!

Duration: 15 minutes



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