Vatican Tour

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Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica

This tour of the Vatican is a wonderful chance to admire the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the magnificent Sistine Chapel, one of the world's greatest masterpieces, and St. Peter's Basilica.
You will be led by an expert on this amazing tour that will literally leave your mouth gaping in wonder.
This Vatican Tour always includes special entry to skip the lines at the entrance!

Vatican Tour – Highlights

Skip the line: save 2–3 hours

Live guide: English

Electronic voucher accepted

Small Groups: Max 25 People

Duration: 3 hours

Language: English

Easy change of date: You can change the date or time of your tour without fees up to 48 hours in advance.

Easy cancellation: full refund if you cancel 7 days before the date of your visit.

VATICAN TOUR DETAILS /About this activity/ What you need to know
Availability: every day except Sunday.
Starting time: 9:30 am; 10:30 am (not available from November to March); 2:00 pm (from November to March on Saturday).
On Wednesday the tour is available at 2:00 pm only, the year long.
Adult price: 69.00 euro per person


Price includes: English guide service for 3 hours, entrance tickets with pre-reservation (no line) to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, headsets

Children: free 0–3 years of age, from 4 to 12 years children pay reduced price ticket € 55.00.

Meeting point: Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo 21, Rome. All details about meeting your guide will be printed on the voucher you will receive by email after completing the booking.

What is included

- Authorized guide service for 3 hours
- Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums
- Reserved access to St. Peter's Basilica
- Headsets to facilitate hearing the guide

What is not included

Transportation
Climb to St. Peter's Dome
Visit of the Basilica's underground section
Gratuity

NOTES: bags, metal objects, umbrellas, and animals are not allowed in the museums. Even though you have skip-the-line tickets, there may be a line for security checks. Visitors wearing shorts or sleeveless tops are not admitted into the Basilica. The museums require guests in wheelchairs to follow a different route, which prevents them from following the same route as the organized tour. If the Basilica is closed for a special religious event, the tour will include the museum's art gallery.

How your Vatican tour works

Read the instructions printed on the voucher. You do not need to print a hard copy of the voucher. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the time the tour starts at the meeting point shown on the voucher.
Your guide will be waiting for you there. Once the group of participants has gathered, you will go the Vatican Museums entrance and go through a special entrance reserved for groups, skipping the line of those who did not book. After you pass the security checks and metal detectors, your guide will give you the ticket to go through the turnstiles and the headsets. Your Vatican tour starts here!

What you will see during your VATICAN TOUR

Your Vatican tour starts in the Courtyard of the Pigna. This large courtyard is one of the most famous, much-photographed outdoor spots on your Vatican tour. The Courtyard of the Pigna (Pinecone) is a magnificent courtyard with huge proportions lined by some of the finest Vatican buildings and the site of some of the symbolic sculptures of the Vatican Museums. Most important is the large bronze pine cone standing right under the famous "niche," the Vatican building whose facade has an unusual recessed apse shape topped by an open loggia designed by the famous Renaissance-era architect Pirro Ligorio. Dante himself mentioned this great pine cone in the Divine Comedy, already known in his era as it was from Roman times.
The Courtyard of the Pigna also has a famous spherical sculpture by Pomodoro, an enormous sculpted metal ball, another emblem of this courtyard and the Vatican Museums.
Your Vatican tour continues to the Octagonal Courtyard and the section of Ancient Greco-Roman works where you can admire the famous sculptural group depicting Laocoön and his sons trapped by sea serpents.

 

Vatican Tour Sistine Chapel

 

Before going up to the first floor, your guide will take time to discuss the illustrated panels located outside the courtyards. These panels support your guide's explanation of the structure, art, and history of the Sistine Chapel and its artistic treasures because even guides are not allowed to speak inside the Sistine Chapel. You may also not to take photographs or film videos in the Chapel.
This is why your guide will explain the Sistine Chapel outside with the aid of these informative panels full of images of the entire chapel and all the frescoes that adorn the walls and ceiling, including their details.

Your Vatican tour will continue on the upper floor where you will first go through the three main galleries of the Vatican Museums:

- the Gallery of the Candelabra,

- the Gallery of the Tapestries and, lastly,

- the Gallery of Maps, the most famous of the three.

You and your guide will continue to the Raphael Rooms where you can admire the frescoes that Raphael and his followers painted for the apartments of Pope Julius II, including the world-renowned School of Athens. You will go down into the Sistine Chapel from the Raphael Rooms and here your Vatican tour inside the museums will come to an end. But this is not the end of your experience. The magnificent St. Peter's Basilica still awaits you.

Your expert guide will lead you into the St. Peter's Basilica and show you its masterpieces. The guide will tell you about Michelangelo's Pietà, the Basilica's mosaics and the decorations by Bernini. The guide will also talk about the church history and its architectural features. You will then come to St. Peter's Square where you can admire Michelangelo's dome and Bernini's colonnade.

How to book your VATICAN TOUR

Choose the day and time you want to take the tour. Complete the order and payment.
Once the booking has been completed, you will immediately receive an email summarizing your online order. After a few hours and you will receive a confirmation voucher with all the booking details. You do not need to print the voucher. Just carefully read the instructions printed on the voucher and then show it to your guide on your cell phone or tablet in an electronic format on the day of your tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY — GUIDED GROUP TOURS

From when you book until 5 working days (1 week) before the day of the tour, there is no cancellation fee and you will be given a total refund. For cancellations communicated to Italy Travels six or fewer working days before the day of the tour, the cancellation penalty is the full amount of the tour (100% of the total price), i.e. there is no right to any refund.

Know before you go

St. Peter’s is closed on the following days: December 24 and 31 and certain religious holidays. On these days, the St. Peter tour will be replaced by a visit to other sections of the Vatican Museums.
On rare occasions, St. Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. In this case, your Vatican tour will include a 3-hour visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without entering St. Peter’s Basilica. Italy Travels will not offer any refund for this change.
The Vatican strictly enforces a dress code with covered shoulders and long trousers for men. You may be refused entry for not complying.
Regrettably, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Vatican Tour with Private guide: do you want to visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Saint Peter's Basilica with an exclusive, licensed guide? Book a Private Vatican Tour!

 

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IMPORTANT

After the lock down this tour last 2 hours and doesn't include the Saint Peter Basilica
 

ATTENTION
From 6 August 2021 MANDATORY GREEN PASS or NEGATIVE SWAB not earlier than the previous 48 hours

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