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Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

1. Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter a full hour before most of the crowd does and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. Visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms of the museums.

Rome: Vatican Gardens Bus Tour and Vatican Museums Visit

2. Rome: Vatican Gardens Bus Tour and Vatican Museums Visit

Explore the green heart of the world’s smallest state on this open minibus tour of the Vatican Gardens. Admire lush hectors of cultivated green-space. Have the option to tour the Vatican gardens with or without tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Meet your guide and get assistance boarding the minibus. Uncover the secrets of this rich verdant space that occupies one third of the Vatican city's 44 hectors. Learn about these gardens which date back to the 13th century. Hear about how the gardens were enriched by initiatives of various Pontiffs, as you experience this unique encounter between nature, art, and the Christian faith. Find out about the artists, architects, and creators who took care to create this harmonious location. Take in the highlights of the Vatican Museums, from the Sistine Chapel to lesser-known gems of the collection. Visit the Hall of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra and the incredible Raphael Rooms. A definite highlight of your visit is the Sistine Chapel. Take some time to admire the details you have heard about, including Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait, in which he expresses to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again! As incredible as his work is, you’ll appreciate it even more up close and after you’ve seen what it takes to create a fresco. Redeem your voucher at the Touristation office then the staff will accompany you into the Museums to get your official reserved ticket.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: Reserved Entrance

3. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: Reserved Entrance

Take in the highlights of the Vatican Museums, from the Sistine Chapel to lesser-known gems of the collection. Visit the Hall of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra and the incredible Raphael Rooms. A definite highlight of your visit is the Sistine Chapel. Take some time to admire the details you have heard about, including Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait, in which he expresses to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again! As incredible as his work is, you’ll appreciate it even more up close and after you’ve seen what it takes to create a fresco. Redeem your voucher at the Touristation office then the staff will accompany you into the Museums to get your official reserved ticket.

Rome: Vatican City and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

4. Rome: Vatican City and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Vatican City and see some of the highlights from the papal collection in the miles of galleries that form the Vatican Museums. Marvel at masterpieces of art from across the centuries on an itinerary focused on the most important areas of the museum. Go to the Cortile della Pigna (Pine Cone Courtyard) to see the fountain of a pine cone that once stood next to the Temple of Isis. Marvel at the octagonal courtyard of the Cortile Ottagono. Next, go to the Gallery of the Candelabra to see some 2nd-century candelabra from Otricoli. Continue to the Gallery of Tapestries to admire Flemish tapestries by some of Raphael’s students. Discover historic maps of the world in the Gallery of Maps, before visiting one of the most beautiful Renaissance rooms in the world. Enter the apartments that Raphael painted for Julius II, before going to the private chambers of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI. Enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's masterpiece frescoes and ceiling painting of the “Last Judgment.” Then, go inside the Basilica of St. Peter to experience the grandeur and spirituality of one of the world’s most important cathedrals. Discover a treasure trove of art contained within, such as the “Pietà” by Michelangelo and “St. Peter's Baldachin” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Vatican Museums Ticket

5. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Vatican Museums Ticket

Discover Rome at your own pace with a combined 24 or 48-hour ticket for the official hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, and a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City. Have fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums which means more time exploring the world’s most extensive collection of art, and less time waiting in the famously long lines. Once inside, wander the galleries at your own pace, and see masterpieces of art by celebrated artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and more. Marvel at the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, and see ancient cartography in the Hall of Maps. Go to the Pinecone Courtyard and the Gallery of Candelabras. From the open-top bus, you will enjoy privileged views of the Eternal City’s main sights, including the Spanish Steps, Colosseum, and Imperial Forum. Why not throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain or sip an authentic Italian coffee in Piazza Navona – the choice is yours. Hop on or off at any of the stops listed below: • Via Marsala • Santa Maria Maggiore • Colosseo • Circo Massimo • Piazza Venezia • Vaticano • Fontana di Trevi • Piazza Barberini

Vatican: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

6. Vatican: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

Skip the lines and visit the Vatican Museums on a small group tour with an expert guide. Learn in-depth knowledge about the Sistine Chapel and see it for yourself without the crowds. Visit the the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of the Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pinacoteca, the Round Room, Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Muses and Candelabra Gallery. Your guide will provide information about the Sistine Chapel before entering, as it is forbidden to talk once inside. Marvel at the beauty of Michelangelo's most important masterwork without the crowds, as you’ll be visiting at the end of the day. Enjoy this full experience in intimate groups of 10 people tops led by a five star guide.

Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

7. Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican. Thanks to a new partnership in 2022, you can now be among the first to enter into the Museums, with access reserved for only a handful of other tour operators. Take advantage of exclusive access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tours and 1 hour before the general public. Explore the highlights of the papal palace, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the Tapestries and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Tailor your visit to include the aspects of the collections you want to see, whether in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, or St. Peter’s Basilica. Your personal guide will not only enlighten you with the Vatican’s fascinating history, but share bits of papal gossip and little-known stories about the popes and artists represented.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

8. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Explore the museums of Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel on your trip to Rome with a guide and skip-the-line entry. Learn about the Vatican's treasures from your guide as you stroll through its massive collections. Let your guide share stories about the Vatican's 4000-year history as you make your way through the halls. See the famous Gallery of Tapestries and view the beautifully detailed maps in the Gallery of Maps. Gaze in awe at the ancient sculptures and extravagant candelabras in the Gallery of Candelabras. See some of the treasures that once adorned imperial villas. Gain access to the Cabinet of Masks, normally closed to the public. Bathe in the sunshine in Bramante's Pinecone Courtyard and snap a picture by the bronze Pigna statue. Admire the dazzling artwork covering the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Stare up at Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam. Finish your tour with a visit to the grand St. Peter's Basilica. Venture inside and immerse yourself in the splendor. Have the opportunity to see another of Michelangelo's famous works: La Pieta.

Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour and Sistine Chapel

9. Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour and Sistine Chapel

Step inside the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel with skip-the-line entry. Experience all the wonders and history the Vatican has to offer on this guided tour. Skip the queues and be whisked straight into the Vatican. Once inside, your expert guide will show you the best of the Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and the highlights of the Papal art collection in the Raphael Rooms. Marvel at Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, and hear the history from your guide. Continue to St Peter’s Basilica, which is larger than the Statue of Liberty. Gaze up into its massive dome and see its iconic sculptures, mosaics, and hidden details. Finish your tour at St. Peter’s Square, where the faithful gather to listen when the Pope appears. Come away with an understanding of the Vatican's history and see how it has impacted the modern world.

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

10. Rome: Skip-the-Line Vatican and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Skip the ticket lines and enjoy fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with this combo guided tour. With the help of your guide, get an inside look at the most famous aspects of these sights and discover masterpieces by Bernini, Michelangelo, Raphael, and others. After meeting your guide, you’ll enter the Vatican Museums to start exploring. Follow an itinerary centered on the museum's most important regions, featuring treasures of art from across the centuries. Your guide will lead you to some of the museums’ highlights from the papal collection at the Vatican Museums' kilometers of galleries, explain everything along the way. The Cortile della Pigna (Pine Cone Courtyard) will be the next stop, where you can view the fountain of a pine cone that previously stood near the Temple of Isis. The octagonal courtyard of the Cortile Ottagono is a sight to see. Your trip will continue to the 40 frescoed maps on the walls of the Gallery of Maps, the hanging Renaissance artworks at the Gallery of Tapestries, and the four Raphael Rooms. Finally, at the Sistine Chapel, marvel at Michelangelo's fresco, "The Creation of Adam." At the end of your guided visit, your guide will lead you to St. Peter's Basilica, via a route that will let you avoid waiting in the lines. Here, you can finish your day exploring the basilica freely.

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What people are saying about Courtyard of the Pigna

We had a good time and enjoyed the vatican. Unfortunately I booked a tour in Italian(double check before you book)but our guide Christian was very helpful and we got an audio tour instead which was better for us as we could go around at our own speed to view the vatican

Christian was super knowledgeable and passionate. He knew lots of suprise facts and involved us all. Organisation was very efficient and very clear .

Organization It took an hour to get in despite the voucher. Tour with audio guide a very good alternative! Tickets relatively expensive

Great knowledge. Helpful having a guide lead us around the museum as it is huge. Fabio was wonderful

This was a good tour. Very informative. Georgia was very knowledgeable and sweet.