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Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour, Skip-the-line

Product ID: 144075
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Visit the Vatican without waiting in lines. This half-day tour highlights the Sistine Chapel, the Rooms of Raphael and The Basilica of Saint Peter.
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  • Enjoy one of the most complete tours available of the Vatican highlights; including the Sistine Chapel
  • Enter the collections through privileged access skipping the long lines
  • Learn about the rituals of architecture and symbols of the St.Peter Basilica and see the tombs of the Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
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Visit the Vatican with special insight into the Sistine Chapel, the Rooms of Raphael, the Basilica of Saint Peter. Meeting at the historical centers, you will be able to skip the long queues and have a chance to drop off items, umbrellas large bags in lockers before the tour begins.

The tour will begin by visiting the Ancient Greek and Roman craftsmanship, recovered from old days when the Popes used to be the leaders of Central Italy. The learned guide will highlight the Belvedere Apollo, the Torso, the Busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the Sarcophagi of Helen and Constance, the mother and girl of Emperor Constantine. Continuing into the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra, then venturing through Roman mosaics. Your guide will point out the statues of Diana of Euphesus, the Muses and the celebrated greek scholars. Following on to the rooms holding Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall and the famous Rooms of Raphael. These rooms were painted by Raphael and his pupils for the Pope Julius II. Marvel at the hues and detailed imagery of the School of Athens and the Parnassus. 

Getting on to the Sistine Chapel, the most famed room in Italy. You will see Michelangelo's frescoes particularly the Last Judgement, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis. Along with more subtle elements from the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other Renaissance experts. Your guide will recount stories and insiders facts about the scenes adorning the walls. 

The final destination of the tour is Saint Peter's Basilica, as the most stupendous Church in the world. Again featuring Michelangelo's perfected works of Pieta. See the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Admire the custom engineered and designed images that decorate the congregation area. One outside your guide will point out the gallery where the smoke turns out, and highlight the genius of design in Bernini's square.
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small-group tour
  • Walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Tips

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Meeting point

At the stairs outside the Vatican museums, at the monumental white door. Viale Vaticano, Rome

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Important information
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• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
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From £141.31 £105.98 per person

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Product ID: 144075