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Rome: VIP Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Experience

Product ID: 370576
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See Rome's Vatican Museums with a guide in a group of no more than 13 people. You'll tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with your own radio headset, allowing you to best hear your guide's narration.
About this activity
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Mobile ticketing
Duration: 3 hours
Starting times 8:45 AM, 1:45 PM, 3:30 PM
Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

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Experience

Highlights
  • Receive more time inside the museums with exclusive VIP access to the St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums
  • Travel in a small group of 13 people or less for a more personalized experience
  • Discover Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Admire the beautiful works of Raphael
Full description
After you have entered and received your headset, travel to the Pio Clementino Museum, the most complex of the Vatican. It is there you discover the statue that inspired Michelangelo and many other artists, the Belvedere Torso, a fragmentary marble statue of an unknown male. Following that, be amazed by the octagonal court, tour through the Round Room, and start a journey around what seems to be never-ending beautifully decorated galleries.

The three galleries, maps, tapestries, and Candelabra display to you the best-decorated gold ceilings that you will see inside the Vatican. You then travel to the Raphael Rooms, one of the Vatican's most famous and well know Stanzes. Whilst there, learn all about Raphael's 4 rooms, and even spot Aristotle and Platone in one of his most famous frescoes. It's then time to visit the unique Sistine Chapel.

Marvel at the 68-foot-high ceiling, including the famous image depicting the relationship between God and Adam. Discover all nine representations of the Genesis, and let your tour guide astonish you with the many stories behind the creation of this marvelous fresco. It won't be only the ceiling that will leave you speechless, as you take a look behind to discover the Last Judgment, also painted by Michelangelo, standing more than 40 feet tall and covering the whole altar. Marvel at the projection of Michelangelo's imagination of the second coming of Christ, as well as the final and eternal Judgement by God of all human beings.

Later, take advantage of another VIP no-line access and enter St. Peter's Basilica. Travel at your own pace through the basilica, taking the time to enjoy marvelous art such as Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldachin. Don't forget to visit the Pope's crypts that lay underneath the Basilica, or climb St. Peter's Dome for magnificent views over St. Peter's Square and Rome. The tour finishes in St. Peter’s Square from where you can admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion, spot the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses, and take photos of the imposing exterior of the basilica.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's
  • 3-hour guided tour with an expert local guide
  • Radios and headsets to properly hear the tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Dome ticket

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please arrive to the meeting point 15 minutes before your tour start time. The address is City Rome Tours, ViaTunisi 5a, 00192 Rome Italy.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card for children
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• Entrance into the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code, shoulders and knees must be covered
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended

From £63.99 per person

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