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Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Save precious time and avoid the boring history tours of the Vatican City on a small group, skip-the-line tour with an English-speaking guide. Head straight to the most important areas of the Vatican Museums to marvel at the masterpieces of the papal collections. Discover statues from ancient Greece and look inside the Pinecone Courtyard and Belvedere Courtyard, along with the Hall of the Muses, Round Room, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Admire Flemish tapestries from some of Raphael's pupils in the Gallery of Tapestries, and historical maps by fine cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps. Contemplate Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel in silence. Then, skip the long lines to St. Peter's Basilica and enjoy a fully guided tour inside. Feel free to stay and explore other areas of the Vatican City on your own once you've said goodbye to your guide.

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Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Private Tour

2. Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Private Tour

Save precious time with skip-the-line access to the popular monuments of the Vatican City, and explore on a private tour for only your party for a more personalized experience. Follow a meticulously designed itinerary to see the best of the city-state and admire priceless treasures such as the massive bronze statue in the Pinecone Courtyard and the historic maps in the dedicated Gallery of Maps. Look at the enigmatic sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons, and discuss techniques used by different artists with your expert guide. Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and get inside details about the 4 years of back-breaking labor it took to complete. Conclude your tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Witness the incomparable grandeur of its mosaics, golden ceilings, gigantic statues, and the spectacular dome.

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Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

3. Vatican: Gardens, Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Enjoy an exclusive visit to Vatican City on a guided tour with a professional guide. Discover the beautiful Vatican Gardens, the collections of the Vatican Museums, and the enchanting Sistine Chapel. Start your journey with a minibus tour into the Vatican Gardens: look at the Pope Emerito House, the Vatican Radio Station, the Academy of Science, the Pope’s former Summer Residence, a piece of the original Berlin Wall and the “Fontana dell’Aquilone.” Look at St. Peter’s Basilica from behind and admire the Cupola from a unique perspective. Visit the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and Candelabras, and the Chapel of Pio V. Next, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes that changed the course of art forever. Then, you can explore at St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the world’s largest church. Admire Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

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Rome: Vatican Museums Skip the Line Guided Group Tour

4. Rome: Vatican Museums Skip the Line Guided Group Tour

Skip the long lines at the entrance to the Vatican Museums and enjoy a guided group tour of the treasures inside. Visit the highlights of the massive Vatican Museums with a knowledgeable guide. Stroll through the vast galleries and discover rooms full of history. Admire the beautiful Pine Courtyard, and enter the Pio Clementine Museum to see the famous Laocoön and His Sons sculpture. Step inside the stunning Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos. At the end of the tour enter the largest church in the world: St. Peter's Basilica. Check out its masterpieces, such as the famous La Pietà.

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Rome: Colosseum, Ancient Rome, and Vatican Combo Tour

5. Rome: Colosseum, Ancient Rome, and Vatican Combo Tour

Embark on a full-day combination tour of the most famous sights in Rome. Discover the Vatican, along with the Colosseum and the ruins of Ancient Rome. Experience the history of the Eternal City with a guide. Meet your guide near the Colosseum and dive right into Roman history with skip-the-line tickets. Visit the ruins of the Forum, Capitoline Hill, and the Pantheon. Stroll through bustling Piazza Venezia, see the Largo di Torre Argentina, and the picturesque Piazza Navona, featuring Bernini's famous Fountain of Four Rivers. Your trip though ancient Rome comes to a close here. Pick up your tour at the Vatican Museums and stroll through Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of the Candelabra. Visit the beautiful Pine Courtyard, see Pio Clementine Museum and admire the stunning Raphael Rooms. Step inside the world-famous Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos. Visit St. Peter's Basilica with the well-known "La Pietà."

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Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

6. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Take a guided tour of the extensive papal collection of statues, artifacts, and paintings by some of the world’s most distinguished artists in the endless corridors of the Vatican Museums.  See work by historic cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps, admire the Gallery of the Candelabras and more. Enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece. Afterward, explore St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace without a guide. Discover highlights include Bernini's high altar and the stunning "La Pieta" by Michelangelo.

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Vatican City: Private Guided Tour

7. Vatican City: Private Guided Tour

You will admire antique statues such as the Laocoonte and the Apollo Belvedere and mosaics from ancient Roman villas. You will walk through the Gallery of Maps dating from the 16th century, and much more. Discover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel, hidden so well by Michelangelo. The frescoes are stunning, but the meanings are perhaps even more important. Michelangelo’s depictions are about much more than just beauty. Afterwards, your tour continues to the interior of St. Peter's Basilica and then St. Peter's Square. This is the site where the faithful wait for white smoke to appear from the chimney signifying the election of a new pope, and also for the papal benediction, Urbi et Orbi. Hear stories about the Vatican’s history, including intrigues and conspiracies in the papal court, displays of power, and the status and wealth of many popes. You’ll also hear about modest popes who wanted nothing more than the opportunity for contemplation and a return of the church to original Christian ideals.

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Vatican City: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

8. Vatican City: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Discover a treasure trove of museums and artworks on this self-guided walking tour around Vatican City. Explore iconic sights on foot while enjoying the convenience and intimacy of your own personal audio guide right in your hands. Perfectly suited for discovery on foot, this self-guided audio tour allows you to set the pace and explore at your leisure as you uncover the stories of Vatican City, a symbol of power and wealth of the Church, the cradle of the Catholic Christian faith, and the residence of the popes. Using your own headphones and mobile device, just download your tour to get started (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher). Pop in your headphones, open the map that comes with the tour, and start walking. Starting in the Cortile del Belvedere courtyard, you’ll get to see sights such as the Chiaramonti Museum, Cortile Ottagono, and the Hall of the Muses (entry not included). Marvel at the Vatican City Museums, now occupying an enormous area. Get to know some of the many treasures that have been gathered here by the Roman Catholic Church for more than five centuries. Just imagine 20 museums with 1400 halls waiting to be discovered.

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Rome: Colosseum & Vatican Museums Day Tour

9. Rome: Colosseum & Vatican Museums Day Tour

Skip the ticket line to the 2000-year-old Roman Colosseum. Once inside, your expert guide will tell you about the Flavian Amphitheater's history in dramatic detail. Walk out onto the Arena Floor and stand where gladiators once fought wild animals. Look up to the stands and imagine what it must’ve felt like to see 60,000 spectators cheering for you. Visit the first and second tiers, before moving onto the Roman Forum which once served as the political and commercial hub of the powerful Roman Empire. Take a quick walk through the ruins of this once thriving district of Rome. Continue your tour by strolling through the most awe-inspiring piazzas and fountains in the city including the Piazza Navona, Pantheon, and the iconic Trevi Fountain. Experience Rome off-the-beaten-path under the wing of a local guide. After breaking for lunch, climb aboard your private, luxury transportation and drive directly to the Vatican Museums. Skip the ticket line and visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Gallery of the Maps. Experience the Sistine Chapel, the centerpiece of the Vatican Museums in person, the way it was meant to be seen. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes. Then head to St. Peter's Basilica through a special door. See the statue of St. Peter's, La Pieta and the famed Baldacchino. Bernini's Baldacchino stands 95 feet tall and sits right beneath St. Peter's dome above the papal altar.

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Vatican and Sistine Chapel 3-Hour Semi-Private Tour

10. Vatican and Sistine Chapel 3-Hour Semi-Private Tour

On this 3-hour guided tour you’ll visit the top sites in Vatican City, the smallest country in the world! Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the attractions so you can make the best use of your valuable time. Explore the Vatican Museum with a knowledgeable guide, who will take your small group of travelers (12 people maximum) on an unforgettable tour of discovery. The Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps are just a few of the rooms you'll visit in the Vatican Museum. Marvel at the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica and of the Sistine Chapel , which houses some of the most important works by Michelangelo. At the end of the tour you'll stop in St. Peter's Square for views of the stunning basilica from the exterior, and see the balcony where the Pope appears when he speaksto the assembled crowds.

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What people are saying about Gallery of Maps, Italy

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 93 reviews

Antonella és la millor guia de Roma amb diferencia! Gaudeix de la historia i en fa gaudir als oients també! Nosaltres vam fer el tour amb anglès i és 100% recomanable per qualitat preu, quedeuvos amb les "tips" que us doni

The guide (Daniela) was excellent. Very knowledgeable and super friendly. She gave lots of interesting information and did so in an engaging way. The tour started right on time. Everything was well organized.

Marcius was an excellent guide who made our trip to the museum Extremely interesting!

It was truly amazing!! The guide was incredible and it was worth every penny!

The guide was great and very informative.. we enjoyed it very much!