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Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

1. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.  Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries. Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti. From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work. Today these have been uncovered and understood. Listen as your guide lets you in on Michelangelo’s private jokes.

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St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

2. St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

Meet your art historian guide in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into Vatican City. In the Basilica, take the elevator part of the way up and then climb the remaining 171 steps. You can climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey up with frequent stops. At the summit, witness the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. Take as many photographs as you can because you are very high and will be able to see for a long distance. After heading back down to ground level, take a brief break before entering St. Peter's Basilica. This famous monument is a triumph of art and architecture, unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the necropolis of St. Peter himself. 

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Vatican: Papal Audience Ticket and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

3. Vatican: Papal Audience Ticket and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

See the Pope himself on a special early-access visit to the Papal Audience ceremony and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. Receive your ticket for the Papal Audience from the staff at Piazza del Sant'Uffizio, just in front of St Peter's Square. Then watch the Pope make his way to the stage and join the weekly gathering which includes prayers, blessings, and a homily. After the audience, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Basilica of St. Peter. As you tour the Renaissance-style church, with its famous dome and unrivaled architecture, see masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino. Choose an audio-guided tour of the Vatican Gardens and enjoy insightful commentary on an open bus.

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Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Private Tour

4. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Private Tour

Beat the crowds with a private tour of the Vatican Museums. Explore the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel with your personal and highly professional tour guide, who will tailor the experience to fit your needs and requirements. Learn about the fascinating history of the Vatican, from its creation to its modern status as the world’s smallest state. You'll explore the second largest museum in the world, home to the Raphael Rooms, Pinacoteca and Gallery of the Geographical Maps. The Vatican Museum has more than 1400 galleries, and hosts one of the largest art collections in the world, with a variety of excellent Roman and Etruscan artworks. There are pieces by master painters like Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli, Signorelli, della Gatta and, of course, Michelangelo. See the Sistine Chapel through the eyes of an experienced tour guide, officially licensed by the Vatican. With this exclusive private tour, it will just be you and your own guide.

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Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

5. Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

After meeting your guide, listen as he illustrates the history of the Holy See and of Rome's popes. Learn about the important details of the magnificent and iconic St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Follow your guide as he escorts you to your seat for the event. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a spiritual experience with Pope Francis. Once the event ends, meet your guide so he can give you some more information on your stay in Rome before you head out for the night.

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Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

6. Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

Enjoy a truly special occasion during your trip to Rome with this opportunity to be in the Papal audience at the Vatican. Experience the celebratory atmosphere as the Pope and his Cardinals greet and bless the crowd, and partake in this jubilatory event at the heart of the Catholic world. With an expert guide, enjoy the event from the best viewing point and learn about the significance of what you are about to see. Your guide will organise your tickets and secure a strategic vantage point in the audience to get you as close as possible to the Pope. Relax in the hands of their expertise as they navigate the crowds of thousands of people from around the world to ensure an enjoyable experience for you. Learn about Pope Francis and stories from papal history as you await the beginning of the ceremony, to appreciate the event in its full context. Then, the main event, as the Pope arrives and greets the crowd. Watch and listen as the Holy Father addresses the audience with a themed speech, conducts homilies, songs, and sometimes even blesses babies. Enjoy the atmosphere as the rejoicing crowd celebrates the Pope’s presence with songs and cheers. See the Pope up-close as he passes through the audience, and feel the warmth of the reception around you at this special occasion.

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Rome: Public Papal Audience

7. Rome: Public Papal Audience

Enjoy an immersive experience in Catholic tradition, see Pope Francis himself and learn the unique history of the Vatican City. Join this tour for Wednesday Papal Audience. The Audience represents a very intense point of contact between the Pope and the faithful coming from the four corners of the world. Pope Francis and the Cardinals will pass through the crowd to reach the stage and then greet and bless people in different languages, with hymns and homilies. With reserved pre-booked tickets for this extremely popular event, a coordinator will help you access the best possible seats as well as an audio device. The Audience may be celebrated in the majestic venue of St. Peter’s Square or in the dedicated Nervi Hall, according to Vatican schedule. In St. Peter's Square, you will also walk close to the monumental Castel Sant'Angelo and along Via della Conciliazione, in order to reach St. Peter's in the background and pass the security check-points to the Vatican City. The coordinator will tell you the stories and the secrets of the Vatican, suggest where to sit and help you have a smooth arrival despite the crowds. Then, at the end of the Audience, about 11:30-11:45 am, you will meet the coordinator again in Via della Conciliazione 48, with a refreshing complimentary bottle of water and to return the audio device.  Papal Audience tickets are free but are in very high demand. Planning your own arrival to this event could be very difficult. Book in advance with this tour to ensure you get to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You may also choose to combine this special morning with an afternoon visit of the nearby charming Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, or of the other icon of Rome: the Colosseum.

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Rome: Pontifical Villa Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Minibus

8. Rome: Pontifical Villa Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Minibus

Explore the 55-hectare gardens of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo by open minibus. Listen to the audio guide as you roam the gardens to learn all their secrets. Meet your greeter in the Palazzo before starting your tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly minibus to discover the Castel Gandolfo gardens. See tree-lined avenues, flowers, fountains, and statues. Admire views of the sapphire blue and emerald green waters of Lake Albano. Take in the remains of Emperor Domitian's residence. Find out all there is to know about the Popes, including which pontiff installed a swimming pool and which one laid low in Castel Gandolfo for months after handing in his resignation. You can upgrade your minibus tour of the gardens. Choose from a visit to the papal apartments or lunch in the papal gardens. In the Pope's summer residence, discover five hundred years of papal history in the apartments. Wander from the bedroom to the private chapel and from the library to the studio. Gaze at the balcony from which the Popes pronounced the Angelus every summer Sunday. Or, enjoy a lunch of traditional foods in the garden picnic area. Tuck into a porchetta or vegetarian sandwich, bottled water, a wine or beer, and typical wine biscuits.

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Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

9. Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

To enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of an audience with the Pope at the Vatican you need to have an appointment, and priority viewing tickets are limited. On your way to the Papal audience, you will travel by air-conditioned coach through some of Rome's major sightseeing spots, including the Piazza della Repubblica, the historic Aurelian Walls, the well-known Villa Borghese Gardens, and the northern gate of Rome, which leads into majestic Piazza del Popolo. Here you will have a chance to see the Egyptian Obelisk, dating back to the time of Ramses II. Before arriving at St. Peter's Square, and preparing for your audience with the Pope, you will glimpse the impressive Castel Sant'Angelo and the tomb of Emperor Hadrian. The Papal audience will be held in either St Peter's Square, St Peter's Basilica, or the Audience Hall, depending on seasonal conditions and the number of visitors taking part in the audience. Before the beginning of the audience, you will be given further information on when and where to meet.

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Rome: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Walking Tour

10. Rome: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Walking Tour

Travel along the dreamy Italian countryside, far away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. a true treasure trove of art and history. Visit the quaint village of Castel Gandolfo, perched atop the sapphire blue waters of Lake Albano, mushroomed around the Pope’s Summer Palace. Be accompanied by a member of the Vatican staff on a walking tour of the "green heart" of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Castel Gandolfo, which served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope, is spread for 55 hectares. Enjoy the walk through the botanical and architectural wonders of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Its Barberini Garden produces and ships a basket of fresh produce to the Vatican. See beautifully maintained orchards, vineyards, and over 1000 olive trees around the farm. You can upgrade your walk in the Pontifical Villas with 2 wonderful options: Popes' Summer Residence Visit the Papal Apartment to delve into 500 years of history. Wander from the bedroom to the private chapel, from the library to the studio. Look at the balcony from where the Popes pronounced the Angelus every summer Sunday. Picnic in the Papal Gardens Enjoy lunch with traditional food in the garden picnic area. Savor a porchetta or vegetarian sandwich with bottled water, wine or beer, and typical wine biscuits. Immerse yourself in this treasure trove in the outskirts of Rome. Walk in the footsteps of the Popes around the 7 rooms and summer offices inside the Palace.

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What people are saying about Lazio

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 8,113 reviews

Federica was a Knowledgeable guide who brought the art to life with interesting stories. This is a highlights tour, and you are inundated with beautiful works for 2-2 1/2 hours. Could spend a lot more time, perhaps allow yourself time after the tour to go back and see any special interests on your own. Good value for understanding the most significant works from an art historian.

We just got our tickets for the papal audience at the entrance to the Vatican but no one showed us to a great seat, luckily we got there early we were able to be well seated and see the Pope up close. ! The following guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica was very nice! I recommend this activity to you!

Great experience, a general audience with just a few clicks. Very interesting and vivid tour of St. Peter's Basilica.

Really nice experience! Have also visited the dome, be sure to book, also on site

The most amazing experience that I have ever seen. Enjoyed it so much