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Rome: Vatican City Small Group Guided Tour in French

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Activity provider: Guided Tours in Rome.

Rome: Vatican City Small Group Guided Tour in French

Activity provider: Guided Tours in Rome.

From US$ 74.42 per person

Discover one of the world’s great art collections on a 3-hour skip-the-line, small group tour of the Vatican Museums. Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Then, go inside St. Peter's Basilica before ending on St. Peter's Square.

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  • Skip the lines to one of the world's great art collections at the Vatican Museums
  • Go to the Sistine Chapel to gaze in awe at Michelangelo's frescoes
  • Learn how Christianity and the papacy were often far about
  • Hear about papal intrigues and modest popes who wanted a return to contemplation
  • See art and architecture by Bernini, Raphael, and Michelangelo
  • Discover ancient maps and the "Garden of Italy"
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Take a small group, guided tour of the Vatican City, and discover the papal art collection in the Vatican Museums. See antique statues, such at “Laocoonte” (“Laocoön”) and the “Apollo Belvedere,” along with mosaics from ancient Roman villas. Walk through the "Garden of Italy" in the Gallery of the 16th Century, see maps by ancient cartographers, and more. Next, go into the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Learn the meanings of his sacred art and their relationship to concepts of beauty. Enter St. Peter's Basilica to see yet more staggering art by Bernini and Michelangelo, before admiring Bernini’s colonnades on St. Peter's Square. Look at the dome of the church and the famous chimney that emits white smoke upon the papal election. See the balcony of the papal benediction at Urbe et Orbi. Your guide will talk about the concept of Christianity and the papacy throughout history, and how they have often been apart. Hear stories of intrigue and conspiracies in the papal court, displays of power, status, and the wealth of the popes. Hear about modest popes who wanted nothing else than quiet contemplation and a return to the original concept of Christianity.
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Licensed, local guide
  • Headsets to hear your guide better
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Your guide will be holding a sign saying "GUIDE ROME-LC INCOMING". Meet your guide at the Caffe Vaticano" (close to the steps) at Viale Vaticano 100, Rome. It is a 15 minute walk from St. Peter's Square and metro stop A / Ottaviano. It is not on the St. Peter's Square.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Student card
    • Passport or ID card for children

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Smoking
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • Please note that there is a strict code for the Vatican sights. No shorts or skirts above the knee, and shoulders must be covered at all times
    • Please wear comfortable shoes
    • You are not permitted to take knives, large bags, or backpacks into the Vatican
    • In the event of any last minute closure of St. Peter's Basilica due to religious celebrations or other occasion, the tour will extend your visit to the Vatican Museums as compensation. Any closure by the Vatican authorities will not be entitled to a refund
    • Please bring ID if you want to qualify for reduced price admission (up to 26 years old)
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    4.7 /5

    based on 56 reviews

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    3 hours of visit with an excellent guide who spoke perfect French and who was able to adapt to our 3 teenagers and interest them in the visit. The visit does not always allow you to stop where you would like, but it allows you to get to the point while having historical and artistic explanations. With a guide we had the impression of being VIPs and passing easily, which is appreciable in view of the world! And to spend where few pass. I highly recommend!

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    October 27, 2019

    Merci à Marie-Thérèse pour cette magnifique visite. Elle nous a fait partager sa passion, sa connaissance et l'histoire de Vatican, de la Chapelle Sixtine, de la Basilique Saint Pierre. On a pris notre temps, c'était pas une course poursuite. On est sorti de la visite moins bête. Merci encore une fois cette magnifique expérience.

    June 13, 2021


    La guide a fait preuve de grandes qualités pédagogiques. Elle a pris le temps de nous situer les œuvres dans leurs contextes historiques économiques et politiques.

    May 18, 2022


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