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Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

1. Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

Once you arrive at the agency, you will start the tour right away. You will participate in Pope Francis' audience which takes place every Wednesday either in St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall, inside the Vatican State. You will then venture through the walls of the smallest sovereign state in the world, your guide will explain to you the history of the magnificent St. Peter's Square and the reason why it is so important for catholic people all over the world. With your skip-the-line tickets, the guide will take you directly inside the Vatican Museums, a place enriched by rare and unique treasures. You will be able to see the masterpieces of famous Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. The marvelous Renaissance paintings and frescoes are not the only works you'll see, your guide will lead you to the Pigna's gardens and the octagonal courtyards, where you will admire the stunning ancient Roman sculpture of the Laocoon. At the end of the tour, you will enter the well-known Sistine Chapel, hold on tight — the extreme beauty of the celestial is something very unique and special. Pope Giulio II gave carte blanche to Michelangelo who developed this original and colossal fresco work. At the very end, you can choose either to spend more time in the Museums or to exit along with your guide.

The Vatican: Private VIP Experience Tour

2. The Vatican: Private VIP Experience Tour

Your tour of the Vatican is optimized to offer you a VIP experience of the great masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel, the Pinacoteca, the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica. There is only the one route that brings you to the Sistine Chapel, passing through courtyards and palaces dense with history and studded with works of art. Don't rush through them like a stranger; enjoy them in all their splendor. You will begin by encountering the Sistine Chapel, where you will walk through its charismatic walls and learn of the genius that was Michelangelo. You will learn of who he was, how he lived and what his greatest achievements were, as you walk around immersed in his work. Following this you will encounter the Raphael Rooms, which will allow you to enter into the courts of the Italian Renaissance. Following the Raphael Rooms, you will enter the Vatican Museums, where you will become familiar with stories of the art and history which are captured within these breathtaking rooms. Following your art and history tour, it will be time to experience the Pinacoteca, where you will discover Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and the last painting of Raphael. From the Sistine Chapel, you will then directly enter St. Peter's Basilica without waiting in line. Once at St. Peter's Basilica, you will learn the Story of Fatih whilst being brought to the center of the Christian faith.

Rome: Public Papal Audience

3. 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 at Via della Conciliazione 48 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.

Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

4. Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

See Vatican City's top attractions on a sightseeing tour where you don't have to wait in line. Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums with a guide or on your own. Take in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's incredible artworks. Explore the Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. Meet near the Vatican Museums and enjoy fast-track access to Europe's most renowned art collection. Dive into the art world with an expert guide or explore on your own, depending on the option chosen. Take in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and more. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures at the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Continue to the Gardens of Vatican City and receive your audio guide. Learn about the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Palace, and the Governor's Palace. Admire St. Peter's Basilica from a unique perspective and immerse yourself in this peaceful hideaway. Or choose the option that includes the Vatican 360 experiences gives you 360 access to the Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Starting off at the Vatican Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Europe’s most renowned art collection. Accompanied by an expert guide, enjoy fast track entrance and dive into the history of the Art world. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. And finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Once you’ve had your art fix, it’s time to explore the Vatican Gardens. Stretching an impressive 57 acres. Enjoy the picture-perfect landscapes and uncover the impressive garden architecture that draws influence from both the baroque and renaissance era. After spending the morning at the Vatican City, it’s time to head out of town by train to explore the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo, about an hour north of Rome. Pick up your audio guide at the welcome desk and start your journey through the Apostolic Palace. First up, enjoy the museum and experience the intricate work of the clergy up close as you pass by historical papal gowns and the impressive display of the Pope’s portable throne. Then, it’s up to the Papal apartment. Step into the true home of Christianity as you admire the Pope’s clock parlour, music gallery, the Swiss Hall, and even the Holy Father’s library. The all-access Vatican experience wraps up with a tour of the Barberini gardens. There you’ll not only enjoy stunning panoramic views, but also a complimentary picnic with locally sourced porchetta and wine.

Vatican City: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Night Ticket

5. Vatican City: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Night Ticket

Explore the Vatican Museums at night. Admire the Sistine Chapel and also check out other parts of the collection including the Hall of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra, and the incredible Raphael Rooms. Take some time to admire the details of the Sistine Chapel that you may have heard about, including Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait, in which he expresses to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again. Take the time to check out some of the lesser-known gems of the Vatican Museums like the Hall of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra, and the incredible Raphael Rooms.

Premium Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums

6. Premium Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums

See the world’s biggest art collection on a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. An amazing example of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, St. Peter’s Basilica soars to heights of 420 feet (140 meters), and goes deep down into the earth to the tomb of St. Peter. As you stroll, among the many highlights you will see are Bernini's Colonnade, the Altar of Glory, the oldest bronze statue of St. Peter, and the Canopy that Bernini made out of bronze from the Pantheon. Go to the Papal Palaces to admire paintings by Giotto, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Greek and Roman art and artifacts that include the “Apollo del Belvedere.” Admire maps drawn up by cartographers of the 16th century. The journey ends at the Sistine Chapel, covered with frescoes painted by the greatest artists of the 15th century, and completed by Michelangelo, the greatest of them all. Your guide will relate the story of how the small tomb of a poor fisherman became the center of Christianity, and for a long period, the center of the world, and the popes, kings, saints and miracles that followed.

Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

7. Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

During the morning, you will be taken to St. Peter's Square to take a seat and enjoy a special religious moment. Pope Francesco will offer readings in several languages and pray with the faithfuls. At the end of the audience, you will enjoy a quick lunch and then continue your experience with a visit to the famous Vatican Museums with its classical sculpture galleries, tapestries and most significant paintings, collected in one of the most important museum in the world. Visit the famous Sistine Chapel and, through an exclusive access pass, enjoy the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the whole Catholic Christian world, built on the tomb of the first pope in history next to the famous St. Peter's Square. The tour will conclude here.

Rome: Guided Night Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

8. Rome: Guided Night Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums at Night Trip is a special semi-private tour that allows you to experience the glories of the Vatican Museums in the soft light of the evening hours, when people are thinned and lights are fading. Your Vatican Museums at Night tour will take you on a fascinating journey through centuries of art and papal history! With fewer people, you can take your time admiring Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, making this a one-of-a-kind trip for art and history buffs. A fantastic way to spend a wonderful evening in Rome while avoiding the crowds during the day and beating the summer heat! By visiting the Vatican at night, you will have the time and space to admire the great art in a quiet and softly illuminated environment, accompanied by your professional guide.  There are a total of 11 museums and almost 7 kilometers of galleries, chapels and rooms within the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. Admire the works of some of the most celebrated artists in history, which hang from wall to wall and fill 2,000 rooms in the museum.

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Colosseum Tour with Pickup

9. Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Colosseum Tour with Pickup

Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel and skip the ticket lines. Enjoy a hassle-free day in Rome. When you arrive your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll see one of the most important art collections in the world. On this full-day tour, you’ll have a chance to admire the splendid halls, including the Gallery of Tapestries and Geographical Maps, before finally arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel. You'll also visit the unforgettable Raphael Rooms. After a break for lunch, which is included in the tour price, you’ll take a drive to Rome’s Archaeological Area. Enter the glorious Colosseum to see the interior of this massive arena and take a complete tour of the Roman Forum. Climb the marvelous Palatine Hill or the enchanting Capitoline Hill, and explore one of the most important archaeological areas in the world. Please note that due to shorter days, from October the 28th the visit to the Palatine Hill will be replaced with an external explanation from Capitoline Hill.

Vatican and Sistine Chapel Private Guided Tour

10. Vatican and Sistine Chapel Private Guided Tour

Make sure to include a guided visit to the Vatican on your Rome holiday. During this 3-hour tour for a group of up to 6 persons, your guide will show you the highlights of the 9-mile long museum space that features more than 70,000 works of art. Your private guide will take you to see the art collected by popes over the centuries. Visit the Raphael Rooms, the public part of the papal apartments, painted by Raphael and his followers. Marvel at the Sistine Chapel, the place where cardinals elect the new pope and best known for Michelangelo's paintings, The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. Finally you will tour trough the galleries where Popes displayd a unique collection of statues.

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based on 6,836 reviews

It is truly an unforgettable experience! There is so much to see!!!! It's beautiful and at night it's really great! I am delighted and I highly recommend this activity!

Once again, just took all the stress of booking away. Turned up 10 minutes beforehand and was taken through security and issued with our tickets.

In addition to the audience which is a moment of great emotion, our guide was perfect to accompany us. Friendly teacher. Thanks to her

A lot to see, need to be prepared to walk a lot! But worth it, however guide would be helpful next time

Very good, the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was great experience