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Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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    Stop At: Borgo, Via dei Corridori, Rome Italy

    Meet your tour guide at our office, located in the oldest neighbourhoods of the Vatican, Borgo Pio. Following a self introduction by your guide, you will walk through the charming shops of the Borgo, as he/she shares some local tips for eating and site seeing in Rome, including off the beaten track sites that you must visit during your holiday!

    Some background will also be provided on the history of the Sistine Chapel (we do it here as the chapel forbids noise and travellers are expected to observe silence once entering).

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Pass By: Via della Conciliazione, Rome Italy

    Admire the flags and surrounding embassies as you walk through this street, which serve as the primary access point to St. Peter's Square, and by extension, to the Vatican City itself.

    Stop At: St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City Italy

    We arrive at St. Peter's Square, which is marked by a towering Egyptian obelisk and enveloped by columns and statues of saints. Hear about the history of the square and the legendary artist Bernini who designed it.

    Fun fact- the Pope addresses crowds from his apartment window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, during the Papal audience held every Wednesday and Sunday morning.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    En route to the museum, you will get to see and hear about how residents of the smallest city in the word go about their day to day life (including getting their mail!) Snap a pic of the Swiss guards- the pontifical bodyguards in their distinctly Renaissance uniforms.

    Our Tip: send yourself a post card after the tour. The post office sells a variety of memorabilia, including stamps with Pope Francis's face!

    Then, slowly head towards the museum's entrance, where you will be led to a special area reserved for skip-the-line groups.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    Be prepared to hear about stories as your guide walk you through an astonishing collection of Roman and Greek statues, the gallery of tapestries, and a gallery of maps depicting 16th century Italy.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    Admire Michelangelo's famous works, including the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement. This spectacular fresco evokes lifelike images within the mind, vividly portraying stories of mankind in the biblical era.

    Note that the museum requires visitors to observe silence and a dress code (knees and shoulders covered).

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    You will be brought in front of St. Peter's Church, where a special entrance will allow you to enter directly from the museum and bypass the long queue out in the square. Got questions? Ask you guide before parting ways!

    Duration: 15 minutes
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    Departure Point
    Via Plauto, 17, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time
    12:00 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    Inclusions
    • An expert tour guide with over 10 years of experience. Excellent story teller.
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
    • Admission tickets to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • Private transportation
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Had a nice tour with Guiliano, he was friendly and answered all questions. We skipped all the lines and he made sure the group always stayed together and didn't get mixed apart. He knew all the rooms and works of art and gave a nice tour. Ear piece and listening device
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    This was a brilliant trip and well worth it. Skipping the queue is a must, even during a less busy time you would be waiting 3 or 4 hours at least. The guide, Giuliano (please excuse spelling), is fantastic and makes everyone feel very welcome, whilst also being incredibly
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    Basically did what it said on the can...but did actually miss bits and was a bit rushed ( the tour guide of which was very good was probably on a timed schedule which was a tad disappointing), but worth the skipping the line for...didn't fancy the 3 hour wait!!
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    Giuliano was a great operator, considering the crowds and the size of the group. His knowledge was considerable and it was evident he had a passion for these incredible historical sites. Worthwhile.
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    Juliano was an amazing tour guide. So informative and organized. He was great at hearing the group thru the appropriate lines etc. Would recommend this tour.
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