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Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter's Basilica

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

    The 110 acres that comprise the Vatican City are home to some of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. The global centre of the Catholic religion attracts millions of fervent religious supporters and interested visitors each year. As you pass the famed Pontifical Swiss Guard, the Pope’s security force since 1505, you’ll enter perhaps the most recognizable plaza in the Western world: St. Peter’s Square.

    Given the Vatican’s importance as a religious and historical destination, it’s no surprise that it is consistently brimming with tourists. Attractions like the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel regularly have long lines for entrance, and papal addresses are heard by thousands of people beneath the window of the Apostolic Palace.

    Throughout history, wealthy and famous visitors have presented the Popes with some of the most important works of art in Western history. These include multiple sculpture museums with special galleries dedicated to statues, busts, and masks. Even more impressive is the collection of paintings with works by Da Vinci, Bellini, Titian, and a suite of rooms dedicated to the frescoes of Raphael.

    Thoroughly educated in the history of these masterpieces, our guides will take you on an intimate tour of the Vatican Museums, leading you directly to the most consequential works and offering valuable information along the way.

    Duration: 2 hours

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

    The Sistine Chapel has drawn admirers from around the world for over five hundred years, ever since the completion of Michelangelo’s great Sistine Chapel ceiling. The magnificent frescoes that make up Michelangelo’s famous ceiling include The Creation of Adam, an iconic depiction of a Biblical scene; only Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa matches its artistic significance. To be admired in silence, the Sistine Chapel provokes awe amongst its visitors with breath-taking art and architecture in all directions. In order to prepare you for the grandeur of the Chapel’s interior, our guides will offer a helpful history of the art inside and provide orientation to better direct your exploration.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    After this you will be escorted, through a priority entrance, in St. Peters Basilica, the greatest piece of Renaissance architecture as well as being largest church in the world, to explore at your own leisure.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Via Leone IV, 6, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    Inclusions
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Vatican Museum Small group tour
    • Professional, art historian, English speaking guide
    • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
    • Priority access to St.Peter's Basilica
    • Assistance on site and from our office near the Vatican
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Customers have a mandatory meeting time stated 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time due to managing and organizational reasons.If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and Vatican Museum. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • To get inside the monuments it is used group ticket and not individual one. It cannot be can asked just the ticket entrance.
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • The activity can suffer 20/30 min variation due to organizational resons
    • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
    • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
    • You must have a valid photo ID to enter the monuments (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also provide your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour, if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
    • Child discount is applied only with a valid ID card
    • Note: tour will not operate on religious holidays
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
    • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
    • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
    • For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened. To facilitate the security checks please insert any object (including mobile phone) in the bag/backpack or in the tray to be included in the X-ray
    • No change on a booking can be accepted after 24hrs to the starting time of the tour. In that instance, no refund will be issued.
    • For the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
    • Pets are not allowed
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 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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    I have not done many "skip the line" tours, but as a first impression, I was very happy with Maura (our guide) and the seamless process upon my arrival in Rome. The meeting spot was very close to Vatican City and it was easy to find. Maura was well-versed in the museums and
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    We have done other "skip the line" tours for other top attractions around the world and this was the BEST hands down. The group size was 6! instead of 20-30 as has been the case other times and the guide was extraordinary. His knowledge of the Vatican Museum was astounding and
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    This tour was a highlight of my 3 day trip! Our group of 7 had Giovanni. His knowledge was astounding and he had such a lovely manner. The tour flew by and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this tour - for the time we spent, I think it was great value for money. Just a tip:
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    This was a great experience and our guide was also brilliant! We have not been on many walking tours before however this was worth every penny especially to skip the queues! Highly recommended to take a tour as the guides are able to explain all the history which makes the
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    We booked for a 10am guided tour via trip advisor and Viatour. After reading various reviews, we arrived at 9.15am so as to be in plenty of time. When we arrived we found that there had been a mistake in the booking and there was no 10am tour. Not what we wanted to hear after a
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    Response from StefanoD2550, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter's Basilica
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Dear SunCraver001 Thank you very much for your contribution to our site. I was delighted to hear your positive feedback about the service provided by your tour guide. I will pass on the message to him, as I'm sure they will be happy to hear your kind words. We are sorry to hear about your problems with the change of the scheduled tour time. We are also happy to hear that you felt that Vatican Guided Tour customer care provided an adequate solution to your issue. We would be very grateful if you could contact us by email at info@vaticanguidedtour.com with information about what you felt was lacking and the booking reference number for your tour so that we can investigate in more detail and offer a possible solution. We are very dedicated to improving our service. We look forward to hearing from you Best regards, Stefano Vatican Guided Tour Team
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