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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

1. Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

2. Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

Take a tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. First, visit the Pine Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms (only on early morning tours), and the Sistine Chapel. Then, be led by an expert guide to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will also get to see other galleries of the Vatican corridors. Finally, visit Michelangelo's Pietà at St. Peter's Basilica before concluding your tour at the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour & Basilica Entry

3. Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour & Basilica Entry

Discover the art collection inside the Vatican Museums on a tour with an art historian guide, with an optional entry to Castle Gandolfo. Walk through the galleries and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel.  Meet your guide, an art historian who will tell you all about the masterpieces you will be encountering. Hear fascinating facts and stories as you visit the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Round off the tour with by encountering the marvels of the Sistine Chapel, complete with frescoes by Michelangelo. Be awed by coming face-to-face with Michelangelo’s most famous artwork: The Last Judgement. You can also make the most of your experience by selecting the option of an additional entry ticket to the Castle Gandolfo and St. Peter's Basilica which you can visit at your own pace without the guide.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-The-Line Ticket

4. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-The-Line Ticket

Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without waiting in the often long public lines. Take a journey through the awe-inspiring museums where you’ll find a treasure trove of Roman statues, Renaissance paintings, and Italian artworks. With these Vatican Museum skip-the-line tickets, have more time to explore the immense collection of art that can be found in the Vatican Museums. Walk through the exhibits and galleries from the Round Room to the Gallery of the Tapestries. Discover the Belvedere and Pinecone Courtyards and the famous Gallery of the Maps. This room filled with topographical maps of Italy by Danti dating back to 1583 remains one of the largest geographical pictures to this day. Browsing through the Pio Clementino Museum you can see the Greek Cross Hall, Gallery of the Statues, Hall of the Muses, and other paintings, sculptures, and statues from artists spanning centuries. Pass through the majestic collection of ceremonial carriages that are now part of the Carriage Pavilion. Discover the countless treasures of the Vatican with a visit to the Raphael Rooms. Admire the 4 rooms of the Vatican famous for their frescoes by the High Renaissance great Raphael. Gaze in awe at Raphael’s The School of Athens. Observe the most famous chapel in the world – the Sistine Chapel. Witness the beautiful frescoes that decorate the interiors from Botticelli, Rosselli, Perugino, and Ghirlandaio and the most famous fresco of all – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-The-Line Tickets

5. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-The-Line Tickets

Craft your perfect day at the Vatican with a full-day skip-the-line ticket, map, and a quick orientation. Dive into exclusive areas like the Pinacoteca gallery and the Etruscan museum. Luxuriate in iconic spots like the Pinecone Courtyard and Gallery of Maps. Cap off your experience with a visit to the crown jewel—the Sistine Chapel. Our ticket grants you access, and our orientation map make sure you navigate easily through its wonders. Embrace an amazing Vatican adventure, discovering hidden gems and iconic masterpieces at your own pace.

Rome: City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Audioguide

6. Rome: City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Audioguide

Explore the Eternal City from a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus with your 1 Day, 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket. Travel past the city's icons, leave the bus at any of the eight stops, and hop back on the next bus when you want to continue. Stay flexible while seeing all the amazing sights in Rome. Legend tells of Romulus and Remus and the 7 hills of Rome. Today the city is home to one of the world's largest churches, the Basilica di San Pietro of the Vatican, approached through a marvelous elliptical piazza. Among its other famous sights are the magnificent Colosseum, cinematic Trevi Fountain, and romantic Spanish Steps. With its vibrant café culture and quaint trattorias, Rome never fails to inspire. The full loop takes 100 minutes and you can jump off at any of the following points along the way: Location closest to our Bus Stops Terminal A Largo di Villa Peretti, Terminal B Largo di Villa Peretti or Terminal Piazza dei Cinquecento Santa Maria Maggiore San Giovanni in Laterano Colosseum Circo Massimo Piazza Venezia Largo Argentina Piazza Navona Vaticano (Castel Sant'Angelo) Piazza di Spagna (Fontana di Trevi)  Piazza Barberini Viale Enrico de Nicola (Stazione Termini)

Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Panoramic Open Bus Ticket

7. Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Panoramic Open Bus Ticket

Discover Rome at your own pace on an open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See the imperial monuments of Ancient Rome as well as the Baroque and Renaissance buildings of the historic center as you learn about the city's glorious past and present. Experience Rome like never before on our Hop-on Hop-off bus routes. Choose where to start your tour and admire all the best landmarks and top sights of the Eternal City on our Green Route, explore the Italian tastes on our Orange Route, and enjoy off-the-beaten-path sites of Rome on our Blue Route. Onboard the audio guide will provide you with a city commentary as you tour. You can jump on and off as many times as you like during the Daily, 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour period from when you first validate your ticket. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes: Terminal 1 (Piazza dei Cinquecento corner Via Cavour)4 Santa Maria Maggiore (Piazza Dell'Esquilino,12) Colosseum (Via di San Gregorio close to the entrance of Palatine) Circus Maximus (via del Circo Massimo Belvedere Romolo e Remo) Piazza Venezia (Via del Teatro Marcello in front of civic numbers 32 -34) Vatican City (Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7) Villa Borghese (Via Ludovisi 48) Barberini Square (Via Barberini,14) Pyramid/Testaccio Quarter (Pyramid of Cestius- Non Catholic Cemetery, St. Paul City gate and St. Paul out of Wall) Eataly (Eataly market, Garbatella Quarter, Street Art) Borghese Gallery (Via Pinciana ) Bioparco/Zoo (Via Mercadante 34,36) Villa Giulia ( Piazza Thorvaldsen -National Etruscan Museums,National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) Auditorium Parco della Musica (Via de Coubartin) Maxxi Museums (via Guido Reni 4/a)

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

8. Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

Discover the Vatican Museums on this guided tour with skip-the-line guaranteed. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and marvel at the works of Michelangelo and Bernini. Begin your guided walking tour at the Vatican Museums, with their immense collection built by the Popes throughout the centuries, and discover one of the world's most remarkable art collections. See the Pio Clementino Hall, the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere. Marvel at works by ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps and wander the Candelabra Gallery and the Gallery of Tapestries to see Flemish works by pupils of Raphael. Go inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's legendary frescoes. From the Museum, exit directly into St. Peter's Basilica, the most important Christian church in the world, where you will admire, among others, Michelangelo's masterpiece the Pietà and the impressive Baldachin Altar by Bernini. The tour ends in St. Peter's Square, dominated by Michelangelo's imposing Cupola and surrounded by the famous Bernini's double Colonnade.

Fiumicino Airport: Shuttle Bus to/from Vatican City

9. Fiumicino Airport: Shuttle Bus to/from Vatican City

Enjoy a SIT shuttle bus transfer between Vatican City area and Fiumicino Airport and book your ticket in advance in both directions. Benefit from a service that runs every day of the year to suit the needs of all passengers.  Exit the airport and make your way to the shuttle bus area outside Terminal 3. Benefit from the services of the attendant staff as they assist customers with their transfer details. The driver will help you store your luggage in the provided area before driving towards Vatican City, Via Crescenzio 2. Depart from Via Crescenzio 2, near Piazza Cavour, where staff will be on hand to assist you. Simply present your voucher on arrival for redemption, and then sit back and relax in comfort. Due to Rome's notorious traffic, you are strongly advised to book a departure time well in advance of your flight. Get dropped off outside the arrivals hall at Terminal 3 of Fiumicino Airport, where you can easily walk up the stairs to the departure gates.

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

10. Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

Discover some of the most popular attractions in Rome on a guided walking tour of Vatican City. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with your guide, and admire the ornate interiors and the famed artworks housed here. Meet your guide close to the entrance to the Vatican Museums and follow them as you set out to explore the most interesting galleries within the museum. See the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Take in the ornate ceilings in each room and see the ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries that adorn the walls. Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the intricate fresco that covers the entire ceiling and walls. Painted by Michaelangelo between 1508 and 1512, the Sistine Chapel represents a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. 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. The artist also expressed his frustration through hidden meanings in his work, which have since been uncovered and deciphered. Listen as your guide lets you in on Michelangelo's private jokes. Finally, head to St. Peter's Basilica for the final leg of your guided walking tour. The cathedral is one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture and holds the title of the biggest church in the world. Explore the interior of this magnificent structure with your guide and discover the many masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art that fill the cathedral. Admire the famous Pietà by Michelangelo and the elaborate St. Peter's Baldachin by Bernini. Your tour comes to an end outside the cathedral. From here, feel free to wander around Saint Peter's Square or visit the nearby Castel Sant'Angelo on your own. 

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Very knowledgeable guide. Lot of information over the course of the 3 hour tour. Due to congestion (6 Nations rugby weekend) our tour was pushed back 90 minutes which was OK for us, although any later and it would have been an issue due to flights.

Great - although the last bus leaves the terminal around 5.45/6.00pm - would have been beneficial to have later buses - especially when needing to get back from the Vatican to the other side of Rome!

Nabil is the Perfect guide to visit the Petersdom. He has gerat knowledge and is absolutly entertaining. He is very kind and is a pleasure to join him.

Great - Claudia was very helpful and knowledgeable.

Our tour guide was excellent very knowledgeable!!!!