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Full-Day Vatican Museums & Christian Rome Tour with Lunch

Product ID: 153003
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Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with a guide. Explore one of the biggest and most interesting museum complexes of the world. Tour Rome learn about the places of the apostles, martyrs and saints.
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Duration: 7 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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  • Discover the magnificent and immense Vatican Museums
  • Admire the Sistine Chape by Michelangelo
  • Visit Rome’s Papal Basilicas and underground catacombs
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The tour starts in the morning with a three-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Meet your guide and journey through ancient Greece and ancient Rome. See maps by age-old cartographers. Enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo Buonarroti’s miraculous frescoes, and his ceiling painting of “The Last Judgment.” Then, access St. Peter's Basilica and explore the largest church in the Catholic faith. The sacred site was built around 320 by Emperor Constantine over the tomb of the apostle Peter. Completely redesigned about 200 years later by artists such as Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini, it is now the spiritual heart of the Christian world. Exit onto St. Peter's Square, and admire the colonnades by Bernini and look up at the vast dome of St. Peter's.

At the end of the visit you will be transferred to a restaurant for a quick lunch and then your tour will continue with a visit to the splendid Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the four papal basilicas of Rome and the most important church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continuing through the Via Appia Antica up to the Catacombs of San Callixto, you will go down for a visit of about 30 minutes to learn about early Christian cemeteries and shelters.

Returning downtown to the city, admire the beautiful Basilica of St. John Lateran, the "Mater et Caput" of all the churches of Rome and the world, surrounded by a complex including the Pontifical Lateran Palace, the Palace of the Canons, the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary and the Pontifical Lateran University. Your last stop will be at the Holy Stairs. According to tradition, the 28 steps of the stairs are exactly the same ones that Jesus went up in Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem. Brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th-century, they are considered so sacred that the faithful climb them on their knees praying. The tour will conclude near Termini area or Piazza Barberini.
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Admission ticket
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Lunch drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Everything that it is not specifically mentioned under "the tour includes"

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Meeting point

Viale Vaticano, 100 at the main entrance of the Vatican Museums

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• There is a strict dress code at the Vatican and Basilicas: shorts, miniskirts and uncovered shoulders are not permitted
• It is compulsory to leave umbrellas with spike tips or metal objects at the cloakroom of the Vatican Museums
• It is strictly forbidden to enter the Vatican Museums with any kind of weapon or oversized backpacks
• The provider is not liable for any partial or full closures of monuments due to religious celebrations, events, or force majeure
• Please note that the itinerary is subject to change according to the season and any cause beyond the control of the local supplier; the supplier is absolved of responsibility
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Product ID: 153003