Skip the Line: Vatican Experience Small Group Tour

Tours & Sightseeing in Italy

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Explore the Vatican City with an expert tour guide in a small-group of maximum 12. Walk through the labyrinth of the Vatican Museums, visit the stunning Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, and skip-the-line to get inside the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica through a dedicated passage. Skip the Line tickets included.
Enjoy an in-depth tour of Vatican City in a small-group tour led by an expert guide. With skip-the-line admission tickets and a carefully designed itinerary through the rooms and corridors of Vatican City, everything is taken care of. Relax and drink in the countless masterpieces on display from antiquity to the Baroque. Your tour will begin in the vast warren of 12,000 rooms that form the Vatican Museums. Your guide will take you on an unforgettable Odyssey from the exquisitely frescoed Raphael Rooms painted by Michelangelo and Raphael, to the Borgia Apartments were the recent cleaning of Pinturicchio's "The Resurrection" has revealed the earliest known representation of Native Americans by Europeans. In the Gallery of Maps your guide will reveal Italy, region by region, in all her colourful splendour, before moving on to stand in awe before the Belvedere Torso. In the Sistine Chapel voices fall to a whisper as the reverential atmosphere of the space subsumes all who visit, but the experience is breathtaking. Commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV, this is where the Papal Conclave is still held to this day. Artists Perugino, Pinturicchio, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Cosimo Rosselli have recreated enchanting and harrowing scenes from the life of Christ on the walls of the Sistine Chapel. But nothing compares to seeing Michelangelo’s ceiling or indeed the delicately colored masterpiece - The Last Judgment - which lies behind the altar of the Church’s West Wall with your own eyes. Next you will voyage into Saint Peter’s Basilica through a dedicated skip-the-line passage that would not be possible to access without our official guide. The Basilica with its spectacular capping dome is considered a quintessential Renaissance building. Planned by a succession of supreme masters - Bramante, Sangallo, Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta and Maderno - the Basilica took 120 years to complete. Build on the tomb of St Peter it is literally and figuratively the rock upon which the Catholic Church was founded. As the tour draws to a close your guide will, of course, allow time for you to wonder at the magnificence of Michelangelo’s Pieta – a statue so beautiful and profound that some admirers have been moved to tears. Join our unique,3-hour long, small-group tour through two millennia of history and stories, all condensed in one amazing, inspiring and unforgettable experience. Skip-the-line admission tickets are included in the price. We look forward to meeting you!

What’s included

  • Skip-the-line Admission Tickets
  • Small-Group of Max 12 people
  • English-Speaking Tour Guide

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Highlights

  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour
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