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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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    All reviews great guide whole group excellent tour his job well worth the money peter's basilica great experience skip the line highly recommend this tour worth every penny meeting point information knowledge julian entrance security sistine
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    Reviewed today via mobile

    Absolutely stunning!! The history and art is something to see if you haven’t yet been here. If you are a believer you will want to visit this place and if you are not a believer in God it may very well make you one. Why...More

    Thank diveinroatan
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Great and well informed guide, catered for different people. Easy walk. But jumping the long cue was the best part.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank antoniomrf
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    The guide was very knowledgable but I felt spent a little too long in the museum as we were told to expect the experience to take 2 hours. However it was an hour before we went in and so really took 3 hours. Although he...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Sheila M
    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    Passionate tour guide! His heart was in it to deliver the soul of Vatican!! It was extremely hot day in Rome. He was amazing storyteller and made us forget the weather and focus on the visit!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank RTLRAV
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Juliano was an amazing tour guide. We were able to skip through all the lines and go straight into each location with ease. As expected, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel were very crowded when we went. Nonetheless, Juliano was a pro in making sure...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Julia C
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    Response from mjames9186 | Reviewed this property |
    I agree with the above, the 15 mins in the Sistine Chapel is standard and suitable, and you have plenty of time to see everything. The tour guide we had was excellent, to the point where he was taking his time taking us... More
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