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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected) in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
US$60.20 per adult
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mgsnorwich wrote a review Oct 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom1,003 contributions428 helpful votes
Walk towards the altar and look up. The cupola is simply huge, in keeping with the rest of the basilica.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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aureliolorusso wrote a review Aug 2020
ANDRIA ITALY1,039 contributions237 helpful votes
This is a must in S Peter church.It s a so so beatifull part of this church,you cannot miss it,if you want there is a tour that allows you to go up
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Need To See It All wrote a review Apr 2020
Perth, Australia939 contributions259 helpful votes
It is impressive, and I would say worth it if you are doing the early morning, tour with fast track entrance. Pay for the lift ticket, there are still tons of stairs anyways. A word of caution for those with clastrophobia and height-related fears, it was pretty terrifying, and you can't really back out. I would not do it again, but in a way I am glad that I didn't know going in.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Malgorzata wrote a review Apr 2020
8,551 contributions667 helpful votes
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Dome of the basilica of st. Peter is one of the most famous and largest domes in the world. Its universally recognizable architectural form largely reflects the design of the brilliant Michelangelo Buonarroti, who worked on its construction until the end of his life , but managed to erect it only to the end of the height of the drum on which the cupola is based.  Twenty-two years after his death, during the pontificate of Pope Sixtus V Peretti , the next phase of erecting the dome began. Eight hundred workers led by papal architects Giacomo Della Porta and Domenic Fontana , after twenty-two months of uninterrupted work, sealed the dome. Four massive pillars support the dome with a diameter of 42 m. Its interior is divided into radially arranged fields and decorated with Cavalier d'Arpino mosaics. Under the cornice, at the base of a round tambour with 16 windows, there is a Latin inscription. Inside the lantern, God the Father is depicted, below the angelic circle, then Christ, Mary and the apostles as well as saints and popes. The pendentives featured images of the Four Evangelists. If you want, you can go to the dome and enjoy a great view. From this place Saint Peter's Square and the rest of the city look great. The passage from the basilica roof to the observation deck at the top of the dome is 320 stairs.  It is worth considering that a large part of them are narrow spiral stairs that will frighten any claustrophobic. Exit to the dome is paid .
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Karin H wrote a review Mar 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota386 contributions72 helpful votes
Going up to the cupola of St Peter's after a full morning of touring the museums might not be your idea of fun, and you might be struggling to stay on your feet after all that walking, but trust me, it's soooo worth it for the views from the top!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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