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Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

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    Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is one of the most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance. Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is the best known, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure, and have provided an enormously influential pattern book of models for other artists ever since.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani; Latin: Musea Vaticana) are Christian and art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply St. Peter's Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.

    Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    The Vatican City is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state (a type of theocracy) ruled by the pope who is, religiously speaking, the bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various national origins. Since the return of the popes from Avignon in 1377, they have generally resided at the Apostolic Palace within what is now Vatican City, although at times residing instead in the Quirinal Palace in Rome or elsewhere.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

    The four Raphael Rooms (Italian: Stanze di Raffaello) form a suite of reception rooms in the palace, the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican. They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. Together with Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, they are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome.

    Duration: 10 minutes
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    Departure Point
    Piazza del Risorgimento, Roma RM, Italy

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your centrally located hotel in Rome
    Duration
    3h
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    St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    Inclusions
    • Exclusive Skip-the-line
    • Professional guide
    • Headsets
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Hotel pickup in central Rome (if option selected)
    • Transport by air-conditioned coach (if option selected)
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Pickup service (if the option is not selected)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Important: The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours (8:30 and 11:00 tours) due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday
    • Near public transportation
    • If you choose pick-up option, contact us 24 hours in advance, in order to reconfirm your pick-up schedule be ready in the lobby
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events. In this case the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Our guide was absolutely amazing and the evening crowds were much smaller. We still had more than enough time to see everything we wanted to.
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    We were directed to I Love Rome tours by The Savoy Hotel where we were staying. We did think it was a bit expensive when we booked, however once the tour was over we both completely agreed that it was worth every cent! Our guide was Nicoletta was extremely knowledgeable and the
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    Response from G L, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
    Responded 4 days ago
    Dear Paula, thanks for your review and words of recommendation. The Savoy Hotel is one of our main distributors and we're happy that you didn't regret opting for our company behind their suggestion. Our Vatican Official Partner status grants us no-wait entry which is definitely a privilege, and our local guides really make a difference if you want to see a lot in a relatively short time: A guided tour with us is definitely the way to go! During your next Roman stay don't miss out on our newly-designed website, where you can take a look at all the activities we organize in Rome and outside, and process your booking quick and easy. Kind regards, the Gray Line Rome Team
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    I booked this tour in the morning for the 2pm slot and it was money well spent indeed. I do not usually use guides when visiting attractions but for The Vatican I knew I had to make an exception. The guide had its history on his palm and gave us so much insight. The best part
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    Response from G L, Guest Relations Manager at Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
    Responded 5 days ago
    Dear 'Vflare', we're delighted that you loved your experience in the Vatican during our 'Skip-the-line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica'. Thanks for letting us and everyone in the community know. We put destination experience and customer satisfaction as our priority, we only hire experts in their field with a fluent English and such enthusiastic reviews help us monitor what's good about our products and reinforce it. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, the Gray Line Rome Team
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    Fantastic tour. We were fortunate to see all the listed sites at a very good pace (almost leisurely) and spent some time in St. Peter Square which we understand is not always open to the visitors. The crowd is not as packed as we were expecting. Will recommend this tour.
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    Response from G L, Guest Relations Manager at Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
    Responded 5 days ago
    Dear K. R., thanks for your post and high rate, we appreciate your opinion a great deal. We're happy you made the most of your morning (or afternoon) with us and that the Vatican Museums weren't so busy the day you were scheduled to visit them on our guided tour Skip the line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter Basilica, one of our best selling experiences. Thanks and regards, the Gray Line I Love Rome Team
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    This tour got us right into the Vatican and Basilica. The lines were both hours long each if we didn’t have this ticket! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helped navigate us through the crazy amount of people in the building. We got to see all the highlights in the
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    Response from G L, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
    Responded 4 days ago
    Dear Guest, thanks for these nice words, we're delighted you made the most of your visit thanks to our service and the passionate work of your tour guide. Our Vatican Official Partner status grants us no-wait entry which is definitely a privilege, and our local guides really make a difference if you want to see a lot in a relatively short time! Thanks for sharing your review online, we'll make sure to use your feedback to reinforce what's working well. Best regards, the Gray Line - I Love Rome Team
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