02:30pm
Departure time
4 hours
Duration
Every day (Apr 1 to Oct 31) – Tuesday to Saturday (Nov 1 to Mar 31)
Available days
English, Spanish (more on request)
Language
Available
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AFTERNOON VATICAN TOUR – SKIP THE LINE! VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL, ST. PETER’S BASILICA. AFTERNOON TOUR. Skip the long queue with pre-booked entrance tickets and enjoy round-trip transportation

INCLUDED
Skip-the-line Entrance fees
Free hotel pick up Professional guide
Discount for kids Headsets
Drop off to central locations
NOT INCLUDED
Guide gratuity

OVERVIEW

This SKIP THE LINE! VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL, ST. PETER’S BASILICA. AFTERNOON TOUR works perfectly if you don’t want the hassle of arranging transportation back and forward from your hotel and also it helps with cutting down the time required at the Museums’ entrance for buying your ticket.

Our local tour operator will book and purchase tickets on your behalf and will get them to you on the day of the tour.

The queue outside the ticket office can take hours on some days and with this skip the line you will be able to speed through and enjoy more time inside the Vatican Museums.

Also, take advantage of the free ride to the Vatican on an a/c equipped private coach with your expert guide on board who will tell you all about the sights you are passing by on your way there.

These include the Fountain of the Naiads, Piazza del Popolo with its famous ancient obelisk dating back to the times of Pharaoh Ramesses II (13th century BC) and Castel Sant’Angelo, the Mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian.

Once the coach reaches the Vatican Museums, the guide will escort you inside though a fast-track lane and down the Bramante’s spiral staircase.

This impressive double helix staircase takes inspiration from the original Bramante’s staircase from 16th century (this one too inside another area of the Vatican) and built by Giuseppe Momo in 1932.

The double helix characteristic allow visitors to ascend or descend the staircase without meeting each other.

The Vatican Museums are an incredible collection of art masterpieces from the most important artists in human history.

You will be left speechless as you move from room to room, passing by paintings, sculptures, frescos, maps of inestimable value.

This journey takes you through some of the main galleries and rooms, like the Gallery of the Tapestries with its walls covered with Raphael-Inspired works, the Gallery of Maps with its ceilings with extraordinary paintings of topographical maps of Italy, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the statue of Laocoon and His Sons and the spectacular Raphael Rooms.

This Afternoon Vatican Tour culminates with a visit to the world-famous Sistine Chapel.

Painted by Michelangelo, its frescoes are among the most recognised images in the history of humanity. Take as much time as you need to soak all the beauty of The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam among the others.

This SKIP THE LINE! VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL, ST. PETER’S BASILICA. AFTERNOON TOUR continues with a visit to the Basilica of St.Peter, for importance and dimension, the holiest Catholic shrine in the world.

The guide will give you plenty of details and info about this iconic sight from outside and then let you venture inside.

Head straight on the main nave and reach the Baldachin designed by Bernini that protects the Papal Altar.

Directly below the high Altar, the stairs that lead you to the tomb of St.Peter.

Move over to the different chapels all around the church, rich of paintings and sculptures with the La Pietà from Michelangelo being the one you can’t afford to miss.

Meet your guide again and take advantage of a lift back to your hotel (there are a number of drop off locations – pick the one that suits you most).

The same tour can be done in the morning. Just select the SKIP THE LINE! VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL, ST. PETER’S BASILICA. MORNING TOUR from the list of tours.


ADDITIONAL INFO

Discount for children 3 to 7 years old. Free for children aged 2 and below.

This tour runs every day with the following exclusions: 1 January – 6 January – 11 February – 19 March – 16 April –  29 June – 15 August – 1 November –  8 December

The languages available are English and Spanish, but on request also Russian, Chinese and Japanese.

Hotel pick up available between 01:15pm – 02:15pm, only from hotels in central Rome (hotels – no apartments or B&B)

1

Free pick up

  Take advantage of a free pick up if you are staying at hotels in central Rome.
2

Relax on your comfortable air-conditioned coach

 ..and catch sight of:

 Piazza Esedra

 Castel Sant’Angelo

 The Fountain of the Naiads

3

Jump queues

 Take advantage of a pre-booked skip the line pass.
4

Stairway to (art)heaven

 Descend Bramante’s spiral staircase.
5

Visit some of the best art galleries in the World

 Gallery of the Tapestries

 Gallery of Maps

 Gallery of the Candelabra

6

Amaze at the Sistine Chapel ceiling

   Enjoy the highlight of this tour.
7

Proceed to St.Peter's Basilica

   The holiest Catholic shrine in the world.
8

Take a lift back

   Enjoy a ride back with drop off to a number of central locations:

  Piazza Venezia

  Piazza Cavour

  Piazza Barberini

  Piazza della Repubblica

 Stazione Termini

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy free pick up from hotel if you are in central locations
  • Reach the Vatican with a comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Drive through the heart of Rome and pass by the Fountain of the Naiads, Piazza del Popolo and Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Jump the 2-hour queue outside the Vatican Museums with skip the line tickets
  • Descend Bramante’s spiral staircase
  • Hear from your guide as you visit the Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps
  • Let your jaw drop for the stunning Sistine Chapel
  • Continue over to St.Peter’s Basilica, the greatest and most important Catholic church in the world
  • Wonder at some of its masterpieces, like Michelangelo’s La Pietà or Bernini’s Baldachin
  • Relax on the coach on your way back to the hotel

ENTRANCE TO CHURCHES CAN BE DENIED IF KNEES AND SHOULDERS ARE NOT COVERED

THE MUSEUMS ARE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS: 1 January – 6 January – 11 February – 19 March – 16 April –  29 June – 15 August – 1 November –  8 December

The skip the line ticket will allow you to jump the long queue to buy the entry ticket. Still, be aware that as security has tighten up recently, there might be delays for extra security checks to access the Museums.

Visits inside the St.Peter’s Basilica will not be possible during religious celebrations or special events. On Sundays you can assist to Papal Blessings from St.Peter’s Square.

When the St.Peter’s Basilica is closed, as an alternative, the visit to the Vatican Museums will be extended.

This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Due to seasonal opening times the itinerary may be altered without notice.

On the way back the bus will stop at:

– Piazza Venezia

– Piazza Cavour

– Piazza Barberini

– Piazza della Repubblica

– Stazione Termini

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