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Vatican Small Group Tour with Early Entrance

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

    Your tour will start visiting the Vatican Museums and Upper Galleries, including the one of the Maps, Tapestries, and Candelabra. The galleries are connecting the north section of the Vatican Palace with the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter’s. The rooms preserved many Roman statues discovered during the excavations and many spectacular painted rooms

    Duration: 1 hour

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

    Then, you will arrive in the Raphael Rooms, which were part of the apartment of Pope Julius II. While the young Raphael was painting the Room of the “Signatura”, Michelangelo was painting the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The two artists were rivals but Raphael later recognized the talent of Michelangelo, as we can know from the “School of Athens”. Then, you will see the Parnassus and the Dispute over the Sacrament, too.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    After having visited the Raphael Rooms, you will reach the Borgia Rooms. This apartment was painted by Pinturicchio and his school and commissioned by the Spanish Pope Alexander VI Borgia. They are located inside the oldest section of the Apostolic Palace. You will see its main rooms that preserve also part of the artworks from modern and contemporary art.

    Duration: 20 minutes

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

    The last area of the Vatican Museums you will visit is one of the Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries. The creation of these galleries had been possible thanks to the several donations in honor of Pope Paul VI, who called back o the Church the modern and contemporary artists recreating the link between art and church, during a special speech inside the Sistine Chapel. Many donations arrived from the United States and other countries. You will see Matisse, Chagall, Dalì, and Bacon.

    Duration: 20 minutes

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

    After the Vatican Museums, you will visit Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with the Frescoes that he painted in the 1500s for the Pope Julius II and Paul III. Michelangelo first painted the Ceiling where he represented the Creation of the World, from the Genesis book, and stories of Noah’s life. The Renaissance “Genius” when he was 61 years old he will come back to paint in five years only Last Judgement on the wall behind the altar.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City Italy

    Finally, you will admire the amazing Basilica that was built from 1506 and that has replaced the Medieval Basilica built under Emperor Constantine. The Basilica took 120 years to be completed and many architects, including Raphael and Michelangelo, worked on the project. The decoration of the inside of the Basilica is very Baroque thanks to the “Genius of the Baroque" Gian Lorenzo Bernini who projected the “Altar of the Chair of St. Peter” and the Baldachin. Inside the Basilica, you will see the beautiful chapel that preserves Michelangelo’s Pieta. The artist represented this painful moment with the body of Jesus laying on the laps of his mother after the deposition from the Cross.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    Return Details
    Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    • Professional guide for 3 hours
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican City
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. 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
    • St Peter's Basilica is a church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.
    • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 as proof of age
    • This group is up to 22 travelers or less.
    • Please note: if you arrive late you mights lose the entrance at the Vatican Museums
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    What a place! Amazing tour with an amazing knowledgeable guide! We went early in the morning best time as less crowded and much cooler.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank 989deborahc
    Reviewed 23 July 2019

    We took this tour last month when visiting on our honeymoon. I had mixed feelings about the experience. There were two main draws for us to do a tour. The first was to be able to enter early and beat the crowds. The second was...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    2  Thank ScrumpyJ_12
    734741, Owner at Colosseum and Vatican Tours by Italy Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2019

    Hello, Please note that without your booking reference unable we are unable to track the tour to see which guide you toured with and pass on your feedback. You may send us an email with these details if so you chose. As for the beginning...More

    Reviewed 21 July 2019

    We had Renata as our guide and loved her. She led us through the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and then the Basilica at a great pace. She gave in-depth descriptions of everything and was very charismatic. Especially considering how crowded it was. For us, this tour...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Jillianne S
    734741, Owner at Colosseum and Vatican Tours by Italy Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

    Thank you, Jillianne! The Vatican Small Group Tour with Early Entrance is indeed a great experience and Renata is an amazing guide. We look forward to seeing you on any of our other tours as well!

    Reviewed 1 July 2019 via mobile

    Our tour guide Julio was very knowledgeable and kept things interesting. He steered the group to things we needed to see. Overall, it was a fantastic time and would definitely recommend to anyone who is visiting Rome.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank PAGANO5
    734741, Owner at Colosseum and Vatican Tours by Italy Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2019

    Thank you for highly recommending us.

    Reviewed 16 June 2019

    We have the same gushy, positive comments to make already offered from other reviewers, but in this case about Flavia. Also about the company (Italy Wonders). It seems they are very consistent. Flavia entertained and educated us for a very full 3 hours after we...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    2  Thank HughMacf
    734741, Owner at Colosseum and Vatican Tours by Italy Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2019

    Hugh, we are deeply honored by this beautifully expressed review and very happy Flavia was a reliable, insightful guide! We aim to give our customers the best tours experiences and so reading reviews like this is truly rewarding. Thank you!

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    2 August 2019|
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    Response from Passport791039 | Reviewed this property |
    No tank tops, but a short sleeve is ok. Also no large cleavage. No shorts but long skirts and trousers (lower than knee point). It is pretty strict yes.
    10 April 2019|
    Response from Passport791039 | Reviewed this property |
    They did provide headsets, yes.
    20 March 2019|
    Response from Alina M |
    It includes the entry tickets, the guide took care of everything.
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