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Self guided Vatican tour

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Self guided Vatican tour

Hello- we are touring the Vatican without a tour guide or tour group. I am trying to search for a Vatican walk through tour information so we see the main points and walk through it ourselves (basically plan everything out ourselves and see the main points.)

I am not finding much


thank you

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Copley, Ohio
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1. Re: Self guided Vatican tour

Rick Steves has free audio guides for St Peters, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Download his app and you can download and listen to them.

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for Cotswolds, Rome, London
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2. Re: Self guided Vatican tour

There is decent guide book to the collection that you can buy in the bookshop. In fact most decent guidebooks will give you an overview - Eyewitness or the Blue Guide are both very good and available from Amazon. You can also use the Explore tab on the website (I have never listened to the RS downloads mentioned but his reliability is shaky)::


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3. Re: Self guided Vatican tour

Thank you

Ottawa, Canada
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4. Re: Self guided Vatican tour

Just take the audio tour when you get your ticket. It's not expensive and does a decent job at explaining the items on the tour.

Adelaide, Australia
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5. Re: Self guided Vatican tour

After you go through security you will have to check in any back packs etc, but keep a small handbag with your wallet. The audio guide booth is a little further on the right. You need to leave an ID- I left my Aussie drivers licence as dont want to leave my passport anywhere.

The audio guide was worth it. And very helpful especially explaining the art works in the painting gallery. It explains things and you learn so much about what you are looking at. You also get an information booklet on entry to tell you where the galleries are- there are sooo many! GO TO THE SISTINE CHAPEL FIRST! then back track and see the rest. When you leave the entire place remember to get your stuff from the cloack room.

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