Rome: Vatican City Small Group Guided Tour
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- Skip the lines to one of the world's great art collections at the Vatican Museums
- Go to the Sistine Chapel to gaze in awe at Michelangelo's frescoes
- Learn how Christianity and the papacy were often far about
- Hear about papal intrigues and modest popes who wanted a return to contemplation
- See art and architecture by Bernini, Raphael, and Michelangelo
- Discover ancient maps and the "Garden of Italy"
Next, go into the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Learn the meanings of his sacred art and their relationship to concepts of beauty. Enter St. Peter's Basilica to see yet more staggering art by Bernini and Michelangelo, before admiring Bernini’s colonnades on St. Peter's Square. Look at the dome of the church and the famous chimney that emits white smoke upon the papal election. See the balcony of the papal benediction at Urbe et Orbi.
Your guide will talk about the concept of Christianity and the papacy throughout history, and how they have often been apart. Hear stories of intrigue and conspiracies in the papal court, displays of power, status, and the wealth of the popes. Hear about modest popes who wanted nothing else than quiet contemplation and a return to the original concept of Christianity.
- Skip-the-line tickets
- Licensed, local guide
- Headsets to hear your guide better
Meet on the small square close to the entrance to the Vatican Museums (Viale Vaticano). It's a 10-minute walk from St. Peter's Square and the Ottaviano Metro Station (Stop A). Please note it is not on St. Peter's Square
• Please wear comfortable shoes
• You are not permitted to take knives, large bags, or backpacks into the Vatican
• In the event of any last minute closure of St. Peter's Basilica due to religious celebrations or other occasion, the tour will extend your visit to the Vatican Museums as compensation. Any closure by the Vatican authorities will not be entitled to a refund
• Please bring ID if you want to qualify for reduced price admission (up to 26 years old)
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