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Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

1. Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Tour

Take a tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. First, visit the Pine Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms (only on early morning tours), and the Sistine Chapel. Then, be led by an expert guide to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will also get to see other galleries of the Vatican corridors. Finally, visit Michelangelo's Pietà at St. Peter's Basilica before concludig your tour at the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

2. Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Visit the Vatican from top to bottom with this unique guided tour that includes a visit to the very top of the cupola designed by Michelangelo. Then it's down to the Papal Crypts and Catacombs for a fully immersive experience. Additionally, enjoy skip-the-line entry and the main Vatican Museums. Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square and enjoy a guided tour of the St. Peter's Basilica. Get an elevator up some of the ways to the Dome and get your daily dose of exercise in as you climb up 320 stairs. Enjoy spectacular views from the top, which is worth the hike up. Back on terra firma, you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Genuine skip-the-line access means you will be fast-tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces that make the Vatican Museums must-sees when in Rome.

Rome: Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Tour incl. Papal Tombs

3. Rome: Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Tour incl. Papal Tombs

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vatican City on a guided tour of all of its most important treasures. Discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Papal Tombs all included with fast-track access to make the most of your day. Begin your experience by discovering masterpieces of art in the Vatican Museums by some of the world’s most distinguished artists. Follow a guide in your chosen language to the most important areas of the museum, including the Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries. Enter the Sistine Chapel to contemplate the glory of Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece, “The Last Judgment”, one of the most famous pieces of art ever made. Then, experience the magnificent interior of St. Peter’s Basilica with fast-track entrance. Be awed by one of the holiest sites in the world and admire Michelangelo’s stunning “La Pieta”. Complete your visit of Vatican City in the Papal Tombs to see the resting place of many popes and royals. Appreciate the religious importance of this burial site as you observe the sarcophagi, frescoes, and tombs near the grounds of St Peter's burial.

Rome: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour

4. Rome: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour

Avoid the long lines with early entry into St. Peter’s Basilica. Make your way to the first level, you can either take an elevator or climb the stairs. At this level, you will see the ornate details of the inside of the dome and overlook the Vatican City. Then, if you are up for the challenge, climb 300 more steps to the top of the dome for fantastic views of the entire city. After the dome climb, admire the ornate interior of St. Peter's Basilica on a guided tour. See the amazing works inside the church, like Michaelangelo’s La Pieta and Bernini’s Baldacchino. Next, walk with your guide to the entrance of the Vatican Museums for a guided tour of a vast collection of artwork and treasures. Explore the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of Maps. Arrive at the Sistine Chapel and learn about the frescos and history of the chapel with your guide. After seeing Michelangelo's masterpiece. Explore other sections of the Vatican Museums, including the Pio Clementino Museum, Borgia Apartments, and Raphael Rooms.

Rome: Vatican City Highlights Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

5. Rome: Vatican City Highlights Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Save precious time while in Rome with skip-the-line access to the popular monuments of the Vatican City on this guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.  Follow a meticulously designed itinerary to see the best of the city-state and admire priceless treasures such as the massive bronze statue in the Pinecone Courtyard and the historic maps in the Vatican Museum's dedicated Gallery of Maps. Look at the enigmatic sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons, and discuss techniques used by different artists with your guide. Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and get inside details about the 4 years of back-breaking labor it took to complete. Conclude your tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Witness the incomparable grandeur of its mosaics, golden ceilings, gigantic statues, and the spectacular dome.

Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

6. Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

This family orientated tour of the marvels of Vatican City will have your kids engaged throughout the whole 2.5-hour experience. Today you and your children will learn with entertaining anecdotes full of details the stories that bring the art works to life. All guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions for you and your family. The tour starts in front of the Vatican Museums, where you will meet your guide and go through the priority entrance with them to buy your tickets. See and feel the history while your kids are engaged with scavenger hunts, stories and games throughout the Vatican Gardens, the Gallery of the Carriages, and the Gallery of Maps. You will have priority exit from the Museums and conclude the trip at St. Peters Square.

Vatican City: Early Morning Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

7. Vatican City: Early Morning Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Take a 3.5-hour tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums. This exceptional tour includes visits to the Raphael Rooms, the Vatican Museums, The Hall of Maps, The Belvedere Courtyard and the Cortile della Pigna and the St. Peter's Basilica. As the highlight, you will experience a comprehensive visit of the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the rest of the public, experiencing the tranquility in the morning.  Vatican City is one of the most interesting and beautiful sites in the world. Your expert guide will take you to some of the major attractions and will provide a detailed history of the sites. You will receive a broad understanding of the remarkable history, architecture, and politics of the Vatican. You will avoid any time wasted waiting, as you enjoy skip-the-line access to all the featured attractions. The morning visit provides a perfect opportunity to absorb the Rennaissance culture and see the world-famous buildings without any stress or hassle. A world of discovery awaits you.

Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

8. Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

Experience both the Gardens of Vatican City and the Vatican Museums on this combo trip with included entry tickets. Learn about the gardens on a minibus tour with an audio guide in all languages, then visit the museums to explore on your own. Start your day with a tour of the Vatican Gardens aboard a minibus. Plug in your audio guide to learn more about the area while you sit back and enjoy the amazing views. Drive through the Italian-, English-, and French-style gardens to admire each of their distinctive features. Marvel at the Italian-style garden's formal, geometric, and Renaissance features. As you move on to the French garden, see its great expression of classical Baroque art, enriched by statues and water features. Continue to the English garden with more memorable geometric features as well as natural and artificial elements such as caves, streams, trees, shrubs, pagodas, pergolas, temples, and ruins. After the visit to the gardens, you'll get access to the Vatican Museums. End your day by exploring one of the most visited museums in the world.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

9. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Start your tour by skipping the (always long) ticket lines to get into the museum and diving right into the galleries holding some of the most famous works of art in the world. This specially-designed route encompasses all the can’t-miss pieces while also including some of the lesser known works that will really dazzle you. Your expert, English-speaking guide will give you eye-opening insight and context as you explore the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere courtyard with ‘Apollo Belvedere’ & the Laocoön group, the Pinecone Courtyard, and more. The piéce-de-resistance is, of course, the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will prep you for your time here by telling you the stories behind the creation of the iconic frescoes as well as what they mean. When you enter, appreciate the full majesty of the room, spotting little details like Michelangelo’s self-portrait and the rather painful revenge he plotted for the Pope’s aide (he wasn’t his biggest fan…) The Vatican is more than just a museum. It's home to the Pope and Catholicism and is one of the world's smallest yet powerful states. On this intimate tour, your guide will ensure that you get an overview of it all – from papal scandal to Renaissance masters and the day-to-day operation of Vatican City.

Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

10. Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

Enjoy an exclusive night tour of the Vatican and see one of the richest collections of art in the world without the daytime crowds or Midday heat. Learn about its masterpieces in a quiet, stress-free environment. Included are highlights of the papal palaces, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. Experience a peaceful and much calmer Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will get an orientation tour of the Basilica, and enjoy the rare sight of the square devoid of people. Availability is limited, and tours take place just once a week, departing each Friday at 19:30, so make sure to book early.

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What people are saying about Cortile del Belvedere

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Very good tour! Sadly, together with the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI, we could not access St. Peter's Basilica, however, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel were impressive! The guide Paolo explained everything to us in detail and gave us curious facts about various things! They were very kind and since we couldn't access the basilica with the tour, we were refunded part of the money we paid. Excellent service use good quality

Magnificent excursion enlivened by a local guide called Veronica, who was, as she said, a little crazy but super nice, friendly, cordial, very professional and at least boring, on the contrary, she made us spend a very pleasant morning. I recommend it

The guide was very nice, she spoke Spanish very well, and you could tell that she had a good command of the historical subject, my tens

Excellent experience visiting Vatican museum and very knowledgeable guid

Enjoyed the tour but mostly, the reason is our guide Monica