Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica
In this tour we'll discover highlights of the Vatican City, an amazing little nation governed by the Pope.
I work in the Vatican as a Museum Educator, so I know this site very well and I'll give you tips and suggestions to beat crowds.
This tour is suggested for a first visit in the Vatican and includes a selection of the best art of the Vatican Museums, a visit in the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter.
if you've a special interest in the Vatican history choose the "extensive" tour #24520, if you not interested in the Basilica, book the tour at closing time #165368 or in the evening.
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the Basilica of St. Peter is a working church, so can close without notice for religious events or security reasons. I'm NOT responsible for this issue, but I'll do my best to provide the tour as described.
Pius-Clementine Museum (Greek and Roman masterpieces)
Gallery of Tapestries
Gallery of Geographical Maps
The Royal Staircase
The Basilica of St. Peter.
Only small backpacks or handbags allowed
Follow the DRESS CODE (women, men and kids)
knees and shoulders must be covered
**Bermuda and Capri pants OK, NO shorts**
If you want to wear sleeveless shirts during the tour is OK, just bring with a scarf to cover your shoulders when requested.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At Vatican Museums main entrance, 15 minutes walk distance from St.Peter's Square. The address is "Viale Vaticano" (see the map at photo #2).
On request, I can meet you at the hotel and we can take together a taxi.
End location: We'll finish at the exit of the Basilica of St.Peter (Piazza San Pietro). I'll show you how to reach the nearest taxi station or a nice family run restaurant.
Duration: 3 hours
-This tour is not available on Wednesdays (there is the Papal Audience in the St.Peter's Plaza) and Sundays, and on Catholic festivities.
In case of an unplanned closure of the Basilica of St.Peter we'll visit another section of the Museums.
-From April to October, the Museum welcomes 30.000 visitors per day, so is often very crowded
Choose to start at noon if you want to avoid crowds (or choose the VIP early entrance tour)
- tour with a certified tourist guide of the Vatican City
- Full price skip the line tickets for the Vatican Museums with online reservation
-->Vatican tickets are only valid on the selected date/time
no change or refund is possible (even in case of a tour cancellation).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 EURO - taxi to/from your hotel (if needed)
-transportation from/to your hotel
In the Vatican City is obligatory the use of radio trasmission system for groups of 7 and more.
Write me to have a custom tour if you are a group of 7 or more (max 10).
There are extra costs and a different timing due to the mandatory use of headsets.
I'm not a driver. I provide WALKING tours, with a special focus on Art and Archaeology. If needed, we can take cabs or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Marisa is the the guide you want if you want to see the Vatican! She is the BEST! Her English is clear, and her personality is absolutely delightful. She knows how to avoid the crowds, but you won't miss the important pieces. She'll answer any question you have about artists, popes or Rome, but won't overwhelm you with too much information. She'll go as deep as you want on any topic - a real expert. THANK YOU MARISA!