Your tour will start outside your hotel in Rome, where you will be picked up (about 60 minutes before the start of the guided tour) and give you the special skip the line tickets which will allow you to enter in the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the St. Peter's Basilica and more, by a privileged entrance without having to wait in line!
Visit the Vatican City, taking advantage of hotel pick-up service
A city within a city, the walled Vatican City State is the world's smallest internationally recognized independent state. As one of Christianity's most sacred sites, it 's the Pope's home and the largest art collection in the world, within the Vatican Museums. This extensive collection spans a mind-boggling 2,000 rooms, which your guide will expertly navigate to show you the most memorable and astounding sites.
Admire the Sistine Chapel and the artworks inside the Vatican Museums
One of your stops will be the Sistine Chapel, one of the most visited sites in the world. The chapel's name hints at its origins, as it was ordered by Pope Sixtus IV at the end of the 15th century. This ornate example of papal patronage is host to the works of Michelangelo, an artistic genius whose frescoes include The Creation of Adam, famously adorning the Chapel's ceiling, and The Last Judgement.
Next, you will explore more of the Vatican Museums myriad wonders. Some of the other rooms you will see are: the noteworthy Gallery of Tapestries, which houses Flemish tapestries made in Brussels from paintings of Raphael's pupils; the Gallery of the Candelabra, where you will walk among Roman and Hellenistic candelabras; and the Gallery of Maps, which decorates part of the Belvedere courtyard with an impressive series of topographical maps detailing the Italian Peninsula in its entirety.
Enter the St. Peter's Basilica, the greatest church in the world
Leaving the Vatican Museums, you will visit the unique Saint Peter's Basilica. One of the world's largest churches, this is yet another Renaissance beauty which bears the mark of Michelangelo, who designed its dome and general plan. Lying within the Basilica's hallowed walls is La Pietà, another of Michelangelo's world-famous masterpieces, distinguished as the only sculpture ever personally signed by the artist himself.
More eXPeriences in Vatican City!
This tour include the transfer to the Vatican area, but if you are not interested in the pick-up, or if it not possible to arrange the pick-up in your accommodation (we remind you that the pick-up is available ONLY at hotels in the center of Rome, and NOT in apartments or B&Bs), you can check the tour without the pick-up service.
Further, if you are looking for a more exclusive eXPerience, you should take a look to the tour of the Vatican with small group or the private tour of the Vatican.