SKIP THE LINE - Vatican and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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Skip the lines and get priority access to Rome's most famous site and the heart of Christianity. The Vatican, the smallest country in the world. There are a total of 11 museums and almost 7 kilometers of galleries, chapels, and rooms within the Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Admire the works of some of the most celebrated artists in history; Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo, which hang from wall to wall and fill 2,000 rooms in the museum. Our skip-the-line tour between the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel allows you to see the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in all its splendor. TEMPORARY CHANGES: The route between the museums and St. Peter's Basilica has been closed as a precaution against the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, our Vatican tours currently operate as an extensive tour of the Museums and Sistine Chapel. After the tour, Guests are encouraged to explore the Basilica at their pace.

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Stop At: Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are Christian and art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Cortile della Pigna

The Cortile del Belvedere, (Belvedere Courtyard in English) was a major architectural work of the High Renaissance at the Vatican Palace in Rome. Designed by Donato Bramante from 1506 onward, its concept and details reverberated in courtyard design, formalized piazzas and garden plans throughout Western Europe for centuries.[citation needed] Conceived as a single enclosed space, the long Belvedere court connected the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere in a series of terraces connected by stairs, and was contained on its sides by narrow wings. Bramante did not see the work completed, and before the end of the sixteenth century it had been irretrievably altered by a building across the court, dividing it into two separate courtyards

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is one of the most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance. Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is the best known, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure, and have provided an enormously influential pattern book of models for other artists ever since.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply St. Peter's Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

Duration: 30 minutes
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