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Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica provided by LivItaly Tours

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Overview
The Vatican Museums, home to Raphael’s Rooms and the world-famous Sistine Chapel, is one of Italy’s most popular attractions. On this intimate guided tour, get skip-the-line access to incredible galleries, ancient sculptures, and Renaissance masterworks— topped off with an exclusive visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you beat the crowds with your own private entranceway. All entrance fees included for a seamless experience. 
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Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italyin front of Caffé Vaticano, on viale Vaticano 100, just across the street from the Museum entrance. Your guide will be holding a LIvTours sign.
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Meet your guide in front of the Cafè Vaticano directly across from the Vatican Museums for your small-group tour. Discover some of the most famous paintings and sculptures from western civilization and listen to amusing anecdotes about the former popes and artists represented in the museums. With a small-group tour of maximum of six people, easily maneuver through the crowded museums at a comfortable pace. With the personalized attention of your guide, ask all the questions you like. Skip-the-line to access the Vatican Museums and begin your small-group tour promptly. After a view of the terrace over the Vatican gardens, make your way across the beautiful early Renaissance courtyard to admire Hadrian's Pinecone, and then to the modern art piece of Arnaldo Pomodoro. As your knowledgeable guide presents interesting facts and stories, you will then head to the magnificent Octagonal Courtyard which is one of the most remarkable collections of Roman and Greek artifacts. Admire the famous Belvedere Torso, learn about the mystery of the Laocoon Priest of Troy, and visit the Muses Room. After a short stop for wonderful pictures, continue through the Round Room and the Greek Cross Room. Walk up the stairs and through the beautiful galleries to admire an abundance of candelabra, tapestries, and maps. Then head to the Julius II apartments and see the grandeur and the magnificent details of the Raphael Rooms. Next, learn of Michelangelo's masterpiece from your guide before you enter through a tiny door to admire the majestic Sistine Chapel. Take in its grandeur in contemplative silence. The tour will end with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica where you will access the church directly through a VIP passage to skip the long line. Enjoy the awe-inspiring visit and be amazed at the size of the beautifully adorned Basilica.  ABOUT OUR 6 PEOPLE SMALL GROUP POLICY When you book a small group tour, you are guaranteed one tour guide per group of 6 people. Please bear in mind though that in order to accommodate traveling families and friends, we do on rare occasion make the exception of adding an additional one to two guests in order not to split groups who are traveling together. On that same note, you may find yourself on tour with less than six people. As we accept bookings in multiples of six, math doesn’t always work in our favor to help accommodate individual travelers and their families when on the same tour, so we hope you understand and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italyin front of Caffé Vaticano, on viale Vaticano 100, just across the street from the Museum entrance. Your guide will be holding a LIvTours sign.
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Highlights
  • Skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Small group limited to six people means more personal attention
  • Commentary from the guide and fun-filled history lessons
  • See ancient treasures: the iconic pine-cone statue and Apollo Belvedere
  • Time to explore the Sistine Chapel at your own pace
  • VIP access to St. Peter’s Basilica with private entranceway
  • All entrance fees included
What to Expect
Meet your guide directly across from the Vatican Museums, where your small group breezes past crowds with skip-the-line admission tickets and enter directly into the galleries. The tour is limited to six people, so you have no trouble maneuvering the stunning collections. Move at your own pace through the Raphael Rooms, ornate papal apartments lined with Renaissance frescos, and the Gallery of Maps, where you find 16th-century plans of Italy. Feel free to ask as many questions as you’d like before entering into the Sistine Chapel, where the group has time to observe Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling masterpiece on their own. Most tours end there, but you continue on to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you access your own VIP entranceway. Finish the tour in Italy’s largest and most lavishly built church, home to phenomenal Renaissance artworks like Michelangelo’s Pietà, carved from a single block of Carrara marble.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Skip the Line Access
  • Small Group of 6 People MAX
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour
  • Please note that tours selected on Wednesday mornings at 10 am can be periodically effected by the closure of St Peter's Basilica due to last minute decisions by the Vatican. Please be insured the lost time will be compensated with other areas of the museums.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ian D wrote a review Mar 2020
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Pamena was a wonderful guide. We were so lucky to have her to ourselves for this tour just before the shut down. Wonderful experience having the Sistine Chapel almost to ourselves. Our hearts go out to everyone in Italy and round the world during this crisis.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
Responded 26 Mar 2020
We're so pleased that you had such a great time on the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Pamen and we thank you for taking the time to write about it. We're all going through tough times now but, when this is all over, we'll be back up and ready to make your experiences even better. Thank you for your concern and for your enthusiastic support of our company. All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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yvonnedp wrote a review Mar 2020
Atlanta, Georgia50 contributions16 helpful votes
This was a truly mesmerizing tour! From our entrance into the museum and looking at the maps and pictures of the Sistine, which prepared you for what you are about to behold once inside. Then it was one spectacle after the other! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Dear Yvonne We can't thank you enough for your lovely review and high rating of our Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Many people don't really realize how overwhelming the Vatican museums can be. Your review makes it clear that our guide was able to make all those masterpieces come alive for you. We couldn't be more pleased! Many thanks, once again Angelo and Kristin
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Austin wrote a review Mar 2020
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Amazing tour! We were so lucky to have Massimo as our guide. He knew everything about the Vatican. I could not stump him on any questions I asked. We were really lucky on our trip and it ended u just being my Wife and I on the tour. Also, he was great about giving us
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
Responded 6 Mar 2020
Many thanks, Austin, for your wonderful review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Massimo and that you thought him not only very knowledgeable but also friendly and personable. We really appreciate your 100% recommendation. Thank you!! Angelo and Kristin
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Mehboob K wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom160 contributions28 helpful votes
Massimo, the tour guide is very well informed, friendly and explains stuff in an easy to understand language. Livitaly were extremely helpful to contact the Vatican museums for the return of a lost item. The museum staff in the cloakroom were terrible and obstructed the return
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
Responded 2 Mar 2020
We are so happy that you enjoyed the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Massimo and we'll be sure to let him know how much you loved his tour. We thank you also for the recognition of our team's efforts to help you retrieve your lost property. With the language and cultural differences, we know how daunting even the simpliest things can be. We're glad that we could help. Thank you again for your lovely praise Angelo and Kristin
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The Kehoes wrote a review Feb 2020
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My husband & I had the pleasure of doing this tour yesterday morning with Davide! He was very knowledgeable, funny, and you could tell he was passionate about what he was doing. We had a wonderful time! The small group was so worth it — would definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Responded 2 Mar 2020
We do certainly appreciate your nice review and recommendation of our Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and we will be sure to let Davide know how much you enjoyed him as your guide. Many thanks, once again Angelo and Kristin
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