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Your tour with us starts by entering the Vatican through our exclusive Reserved Access. Inside you will see the countless artifacts and treasures of this world-famous Museum at an unhurried pace on our Complete Vatican Tour.
Your guide will give you in-depth details behind the architecture and works of art on view. You’ll be led through the Pinacoteca, the usually neglected Vatican Paintings Gallery. This gem is often bypassed as eager tourists race from the doors to the Sistine Chapel. Inside, you’ll see artworks from Raphael, Caravaggio, and even a rare Da Vinci while your guide will fill you in on how each of them represents the progression of art in Western Civilisation.
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You will also have the unique opportunity in the Vatican Museums to walk up the original Bramante Staircase. You can leave the crowds in the public corridors and escape to the balcony for some Instagram friendly shots over the city. This was the original entrance to the Papal apartments and was built to support horse and carriages although it is no longer used.
You’ll also explore the remarkable Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. As there is no guiding allowed in the Chapel your guide will have prepared you in advance with the background material and details necessary to understand the magic of the frescoes. Along with these famed highlights you’ll also be shown through hundreds of pre-Christian statues, fantastically detailed hand-drawn wall maps of Italy and hanging tapestries designed by Raphael and weaved by craftsmen in Northern Europe.
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After the Sistine Chapel, you can use our Skip-the-Line Access for instant access to St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest cathedral. You can use your extra time here to enjoy the stunning baroque altar, identify the hand-carved name on Michelangelo’s ‘Pietá’ and descend beneath the altar to the crypts where the Popes are buried.
Over the course of four and a half hours, you’ll gain a complete understanding of one of the world’s oldest art collections and see the Vatican treasures as very few do. Please join us for a journey of discovery on our most complete tour of the Vatican.
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