Looking for a short and sweet tour of the Vatican? Then the Sistine Chapel Early Access & St Peter’s Express Tour is perfect for you. The only group tour offering Early Access Sistine Chapel tickets guarantees that you get into the Sistine Chapel 15 minutes before other tour groups and 1 hour 15 minutes before the general public, it focuses only on the biggest highlights of the Vatican, perfect for those with limited time.
With no endless queues and crowds, you will not only have a detailed, but one of the best experiences of the sights. The guide will lead you to the majestic Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Every corner of the chapel is decorated; with mosaics on the floor and intricate frescoes on the wall painted by the early Renaissance artists. Feast your eyes on Michelangelo’s luminous paintings on the ceiling and behind the altar and soak in the enormity of Michelangelo's Creation frescoes on the barrel-vaulted ceiling with the figures exuding strength and elegance. Contrary to the optimism and elegance of the ceiling, Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, which he painted on the back wall a decade later, is darker and pessimistic.
With Skip-the-Line Access you will gain direct entry from the Sistine Chapel to the world’s largest church, the St. Peter’s Basilica. Built on the site of St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica has been the centre of the Catholic faith and is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Dating back to almost 2000 years and built over a span of almost 100 years by the greatest Italian architects of the time, the major highlights of the church are its masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pietà, the Papal altar and Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion in the Throne of St. Peter.
After exploring the main level of the Basilica, your tour escort will lead you down to the Crypts of the Popes, housed in the space between the older 4th century Basilica and St. Peter’s, which was built on top of it. In the final lap of your tour, the guide will lead you outside the entrance of the Basilica, leading on to Bernini’s architectural masterpiece, St. Peter’s Square, which is an elliptical esplanade bordered by a massive colonnade with 140 beautiful statues depicting different saints and sculpted by various artists of the 17th century.
A treasure trove for art enthusiasts and history aficionados alike, this fast paced tour fits perfectly into your hurricane travel routine all while giving you an exhaustive experience of the Vatican.
Small groups of 20 people or fewer Access to the Vatican Museums 15 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour, 15 minutes before the general public Expert, English-speaking tour guide Skip the line to St Peter Basilica Visit to the Crypts beneath the Basilica
Gratuities Hotel pick-up/drop-off Food/Beverages
This service ends at St. Peter's Square at around 9:30 am.
This tour is, unfortunately, not suitable for customers with wheelchairs, walking disabilities, strollers or baby carriages.
St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be closed sometimes due to religious ceremonies. In such a scenario, we will provide you with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or an alternative.
We try our best to inform all our dear travellers of unforeseen closures in advance. However, we hope you understand that it may not always be possible since these are administrative decisions that may occur suddenly. Please remember that in such a context, we would, unfortunately, not be able to refund you for the cancelled tour.
Both tours were great. The tour guide was oriented to the group needs and knew a lot of stories and facts about the places we visited.
I loved my visit to the Vatican City, and I am very glad that I paid extra to visit early , and beat the crowds. When we finished the queue was so long. Our guide spoke...
New Zealand, 09/Sep/2015
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