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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

1. Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter's

2. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter's

Discover the art collection inside the Vatican Museums on a tour with an art historian guide, with an optional entry to Castle Gandolfo and skip-the-line access to St Peter's Basilica for visits before lunchtime. Walk through the galleries and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel.  Meet your guide, an art historian who will tell you all about the masterpieces you will be encountering. Hear fascinating facts and stories as you visit the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Round off the tour with by encountering the marvels of the Sistine Chapel, complete with frescoes by Michelangelo. Be awed by coming face-to-face with Michelangelo’s most famous artwork: The Last Judgement. On tours before 2:30 PM, take advantage of skip-the-line access to St. Peter's Basilica. You can also make the most of your experience by taking advantage of additional entry to Castle Gandolfo (if option selected).

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Uncover the secrets within the walls of the Castel Sant'Angelo, a historic mausoleum that's now a museum on the Tiber River's right bank. Explore one of the lesser-known gems of Rome with fast-track entry tickets and enjoy views of the city from above. Upgrade your visit to include an audio guide.  Skip the lines and walk inside to browse through the artifacts that narrate the building's many transformations. First erected to be a monumental tomb, then a fortress during the medieval ages, and a defensive post for barbarian invasions, the castle will offer you new insights into Roman history. Explore the 5 floors of the museum heading towards a spiral ramp, then see the cells and the rooms that served as a Papal residence, as well as a chamber of ashes where you can marvel at the remains of iconic Roman characters and frescoes preserved perfectly. End this informative trip on the Castle’s astonishing roof terrace and have a picturesque view of the whole city. Be prepared to spot Vatican City, the Tiber River, and the famous Bridge of Angels.

Vatican City: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

4. Vatican City: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Learn the fascinating history and facts about these sites from your licensed guide, marvel at the frescoes, and leave the tour with a wealth of information. First, your local guide will show you around the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Marvel at the ornate ceilings, ancient statues, and intricate tapestries found throughout the Vatican Museums including an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by Michelangelo. Visit the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and see the Creation of Adam in real life. Listen as your guide tells you about Michelangelo’s private jokes and secret messages that were hidden amongst the painted frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel

Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

5. Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

Embark on an educational adventure with a tour of the most important sites in Rome — ideal for introducing you to the history of the city. Get preliminary information from a short video, and then set off on foot to see the Forum, Palantine Hill, and take a tour of the Colosseum. Start your experience at the local partner's Touristation office, where you'll pick up your tickets and enjoy a 25-minute multimedia video about ancient Rome. With your ticket, discover the Archaeological park: Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum. Visit the Roman Forum where everyday Roman citizens used to live, see the tomb of emperor Julius Caesar, and explore the ancient ruins at your own pace. Your ticket also includes entrance to Palatine Hill, the site of the foundation of Rome, and the settlement of the most important houses of emperors and kings. Located just feet away from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximum, it is the centermost of the 7 hills of Rome. After the Archaeological area visit, enter one of the world's most famous monuments — the Colosseum. As you explore the immense amphitheater — the largest ever built by the Roman Empire — imagine the gladiator fights and public spectacles that took place in the arena. The entrance to the Colosseum will take place approximately 2 hours after your tour begins.

Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour with Basilica Entry

6. Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour with Basilica Entry

Experience the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entrance on a guided tour. Learn about the secrets behind the artwork and buildings from your professional tour guide. Explore St. Peter's Basilica without waiting to enter.  Discover the Vatican Museums, the second most visited in Europe after the Louvre in Paris. Take in the 4 miles and whopping 20,000 works of art that the Vatican Museums offer for an immersive experience.   Immerse yourself in one of the world's great museum complexes, with over 20,000 works of art on display. Stroll through the 24 galleries to experience the famous sculptures and masterworks on display. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel and see works by master painters such as Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli, Signorelli, and, of course, Michelangelo. After your guided tour has concluded, skip the line to enter St.Peter's Basilica and experience its grandeur on your own.

St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

7. St. Peter's Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

Admire the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica in the company of an art historian tour guide. Go up to the summit to take in spectacular panoramic views, and learn about the artistic and architectural significance of the basilica. Meet your art historian guide in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into Vatican City. In the basilica, take the elevator part of the way up and then climb the remaining 171 steps. You can climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey up with frequent stops. At the summit, witness the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. Take as many photographs as you can because you are very high and will be able to see for a long distance. Return to ground level, and take a break before entering St. Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this triumph of architecture, where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the necropolis of St. Peter. 

Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide

8. Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide

Explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of Rome's most famous and magnificent sites with an official audio guide. Marvel at the iconic masterpieces of the church while hearing about Roman history.  St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican is the primary temple of Christianity and is built in the Renaissance style, with a central dome dominating the skyline of Rome. As you enter the church, you will see that its interior is much bigger than those of any other cathedral. Using an official audio guide of the Basilica, you can start your visit at any point of the church, without having to follow the order dictated by the presence of a guide. The audio guide is available through an app on your phone, which you can download to your smartphone ahead of your visit. Or, if you prefer to use a traditional audio guide, you can request one by showing your booking voucher at the reception desk located in the atrium of the Basilica. You can decide, for example, to begin with, the heart of the Basilica, beneath the high altar and the Bernini's Baldachin, where you will discover the “Confession” or “Chapel of the Confession”, in reference to the confession of faith by St. Peter, which led to his martyrdom and burial place. You may choose to end with "La Pietà", the masterpiece of Michelangelo Buonarroti, or with the St. Peter's bronze statue (so worshipped by all the pilgrims visiting over the centuries).

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

9. Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

Join an expert guide and discover the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, designed purely for pleasure by Emperor Nero. Hear about the history of the site and its former riches on a walking tour. Meet your guide at the meeting point and exchange your voucher for your entrance tickets. Then, enter the Domus Aurea and discover what must have been one of the most aesthetically overwhelming buildings ever created, home to luxuries like mosaics, marble furnishings, and even a rotating dining room. As you walk with your official guide, learn about the extravagance of Nero and the Golden House, which included a colossal 120-foot statue of Nero in the vestibule. Marvel at the tales of luxury in a house where everything was coated with gold and adorned with gems, shells, and ivory. Find out about the on-site lake, fields, vineyards, pastures, and woods filled with all kinds of wild and domestic animals. At the end of your tour, you'll understand why Nero was so pleased with the house, declaring, "Finally I begin to live in a house worthy of a man."

Rome: Pantheon Self-Guided Audio Tour Application

10. Rome: Pantheon Self-Guided Audio Tour Application

Enjoy an audio smartphone app with historical information about the Pantheon in Rome to make the most of your visit to the Pantheon. Download an informative audio guide to explore one of Rome’s most famous sites. Explore the Pantheon in Rome, originally built in 27 BCE, when it served as a temple dedicated to all the Gods of Ancient Rome; of the past, present and future. Learn about its history, like how in 609 CE, the Pantheon was converted into a Christian Church. Experience the Pantheon, the most ancient example of a pagan temple converted into a Christian church to survive into the modern day, almost entirely its original design, and enjoy information and facts from an audio app as you explore. Discover the legends and myths about the Pantheon, the history behind its Oculus, the eminent Tombs, and much more. Hear fascinating stories about the Pantheon's Dome and its Archaeoastronomical Story, the interior, and the pavement.

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based on 74,334 reviews

Skipping the line is a good thing, especially in hotel and sunny weather. Once inside we were sorry I did not order the audio guide for free, so I paid 8 € extra to get one and, then I was sorry to do it. Nobody needs the talk provided, trust me. Overa experience (all the crowds aside) is good. Can not imagine to do it with a living guide as we saw many people do - to herd crowds and talk and talk and talk. We did the mistake with guided tour through Colosseum. Without guide we would not be able to get in at all, so I shall not complain, but… Don't do it, simply book your tickets for less and earlier. Vatican - museum and the Sistine Chapel excellent, can not say about the gardens, didn't see any way in, so we did not care. Some gardens, no? No Pope poopin there anyway.

Vatican is a fascinating place of history, religion and art. Firstly, we thoroughly enjoyed an informative and relaxing bus tour through beautiful Vatican gardens. The Vatican Museum was big and busy. I wish we had a guided Museum tour rather than audio guides which we had to additionally hire in order to get some guidance. Audio guides were not very helpful, because we had to decide what to focus on and the information provided was not always engaging. Therefore, we stopped using audio guides and enjoyed the experience. For such a large museum I would prefer to have a guide who could select stops and give more relevant information. The Sistine Chapel was breathtaking. Vatican City is not to be missed.

Waking up early was definitely worth it. Meeting point easy to locate. Quick access & guided tour to Dom. Afterwards free time to explore the basilica and visit burial sites. Nice that they give head peaces to everyone therefore it was easy to orientate and stay with the group. Little lack of information regarding current Vatican traditions including Konklave or details about popes everyday life. A lot of historic facts which may not be interesting to everyone.

It was great! We collect the tickets at the office and after 30 minutes we went to the Colloseum. Some guide asked us if we have tickets and send us to white tent. We didn ´t wait in any queue. We go through the security control and than tickets check. There were a lot of people, but we need to see it!

Easy access to the Colosseum, very well explained by the agency.