Vatican Museums & St Peter's Basilica

  • Port

    Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD

    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 8¼ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Don't miss this perfect introduction to the sovereign State of the Vatican.

Come explore the richest storehouse of art in the entire world at the Vatican Museums. As you walk through one room after another in the Vatican, you will be awed by the size and scope of the incredible collections displayed in the Tapestry and Geographical Maps Galleries, and the Candelabra Gallery.

Reach the Sistine Chapel, perhaps the most famous church in the world, which holds a priceless collection of masterpieces by Botticelli, Signorelli, Perugino, and, of course, Genesis and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo Buonarroti, who spent four grueling years painting 10,000 square feet of the chapel's ceiling. Enter the vast expanse of St Peter's Square, which can hold more than 300,000 people.

Pass through the embracing arms of Bernini's colonnade and enter St Peter's Basilica, Christendom's largest church. To appreciate its enormity, look at the metal markers on the floor inside showing the comparative lengths of other churches and cathedrals. Suspended over the altar, where the Pope celebrates mass, is the gilded papal canopy called the Baldacchino, created by Bernini in the 17th century. In the apse is the splendid gilt and bronze throne, also designed by Bernini. Then view one of the best-known pieces of sculpture in the world -- the Pietà, Michelangelo's masterpiece in white marble.

A delicious Italian lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant.

En route back to the pier, you will enjoy a brief panoramic drive through the city, which will take you by the most fascinating sights in town: Barberini Square with the Triton Fountain; Via Veneto -- a very elegant street, with the most fashionable sidewalk cafés, expensive shops, luxurious hotels; the Forum; the Colosseum -- arguably the most Roman of Imperial Monuments; Circus Maximus, where chariot races took place during the Roman Empire and immortalized in the movie Ben Hur; and Palatine Hill with the Residence of Roman Emperors. Driving along the old Ostiense Way, cross the ancient borders of the city and pass through the Aurelian Walls. Pass St Paul's Gate and the Pyramid of Caius Cestius and end your tour at the pier in Civitavecchia.

Notes:

The visit to the Vatican Museums is not a private visit. Modest attire is required for visiting churches or cathedrals; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; shorts and capri pants are not allowed. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience; each guest is responsible for returning his/her headset after the tour. Missing headsets incur a €50 fee. You must pass through metal detectors at the Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica. Large bags or umbrellas, bottled water, video cameras, knives or scissors must be checked at the security checkpoints. Large backpacks or bags cannot be taken inside Vatican Museums. Flash photography is not allowed in the Vatican Museums. Photography and video are not allowed in the Sistine Chapel. You will encounter lines and delays -- your patience is appreciated. Tour groups are not allowed inside St Peter's Basilica during religious services; however, entry will be allowed on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and reverently. Only a certain number of visitors are allowed inside St Peter's Basilica at any one time; group access can be delayed. If your guide determines that the wait to enter St Peter's is longer than 45 minutes, you will forego the inside visit your guide will provide you with a full explanation and description while outside. More time for shopping or exploring independently will be substituted. The basilica can close for security reasons at any time; this is particularly relevant on Wednesdays when the Pope chooses to hold a mass service in St Peter's Square. Tour requires extensive walking (more than a mile) on even and uneven terrain and cobblestones with more than 250 steps at the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Inside the Vatican Museums, the wheelchair-accessible route differs from the route taken by the group, meaning that guests using a wheelchair will miss some of the guide's commentary. Tour does not operate on Sundays or religious holidays. On April 14, 2018 the tour route and duration may be affected by the Grand Prix street closures; your patience with any delays is greatly appreciated.