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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 30 minutes before other tour groups and 1 hour 30 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. 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. 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.
About the Supplier: City Wonders are leaders in Italy tours and experiences. Their tours are insightful and entertaining with expert guides taking you around the city’s known as well as offbeat attractions. They believe in having a small group size to provide intimate experiences in all major cities of Italy.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet, you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.Because of the attraction's popularity, large numbers of people visit each day. For any last minute changes, time changes or other updates please visit the attraction website.
During Papal Audience, access to St. Peter’s Basilica may be affected. Worry not as none of your tour durations gets affected! Our guides will segregate entire duration between other attractions of the itinerary perfectly to ensure you have the best experience!
There will be airport-style security checks. All visitors and their small-medium sized bags will be screened. Liquids, large bags, or sharp items are not allowed and must be left in cloakroom.
Please carry your valid ID/passport. Failure to do may result in denied entry. Pacemakers should carry their certification as well.
Those with a disability and their attendant / companion go free with a disability certificate that you must present at the museum's Special Permit or Reception Desk.
Both men and women MUST have knees and shoulders covered. Failure to comply may result in denied entry.