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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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    Choose between a morning or afternoon tour, climb aboard an air-conditioned coach near Rome's Termini station. Travel through the streets of the Eternal City, take in the views and hear fascinating commentary from your local guide. Pass through the Piazza del Popolo, cross the Tiber River, and spot the imposing Castel Sant' Angelo. 

    Alight from your coach and skip the line at the Vatican Museums, home to some of the world's most renowned and recognizable artworks. Follow your guide down Guiseppe Momo's bronze spiral staircase to learn about the Flemish tapestries that grace the walls and about how they were based on paintings by students of Raphael, the Renaissance-era painter whose wall frescos of angels and cherubs are also in the museum. Then, head to the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's famed fresco. 

    Next, follow on to St. Peter's Basilica to see another Michelangelo masterpiece: his amazing sculpture of La Pieta and discover the history of the church from your guide and hear little-known stories about the building and its construction. 

    Alternatively, upgrade to a full-day tour which combines the morning with a walking tour of Christian Rome in the afternoon. 

    Meet the guide and get ready for an engaging tour of Rome, seeing the most legendary Christian landmarks in this city. Stroll around Esquiline Hill, one of the city's famed seven hills, and home to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a massive church. Then head over to San Giovanni in Laterano, or St. John Lateran, a basilica that is the official church of the pope. Next door take a moment to see the Holy Steps, supposedly the staircase that was part of Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem, which Christ would have walked on for his trial. Today pilgrims ascend the 28 steps on their knees, saying a prayer for each step. 

    At the top of the steps in the Sancta Sanctorum, or Holy of Holies, a room that was once a depository for some of the holiest relics in Christendom. Objects included the heads of Sts. Peter and Paul, a chunk of wood from the table where the Last Supper was eaten, and the Holy Foreskin, the prepuce of Jesus, which was stolen in 1527 by a marauding German soldier in the Sack of Rome. (It ended up in the medieval hill town of Calcata, just north of the city.)

    Later head to the Appian Way, an ancient Roman road to visit some important early Christian churches, including the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, which boasts a cemented imprint of the ghost of Christ. Also visit some of the catacombs, burial grounds of the early Christian community. After exploring underground, visit the old spa ruins at the Baths of Caracalla, and then finish your tour with a hotel drop-off or a drop-off in town.
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    Departure Point
    Via Giovanni Amendola, 32, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
    Duration
    9h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Round-trip transport from Rome to Vatican City
    • Lunch (if option selected)
    • Hearphones
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican City
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks (if upgrade option not selected)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please note: This is a Multilingual Tour
    • By pre-booking this tour it enables you to skip the long lines (which can take up to two hours) to enter the Vatican Museums.
    • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.
    • A dress code is required to enter the Vatican Museums and knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements
    • Do you cater to wheelchair users? Do you or the Vatican provide wheelchairs? This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after entrance, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes.
    • This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties
    • Please note: If St Peter's Basilica cannot be visited because it is closed, you will spend more time in the Vatican Museums
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Truly skipping the line is a time saving event. Able to spend time looking around. Guide was very knowledgeable about location.
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    We spent the morning with Paola learning so much history and seeing many paintings and sculptures. She was very knowledgeable, and pleasant. We did the full day with lunch. The lunch was okay. They were accommodating since I don't eat beef or pork. So I had the chicken as my
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    Response from greenlinetours, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch
    Responded 16 Oct 2019
    Hello angielou141, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your experience. We appreciate your positive feedback about your experience. We are sorry but our tours did not include a stop at Appian way but the only panoramic view from the bus. We take pride in serving our customers and hope to see you again soon! Green Line Tours staff
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    I only bought the skip the line tickets, not the tour, of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, however, after meeting Valentina, I wish I would have paid for the tour with her. Valentina assisted my mom and I by holding our hands through the busy Rome street traffic all the way to
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    This tour was fine in the beginning but ended in terrible manner. The first issue was the tour guide’s ability to communicate was hampered by an Italian accent that was hard to understand. This lead to communication issue at the end. The tour guide said we had 20 minutes to
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    I normally love tour guides at museums but my experience with Green Line Tours at the Vatican in July, 2019 was the worst. In fairness it is overly crowded this time of year, but this tour makes a bad situation worse. First, avoid bilingual tours. Ours was Spanish and English
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