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Best Vatican Tours - Your options when visiting the Vatican City and Museums

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Date: 2014-05-06 15:08:27


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The Best Vatican Tours -  The Vatican museums attracts around 5 million visitors per year and is the home of the Christian church. Visitors flock from all over the world to visit Rome and the Vatican City in particular. When visiting the Vatican City you need to know that there are many different aspects of what you can come to see and do. The Vatican City in the main consists of the Vatican Museums which is one of the largest museums in the world and the largest when taking talking about religious artifacts. The museums hold work of many of the greatest artists such as Michelangelo and Rafael. Inside the Vatican Museums you will also find the Sistine Chapel.

When visiting the Vatican Museums you have quite a few options of how to do it.


1. Take a group tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica

Book a group Vatican Museums tour in which you will join a group of usually no more than 25 people on a tour of the Vatican Museums with a visit to the Sistine Chapel and also to St Peter's Basilica. The group tour of the Vatican Museums will include the VIP skip the line tickets so you will enter with your guide without having to wait in the long lines and also pass the lines of the Basilica when passing from the Sistine Chapel to St Peters. The tour will include headphones so you will not have to stand right next to the guide to hear what is being explained. The group tour will take approx 3 hours and finishing in Piazza San Pietro. Tours depart daily except sundays in the morning at 09:30 and after lunch at 13:30. For further info and to book your Vatican Museums tour

"The Vatican tour was a wonderful touristic experience thanks to the knowledge and historical narration of the guide. Sometimes we had to stop to listen to important information that prepares us to the next scenes, organized by our guides, we were able to understand and savor the beauty of the art works and feel the value of holy temples and their origin in a brilliant presentation style.rnAll the tour starting from reception at AroundRomeTours till the end is well organized and gives a continuous flavor of discovery and excellence"
Toufic Msayleb

2. Take a Semi Private Tour of the Vatcan Museums and St Peter's Basilica

Vatican Museums Semi Private tour is designed to those who dont want to join a huge group on the tour of the Vatican Museums. The Semi private tour will have a maximum of 10 guests therefore offering a more personal feel to the tour with more interaction with your tour guide and more opportunity to ask questions. The semi private tour will cost a little more than the standard group tour but depends really if you prefer a more intimate service. The Semi private tour of the Vatican Museums will take the same route as the group tour visiting the Galleries, Tapestries, the Pincone courtyard, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Tours depart monday through Saturday at 09:30 and 13:30. For bookings see Vatican Museums Semi Private tour

"I travelled with my kids and found the guide to be excellent, as she catered to their interests from the start. We would recommend this semi-private tour as it was the perfect way to understand the history of such a magnificent place. Our guide made the place come alive with her great knowledge of information and allowed us to gain a great understanding of how , why and what had happened over a great period of time"
Kelly F

3. Take a Private Tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica

For those of you with the budget permitting a Vatican Museums Private Tour with the full VIP service taking the special VIP tickets and entering the Vatican Museums passing the lines you will have your own guide inside so if you wish to spend more time in a specific part of the museums you can as the guide is there at your disposition. Some guests choose to spend extra time in the tombs of the Popes or maybe extended time the Sistine Chapel or the Rafael rooms which are not included in the normal group tour of the Vatican Museums. On a private tour the more of you the better price on offer. If you can afford it its definately the way to go to learn about the history inside Vatican Museums. To make a booking see Vatican Museums Private Tour


"We made the Private Tour and it was a great idea. We loved the way that Sabrina explaned to us everything inside of the Museums and the Basilica. Very nice tour."
Igor Levin

4. Take the Skip the line Vatican Museums Ticket

If your not interested in taking a guided tour of the museums you can take into consideration the Vatican Museums Skip the line ticket. If you didn't already know the Vatican Museums only have one entrancee therefore the lines can become seriously long especially in peak periods, summertime and around religious festivals. Usually when the museums are closed, the next day is especially full. So if you want to avoid the lines and have a short time in Rome and want to maximize what you can see the Skip the line ticket is the way to go.  You can book your tickets here Vatican Museums Skip the line ticket

"Very helpful at the agency as we were lost ! The visit to the Vatican and skip the line was brilliant/amazing."
Susan maguire

5. Take the Papal Audience and the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Tour

On wednesdays at the Vatican when the Pope is in town there is the chance to take part in an Audience with the Pope and Vatican Tour. The audience with the pope usually starts at around 10:30 however due to the huge crowds you will need to get there early to get a seat / close to the Pope himself. The audience can only be attended by those who have the ticket. The ticket for the audience is free however the problem is that you would need to go the day before to stand in line for sometimes upto 2-3 hours to collect your ticket. Therefore you can take this special offer full day tour in which you can collect your audience with the pope tickets in the morning of the audience without have to wait in lines, go to see the audience in the morning, have time for some lunch afterwards and then join a group tour of the Vatican museums in the afternoon at 13:30. For only €55 euros this full day Vatican experience is a great deal and you can book it here Audience with the Pope and Vatican Tour

"An unbelievable day. We got to see and hear the pope make his audience speech which was a dream come true! Then we had lunch which the tour company has a deal with a local restuarante Aldo. The food was delicious. After lunch we met the guide at the restaurant who took us on a tour of the museums and st Peter's which is amazing and the guide Irene was so so good."                                     

 Christine Ripley






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