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PRIVATE TOUR OF VATICAN MUSEUM, ST. PETER'S BASILICA & SISTINE CHAPEL: 10 Hours        


PRIVATE VATICAN TOURS WITH VATICAN MUSEUM, SISTINE CHAPEL, AND ST. PETER'S BASILICA - CIVITAVECCHIA SHORE EXCURSIONS

PRIVATE VATICAN TOURS FROM CIVITAVECCHIA WHICH INCLUDE PRIVATE ROUNDTRIP  TRANSPORTATION FROM THE PORT OF CIVITAVECCHIA TO ROME AND BACK.

Private Vatican Tour Includes:  Entrance tickets to Vatican museum, private roundtrip transfers (Rome – Civitavecchia); licensed expert tour guide for the Vatican; taxes; and parking.  NOTE: No transportation provided once in the city center. Meeting place in Rome at the end of the day will be established.

Note: Dress code (covered knees and shoulders) to enter St. Peter's Cathedral is strictly enforced. 

Days closed:  The Vatican museum is closed on Sundays, except the last Sunday of the month.  Expect large crowds then.  The Cathedral is also closed every Wednesday because of the scheduled “Audience with the Pope.”

Duration: 3 hours to see sights with expert tour guide. You will then have as much time as you want on your own in Rome to explore, have lunch, shop in the stores around the Spanish Steps, and visit famous sights like the Trevi Fountain. Option:  Additional time with guide for a longer tour of the sites or if you do not want to explore Rome on your own.

Your private tour of the “Holy See” starts with a tour of the Vatican Museum. The Vatican houses the wealthiest private collection of masterpieces, showcased in rooms with walls decorated by Raffaello.  The real masterpiece, however, is next door: Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel, which unexpectedly revolutionized the world's idea of art. The chapel is still shaping the future of the Papacy: this is where the cardinals lock themselves in to elect a new Pope after the former one has passed away.

Your private Vatican tour ends with St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world.  The magnificent and breathtaking complex spans back to 4th century BC, when it was commissioned by Emperor Constantine, though the new cathedral took over 100 years and all of Italy’s greatest artists to build it.  The basilica’s vast collection of art includes masterpieces by Bernini, Baldacchino and Michelangelo.

Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rome on your own, and visit the famous piazzas or relax in a café or trattoria before returning to dock.

 

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