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Vatican Behind the Scenes Walking Tour

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Starting from $349 USD / Adult
Discover the monumental history, priceless treasures and secret corners of Vatican City on an exclusive insider’s tour. Go places few ever visit, exploring restricted areas and skipping long lines for a truly immersive look at the world’s smallest state. By special permission, you’ll enter the city to witness the Pope Emerito House, Vatican Radio Station, the Pope’s former Summer Residence, a piece of wall of Berlin which was sent to the Vatican to witness the re-unification of the city and other landmarks. After going behind the scenes at the Vatican City enjoy the Vatican Museum, exploring the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Candelabras, and other exhibits of priceless art. Enter the Sistine Chapel and gaze up at the storied ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Once inside St. Peter’s Basilica witness his masterful Pieta, sculpted from Carrera marble, and stand before the elaborately carved Bernini Pulpit. After the visit of the Vatican City, unwind over a three-course Italian lunch at a local restaurant in Rome – a heavenly experience in its own right.
  • Gain special access to the smallest state in the world and follow your Vatican Guide on a walking tour inside Vatican City.
  • Skip the long lines at Vatican Museum and enjoy an unforgettable look at its priceless treasures including the Sistine Chapel.
  • Step inside St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church on earth, and admire the world renowned “Pietà” by Michelangelo.
What to bringShow
  • KeyCard and photo identification
  • Camera
  • Sun protection
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Local currency
  • Water bottle
What to wearShow
  • Walking shoes
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Conservative attire required
Important notesShow
  • Guests must be able to walk approximately 3 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with approximately 250 steps and extended periods of standing. Inside Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica there is an itinerary dedicated to visitors in wheelchairs, however they will not be able to hear a large portion of the commentary from their guide.
  • Guests in wheelchairs and those with limited mobility should not select this tour. The Vatican Gardens are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Guests may be required to check large backs, backpacks, purses, video cameras and other items at designated checkpoints. This tour utilizes an audio system that provides guests with headset units to better hear guide narration. Units are to be returned at the conclusion of tour program. A charge of EURO 50.00 will be charged to guest for any missing device.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica may be closed or restricted due to services or special events without previous notice. In such case an outdoor explanation will be given and guests may enter on their own if permitted.
  • Should wait times to enter St. Peter’s Basilica exceed 45 minutes, an outdoor explanation will be given. These safety precautions are beyond the control of the local tour operator. Guests will be provided with provided with extra shopping or free time to compensate for not entering the Basilica.
  • Due to recent world events, higher than normal security measures may be in place.
  • Tour sequence may vary.
  • Conservative attire required. No shorts or tank tops. No exposed knees or shoulders. Tour does not operate on Wednesdays, Sundays or religious holidays. Drive to and from Vatican City is approximately 1.5 hours each way.
Location Civitavecchia, ItalyCivitavecchia, Italy
Tour Code CV8LCV8L
Duration10.50 Hours10.50 Hours
Activity Level#Strenuous#Strenuous
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