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  • Address: Musei Vaticani Viale Vaticano
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With all the treasures in the Vatican Museums, it's easy to forget that one of Michelangelo's most beautiful sculptures, La Pieta, is a short distance away in St Peter's Basilica. It doesn't even require an entry fee.

The term 'pieta' is applied to any depiction of the Virgin Mary holding the body of Jesus after he was pulled down from the cross. Michelangelo's La Pieta, carved in the late 1490s, was originally part of a funerary monument to a French cardinal, but was moved in the 18th century to its current location just inside the entrance of St Peter's Basilica.

For many years, visitors could get very close to La Pieta, but in 1972, a man attacked the sculpture with a hammer. Some pieces were never recovered, including Mary's nose, which was reconstructed from a piece of marble cut out of the back of the statue. Since the incident, large bulletproof glass has stood to keep the public a safe distance away from the masterpiece.

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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica with Audio Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City entering with a priority-access ticket, the self-guided tour lets you decide what you want to visit and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $21.34

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

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See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! After paying your entrance fee ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.84

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Views from the Top of the Dome

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Skip the line to St Peter's Basilica with a guided walking tour and a visit to the cupola. Ride an elevator to the cupola and admire the mosaic designs of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.07

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.45
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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

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What better way to see the Vatican than with your own private guide? Do just that on this 3-hour walking tour, and explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.43

Rome Card and Omnia Vatican Card: Valid for 3 Days

4.5 star rating: Recommended 336 Reviews

Explore Rome and Vatican City at ease with the Rome Card and Omnia Vatican card – two must-have 3-day sightseeing passes that include entry to selected ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $124.59

Rome Combo: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and Colosseum Walking Tour

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Experience Rome’s headline acts, the Vatican and the Colosseum, on this full-day combo, made even better by fast-track, skip-the-line access to both ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $136.12

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