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By Viator, December 2014

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Of the global cultural wonders which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, only one represents an entire country: Vatican City. The world’s smallest sovereign state is – as well as being the spiritual home of the world’s billion or so Catholics – an incomparable storehouse of artistic treasures.

It’s also one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, so a pre-booked ticket which takes you to the head of the line is a must. Once you’ve mounted the remarkable double helix stairs at the entrance to the Vatican Museums, a unique overview of the origins and development of Western art awaits you. It’s a journey which takes you from fine Greek and Roman statuary to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, the undisputed masterpiece of the Renaissance, and on to contemporary ecclesiastical works.

And that’s before you’ve even stepped inside the colossal house of worship that is St Peter’s Basilica, with Michelangelo’s Pietà and countless other sacred works all guarding the tomb of the Apostle Peter. You can explore this all on your own, but to get the most out of your Vatican venture you can take a tour for anything from two hours to a comprehensive eight-and-a-half hour tour which extends to the other great Roman basilicas: Santa Maria Maggiore, St Paul and St John Lateran.

Or what about a special two-hour private evening tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel? With an expert guide you’ll discover centuries of magnificent art, crowned by the brilliantly restored Sistine frescoes – without the crowds.

After your tour you can buy Vatican postage stamps or use an ATM in Latin (although on second thoughts you should be pretty confident of your Latin if you’re going to do that). If time (and energy) allows, climb to the top of the basilica’s cupola, the tallest dome in the world. From there you can see the stunning Vatican gardens and the great landmarks of the Eternal City beyond.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15155 Reviews

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 $76.43

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 810 Reviews

Vatican City’s most comprehensive introduction combining two walking tours to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $122.17

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 195 Reviews

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives ...  Read more

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

From USD $413.50

Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

4.5 star rating: Recommended 520 Reviews

Book your ticket for a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I in the Vatican City. The Papal Audience tickets are free of charge but you must reserve them. This ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.86

Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 100 Reviews

Visit the Sistine Chapel before the doors are opened to the public, and see its Renaissance treasures without the crowds! After gazing in wonder at ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.40

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including views from the Top of the Cupola

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

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 $56.39

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