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  • Address: Musei Vaticani Viale Vaticano, Rome, Province of Rome 00165, Italy
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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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Rome Squares and Fountains Walking Tour, Rome, null
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Rome Squares and Fountains Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 88 Reviews

Explore Rome's classical fountains and squares as you take this walking tour to see the city's baroque gems. On this tour, you'll visit some of Rome's most ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.66
Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour, Rome, Half-day Tours
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Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

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This comprehensive 3-hour Vatican tour includes Sistine Chapel, the extensive Vatican Museums and the ‘Vatacombs’ — the final resting place of many popes. ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.30
Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Views from the Top of the Dome, Rome, ... 
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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 $52.47
No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on a comprehensive 1.15-hour walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable Vatican guide, your tour starts with a ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $29.66
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade

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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this guided Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! See Raphael’s ...  Read more

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

From USD $65.71
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s and Sistine Chapel, Rome, ... 
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

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See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat ...  Read more

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

From USD $106.66
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour, Rome, ... 
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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 $39.01
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Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

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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 $111.22
Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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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 $112.17
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

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Enjoy a morning or afternoon of Vatican splendor on a 2-hours skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $73.01

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