Get more time to immerse yourself in the Vatican’s awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the museums and basilica.Learn about the history and people behind the art in the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Candelabra. Next, visit the magnificent Sistine Chapel and learn its story. See if you can spot Michelangelo’s self-portrait, which hints that he would rather be skinned alive than paint in the Sistine Chapel again. (After you learn what it took to create a fresco, you’ll understand why.)See the incredible altar and Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture, “La Pietà.”The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion, spot the balcony where the Pope delivers his public addresses, and take photos of the imposing exterior of the basilica.Bring your headphones with you, it's better to hear the audio guide. The tour is better to take place in the evening or in the early morning.