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Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and Basilica Small Group Tour

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    Your guide will meet you close to the entrance of the Vatican Museum and will facilitate the entrance with skip-the-line tickets. You will be provided with headsets so you can stroll up to each work of art at your own pace and still hear the guide clearly. We promise a guide with a clear diction.

    You will start the tour with the most impressive point - the Sistine Chapel, a sublime rendition of the divine where Michelangelo raised the bar of frescoing to an unprecedented level. This is the room where 700 years of history continue, where the Popes have been elected under lock and key. The highlight of the Chapel is fresco of the Creation of Adam.

    Moving to the Museum, you will now enter the Pinacoteca which holds the multi-million Euro Belgian tapestries woven with silk, gold and silver threads that were once hung on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, as well as paintings by Raphael. Admire the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in Rome – St. Jerome in the Wilderness.

    Switching frequencies from paintings to statues, you get to see an exact copy of Michelangelo's Pieta. The original statue is in the St. Peter’s Basilica and sheltered behind glass, making it difficult to observe details.

    The tour winds down to the Gallery of the Papal Carriages. On display are the regal carriages, palanquins, limos, pope mobiles from 1856 till 2005. The star attractions is the limousine gifted by Daimler Benz, but engineered by Mr. Ferdinand Porsche. You also get to see the Pope-mobile on which Pope John Paul II was shot on the fateful morning of 11th May 1981.

    Moving forward onto the Candelabra section you will see a collection of Greco Roman Statues of Artemis, Bacchus and many others, standing alongside enormous marble candle stands.

    On the left side of the Gallery of Tapestries you will notice works from Belgium representing a sequence from the life of Christ & the right side unveils pieces from the life of Pope Urban VII which were all made near Milan. Don’t forget to check out  the ceiling which looks sculpted but was actually frescoed. 

    The last part of your visit in the Vatican Museum is the Gallery of Maps, also known as being the longest corridor in the building. The maps which are 500 years old have a unique intentional mistake - are upside down as they are oriented towards Rome.

    The experience continues with  touring the St.Peter's Basilica. 186 meters long and 150 years of labor - this is the largest basilica in the world. Swirl around to admire the 11 domes, Bernini’s altar, Michelangelo's cupola and his Pieta. If you wish to be even more impressed, check out the paintings on the dome which are actually mosaics made of glass & ceramic. 

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    Reviewed 13 July 2019

    We recently (July 2019) took two small group tours with Europe Odyssey Tours. We could not have been more pleased!!! We took the Coliseum Tour in Rome and another day we took the Vatican Tour. Our tour guide, for both, was Rahul. He was magnificent....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Reviewed 23 May 2019 via mobile

    My husband and I booked Europe Odyssey Tours for our visit to the Vatican for our short stay in Rome for our honeymoon. It was hands down one of our favorite tours we took during our 3.5 week long honeymoon all over Italy. We signed...More

    Thank Climber286315
    Reviewed 8 February 2019

    Rahul, our guide, was exceptional in arranging the sequence of the tour. He was very eloquent and well versed with the History and Theology behind the art works and monuments around the vast complex. And as you pace with him from room to room, he...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank JoseRizal
    EuropeOdysseyTours, Tour Guide at Europe Odyssey Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2019

    Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your glowing comments. It was my pleasure to show your Mom in particular & the rest of the family around the my favourite place.in the city. I think your friendliness rubbed of to bring out the best in...More

    Reviewed 22 October 2018

    It would be an under statement to say that the tour was organised well. Starting from the selection of members of the group, the tour guide knowledge and indulgence in going into details and to answer individual queries ... all of it was perfect. We...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Arvind00009
    EuropeOdysseyTours, Public Relations Manager at Europe Odyssey Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the overall services we provide and definitely looking forward to having you back with us in Europe.

    Reviewed 2 September 2018

    This being our first visit to Italy, we were looking forward to enjoy as many places as possible. We had planned our Rome trip well in advance with Europe Odyssey Tours. The whole process of finalizing the Rome guided tour was very easy. We arrived...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank Madhu M
    EuropeOdysseyTours, Owner at Europe Odyssey Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

    Dear Madhu, Very kind of you to share your views on this forum. Kindest Regards

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    25 April 2018|
    Response from Allison L | Reviewed this property |
    With our Europe Odyssey Tour, our guide had a pass that allowed us to bypass the long line and go straight to the security check. We waited a maximum of 3 -5 minutes.
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