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Vatican tour booked - can I go to St Peters first?

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Vatican tour booked - can I go to St Peters first?

I have booked a guided tour for Vatican /Sistine chapel for 1.30 in the afternoon. Will I be able to go to St Peter's square first and have a look around the general area first. If so, how much time should I leave to get into the Vatican to begin my tour?

I am flying at 9pm that night so I wanted to spend all day there if possible.

Also I know I can skip the queue - is it obvious where to go, do you just walk past all the people queing and go straight to security of is there a seperate enterance?

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1. Re: Vatican tour booked - can I go to St Peters first?

You can visit the basilica at any time you wish buy you'll need to stand in the security line. It can take up to half an hour if the line is really long. You can spend as much time in the basilica as you wish but I would leave at least a half hour to forty five minutes before the start of your tour in order to get to where you need to be. Just follow the walls (and crowds) around to the door. Show the guard your reservation and he'll put you in at the door, which is the front of the line.


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2. Re: Vatican tour booked - can I go to St Peters first?

If you get there first thing it is much less busy. Leave it till 9.30 and all the coaches will have arrived!

There is the basilica and then another queue to go up the many steps to the top of the dome. People really do follow each other round like sheep so if you read up on it first and go where you want (rather than trailing round ) you can do it before the Vatican

it's fab but it'll be a long day so be prepared.

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