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Vatican Tours Beyond the Velvet Rope
Millions visit the Vatican every year for its Renaissance masterpieces and timeless architecture, but the city-state offers unforgettable experiences more than its often-packed museums. Go beyond the usual and escape the crowds to uncover the Vatican’s best hidden gems in style. See St. Peter’s tomb on an immersive Vatican Scavi tour, explore the majestic Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, indulge in a hearty breakfast at the Vatican Museums before it opens, and more!
1. Go on a Vatican Necropolis tour to find an ancient city of the dead in the excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica and see the mausoleum of the first pope
2. Enjoy access to the original Bramante Staircase, which is usually closed to the public, and marvel at its innovative design
3. Conquer the tallest dome in the world with a St. Peter’s Dome climb for a bird's eye view of Vatican City from the cupola
4. Dig deep into St Peter’s Basilica’s rich history with a Vatican Crypts visit and pay respects to the Catholic leaders laid to rest at the papal tombs
5. Watch the sunrise as you enjoy breakfast at the Pinecone Courtyard before the Vatican Museum opens to the public
6. See the Holy Father in person at the Papal Audience with Pope Francis and hear his themed message
7. Delve into Roman history as you go beneath Vatican Hill and visit the Via Triumphalis Necropolis, opened only in 2013
8. Beat the crowds and the heat with an after-hours Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour—only available for selected days in the year
9. Admire Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes in peace and quiet, just like it's meant to be, with a Sistine Chapel tour before it opens to the public
10. Board an electric train from Vatican City to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo and retrace the 500-year heritage of the papacy at the Papal Apartments.

    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Grab the rare opportunity to see Pope Francis with Papal Audience tickets. Get the best seats available as you witness the Pope address the crowd with a speech, prayers and a homily.
  2. Hear the Holy Father's message with pre-booked Papal Audience tickets! Avoid the hassle of booking and claiming the in-demand invitations on this stress-free experience. Follow your guide to an optimum location for the best view of Pope Francis.
  3. Bask in Michelangelo's famed frescoes with early entry Sistine Chapel tickets, which allows you access 30 minutes before the public. Bypass lines and discover the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica, arguably the most important church in Christianity.
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    2.5 hour(s) (morning)
  4. Get ahead of the pack and see Michelangelo's iconic frescoes in peace and quiet with early access Sistine Chapel tickets. Explore the chapel 1.25 hours before the public, then take in Renaissance sculptures and paintings with Vatican Museums tickets.
    English Available