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Distance: 1 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

This route allows you to learn more about St Peter's Basilica which is one of the four papal basilicas in Rome, St Peter's Square, the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Grottoes.
It i s highly recommended to walk from one place to another since all the locations are in the Vatican City.
Time Required:
It takes about 8 hours to visit the locations mentioned, depending on how much time you decide to stop in each place.
This itinerary starts from the subway station "Ottaviano" (Line A). From here take Via Ottaviano, crossing the intersection with Via Stefano Porcari (Piazza Risorgimento) and continue straight on Via di Porta Angelica. Less than 100 metres at the end of the street and you’ll get to the heart of the St Peter's Square. The square is dedicated to St Peter and is a great example of Baroque architecture. The square is also surrounded by a large colonnade and every Sunday it is filled with the faithful who come from all over the world to attend the Mass given by the Pope. The Vatican tour continues with a visit to St Peter's Basilica, characterized by a vast mosaic and important works such as the Canopy by Bernini and the statue of the Pietà by Michelangelo. Our itinerary continues with a visit to the Vatican Grottoes, located under the floor of St Peter’s Basilica. The grottoes contain chapels dedicated to different saints, tombs of kings and queens, and popes from the tenth century onwards. The tombs of Popes Paul VI (1978) and John Paul II (2005) are located here. Then you can continue to the Vatican Museums which house the Gregorian Egyptian museum, the Etruscan Museum, and the Art Gallery. The itinerary continues with a visit to the Pio Clementino Museum, the Galleries of the Chandeliers, the Tapestries and the Maps. Do not miss the Stanze di Raffaello, the great four rooms decorated by the master and his pupils, and chosen as the Papal Residence. Finally you get to the Sistine Chapel, one of the most beautiful sights in the world, which takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV. The beautiful frescoed walls of the Sistine Chapel are the work of great artists such as Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Rosselli and many others. The panels are divided into 4 sectioned themes: the False Drapes, the Stories of Moses (south walls) and Christ (north faces) and the Portraits of Popes (walls north - south).