This itinerary brings you to the most important places around the Vatican: St Peter's Basilica, one of the four papal basilicas in Rome, St Peter's Square, the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Grottoes.
Since all the locations are in the Vatican City and very close, it is absolutely necessary to walk from one place to another
It takes about 8 hours to visit all the locations mentioned, depending on the amount of time you decide to stop in each place.
The day begins from the subway station "Ottaviano" (Line A). Walking only about 100 metres, you’ll get to the heart of St Peter's Square. The square is dedicated to St Peter and is a great example Baroque style architecture. The square has an oval shape with the Vatican obelisk in the centre. The square is also surrounded by a large colonnade architrave and every Sunday is filled with the faithful who come from all over the world to attend Mass given by the Pope. After taking in the sights of the square, we suggest you to continue on with a visit to St Peter's Basilica, built over St Peter's tomb. The Basilica can accommodate 20,000 people, and is one of the largest religious buildings in the world. Its interior is characterized by elaborate mosaics and famous works of art, such as Bernini's Canopy and the statue of the Pietà by Michelangelo. Our itinerary continues with the visit to the Vatican Grottoes, located under the floor of the 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 in the Vatican Grottoes. Then you can continue on to the Vatican Museums where you will have the opportunity to visit several museums and showcases including 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 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 of course, Michelangelo. The inside is divided into four parts: the False Drapes, the Stories of Moses (south walls) and Christ (north faces) and the Portraits of Popes (walls north and south).
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