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Distance: 1 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

This tour will show you all about 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, this is a walking tour. Remember to wear comfortable shose!
Time Required:
It takes about 8 hours to visit all the sites mentioned, depending on the amount of time you decide to stop in each place.


This itinerary starts from the subway station "Ottaviano" (Line A). Walking down about a hundred meters, you’ll get to the heart of St Peter's Square. The square is dedicated to St Peter and is a great example of Baroque 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 it is filled with the faithful who come from all over the world to attend Mass given by the Pope. After admiring the square, we suggest you continue the journey 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 and most well known religious buildings in the world. Its interior is characterized by a vast mosaic and contains some of the most famous works of art in the world, such as the bronze 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 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 also to be found here. Continue on to the Vatican Museums where you will have the opportunity to visit several areas, 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, four great rooms decorated by the master and his pupils, and chosen as the Papal Residence. Finally you’ll get to see 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 several artists such as Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Rosselli and of course, Michelangelo. The inside is divided into 4 sections: the False Drapes, the Stories of Moses (south walls) and Christ (north faces) and the Portraits of Popes (walls north - south).


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