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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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    Choose between a morning or afternoon tour, climb aboard an air-conditioned coach near Rome's Termini station. Travel through the streets of the Eternal City, take in the views and hear fascinating commentary from your local guide. Pass through the Piazza del Popolo, cross the Tiber River, and spot the imposing Castel Sant' Angelo. 
    Alight from your coach and skip the line at the Vatican Museums, home to some of the world's most renowned and recognizable artworks. Follow your guide down Guiseppe Momo's bronze spiral staircase to learn about the Flemish tapestries that grace the walls and about how they were based on paintings by students of Raphael, the Renaissance-era painter whose wall frescos of angels and cherubs are also in the museum. Then, head to the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's famed fresco. 
    Next, follow on to St. Peter's Basilica to see another Michelangelo masterpiece: his amazing sculpture of La Pieta and discover the history of the church from your guide and hear little-known stories about the building and its construction. 
    Alternatively, upgrade to a full-day tour which combines the morning with a walking tour of Christian Rome in the afternoon. 
    Meet the guide and get ready for an engaging tour of Rome, seeing the most legendary Christian landmarks in this city. Stroll around Esquiline Hill, one of the city's famed seven hills, and home to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a massive church. Then head over to San Giovanni in Laterano, or St. John Lateran, a basilica that is the official church of the pope. Next door take a moment to see the Holy Steps, supposedly the staircase that was part of Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem, which Christ would have walked on for his trial. Today pilgrims ascend the 28 steps on their knees, saying a prayer for each step. 
    At the top of the steps in the Sancta Sanctorum, or Holy of Holies, a room that was once a depository for some of the holiest relics in Christendom. Objects included the heads of Sts. Peter and Paul, a chunk of wood from the table where the Last Supper was eaten, and the Holy Foreskin, the prepuce of Jesus, which was stolen in 1527 by a marauding German soldier in the Sack of Rome. (It ended up in the medieval hill town of Calcata, just north of the city.)
    Later head to the Appian Way, an ancient Roman road to visit some important early Christian churches, including the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, which boasts a cemented imprint of the ghost of Christ. Also visit some of the catacombs, burial grounds of the early Christian community. After exploring underground, visit the old spa ruins at the Baths of Caracalla, and then finish your tour with a hotel drop-off or a drop-off in town.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I normally love tour guides at museums but my experience with Green Line Tours at the Vatican in July, 2019 was the worst. In fairness it is overly crowded this time of year, but this tour makes a bad situation worse. First, avoid bilingual tours....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank ChicagoGreekGal
    Reviewed June 27, 2019 via mobile

    We attempted to visit the Vatican City and on arrival was met with an operator who told us the Vatican was shut on that day (check the Vatican is open before making the trip). The tour operator explained to us we would be able to...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Ben R
    Reviewed June 3, 2019

    First, we were given the wrong address of office, that was our travel agents fault, Happy we were only a few blocks away from the real office. was never told it was bi lingual, travel agent again. Max was gracious and did his best to...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank dbuyer
    Reviewed May 20, 2019

    My husband almost killed me for getting this and when we arrived there was NO line to skip, so we basically paid extra to go in as everyone else. Maybe I just had bad luck and in the high season it's worth it, I don't...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Tikininina
    Reviewed May 12, 2019

    Judging by the reviews and my experience, I am really surprised that these people are still in business. Please don't waste your time and money with this company! There was no clarity at the time of booking, regarding the start time, duration of tour or...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Nidhi M
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