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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected) in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
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dapper777 wrote a review Aug 2020
Monaco22,674 contributions2,298 helpful votes
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The obelisk in Piazza del Popolo, known as the Obelisco Flaminio, named after the ancient Via Flaminia (which originates from the adjacent square), is the second oldest obelisk in Rome. It is 24 meters high, but with the base it reaches 34 meters. The monument comes from Heliopolis, where it stood in front of the Temple of the Sun. Its hieroglyphs show the name of the pharaoh Ramses II and his son Mineptah (13th century BC). It was dedicated to the god of the Sun, Ra, who for the Romans and the Greeks was like Apollo, the tutelary deity of the emperor, It was the first obelisk that was transported to Rome by ship as a decorative element for the Circus Maximus (350 years later he would have been joined by the Lateran Obelisk) in 10 AD, under the first Roman emperor, Augustus after the battle of Actio. It was transported to the center of Piazza del Popolo by Domenico Fontana, perfect executor of the urban planning concepts of Sixtus V (1589). At its base was the fountain of Trullo, the work of Giacomo Della Porta, today in Piazza Nicosia. In 1823, by order of Pope Leo XII, Giuseppe Valadier decorated it with a base with four circular basins and four stone lions, in Egyptian style, from whose mouths the water flows out in a fan shape. Absolutely spectacular.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Malgorzata wrote a review Mar 2020
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The Flaminio Obelisk is one of the thirteen ancient obelisks in Rome and it is located in the Piazza del Popolo. It is 24 m (67 ft) high and with the base and the cross reaches 36.50 m . In 10 BC it was brought to Rome from Heliopois by command of Augustus, together with the Obelisk of Montecitorio, and placed on the Circus Maximus. In 1589, Pope Sixtus V placed this obelisk on the Piazza del Popolo. It was erected in the Piazza del Popolo by Domenico Fontana. In 1823 Giuseppe Valadier embellished it with a base having four circular basins and stone lions, imitating the Egyptian style. Very impressive .
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Date of experience: May 2019
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windytravel79 wrote a review Jan 2020
Budapest, Hungary1,272 contributions155 helpful votes
This obelisk is at the former door of Rome at Piazza del Popolo. As tourist you do not recognize difference compared to the others. Look down, there is a small fountain with lions.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Mark42139 wrote a review Jul 2019
New York City, New York1,382 contributions400 helpful votes
This ancient Egyptian obelisk definitely stands out in the heart of the piazza (square) and it is quite impressive!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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SuperTed19 wrote a review Jun 2019
Madison, Wisconsin613 contributions225 helpful votes
Those Egyptians must have really loved the Romans, having sent them so many of these cool obelisks… Anyhoo, this one is not all that different than the other tall ones. It is interesting enough on its own, but what makes this one more important to visit is that it is located in one of the most vibrant squares in Rome.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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