Tour the Vatican Museums in Rome
Hop on the bus and travel through the streets of Rome to the Vatican. Learn about the city along the way and experience its ancient and modern attractions as you travel to your destination. Spend time in the Vatican as your tour guide takes you through the highlights of the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. Get the best of both worlds with a bus tour and walking tour of Rome.
Begin your tour of Rome by bus and travel through the Piazza della Repubblica, a semi-circular piazza with its incredible Fountain of the Nayads. This fountain features statues of the Nymphs of Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, and Underground Waters, and is sure to make a splash on your journey. Ride by the Aurelian Walls, the imposing former city walls built in 271 and 275 AD. Travel through the Piazza del Popolo, with its towering Egyptian obelisk that was brought to Rome in 10 BC. You'll see all this and more on your way to the Vatican.
Tour the Vatican museums and see the spiral staircase, the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the incredible Sistine Chapel. Featuring intricate frescos and ornate architecture, the Sistine Chapel is not to be missed. Look up to see the iconic ceiling masterpiece by Michaelangelo.
Set aside a few hours in Rome to tour the Vatican and get a bonus with the bus portion of this tour. Enjoy guided touring through some of Rome's most popular streets and experience the Vatican with tours of the museums and its Sistine Chapel. Please remember that the Vatican has a strict dress code; men are required to wear long pants, and knees and shoulders must be covered.
Please Note: As September 27, 2019 is National Tourism Day, there will be no skip the line tickets for the Vatican on this day.
Please Note: The visit to the Basilica will not be possible during religious holidays and ceremonies (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the Pope). This tour takes place in Rome. Guests on ships docking in Civitavecchia will need to make their own way to Rome from Civitavecchia (approximately 50 miles away) at their own expense. There is train service from nearby train stations, and the average trip takes approximately 90 minutes each way. Your cruise ship may offer a shuttle to a nearby station.
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