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Vatican Tours: don't miss the smallest state in the world, an elaborate ensemble of stunning artworks , magnificent papal palaces and lush landscaped gardens

Vatican Tours

The Vatican City is a must see on a trip to Rome, a place which holds the greatest secrets of Christianity. It is the smallest state in the world, yet it welcomes nearly 6 million tourists every year. It is an elaborate complex of extraordinary artworks, magnificent papal palaces, and lush landscaped gardens overlooked by Michelangelo’s mighty dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica. With a lot of good will and patience, you can visit it entirely in just one day. There really isn’t a “best time” to visit the Vatican, it is the most popular tourist destination in Rome and is almost always very popular. It will always be very busy (even early in the morning …), luckily, you have the option to avoid long hours of queuing with Walks Inside Rome’s Vatican Tours and skip-the-line tickets.


The Vatican, a unique experience for adults and children


The main attractions that most travelers, young and old, want to see while visiting Rome are the Vatican with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. In particular, everyone wants to admire the magnificence of Michelangelo’s Pietà which is located inside the Basilica and the Sistine Chapel (whose ceiling Michelangelo painted) which is located inside the Vatican Museums.


Begin your Vatican tour from St. Peter’s Square, the heart, capable of accommodating up to 150,000 pilgrims during major Christian ceremonies. Take the time to stroll quietly and discover the surroundings and especially the 284 columns and statues that adorn this magnificent square.


The Vatican Museums are the museum center of the Vatican City. Considered among the most beautiful museums in the world, they consist of 14 small museums which house one of the largest collections of art, archeology and ethno-anthropology created by the Popes over the centuries. All eras are represented and there are works and masterpieces from many countries (Egypt, China, Italy, Africa, etc …). They also include some of the most exclusive and artistically significant places of the Apostolic Palaces.


The Sistine Chapel is definitely a must see in the Vatican. Here you can admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling scenes that present Genesis (such as The Creation of Adam) and on the back wall the Last Judgment, on the other hand, on the side walls you can admire the frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino, Rosselli and Raphael. A Vatican tour by night can you allow to be alone in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, which has been described as “the best experience in Rome”.


St. Peter’s Basilica is not only the beating heart of the Vatican, it is also the largest Catholic church in the world. The inside of the church itself is already breathtaking. It can accommodate up to 60,000 pilgrims at the same time and is still used by the Pope who celebrates mass there. You can walk freely around the Basilica and admire the columns and sculptures. Take the time to discover the details of the sculptures, the Bernini canopy located on the main altar of the Basilica, but also the numerous statues of Christ and the apostles.


Michelangelo’s dome is located in the building and will offer you one of the most emblematic views of St. Peter’s Square. It is highly recommended to climb to the top of the dome to discover the magnificent panorama of Rome and even if the path is quite tiring if you want to do it on foot, it is really worth it.


The Vatican Gardens are also worth a detour. They are simply gorgeous and you can see them climbing the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, they are located just behind the Basilica. However, you can only visit them by taking a guided tour of the Vatican, impossible to get there by other means.


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Walks Inside Rome – Unique and expertly-guided Vatican Tours


Walks Inside Rome is a travel agency providing a variety of exciting, engaging, and educational guided tours in Rome and other Italy’s destinations.


We enjoy a historic partnership with the Vatican city. We have been welcoming and guiding guests through the Vatican City for over 20 years and have a range of different tours created to show of the Vatican’s dynamic offerings from ancient artifacts to the modern collections. Through our Vatican Tours you have special access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel you wouldn’t find through most other tour operators in Rome.


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With us you can book VIP tickets to jump the queue and not stay, during trips to Rome, waiting to wait. To check out our catalogue of tours and experiences, visit our website or contact us directly.


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