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Vatican City and Vatican Tombs Excursion
Discover the underground of the Vatican City
There are several excursions through Vatican City and its sights, such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Castle of Angels and the Vatican Museums, but if there is one excursion that provides a unique experience, it is this one. The tour includes not only the Vatican Museums and the St. Peter's Basilica, but also the Vatican tombs.
Anyone who has ever been to Rome will know that there is quite a queue at the Vatican museums. This queue goes around a few corners and seems endless. The queues you know from the popular Efteling attractions are nothing compared to this. And there you are. One hour, two hours, maybe even longer you look at the back of the person in front of you. With a bit of bad luck it rains or you're standing straight in the sun. And that's the advantage of booking tickets online. This queue is for the counter to buy tickets. And if you already have them, you don't have to stand in that queue anymore. You wait at the agreed place (this is on your online voucher) where your guide will pick you up. With the group, you walk past the queue. The guide gives the tickets to the guards, maybe you'll have to wait here for a bit, but this waiting time is far from comparable to the people standing in the queue outside the counter.
Not only will you save time by skipping the queue at the Vatican Museums, the Saint Peter's Basilica also has such a legendary queue. This one is for the security gates. With this excursion you don't have to stand in this queue. You go via the Catacombs to St. Peter's Basilica.
The Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums are several museums that exhibit the art treasures that the Popes have collected over the centuries. Besides medieval and Renaissance works, there are also modern works of not even a hundred years old.
The guide will show you around and tell you everything about what you see. You don't have to be afraid that you can't understand him. Everyone will get a case with headphones beforehand, so that even if you are the back of the group, you can understand the guide perfectly. The guide will speak English during the excursion.
The most famous chapel of Vatican City, is the Sistine Chapel. Known for its ceiling painting 'the creation', made by Michelangelo. In addition, this is the room where the cardinals meet for their conclave. This happens when a new Pope is chosen.
What are the Vatican tombs? This is a good question. The Vatican tombs are the underground of Vatican City. It's the crypt where all the previous Popes were buried. The guide will show you around the Vatican tombs through the Vatican Museums. Through these underground passages the tour goes to St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Peter's Basilica
The St. Peter's Basilica is also called the house of the Pope. This is the place where he gives his Christmas greeting and his Easter blessing. This basilica is the largest in the world and certainly one of the most beautiful. You won't get bored. Everywhere you look there is something to see. Mosaics, statues, stucco, you name it. One more beautiful than the other. And everything has a meaning. Saint Peter's Basilica is full of symbols. The guide can tell you perfectly what all these decorations mean. If you think that the portraits on the wall are paintings, take a closer look. You will be surprised by all those perfectly placed stones that together create a beautiful illusion.
The three-hour tour is given by an English speaking guide. You will be given headphones with which you can hear the guide. Tickets for Vatican museums, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel and the Vatican tombs are included in the price. After payment you will receive an online voucher by e-mail. Take this with you to the excursion. This excursion is an ideal introduction to Vatican City.