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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

1. Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Uncover the secrets within the walls of the Castel Sant'Angelo, a historic mausoleum that's now a museum on the Tiber River's right bank. Explore one of the lesser-known gems of Rome with fast-track entry tickets and enjoy views of the city from above. Skip the lines and walk inside to browse through the artifacts that narrate the building's many transformations. First erected to be a monumental tomb, then a fortress during the medieval ages, and a defensive post for barbarian invasions, the castle will offer you new insights into Roman history. Explore the 5 floors of the museum heading towards a spiral ramp, then see the cells and the rooms that served as a Papal residence, as well as a chamber of ashes where you can marvel at the remains of iconic Roman characters and frescoes preserved perfectly. End this informative trip on the Castle’s astonishing roof terrace and have a picturesque view of the whole city. Be prepared to spot Vatican City, the Tiber River, and the famous Bridge of Angels.

Rome: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Walking Tour

3. Rome: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Walking Tour

Travel along the dreamy Italian countryside, far away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. a true treasure trove of art and history. Visit the quaint village of Castel Gandolfo, perched atop the sapphire blue waters of Lake Albano, mushroomed around the Pope’s Summer Palace. Be accompanied by a member of the Vatican staff on a walking tour of the "green heart" of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Castel Gandolfo, which served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope, is spread for 55 hectares. Enjoy the walk through the botanical and architectural wonders of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Its Barberini Garden produces and ships a basket of fresh produce to the Vatican. See beautifully maintained orchards, vineyards, and over 1000 olive trees around the farm. You can upgrade your walk in the Pontifical Villas with 2 wonderful options: Popes' Summer Residence Visit the Papal Apartment to delve into 500 years of history. Wander from the bedroom to the private chapel, from the library to the studio. Look at the balcony from where the Popes pronounced the Angelus every summer Sunday. Picnic in the Papal Gardens Enjoy lunch with traditional food in the garden picnic area. Savor a porchetta or vegetarian sandwich with bottled water, wine or beer, and typical wine biscuits. Immerse yourself in this treasure trove in the outskirts of Rome. Walk in the footsteps of the Popes around the 7 rooms and summer offices inside the Palace.

Angels and Demons Official Tour - The Path of Illumination

4. Angels and Demons Official Tour - The Path of Illumination

Experience an incredible journey through Rome, at the end of which you'll discover the secrets of the Illuminati. Join the Angels and Demons walking tour, following the path of illumination, and learn how to solve the many puzzles and enigmas that feature in Dan Brown's bestselling novel and movie. But this tour is not just for fans of Dan Brown; it also takes you to some of the most beautiful piazzas in Rome, as well as lesser-known sites away from the tourist trail, where pagan symbolism and Christianity collide.  Discover the Altars of Science, and decode the secret messages hidden in Bernini sculptures and Galileo texts. Enter the Church of Illumination for a glimpse of "Il Passetto,” the secret passage connecting the Vatican to the notorious Castel Sant’Angelo. Whether you have read the book or not, the tour provides a unique experience that will let you visit the most beautiful locations in Rome as you soak up all of the mystery and intrigue.

From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

5. From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

Travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private bus, accompanied by an archaeologist guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city. Throughout the ruins, come across a death cast, a plaster recreation of an unfortunate citizen preserved by the superheated volcanic ash. After visiting Pompeii, drive up the slope of Mt. Vesuvius, (from April to mid-November), one of Europe’s few active volcanoes located in the Vesuvius National Park. From here, take a short hike up to the steaming crater for stunning views of Capri and Sorrento. During the winter season between November and March, Mt. Vesuvius is closed, so your tour will follow the coastline and take you to the city of Naples. Explore the iconic Castle Nuovo, the famous art deco Umberto I Gallery, or simply wander around the monumental Plebiscito Square.

Castel Sant’Angelo: Fast Access Ticket

6. Castel Sant’Angelo: Fast Access Ticket

Explore one of the eternal city's most emblematic attractions. Leave your guidebook at home and step into the history of the Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant'Angelo. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian (also known as Hadrian's Mole). Discover the history of this mausoleum-turned-museum with fast access. Located on the right bank of the Tiber only a short distance from the Vatican City, the Castel Sant'Angelo is an ancient fortress with centuries of history. You'll learn about the ancient legend of Archangel Michael appearing atop the mausoleum, sheathing his sword and signalling the end of the plague of 590, thus lending the castle its present name. Finish your experience with a panoramic view over Rome and the River Tiber from the castle terrace. A great opportunity to take some photos of the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Priority Entrance

7. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo with Priority Entrance

Discover the history of this mausoleum-turned-museum with skip-the-line, hosted access. Located on the right bank of the Tiber only a short distance from the Vatican City, the Castel Sant'Angelo is an ancient fortress with centuries of history. Explore the museum's seven floors to discover an extensive collection of ancient artifacts and perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. Built in 135 AD for the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the building has played an important part in Rome’s architectural history. Climb the spiral staircase to reach the Chamber of Ashes where a number of historical figures were incarcerated, before continuing up to visit the Papal Residence. Immerse yourself in the stories of each different room as you admire the art within. Finish your experience with a panoramic view over Rome and the River Tiber from the castle terrace. A great opportunity to take some photos of the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels.

Rome: Castel Sant’ Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

8. Rome: Castel Sant’ Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide

Experience the Mausoleum of Hadrian at Castel Sant’ Angelo with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Explore the mausoleum at your own pace and enjoy a captivating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Receive your ticket by email and download the app and audio tour onto your phone, prior to your visit. Head to Castel Sant’ Angelo and step back in time as you put in your headphones. Relive the glory of Emperor Hadrian’s cylindrical mausoleum. Gaze upon the frescos that line the Sala Paolina room. Discover uncommon anecdotes from ancient times and historical information with your audio guide that has been put together from in-depth research.

From Rome: Day Trip to Venice by High-Speed Train

9. From Rome: Day Trip to Venice by High-Speed Train

Set off on a day trip from Rome to explore Venice, Europe’s most romantic city. Enjoy a relaxing ride on a high-speed train, see the iconic St. Mark's Square, and cross the Bridge of Sighs. Meet your tour leader at Rome's Termini train station and board a high-speed train to Venice. When you arrive in the city, get your one-way pass for Venice’s waterbus transportation. Follow your guide onto a Vaporetto (waterbus). As you ride, enjoy your first glimpse of this magical water city. Head to St. Mark’s Square, the heart and soul of Venice. From the waterfront, marvel at the magnificence of the western façade of St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy some free time to go shopping, sip a delicious Italian coffee, or get lost in the maze of insanely romantic alleys. Next, cross the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), which is among the city's most beloved and most Instagrammable locations. On the way back to the railway station, join your tour leader for a fantastic aperitivo, or Cicchetti, as the locals call it. Sit down for a mix of small savory side dishes, typically served in a bàcari, and wash it down with a Venetian Spritz. Return to Rome on the high-speed train with your guide.

Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

10. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Tour with Fast-Track Access

Skip the lines at the Castel Sant'Angelo to set off on a guided tour. Enter the castle with skip-the-line access and learn about its history from your guide. Explore the famous castle that was erected by Emperor Hadrian to be his tomb. See how the building was also used by popes as their private residence, as the state treasury, as a prison, and as a location for public executions throughout its history. Have the chance to discover the rich history of the castle and its magnificent architecture and paintings. Be introduced to the emperor's burial place, the papal apartment, and treasury room. Admire the beautiful angel sculptures along the Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge, also known as the Bridge of Angels. Finish off the incredible experience with a panoramic view from the castle's terrace and take stunning photos of the city.

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based on 1,420 reviews

I booked the visit to the Vatican museums for the first week of January. I found myself very well. With the skip the line we were able to enter immediately without queuing at the ticket office. Withdrew the audio guides we were able to immerse ourselves in the beauties of the museums and the Sistine chapel. Great experience, I recommend it.

In my opinion it was the best choice. It was very easy to find the entrance and the headset. I suggest you to bring your own earphones because the divice its like a cellphone and the earphones are not included. It was very easy to use and you just need to enter the number on the device which is showned next to the exhibit for more details.

It is difficult to leave this chapel where our eyes try to imprint on our brain all the marvelous compositions of Michelangelo. And the paintings are always very fresh. A splendor

Booked visit to the Vatican Museums with "Saltacoda", everything according to the program, streamlined and fast access.

We liked the museums of Vatican even though there were a lot of people.