Visit the world-famous Vatican Museum, where an exceptional collection of artwork from every era is on display. Over one thousand rooms and galleries contain thousands of amazing treasures collected by the Popes throughout the centuries, and you'll see many of the best, most important pieces. Then, visit the Sistine Chapel, highlighted by Michelangelo's masterpieces and the impressive frescoes, including the "Last Judgment." Finally, see St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Among the many fine pieces of art and mosaics on display are Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini pulpit.
Then travel to a superb restaurant or hotel for lunch accompanied by a flute of Italian champagne and house wine. Afterwards, drive through Rome to visit historic St. John in Lateran Basilica, which is the Cathedral of the Church of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope. The cathedral is actually located in Rome outside Vatican City boundaries. However, it has been granted a special extraterritorial status as a property of the Holy See.
Please note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 3 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with approximately 45 steps and endure extended periods of standing. Should St. Peter's Basilica or St. John in Lateran Basilica have special events or mass services taking place, guides will give an outside explanation and guests will then enter on their own. A strict dress code is enforced in the Vatican Museum (Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable. Guests may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras and personal water bottles at designated checkpoints. Flash photos are not permitted in the Vatican Museum. Video and photography are not permitted at any time in the Sistine Chapel. Should your guide determine that the line at the St. Peter's Basilica security check point is longer than a 45-minute wait, they will forego the interior visit of the Basilica and provide you with a full explanation and description while outside. Depending upon the number of people in the Basilica, it may be closed for security reasons. These safety precautions are beyond the control of the local tour operator. You will be provided more time during your shopping or free period to compensate for not entering the Basilica. The order of the tour may be reversed or altered depending on traffic or local conditions.