DAY 2 – Saturday, April 11, 2015
Morning Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
After breakfast at our hotel, we depart for our Morning Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
The smallest independent country in the world, The Vatican City has a world of mystery, art and history within its walls. Following the footsteps of centuries of admirers, expert guides illustrate this cultural visit, unraveling the intrigue that surrounds the sensational papal state. Explore the halls and rooms of Greek and Roman statuary, including the celebrated Laocoon group, relish the Renaissance-era frescoed maps covering the walls of the Gallery of Maps, then bring your historical stroll to an inspiring conclusion in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
Finally, a Vatican City day of discovery would not be complete without the treasures of St. Peter’s Basilica. Get “up close and personal” with Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s ornate altarpiece, gold-covered faces of actual popes’ bodies in glass caskets, the enchanting baldachin above the papal altar and many other astonishing sculptures, paintings and mosaics.
Rest of the day – At leisure