Vatican City Attractions
Save on the Vatican City Attractions with the OMNIA Card
You can’t visit Rome and not see the awe-inspiring Vatican City Attractions. As the centre of the Catholic Faith, Rome is a city of pilgrimage and huge religious significance from the ancient times, up to the present day. Home to some of the most famous landmarks and attractions in the world, you can see the best of them for free with the OMNIA Card.
St Peter's Basilica – save €15.00 + free Audio Guide
One of the most important sites of pilgrimage in the world, St Peter’s Basilica is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Enjoy a free audio guide and skip the long lines at St Peter’s Basilica to Fast Track your way into one of the most important sites of the Vatican. Dating back to the 16th century, it is an impressive building and perhaps one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in the world. With names like Bramante, Michelangelo, Maderno and Bernini having worked on it, it’s no wonder it’s one of the most impressive attractions in the city.
From the huge square, to the massive dome, it’s within that commands the most appreciation. From the gleaming gold décor, to the mosaics, statues and sculptures, not to mention Bramante’s bronze Baldacchino which takes prime position at the head of the church. Underground you can also explore the crypts which house the tombs of the former Popes and if you want unparalleled views over the city, climb up to the top of the Dome to really appreciate the vast expanse of this amazing site.
Sistine Chapel – save €29.00 + entry to Vatican Museums
The Sistine Chapel is considered one of the finest works of High Renaissance art for the sheer scale and the skill of the frescoes, predominantly painted by Michelangelo in the early 16th century. The chapel itself dates back to the late 1400s which was built by Pope Sixtus IV. The later decorations were commissioned by Pope Julius II.
Perhaps the most famous of the frescoes is The Last Judgement, but central to the ceiling are the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis. It wasn’t just Michelangelo that deserves all the credit, other leading painters and contemporaries such as Botticelli and Ghirlandaio also contributed to the painting of this impressive chapel. The building measures an impressive 40.9 meters long so it puts it into perspective – if you want to be awed then visit the Sistine Chapel to appreciate the magnitude of one of Rome’s most impressive works of art.
Vatican Museums – save €29.00 + entry to Sistine Chapel
The Vatican Museums are home to over 9 miles of art, sculpture, tapestries and more. The estimated worth of the art in the Vatican Museums is over €15 billion so you’re promised a wide range of world class collections. The collections were built up over the centuries by the Popes who lived in the city and date back to Ancient Egyptian pieces, to the 20th century – most notably some of the finest masterpieces from the Renaissance years.
There are 54 rooms, from the Gallery of Statues, the Gallery of the Busts, to the Rotonda and finally the Sistine Chapel which is at the end of the tour. These Museums are not to be rushed and a thorough visit can take over 4 hours. Join in on one of the tours and learn about the Papal history along the way, not to mention the history behind some of the most famous works on display.
St John in the Lateran and the Cloister – save €10.00
St John in the Lateran and Cloister is in fact the official seat of the Pope. It’s older and – officially – more important than St Peter’s Basilica and is one of the oldest churches in Western Europe. It’s hugely significant in religious history and dating back to 324 AD has a wealth of history to tell. Within, the building is a fine example of Cosmatesque and Baroque architecture and design, with grand gold decorations and sculptures down its long nave.
St John in the Lateran is also famous for its peaceful Cloister, which was built in the 13th ceentury and is now a play of meditative prayer for many locals and visitors. Many pilgrims also flock to the Holy Steps, the Scala Sancta, which can be found in the old Lateran Palace – the early Papal chapel.
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