Your 9-hour experience of Vatican City begins at the local tour operator’s office or with hotel pickup, if option selected at booking. With your guide, head to St Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro) for a papal audience with Pope Francis I. Find a prime spot with the help of your guide to see the pope, who will give his papal blessing in several languages.
Afterward, your guide will escort you to a restaurant for an Italian lunch, followed by a tour of the Vatican Museums, home to priceless artwork by Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo. You’ll see the Sistine Chapel with its iconic ceiling fresco, and then visit St Peter’s Basilica to view more masterpieces. Your tour ends in St Peter’s Square in the early evening.