Visit the Smallest Country in the World...the Smart Way
On average the Vatican receives 25,000 visitors daily, but those in the know plan ahead and book a guided tour. There are many options out there, but Compass & Key highly recommends the historian-led, small-group tours from Context Travel. The most comprehensive is the 4-hour Arte Vaticana tour, an exceptional introduction to the history, art and architecture of The Vatican that includes the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. They recommend reserving an early afternoon tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays to avoid the most congested crowds. With that in mind, Compass & Key has curated an itinerary to prepare you for the afternoon tour and wander the Prati neighborhood afterwards.
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Tour fee: $115 per person for the recommended group tour, Arte Vaticana, through Context Travel
Starting point: Ristorante Coromandel
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