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Via Nomentana 349 quartiere Trieste, 00162 Rome Italy
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Sant'Agnese - AnnibalianoRome Metro4 min
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected) in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
US$60.60 per adult
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M.Gabriella B wrote a review Mar 2021
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A special place where History Art Spirituality and Beauty meet up in a peaceful and wonderful green area. Do not miss it when visiting Rome!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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dapper777 wrote a review Dec 2020
Monaco29400 contributions2763 helpful votes
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The current Basilica of St. Agnes outside the Walls was built by Pope Honorius I in the first half of the 7th century on the place of the now dilapidated Constantinian Basilica, erected in 342 by Costanza, daughter of the Emperor Constantine, of which today only remain some ruins and part of the mighty outer walls. The basilica has three naves, with three chapels on each side, surmounted by a women's gallery (the matroneum). The columns used for the arches are from previous monuments and have beautiful Corinthian capitals. The coffered ceiling, beautifully carved with gilding, was made in 1606. Noteworthy in this early medieval church is its splendid apse mosaic from the Byzantine age. It is a very suggestive place, ancient and rich in history. Not to be missed and to be visited together with the mausoleum of Santa Costanza and the catacombs. Highly recommended
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Steve B wrote a review Nov 2019
Colorado Springs, Colorado735 contributions148 helpful votes
Way off the beaten path but definitely worth the effort is the Church dedicated to Saint Agnes, a very young early Christian martyr. This lovely little church, formerly part of a much larger complex is lovely and peaceful. Unfortunately the catacombs after closed in November.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Windowseatview wrote a review Feb 2019
London, United Kingdom370 contributions223 helpful votes
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This site is a little out of the way but it is easily visited (and it's really worth the trip, doesn't take long), by getting off at Metro stop St. Agnese/Annibaliano on a branch of the B metro line) and a very short walk up the hill. The church is important because it's built on top of the excavated tomb of St Agnese. The church was originally accessed through the upper gallery as that was the original ground level, the lower (now ground), level was dug into the underground catacomb and around the tomb, this is the same unusual arrangement we see at St. Lorenzo fuori le Mura, over in Verano, where they did the same over the tomb of St.Lorenzo. The church is full of reused elements from classical temples, it's worth looking for the varied forms and materials used in the capitals and columns on the nave. The figure of the Saint in the apse is itself a reused classical statue with later bronze additions of the Saint's palm leaf and her symbol the Lamb. Adjacent to the church is the round mausoleum/church of St. Constanza, with its beautiful 4th Century mosaics (free access), and the entrance to the catacombs of St Agnese (small fee charged). On the day I visited, there were no other tourists so I had a private tour given by a very friendly and helpful guide. The catacombs lack the beauty of the paintings in the nearby St.Priscilla catacomb but are sometimes more affecting (a carved ham marking the grave of an illiterate butcher,) in its records of working-class life and death, many of the burial niches are unopened and the dead are sometimes still very much present and visible here. The tour culminates under the altar within the church at the site of the Saint's burial (alongside Saint Emerentiana another child martyr - both saints' heads are actually in other churches; Saint Agnese's can be seen in St. Agnese in Agone in Piazza Navona). The mosaics in the church are lovely and there are several interesting side chapels. An interesting place to visit if you've seen much of Rome or are a regular visitor, this site repays your curiosity with interest.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Mompants wrote a review Aug 2018
Sheffield, United Kingdom50 contributions14 helpful votes
We visited the church to see the catacombs as had been recommended this experience as something worth doing in Rome. The tour was led by a very knowledgeable and personable lady and she was happy to answer questions and explain about the history of the church. St Agnes was a martyr and lost her life at the tender age of around 13, having refused to marry a non Christian. A sad story but one of a strong young lady! The tour was just 8euros and we thought the whole experience and visit to the church was excellent.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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