Would you believe this is the most-booked tourist attraction on TripAdvisor?
Naturally, iconic structures like the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and the Colosseum were among the top ten most-booked places and experiences. (Here are 13 tourist traps around the world that are actually worth visiting.) But the number one most-booked experience was different than we expected.
We thought it would be excursions like snorkeling around a natural shipwreck, going on a week-long wine tour (don’t miss these eight tips for planning the ultimate wine tour), or skiing down the Alps after a fresh bout of powdery snow. But the real winner is a skip-the-line pass for the Vatican Museums, St. Peters, and the Sistine Chapel, that boasts a 5-star rating, a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, and 15,764 reviews. Don’t miss our guide to the top seven destinations in the best-selling 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
TripAdvisor users, we’re officially impressed by your affinity for culture. These European icons have stood the test of time, both physically and in the hearts of travellers.
The tour is hosted by City Wonders, which offers skip-the-line passes to other places besides the Vatican like Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, Montserrat, Buckingham Palace, and Stonehenge. Their Vatican, St. Peters, and Sistine Chapel tour is so wildly popular because the lines to get into these museums are typically very long, you can gain insider knowledge from fun, local tour guides, and the tours are always smaller than 25 people. Plus, it’s a great deal: the whole experience will only set you back $131. Not too bad to see some of the most incredible art and architecture in Europe! (If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, check out these beautiful and wildly under-rated European destinations.)
Once you’re done with the tour, explore the surrounding city independently. Make sure to read about the top 10 things to do in Rome, visit the Trevi fountain, and snap photos of the Pantheon. The opportunities are endless!
Staying in Canada this summer? Check out our guide to 25 essential experiences in the Great White North.
Originally published as This Is the Most-Booked Tourist Attraction on TripAdvisor on ReadersDigest.com.