This Is the Most-Booked Tourist Attraction on TripAdvisor

The popular booking site collected data about travelers' most-booked experiences, but number one probably isn't what you'd expect.

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The popular vacation booking site TripAdvisor recently released its 2018 Experiential Travel Trends report, which hashes out the annual top tourism trends for the “experiences” segment of the site.

Naturally, iconic structures like the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and the Colosseum were among the top ten most-booked places and experiences. 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 (do they even have those?), 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 on the 10 most popular cultural attractions in the world. (Hint: The Vatican tops that list, too!)

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 travelers.

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!

Once you’re done with the tour, explore the surrounding city independently. Make sure to read about these must-see secret enchantments of Rome, visit the Trevi fountain, and snap photos of the Pantheon. The opportunities are endless!

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