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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up & down stairs.
With a visual aid in hand, be among the first people to walk into the spectacular Sistine Chapel and admire the masterpiece of Michelangelo, leaving the crowds waiting in line outside.
Learn about Michelangelo and the incredible fresco paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Marvel at one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world as you visit our favorite collections.
Originally an open "loggia", this gallery was walled and closed some 200 years ago. The statues and candelabras on display here date as far back as the 3rd century B.C.
Some of the masterpieces in this gallery were designed after the cartoons drawn by Raphael. Look out for a tapestry that includes a spectacular optical illusion.
This is a true highlight of the Vatican Museums. On display here are incredible frescoes of maps.
Decorated for Pope Julius II by the hand of Raphael, your next stop on your Vatican group tour is to the apartments adorned in Raphael’s priceless frescos, including his glorious "School of Athens”.
Visit the rooms that once served as the apartments of Pope Alexander VI. With all the scandal around this pope and his family, you'll wish these walls could talk.
The most important church in all of Christendom, the home of the papacy and one of the most remarkable buildings ever built. There’s no better place to wrap up your Vatican tour.
One of the hidden treasures of St. Peter's is a statue celebrated today as one of the greatest ever made and also the only work of art ever signed by Michelangelo.
One of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most celebrated works sits in the center of the Basilica. Marvel at the gorgeous dome - directly below it is St. Peter's tomb.
If you take this tour on a Wednesday, instead of St Peter's Basilica, get up close to some of the world's most iconic statues in the world, including Laocoön and His Sons.
How big would you build your bathtub if you ruled the world, or the Roman Empire? On Wednesdays, witness just how far emperor Nero went to bathe in ultimate luxury.
This marble torso is more than it seems. Our guide will explain just how significant this broken statue is and why you can thank it for inspiring some of Michelangelo's most famous works of art.
If you're up to it, access some amazing views of Rome from St. Peter's Dome. The climb is worth it.
Our Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour starts at 7:30 a.m. and we enter the Vatican Museums just after 8 a.m (an hour earlier than general public access). As a result, witness the jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel before the masses stream in. After visiting the Sistine Chapel, our professional English-speaking guide will take you back through the highlights of the Vatican Museums. Then pass back through the Sistine Chapel and head to St. Peter’s Basilica. One of our most popular Rome tours, this 3.5-hour Vatican tour includes:
Short delays at the security check may occur during our busiest months, often during the summer. We do, however, have a team of experts at the Vatican every morning to help our groups avoid delays as much as possible. At 7:30 a.m., meet your guide who will explain the Sistine Chapel while you prepare to enter the museums when the doors open for special groups at 8 a.m.
Except on Wednesdays
Q: Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings due to the Papal Audience. We still run the tour because it might be your only day in Rome! Instead, we visit some of the most iconic statues in the world and Emperor Nero's enormous marble bathtub.
Q: Does the tour go inside at 7:30 am without waiting in any lines?
A: As an accredited tour operator, we do not have to wait in the ticket line, but we still have to wait in a security line. For this reason, we leave the meeting point as early as possible and get in the security line reserved for tour operators. The doors open for us at 8:00 am, an hour before the general public.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be cancelled or the Vatican will close something?
A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican City closes for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a private Vatican tour.
Child (5 & under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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Our trip to the Vatican would not have been as awesome as it was without our guide Rita. We chose the 7:30am skip the line tour which gave a privilegeOur trip to the Vatican would not have been as awesome as it was without our guide Rita. We chose the 7:30am skip the line tour which gave a privileged entrance 1 hour early before the doors opened. She was very personable and man did she know what she was talking about. We felt that the beginning of the tour was part of the amazing race, but we totally understood why as soon as the 40,000 people came in! What a rat race! It really was unbearable with all the pushing and shoving and “me first”. She made each room come alive as if you were present when the art was being made. You can’t go wrong!!!..more
I absolutely loved my guide and thought that the privileged entrance was super convenient! The Tour Guy is a company that I would 100% recommend to anI absolutely loved my guide and thought that the privileged entrance was super convenient! The Tour Guy is a company that I would 100% recommend to anyone!..more
It has always been my dream to visit the Vatican, this is easily the best way to see it! I had a great time!
Marco was fantastic! Enthusiastic and passionate and we felt we got a thorough tour and understanding of the entire place. Highly recommend!
Donata was fantastic- she was very funny and gave great info. We saw the Sistine chapel first thing in the morning- don’t go late to the Sistine chapeDonata was fantastic- she was very funny and gave great info. We saw the Sistine chapel first thing in the morning- don’t go late to the Sistine chapel (we went through it again around 10:30am and it was shoulder to shoulder. Tour ends in St. Peter’s basicilia. Great experience!..more