You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up&down the stairs.
Our Vatican guide will take your group past the long line waiting outside and staright into the Vatican Museusm to start your afternoon Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel.
Marvel at one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world as your expert guide introduces you to these works of art before they're even awake.
The Octagonal Courtyard is home to some incredible sculptures, including the magnificent 'Laocoon and Sons', possibly the first works in the entire collection!
This gallery was originally an open "loggia" but was walled and closed some 200 years ago. The statues and candelabras you will see inside during this Vatican tour date back as far as 3rd Century B.C.
Some of the masterpieces in this gallery were designed after the cartoons drawn by Raphael! Your guide will explain the stories portrayed, and show you a tapestry with a spectacular optical illusion!
The Vatican Museums are overflowing with art, history and beauty. See it for yourself as you stroll through the magnificent Gallery of Maps, decorated in the 16th century with outstanding precision!
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”.
You'll 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 the walls could talk.
The pièce de résistance, the bucket list item, what the Italians call a "capolavoro" (masterpiece). You'll end your tour in the magnificent Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's creation of Adam.
VIP Skip the Line Entrance
English Speaking Local Tour Guide
Max Group Size of 16 People
Not a morning person? Prefer to sleep in on vacation and savor that last drop of Cappuccino? We've got you "afternoonies" covered with our Afternoon Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel. This tour is short and sweet. Skipping all the lines, seeing the highlights in the Vatican Museums and accessing the famous Sistine Chapel.
After a thorough explanation and tour, the Vatican Afternoon tour finishes when you reach the Sistine Chapel. You can stay in the Chapel to admire Michelangelo's masterpiece for as long as you want and return to the museums for some more, OR after soaking it up for 20 minutes, your can choose to follow your guide through a special door to visit St.Peter's Basilica. This Vatican Afternoon Tour does not include a tour of the St. Peter's Basilica, but our tour guides are authorized to use a special door that will allow you to avoid the extremely long line getting into the Basilica of St. Peter. Guide, Tickets & Admissions are included. Group Size 16.
If you decide you want to wake up early, then you can always try our "Privileged Entrance" Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel or our Vatican Highlights Tour with Skip the Line Tickets.
Our afternoon Vatican Tour take you on a journey through time and art, as our guide starts by leading you towards some of the most fascinating galleries within the Vatican Museums. The museums' artwork is spread over miles, but with our licensed Vatican guide, you'll get to see and learn about all the highlights in just over 2 hours.
Popes have been collecting priceless masterpieces for centuries and they are now sitting inside the Vatican Museum walls. Not only that, but some of the world's greatest artists have decorated the actual walls of the rooms themselves! These are some of the reasons as to why more than 5 million visitors come to see the Vatican each year! Your guide will take you through the museums to explore rooms like the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps and Raphael Rooms.
What does the word Renaissance mean? Raphael was one of Rome's greatest and most famous artists who encompassed all of the ideals of the Renaissance man. He designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. Not only will you be able to admire the beautiful works of art, but your guide will also fill you in on the behind-the-scene stories of Raphael's life. Some may call Raphael a bit of a playboy. You'll see one of his most famous works of art The School of Athens, among other masterpieces.
It’s almost impossible to imagine, but to see every item in the Vatican Museums would take 12 years! We know that you don’t have that much time, so we limit this Afternoon Vatican Museum Tour to the most incredible sights that the Vatican museums have to offer. So come and enjoy a walk with us through history in one of the most fascinating, living museums on earth!
Since the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, you are prohibited to speak inside. The Roman Guy will provide a hand-out/map of the chapel so you have a reference as your guide explains it to you beforehand. You can then use this map when you are inside the chapel. You'll have at least 20 minutes to admire Michelangelo's masterpieces and really get a feel for where you are.
Imagine dedicating almost 10 years of your life to one masterpiece? Imagine braving the elements and still trying to paint - Your hands are so cold in the winter that you can barely feel the paintbrush; in the summer you can barely breathe from the suffocating heat. Now you understand what Michelangelo, one of the most famous artists ever, endured during his struggle to make the most renowned art masterpiece the Western World has ever seen. Your expert guide will do their best to bring to life one of the most beautiful rooms you'll ever walk into.
At the end of your sistine chapel experience, you have the option to remain in the Chapel, return to the museums, or follow your guide through a special door towards St Peter's Basilica. A St Peter's tour is not included in the Afternoon Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel, but our guide will give you special skip the line access to the beautiful Basilica. Just make sure you inform our guide before entering the Sistine Chapel that you'd like to visit St Peter's. They will then allow you 20 minutes inside the Sistine Chapel before leading you towards St Peter's.
Want to climb St Peter's Dome? Before arriving in the Basilica, make sure you ask our guide where you can access St Peter's Dome. You can get an elevator part of the way, skipping over 300 steps, or climb the whole way to the top! Tickets cost between €5-€7, but trust us, the view is definitely worth the climb and small fee.
The Roman Guy gets VIP access, because he is a Vatican City accredited Tour Operator.
- Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
* This tour does not include the St. Peter's Basilica with the guide, but the guide will get you past the line to enter the Basilica if you choose to go there directly after the tour.
** The Vatican is often slow in the late afternoon, but there is a chance the museums may be crowded while we are inside.
If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Private Vatican Tour.
Near the entrance of the Vatican Museums
Where to Meet
What to Bring
Student (18-25 w/ I.D.)
Child (5 & under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. 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 your tour taking place. 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.
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My husband and I had a tour of the Vatican with Raphaella and she was an amazing guide! She was such a wealth of knowledge and we learned so much. It My husband and I had a tour of the Vatican with Raphaella and she was an amazing guide! She was such a wealth of knowledge and we learned so much. It definitely made for a memorable experience of our day at the Vatican. The company was extremely professional, answered all of my many questions in a prompt manner, and made us feel very special on the day of our tour. It made all the difference in the world not to have to wait in line and to have a knowledgeable, experienced, and enthusiastic guide!!!!..more
I decided to take this afternoon vatican tour instead of the early morning one because, and I admit it, I hate waking up early on vacation. Vacations I decided to take this afternoon vatican tour instead of the early morning one because, and I admit it, I hate waking up early on vacation. Vacations are for sleeping in!
The tour was great, our guide was so passionate and to be honest it wasn't as busy as I thought it was going to be. Maybe the morning tour has more value because it's even quieter, but I still really really enjoyed the tour. I've already recommended The Roman Guy to friends and family planning trips to Italy. The team are so lovely and helpful! They even booked an amazing local Roman style restaurant for me and my husband that night as an extra service.
Can't beat these guys! Thank you! ..more
We spent an awesome afternoon on the Vatican Museums we our tour guide Jovita. She was really prepared about every single piece of Art we asked about.We spent an awesome afternoon on the Vatican Museums we our tour guide Jovita. She was really prepared about every single piece of Art we asked about. She also knew a lot of interesting facts about artists and popes, delivering an impressive amount of informations.
Going a bit later in the afternoon was good because we got to skip the most crowded hours, around lunch time.
Overall i must say that you're staying in Rome is not complete if you don't enjoy a visit in Vatican Museums!..more
I have always enjoyed sleeping in especially when I am on vacation. Though most of the tours are all given so early in the morning so when I found thiI have always enjoyed sleeping in especially when I am on vacation. Though most of the tours are all given so early in the morning so when I found this one I jumped right one it! I loved that this tour was in the afternoon so I could be fully awake for it and I also loved that they kept it short and sweet giving me time to catch a scrumptious aperitivo later on that was recommended by my very nice tour guide...more