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.
Rise and shine! Be among the first people to walk into the spectacular Sistine Chapel and admire the masterpieces of Michelangelo, leaving the crowds waiting in line outside.
Your Vatican guide will explain the secrets behind the genius and his fresco paintings in this glorious chapel that still today serves as the room where the popes get elected during the Conclave!
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.
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 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 ever signed by Michelangelo!
One of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most celebrated works is sitting in the center of the Basilica. Marvel at this Dome, indicating that directly below it is the Tomb of St Peter himself!
Before the tour ends in St Peter's Basilica, you can request that your guide leaves you in the Basilica so you can soak up every last drop.
INCLUDES ADMISSIONS TO ENTER AN HOUR BEFORE REGULAR OPENING
VISIT ST PETER'S BASILICA, SISTINE CHAPEL & VATICAN MUSEUMS
ENGLISH SPEAKING LOCAL GUIDE
What makes this tour the best Vatican tour in Rome? Our Vatican tour tickets include skipping the line for admissions and we also enter a full hour before general public. We also go straight to the Sistine Chapel when it's practically empty. We then circle back through the Vatican Museums before re-entering the Sistine Chapel for yet another visit before heading to the St. Peter's Basilica. These elements combine is what makes this tour so great. No wonder we are recommended in so many guide books including teh Rick Steves guide book.
What about the line to get into the St. Peter's Basilica? Your English speaking Vatican guide will take you through a special door reserved for guides from the Sistine Chapel to the St. Peter's Basilica. This way you will not have to wait in the long lines to enter the Basilica. Not only do we skip the line to enter, but this Vatican tour includes an overview tour of the St. Peter's Basilica!
We offer a similar tour to this in the afternoon: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Afternoon Tour
If 3.5 hours is too long for you, we also offer an Express Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour in the morning.
Remember that the Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museums and included in your Vatican tour tickets. As mentioned above, you'll enter the Vatican Museums a whole hour before the general public and go straight to the Sistine Chapel. 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 that you have a reference as your guide explains the significance of Michelangelo's artwork to you before entering. You can then also 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 can 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 Vatican guide will do their best to bring to life one of the most beautiful rooms you'll ever walk into.
After visiting the Sistine Chapel your local guide will take you back through the Vatican museums, where you'll spend almost 2 hours discovering the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps and Raphael Rooms with our tour guide. Then you'll have a second visit to the Sistine Chapel before heading to the St. Peter's Basilica. It is important that you understand that you cannot re-enter the Sistine Chapel or Vatican Museums once we leave the Sistine Chapel for the Basilica. We have a special entrance to the Basilica that allows us to enter without waiting in line. If you want to stay in the Vatican Museums you are welcome to leave the tour, but it would be your choice to skip the Basilica with our tour and you will be unable to go through the special basilica entrance if you are not with our guide. If you do leave the tour, please return your headset to the tour guide or else you will be charged 50€ per headset.
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. You will not only be able to admire the beautiful works of art, but will also hear all of the intrigues and behind-the-scene stories. You'll see one of his most famous works of art The School of Athens amongst other masterpieces.
St. Peter's Basilica
This tour couldn't get any better with a finish like this! Imagine walking into the most massive church you've ever seen filled with artwork of all the most famous artists you've ever heard of! You walk in through this massive front entrance into what is considered the most opulent church in the world. Here you will see some highlights with your guide such as the Baldacchino, La Pieta, the Statue of St. Peter and other masterpieces.
St. Peter's Basilica took approximately 120 years to build, spanning 20 popes and almost every famous Renaissance architect that you can think of, including Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo. Now you can better understand why it is hailed as the most beautiful church in the world!
We cannot mention enough that from the St. Peter's Basilica you will be unable to return to the Vatican Museums. If you would like to spend more time inside the museums you will need to forgo the Basilica on the tour. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour and remember not to go with the group to St. Peter's Basilica or else you won't be able to re-enter the museums.
If you would like to stay in the St. Peter's Basilica longer DO NOT leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. The security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended. The guide will not explain much if anything from inside the piazza so we recommend you stay and explore on your own after finishing the tour.
You'll soon understand why more than 5 million visitors come to see the Vatican each year!
The Roman Guy gets VIP access, because he is a Vatican City accredited Tour Operator.
*Tickets are included in the price of this Tour
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*Students that book our Vatican "Privileged Entrance" tour for a student price MUST bring their student I.D. It is required at the start of the tour.**The Vatican tour has two start times depending on the season. Once you have selected your date, please pay attention to the start time before continuing with your booking. Always consult your voucher before your tour to make sure you arrive on time and at the right time.***As an accredited Vatican Tour Operator, we have access to a much shorter security line to enter the museums. You will go with your expert guide in this line at 7:30am/7:45am. At 8:00am when the museums open to Tour Operators, you will go directly inside.
Near the entrance of the Vatican Museums
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What to Bring
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*Price Per Person
Don’t want to test yourself with public transportation in Rome? Choose an add-on transfer! A taxi is a less-expensive option, but for a convenient and luxury door-to-door experience, add our private climate controlled transportation from your hotel located in the city center to the meeting point of the tour.
Same as above. -$73.00
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Senior (65+) [$84.00]
Student (18-25 w/ I.D.) [$79.00]
Youth (6-17) [$74.00]
Child (5 & under) [$0.00]
The Roman Guy offers a 95% refund on 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.
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I've enjoyed several tours around Rome with The Roman Guy and have always had a wonderful experience, but this morning's early entrance tour of the SiI've enjoyed several tours around Rome with The Roman Guy and have always had a wonderful experience, but this morning's early entrance tour of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica was truly extraordinary thanks to the really fantastic guide Elaine, who made a beautiful place even more interesting with her knowledge and genuine passion. Thank you, Elaine and TRG; I look forward to seeing you guys again! ..more
I went on a trip with several friends (30) to Rome and we did private tours of the Vatican Museum and the Coliseum through The Roman Guy. Luca did ourI went on a trip with several friends (30) to Rome and we did private tours of the Vatican Museum and the Coliseum through The Roman Guy. Luca did our tour of the Vatican and Cistine Chapel and was a wealth of knowledge and extremely interesting. Fabi was our personal guide for the Coliseum and was extremely knowledgeable, fun, and interesting. When you pay for a tour for the Coliseum you get to go to the 3rd level and "backstage", which you cannot do with a general entry. Both guides could not have done a better job. The tours were organized, with no waiting-around time. They were extremely educated and I would choose them again for ANY site you want to see in Rome...more
I am so glad I did this tour. By the time it hit 9am, the museums started flooding with people, but luckily our guide had already taken us to see the I am so glad I did this tour. By the time it hit 9am, the museums started flooding with people, but luckily our guide had already taken us to see the Sistine Chapel so we really got the best of it! Would recommend this to anyone visiting Rome. Our guide Raffa was wonderful too!..more
There is no way I could've said I had seen all of Rome without seeing the Vatican Museums. Our tour guide was knowledgable and willing to ask all of mThere is no way I could've said I had seen all of Rome without seeing the Vatican Museums. Our tour guide was knowledgable and willing to ask all of my questions (as silly as some of them may have seemed). I can only imagine how packed the museum rooms can get so I am really glad we decided to do this tour. Would definitely recommend...more
I know I never want to wait in long lines or be stuck in crowded areas thats why this tour is so ideal! You not only get to skip the line, but you getI know I never want to wait in long lines or be stuck in crowded areas thats why this tour is so ideal! You not only get to skip the line, but you get to enter the Vatican an hour before it opens to the public so I got to explore the Sistine Chapel when it was almost empty!..more