You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
This is a walking tour and involves going up and down stairs.
Follow your Vatican guide past the long general public line and go directly to the special "early entrance" area to enter the Vatican Museums.
Marvel at one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world. Your guide knows all the best highlights of the Vatican Museums.
This gallery was originally an open "loggia" but was walled off and closed some 200 years ago. The statues and candelabras on display here date as far back as far 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 maps that show the Italian peninsula circa 1580.
The pièce de résistance of the Vatican Museums is the Sistine Chapel. Witness Michelangelo's masterpiece in person.
Learn about the secrets behind Michelangelo's staggering work of genius in the Sistine Chapel before you enter. Since the chapel is a place of worship, there is no speaking inside.
Except on Wednesdays, this tour includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, the most important church in all of Catholicism.
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 works 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.
Our final is a stop to the Papal Tombs below the floor of the basilica. Visit the the crypts that hold the tombs of hundreds of ex-popes.
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? Witness just how far emperor Nero went to bathe in ultimate luxury. Only on Wednesdays.
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 want to explore more of the Vatican State, feel free to do so. We suggest climbing St. Peter's Dome for some of the best views in Rome.
Enter an Hour Before General Opening. Meet at 7:30 am and enter the Vatican Museums just after 8:00 am
Passionate English-Speaking Local Guide
Max Group Size 16 People
Q: Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?
A: We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Q: Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday's in the morning 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 regular 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 am, an hour before the general public.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be canceled 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.
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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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Thanks Ami for a fabulous tour! It was great to tour such an interesting place with someone with so much knowledge and passion for it. We wouldn’t havThanks Ami for a fabulous tour! It was great to tour such an interesting place with someone with so much knowledge and passion for it. We wouldn’t have taken in or understood nearly as much if we didn’t take the tour. Both of the teenagers thought it was fabulous also! Highly recommend!!..more
This tour was really great, with Frank at the helm. He was funny, delightful and informative having worked at The Vatican and knew every intricate detThis tour was really great, with Frank at the helm. He was funny, delightful and informative having worked at The Vatican and knew every intricate details of it's history. It was like touring with a friend. The tour is awesome if you don't have a heap of time on your hands but you have the option to explore and meander further. Frank made it personable. Highly recommend!!..more
The Roman Guy early morning express tour is the only way to go for the insider's view of these wonderful sights. Our guide, Frederica M, was energeticThe Roman Guy early morning express tour is the only way to go for the insider's view of these wonderful sights. Our guide, Frederica M, was energetic, knowledgeable, and strategic in moving us around to stay apart from the crowds. She responded to all questions and collaborated with our tour members. Additionally, she provided clear instructions about every move she was going to make prior to and including the transitions. This Roman Guy tour was well-organized from beginning to end while presenting more options for increasing the experience if wanted. The company is solid- we watched their youtube videos as we began planning our trip to Rome and felt we made great decisions because of the info presented. Then, Frederica M made this day come alive for us! Request her if you can!..more
We took the express tour. Absolutely worth getting up early in the morning to get in line and beat some of the madness. Tour guide, Sabrina, was helpfWe took the express tour. Absolutely worth getting up early in the morning to get in line and beat some of the madness. Tour guide, Sabrina, was helpful and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the Hall of Maps most. Absolutely take the time to climb the Cupola if you are able (or take the elevator). The views of the city are beautiful. The Sistine Chapel was great a check off the list. Side note - you are supposed to be quiet in the Chapel, but everyone acts like children at school. Someone in charge yells at everyone to be quiet every so often, and it works for a few minutes, then murmurs begin. The murmurs turn to quiet conversation, and before too long, it's a low roar. C'mon people, just enjoy some history in silence!
Anyways, The Roman Guy tour was absolutely worth it in our minds. We needed direction in that giant little country, especially with limited time. Ciao...more
I had been to the Vatican a few years ago, but learned so much with this tour. Especially enjoyed the underground portion. Booking the tour was a simpI had been to the Vatican a few years ago, but learned so much with this tour. Especially enjoyed the underground portion. Booking the tour was a simple process and meet up location very easy to find. Would highly recommend this tour company...more