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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up&down the stairs.
Be among the first people to walk into the Vatican Museums, and the spectacular Sistine Chapel, leaving the crowds waiting in line outside.
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!
While most people are still waiting outside, you will enter one of the most spectacular rooms ever built - home to Michelangelo's masterpieces and the place where cardinals gather for the Conclave!
Your Vatican guide will explain the secrets behind the genius and his fresco paintings in this glorious chapel, spanning from the "Creation of Adam" to the "Last Judgement".
The most important church in all of Catholicism, 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, it's the Canopy indicating that directly below it is the Tomb of St Peter himself!
Our final stop will be below the floor of the Basilica, where your guide will show you the crypts holding the tombs of hundreds of ex-popes who were buried there over the Millennia!
When taking this tour on a Wednesday, you will get up close to some of the world's most iconic statues displayed in the Vatican's Bramante courtyard, such as the Laocoon & Sons.
How big would you build your bathtub if you ruled the world, or the Roman Empire? You'll witness just how far emperor Nero went in order 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 some of Michelangelo's famous works of art.
Before the tour ends, you can request that your guide leaves you inside the Vatican state so you can soak up every last drop. Inside the Basilica? Ask our guide where to go to access St Peter's Dome!
INCLUDES ADMISSIONS TO ENTER AN HOUR BEFORE REGULAR OPENING
ENGLISH SPEAKING LOCAL GUIDE
MAX GROUP SIZE 16 PEOPLE
What makes this “Highlights” tour one of the best Vatican Tours in Rome? There are two major advantages to taking a Vatican highlights tour. Not only do you get to see the best of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica in just 2.5 hours, but you also get to see the best of the Vatican museums when there are less crowds.
Our Vatican tour tickets include skipping the line for admissions and allow our groups entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel a full hour before the general public are allowed inside. With our expert English-speaking guide to lead your small group, you get to experience the best and most interesting parts of the Vatican first thing in the morning, finishing up just in time for a second breakfast. Got more time to spare? We also offer a longer “Privileged Entrance” Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and an Afternoon Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel.
Guide, Tickets and Admissions are included. Group Size 16.
On the way to the Sistine Chapel, our local guide will spend about 1 hour taking you through the most incredible galleries in the Vatican museums. You’ll spend almost an hour exploring the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and our personal favorite, Gallery of the Maps.
Because you’ve enters the museums with early morning skip the line Vatican tickets, you’ll get to enjoy these galleries with a fraction of the amount of people who visit them during regular opening hours. This means our expert Vatican guide can introduce you to each important piece in these Vatican collections, with plenty of time for you to take photographs along the way.
Included within this immense collection of art, collected by Popes over the centuries, you’ll get to see the world's largest pictorial geographical study, in the form of maps painted on the walls of a gallery by friar Ignazio Danti of Perugia. You’ll also come face to face with some artistic illusions, hand-made tapestries and peculiar statues, all of which telling the stories and progression of art across centuries.
After visiting the best of the Vatican galleries, our guide will lead you straight to the Sistine Chapel. Since the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, you are prohibited to speak inside, yet The Roman Guy guides are well prepared to make sure you have all the information and stories you need to help bring this incredible room to life.
Prior to entering the Chapel, you will be given a detailed description of what to look out for while inside. All of our guides use visual aids during this explanation and provide you with a personal handout and map to make reference to as you gaze at the masterpieces yourself. Upon entering the Chapel, our guide will give you 20 minutes of free time to admire Michelangelo's masterpiece that adorns the walls.
Michelangelo dedicated 10 years of his life to this masterpiece and, as you’ll find out, it wasn’t all plain sailing. Now that the Chapel has been restored, you can see every detail and colour used to create one of the most treasured works of art to have ever been created by man.
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. If you do leave the tour, please return your headset to the tour guide or else you will be charged 50€ per headset.
With our Roman Guy Vatican guide, you’ll walk out of the Sistine Chapel and skip the line for the St. Peter’s Basilica! You’ll bypass the crowds lining up to enter through the regular front entrance, as you walk down a ramp and through a special gate on the side.
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. Hailed as the most beautiful church in the world and known by most as the epicentre of the Catholic religion, you’ll now get the chance to walk inside and enjoy a St Peter’s Basilica tour with our expert guide.
Once inside, you’ll be introduced to the highlights of St Peter’s. Some iconic stops inlace La Pietà by Michelangelo, "Baldacchino" by Bernini and the Papal Tombs. 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.
Our guides will bring you a step further, and walk you underneath the floor of St. Peter's Basilica where you will be able to visit the Tombs of hundreds of Popes throughout the history. You will learn the stories behind some of the most powerful men in the history and some of the most intriguing leaders of the Roman Catholic church, as well witness their tombs, carved by the hands of some of the best contemporary artists. Your tour will end in front of St. Peter's Basilica. From there 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. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour and remember not to go with the group to the Basilica of St. Peter or else you wont be able to re-enter the museums. If you would like to stay in the Basilica of St. Peter longer DO NOT leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. You will be able to do that afterwards, but in order to return, the security line is long to and re-entry on your own is not recommended.
Want to climb St Peter's Dome? At the end of your tour, before leaving 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.
On Wednesday mornings, St Peter's Basilica is closed, so a visit to the Basilica is substituted with a visit to see some of the most iconic statues in the world, a gigantic bathtub and a broken statue that inspired Michelangelo all those years ago. Our guide will lead you through the Bramante Courtyard, designed by the famous painter and architect Bramante Lazzari, and take you up close to the Apollo Belvedere and Laocoon and Sons statues, dating between 40BC and 2nd Century AD.
You'll hear the myths and legends that inspired the design of these famous statues and imagining what it would be like to be wrapped in sea snakes before proceeding through more rooms in the Vatican museums. Next stop, a visit to a priceless work of art that inspired the works of Michelangelo, but can you guess why?
A Roman Guy tour would be incomplete without some bizarre works of art or historical facts. That's why we've included a visit to see Emperor Nero's gigantic bathtub! You'll get to see this extraordinary work of craftsmanship as you are posed the question: "how would you live a life of luxury if you were a Roman emperor?"
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* This Express Vatican & Sistine Chapel tour will not include a visit to St Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays. Instead, your tour guide will take you to visit some of the most iconic statues in the world and to see Emperor Nero's impressive bathtub. ** This 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 Tour Operator of the Vatican, 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 Vatican Museums - more details upon booking.
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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. -€55.00]
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The Roman Guy offers a full 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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We had the pleasure of taking the tour of the Vatican and Sistene Chapel on our recent trip to Rome. Ilaria (Hillary) was our guide and she was an absWe had the pleasure of taking the tour of the Vatican and Sistene Chapel on our recent trip to Rome. Ilaria (Hillary) was our guide and she was an absolute delight. Her extensive knowledge of the artwork, artists and history was astounding. Without her guidance, we would not have gotten 1/10 of the information just by going ourselves. We highly recommend this tour to anyone thinking of visiting Rome. Well worth it! Skipping the line, excellent tour guide and a wonderful experience overall...more
We used two different tour companies in Rome and this was our favorite. Elaine was a great guide through the Vatican!
Raffa, our guide through the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel was FANTASTIC! She was kind, friendly and extremely accommodRaffa, our guide through the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel was FANTASTIC! She was kind, friendly and extremely accommodating. She had an amazing number of interesting facts and stories to share. I'm sure she could have told us much more if we had the time. We would love to return to Rome and visit the same places again... with Raffa, of course! It was easy to book a private tour with Roman Guy, and we would do it again. We got in one hour before the museums opened - the only way to go, in our opinion, as the line-ups were unbelievably long. This was a great, positive experience from the first time we contacted Roman Guy by email until the end of the tour!..more
We are not big on museums and that is why we decided on the Vatican Privileged Entrance Express Small Group Tour. To our surprise the tour was excelleWe are not big on museums and that is why we decided on the Vatican Privileged Entrance Express Small Group Tour. To our surprise the tour was excellent! Filippo, our guide was excellent - very informative and humorous. It went by so quickly, I am now sorry we didn't do the regular length tour. The Vatican is the most amazing place and should not be missed by anyone visiting Rome. I highly recommend The Roman Guy!..more
We did the early entrance tour at the Vatican and got Raffa as our tour guide and she was great!
The public entrance line was insanely long to getWe did the early entrance tour at the Vatican and got Raffa as our tour guide and she was great!
The public entrance line was insanely long to get into the Vatican so I'm really glad we paid to skip the line with a guided tour and I feel we got our moneys worth with all the extra information Raffa was able to provide...more