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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up&down the 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
Passionate English-Speaking Local Guide
Max Group Size 16 People
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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 bc 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: If I book as a student do I need to bring anything?
A: Yep! Please bring your student ID and have it the ready the morning of the tour.
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.
In front of Caffé Vaticano – on Viale Vaticano, 100. This is across the street from the Vatican Museum Entrance. Your guide will be there holding a sign that says “The Roman Guy.”
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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.
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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We booked all but one of our Italy tours with The Roman Guy. I won't book any other tours with other companies the next time I'm in Italy. The Roman GWe booked all but one of our Italy tours with The Roman Guy. I won't book any other tours with other companies the next time I'm in Italy. The Roman Guy really has excellent tours. The guides do there best to keep you ahead of the crowd. They are knowledgeable due to the fact that the tour guides are passionate about the areas they service. Our Sistine Chapel guide was an art major, our Venice guide had lived in Venice. Just all around excellent! Plus, you can follow them on Instagram. I love their posts....makes me wish I was back!..more
This was a nice and quick tour. I didn’t waste the whole day, yet got to see everything. Our group was small and our guide Gia was excellent. There waThis was a nice and quick tour. I didn’t waste the whole day, yet got to see everything. Our group was small and our guide Gia was excellent. There was a ton of lines and it would have been confusing if we did not have our guide and were able to skip most lines. Highly recommend!..more
This was an excellent tour led by the charming and well informed Chiara who provided a first rate experience for us. Thank you again, Chiara.
If you are reading this review, you probably already know how big the summer crowds are around Rome. Everywhere. If you want to see the Sistine ChapelIf you are reading this review, you probably already know how big the summer crowds are around Rome. Everywhere. If you want to see the Sistine Chapel and important sites within the Vatican Museum, a morning tour is a great way to get ahead of those crowds. Actually, an essential choice to make the most of your tour and time. Morning means 7:30 AM, but the tour is worth the early start. The tour group doesn't enter the Vatican until later, the 7:30 time is to check in and get into the first line of the day. During that waiting time, our guide gave us information about the Sistine Chapel that he would not be able to tell us while inside. Our guide, Franco, was friendly, welcoming, and very knowledgeable. I appreciated that he didn't make derogatory comments about the Catholic Church - as we have experienced by other guides (not from the Roman Guy) in the past. Even though this is an early tour, expect the Sistine Chapel to be crowded - trust me, it gets even more crowded (and hot) as the day progresses. Silence is expected inside the chapel, so the guides are not permitted to talk to their tour groups. This is why Franco shared important details before we entered. The balance of the tour moved quickly, hitting the highlights of the museum and St. Peter's, but not any faster than expected. If you want to linger in the museum, this is not the tour for you.
The Roman Guy handles the whole tour process well, and I recommend this tour in particular...more
We went on a tour of Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with tour guide Laura. It was a very nice tour, exceeding our expectatioWe went on a tour of Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with tour guide Laura. It was a very nice tour, exceeding our expectations - very informative and full of interesting mini-stories.