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 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.
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.
Child (5 & under)
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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Seeing all of the Vatican's highlights was a great way to spend my last day in Rome! I loved every second of my tour and I am so thankful to The Tour Seeing all of the Vatican's highlights was a great way to spend my last day in Rome! I loved every second of my tour and I am so thankful to The Tour Guy for putting together such an amazing tour!..more
Elaine, our guide, and the entire tour, was MARVELOUS! We toured just yesterday, April 8, 2019. Let me set the stage a little: It was a crowded day atElaine, our guide, and the entire tour, was MARVELOUS! We toured just yesterday, April 8, 2019. Let me set the stage a little: It was a crowded day at the Vatican. I’m in my first trimester of pregnancy and not feeling great (nauseas, tired). I had a feeling I was in for a rough day. Right away my husband and I were at ease because I could tell this was not Elaine’s first rodeo. She’s an expert at touring and navigating the Vatican (security, exactly where to go and when, to avoid crowds, etc.). She had us laughing the entire time and engaged all of us- even two high school boys who were stuck with us old folks— Now that’s talent. ..more
Bright, vibrant, incredibly knowledgeable and extremely patient, Lucia guided our group through the maze of the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s BasilicaBright, vibrant, incredibly knowledgeable and extremely patient, Lucia guided our group through the maze of the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with grace and humour.
We were a very mixed bunch - adults, kids, tiny babies - from all over the world in a very busy and potentially overwhelming space. Lucia managed to keep us together and completely in awe as we gazed on the frescoes, paintings, mosaics and sculpture of artists including Michelangelo and Raphael. Her personal insights gave us the best kind of behind-the-scenes information in what we were seeing. ..more
The highlights tour is a must see for anyone In a time crunch! Gets the job done and you don't miss any of the important stuff!