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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up&down the stairs.
The Roman Guy is a Vatican accredited tour provider and that means we get to enter the Vatican museums a whole hour before the general public by skipping the line!
With a visual aid in your hand, you'll enter the incredible Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's mastepieces, before they wake up!
After spending a good amount of time inside the Sistine Chapel, our guide will lead you into the Vatican museums and through the incredible galleries, courtyards and hallways.
The Vatican has many small and large courtyards between the museums. You'll visit two of the best outdoor galleries during this tour, including the Pinecone Courtyard.
With our knowledgeable and fun guide by your side, you, you'll get to admire works of art from famous artists such as Caravaggio, Raphael, Leonardo & Titian.
Our guide will take you up close to one of the world's most iconic statues. It's displayed inside another of the Vatican's courtyards, which was designed by Bramante.
Emperors had a lot of power and when it came time for a soak at the end of the day, no bathtub was too big. You'll understand just how lavish their lives were when seeing Emperor Nero's gigantic tub.
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 pieces.
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.
The Vatican Museums are not just home to paintings and statues. Art comes in all shapes and sizes, including tapestries. Watch out for the optical illusions in this room!
You're literally surrounding by Italy when walking into the Gallery of Maps. Admire the old layout of the land and try to spot the major mistake painted on these walls.
You'll visit rooms dedicated to playboy and artist, Raphael Sanzio. Included in these rooms is the brilliant School of Athens. But can you spot someone famous painted on the walls?
The Borgia family was possibly the most scandalous family to have power in the Vatican. On this tour, you'll get to walk through what used to be Pope Alexander VI's apartments.
A detailed itinerary tour of the Vatican would not be complete without a tour of St Peter's Basilica. There's no waiting in line as our guide leads you to the entrance through a special door.
This is the only work of art signed by Michelangelo. As you begin your tour of St Peter's, you'll stop off to visit this emotional statues and learn of its somewhat turbulent history.
One of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most celebrated works of art sits in the center of St Peter's Basilica, marking the spot when the tomb of St Peter lies.
Before ending your Vatican & St Peter's tour, our guide will take you underground to the crypts, home to the tombs of many Popes.
Before the tour ends, you can request that your guide leaves you inside St Peter's so you can explore some more and even climb the Dome if you enjoy panoramic views!
Enter an Hour Before the General Opening
Visit the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Passionate English-Speaking Guide
Are you fascinated by the Vatican's history and all the priceless works of art inside? On the Detailed Itinerary Vatican Tour, visit the best highlights of the Vatican Museums, as well as the hidden gems. Under the guidance of an expert Vatican guide, learn the most interesting and bizarre stories related to the Vatican City State, the popes, the collections housed at the Vatican Museums and the celebrated artists who shaped Western civilization.
If you’ve been looking forward to the must-see attraction in Rome and you've been wanting to experience it as comprehensively as possible, this is the best Vatican tour for you. As an accredited Vatican tour provider, we provide skip the line Vatican tours that allow us to enter the museums an entire hour before the general public does. This means you can enjoy the Sistine Chapel when it is practically empty.
Once inside, it’s clear why the Sistine Chapel is one of the most celebrated artistic masterpieces in Western civilization. Now restored, every color and detail of the Sistine Chapel is vivid and splendid to behold. Since the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, visitors are not permitted to speak inside.
Before you enter, your guide will explain the history and importance of the chapel’s artwork. Don't worry about having to remember everything though, our guides are prepared with visual handouts so you can identify everything once you’re inside. Remember that the Sistine Chapel is inside of the Vatican Museums and it is included in your Vatican tour tickets.
Arranged through a series of rooms, in chronological order and divided by art school, the Pinacoteca is home to some of the most impressive paintings in the Vatican. Get up close and personal to works of art that date between the 12th and 19th century painted by the likes of Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Leonardo, Guido Reni and Giotto.
Rarely visited by Vatican tour groups, this room is a real hidden gem. See how the popes of the past traveled in style and how today's popemobiles are the Vatican's answer to the Batmobile.
Next up is a visit to the Bramante Courtyard (designed by Bramante Lazzari) to some of the most iconic statues in existence: the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons and the Belvedere Torso. Learn about the myths and legends associated with these statues, before visiting the biggest and oldest bathtubs you’ll ever see. Nero's Bathtub measures an incredible 25 ft in diameter and is made from a material so precious that there is no way to recreate it today.
Led by your expert guide, visit some of the best galleries and rooms inside the Vatican Museums. Inside each room, our guide will take you to the most intriguing and iconic works of art. Each piece has a story to tell, but if we told you all of them, you'd have to spend months inside the museums!
If you join us on a guided Vatican tour, skip the lines to St. Peter’s Basilica and enter through a special door to get inside the most opulent church in the world right away. Once inside, admire celebrated highlights of St. Peter’s Basilica including La Baldacchino, La Pieta, the Statue of St. Peter and more.
Plus, go a step further and go underneath the church’s floors to visit the tombs of hundreds of Popes, as well as a Swedish Queen who converted to Roman Catholicism. Learn the stories behind some of the most intriguing leaders of the Roman Catholic church, as you visit their final resting places.
Important: Please note you cannot return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the Basilica. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour. Also, if you would like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don’t leave with your 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 of anything from the piazza so we recommend you stay and explore on your own after the tour is over.
If you want to experience some of the best views in Rome, climb St. Peter’s Dome. Before leaving St. Peter’s Basilica, ask our guide how to access the dome. Either skip over 300 steps by catching an elevator part of the way, or climb the entire way to the top like a champ. Tickets to the dome cost about 5-7 euros, but trust us, the views are incredible.
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- Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
- Local Rome Food Tour in Trastevere
- Venice Discovery Walking & Boat Tour
- Florence Walking Tour with David
** Students that book our Vatican tours for a student price MUST bring their student ID. It is required at the start of the tour.** As an accredited Vatican tour operator, we have access to a much shorter security line. Your guide will escort you to this special line at 7:30am/7:45am. At 8:00am when the museums open to tour operators, you will go directly inside.** During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may be closed unexpectedly. 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.---If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Vatican Private 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.
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Raffa, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable of history and the various sites. She spoke at a great pace and transitioned from one area to the next, Raffa, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable of history and the various sites. She spoke at a great pace and transitioned from one area to the next, pointing out interesting facts. I definitely will purchase other tours from The Roman Guy!..more
My wife and I enjoyed our time visiting the Vatican listening with intent to all the details along with the story-telling, which definitely made ourMy wife and I enjoyed our time visiting the Vatican listening with intent to all the details along with the story-telling, which definitely made our learning experience a very entertaining one.
The guides wealth of information was phenomenal ,a tour very well done...more
My wife convinced me to take the detailed 5 hour Vatican tour. I had no idea there was so much to see. The time flew and it was definitely worth the tMy wife convinced me to take the detailed 5 hour Vatican tour. I had no idea there was so much to see. The time flew and it was definitely worth the time. Got to see the Sistine Chapel almost empty too, how cool. I feel like an expert now! ..more
This was an incredible in-depth tour that you want to join to get an amazing experience of the Vatican. I cannot recommend this tour enough!
My family and I really enjoyed this tour. It was well organized and detailed.