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This is a walking tour and involves walking some galleries as well as going up & down stairs.
Start your after-hours Vatican tour with a visit to a terrace that boasts one of the best views of St Peter's dome.
Named for the giant pinecone that adorns one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the Vatican Museums, the Pinecone Courtyard was designed by Donato Bramante.
A must-not-miss area of the Vatican Museums. Your guide will delve into the history of these sculptures, including one of the most famous sculptures of all time, 'Laocoon and Sons'
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. Look out for a tapestry that includes a spectacular optical illusion.
This is a true highlight of the Vatican Museums. On display here are incredible frescoes of maps.
The Room of the Immaculate Conception at the Vatican Museum was commissioned by Pope Pius IX in honor of the promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Decorated for Pope Julius II by the hand of Raphael, your next stop on your Vatican group tour is to the apartments adorned in Raphael’s priceless frescos, including his glorious "School of Athens”.
Visit the rooms that once served as the apartments of Pope Alexander VI. With all the scandal around this pope and his family, you'll wish these walls could talk.
The pièce de résistance of the Vatican Museums is the Sistine Chapel. Witness Michelangelo's masterpiece in person.
It took Michelangelo four years to complete the Sistine Chapel's frescoes; they portray a sequence of biblical stories.
Revisit your favorite paintings and explore the Vatican Museums at your own pace. After your tour ends, the museum stays open for a few more hours.
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Experience Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Are you looking for unusual things to do in Rome? How about touring the Vatican at night? Not only does this special small group Vatican night tour let you skip the crowds, lines and heat, but it also provides a fresh way to see the Vatican’s amazing collections. If you aren’t an early morning person, or you just want less distractions as you enjoy the museum’s treasures, this is the best Vatican tour for you. This two hour tour includes:
Skipping the line, take a journey with your expert Vatican guide through art history as you walk through the rooms of the most fascinating “living” museums on earth. See works of art in the Pinecone Courtyard and a great view of St. Peter's Basilica. View sculptures handed down to us from the Ancient Romans in the Pio-Clementine Collection. Pass through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Maps as your guide explains the history and stories surrounding these art collections.
Learn about the complexities of Raphael's fresco in the former papal apartments. Raphael was one of Rome's most famous Renaissance artists and he encompassed all the ideals of a Renaissance man. He designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. In addition to other masterpieces, visit one of Raphael’s most famous works of art, The School of Athens.
Our evening Vatican tour concludes in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling and the altar wall are adorned by world-famous and inspiring frescoes. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many paintings are up there. At this point, it is impossible not to appreciate how difficult is must have been for Michelangelo to lay on his back and toil at his masterpiece, year after year. Since the Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museums, it is included in your Vatican tour tickets.
The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.
If you want to stay inside the Vatican Museums after the conclusion of your evening tour, go right ahead! The museums remain open for another two hours after the guided tour concludes. Take your time and revisit your favorite works of art or simple wander around taking in the intense beauty of your surroundings. And don’t forget to ask your local Vatican Guide where to eat dinner near Vatican City. After all that culture, you definitely deserve a pizza.
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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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**disclaimer** I am generally not a "tour person" per se, but I was traveling solo to Rome and just had a quick weekend to get in as much as possible.**disclaimer** I am generally not a "tour person" per se, but I was traveling solo to Rome and just had a quick weekend to get in as much as possible...so I found The Roman Guy tours first through Rick Steeves and then Trip Advisor. I did the Vatican, the Coliseum and the Golf Cart Tours with Brandon. All three were fantastic and not at all like the masses of people following around someone with an umbrella or a silly flag...they were small, personalized and educational.
I HIGHLY recommend the Roman Guy - they make it fun and easy to get to know this amazing city. Ciao!..more
We traveled to Italy on our honeymoon and The Roman Guy came recommended to us. From the beginning when I emailed Sean he was wonderful to work with, We traveled to Italy on our honeymoon and The Roman Guy came recommended to us. From the beginning when I emailed Sean he was wonderful to work with, he responded to emails and when I was not sure on times to visit the Colosseum and the Vatican he suggested the times that would be least crowded and not as hot. While in Italy, it was great to just arrive at the site and not have to worry about where to go to buy tickets and where to enter, Sean had taken care of everything! Both tours we received (Colosseum and Vatican) were great, we learned a lot and Sean showed us everything we wanted to see and taught us stuff we never knew. Another great perk with using Sean is he suggested a restaurant our first night in Rome and made the reservation for us. It was great to not have to worry where we were going to eat our first night. The food (and wine) was wonderful and the service was amazing, we will definitely go back! Sean also took us to restaurants for lunch after our tours of the Colosseum and Vatican - it was nice to be taken to a recommended place and not a tourist trap. On of our favorite restaurants while in Rome was the lunch spot Sean took us to by the Colosseum. It was also great to have someone take photos of us, Sean would say "Here is a great photo spot" and ask if we wanted our picture taken, it is nice to have pictures we knew would be good of the two of us. I would recommend The Roman Guy to anyone who asked for tour guides. Keep up the great work!..more
We had amazing guides for both tours. Group sizes were small and the information provided was exceptional. So glad we booked through the Roman Guy!
This tour was perfect for me because I was able to avoid the pesky crowds and also was able to sleep in! After seeing all of the amazing artwork I finThis tour was perfect for me because I was able to avoid the pesky crowds and also was able to sleep in! After seeing all of the amazing artwork I finished off the night with a drink at a nice little bar in the Pinecone Courtyard! ..more
Great tour. There were just 8 of us and we got to hang out in the Vatican in the evening. Not really many people at all.