You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
There will be plenty of walking and also going up&down the stairs as we cross between galleries on different levels.
Entering the museums, you'll first be taken to a terrace which boasts one of the best views of St Peter's dome. Here, your Vatican guide will explain the marvels of the most famous basilica on earth.
Named after the colossal bronze pinecone that sits proudly within the garden, this 16th century courtyard displays a mix of ancient and modern art.
During the day, many rush through the museum and make the mistake of skipping this amazing part of the collection. But you don't want to miss the 'Laocoon and Sons' sculpture.
With ancient relics dating back to 2BC, your Vatican guide will lead you through this marble gallery pointing out hidden gems like statues with glass eyes.
A room full of illusions, your guide will epxplain the techniques used to create such impressive works of art and the religious significance of each scene that decorates the walls.
Your Vatican group tour includes visits the three most famous galleries in the Vatican Museums: Gallery of the Candelabras, Hall of Tapestries and the gorgeous Gallery of the Maps.
Located in the heart of the Vatican Museums, here your Vatican guide will explain this artistic interpretation of the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception by Italian artist Francesco Podesti.
Once the Pope’s apartment, Raphael decorated the walls of these rooms in his frescos. You'll be walking through priceless works of art when going from room to room in this part of the Vatican museum.
Your guide will lead you through the rooms that once served as the apartments of Pope Alexander VI. Although these rooms have witnessed much scandal, the intricate carvings are extraordinary.
The Chapel where Pope’s are elected still today. Feel the overpowering emotion that lives in this room as cardinals have spent endless hours deliberating the fate of men in this room over history.
It took the great artist 4 years to complete this work of art, portraying a sequence of biblical stories. Your attention will be drawn to the central point which depicts the "Creation of Adam".
Your Vatican guided tour will finish in the Sistine Chapel, but that doesn’t mean your experience has to end. You can then revisit favorite sites and explore the Vatican Museums at your own pace.
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VATICAN MUSEUMS & SISTINE CHAPEL
This Vatican tour is perfect for the visitor that wants see the Sistine Chapel from a new vantage point. Night time entrances are often far less croweded and a fresh way to see an amazing collection of artwork held within the Vatican museums.
Vatican Under the Stars
This tour includes the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. It does not include the St. Peter's Basilica because it is closed at this hour. After your tour consider staying in side the museums and having a drink or snack in the Pinecone Courtyard. There is a pleasant bar with outdoor seating in the courtyard overlooking the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica.
The tour begins in the Vatican Museums. Entering the Vatican in the evening allows you to enjoy this amazing museum without the heat of the day. Your expert Vatican guide will take you on a journey through art history as you walk through the rooms of one 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 Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Maps as your guide explains the history and stories surrounding this massive collection of art.
Our guide will explain the complexities of Raphael's frescoe in the former papal apartments. See the famous School of Athens and find out the true meaning of this work of art. See how Raphael paid tribute to all those who inspired him, even modern day actors apparently!
The Sistine Chapel
The evening Vatican tour concludes in the Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling and the altar wall are adorned by frescos painted by the incredible Michelangelo. As you walk inside, it is difficult to imagine that one mortal spent almost ten years of his life in this one room alone, going partially blind in the process and making something so beautiful and pleasing to the eye that it takes your breath away.
Time to Explore
For those who wish to stay inside the Vatican Museums after the conclusion of the Vatican "Under the Stars" Evening Small Group Tour, it is no problem at all. The museums will remain open for another two hours after the tour finishes so you have plenty of time to revisit your favorite works of art. Your Vatican Guide is a local to Rome so don't forget to ask for a great restaurant in the area for dinner. After all that culture, you'll deserve a pizza!\
Other Tours You May Like:
- "Privileged Entrance" Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
- "Pre-Opening" Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Private Tour
- Private Vatican Under the Stars Tour
- Trastevere "Locals" Rome Food Tour
- Florence Walking Tour with David
*Booking less than 7 days in advance will not guarantee a spot on a tour, but feel free to contact and ask and we will respond as fast as we can! IMPORTANT: Starting in December 2015, the Catholic Church will be celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy and during the following year there may be unexpected closings of different parts of the Vatican due to increased number of visitors. The Roman Guy will do his best to inform you on time of possible closings, but for the most part these will not be announced in advance. In the event that an area covered on the tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside and will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate the closed area.
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What to Bring
Student (18-25 w/ I.D.)
*Price Per Person
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.
Same as above. -$73.00
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Senior (65+) [$59.00]
Youth (7-17) [$49.00]
Student (18-25 w/ I.D.) [$54.00]
The Roman Guy offers a 95% 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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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.
Beautiful sunset walk through the pinecone courtyard and a visit to the Sistine Chapel around dusk. A memorable evening, would highly recommend it!
Was our 2nd time in the Vatican so this was great. Got inside and it was practically empty. Group was small and guide spoke great English.