Vatican Highlights with Rome Walking Tour

Explore the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, then see Castel Sant'Angelo, the Pantheon, and more

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Are you hoping to see just the highlights of the Vatican and explore some of the nearby attractions with a guide? Then join this half-day tour that gives you a chance to see the most well-known art in the Vatican before exploring landmarks like Castel Sant'Angelo, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and more. With skip-the-line access to the Vatican, you'll maximize your time seeing the incredible art at the Vatican and St. Peters before heading off on your walking tour of Rome.

  • Skip the Line Vatican Tickets
  • Main Galleries
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon
  • Gelato Stop
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps

Meet your guide and small group at the staircase between Caffé Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi. You'll get skip-the-line access to the Vatican so you can avoid most of the crowds and explore these beautiful museums without wasting time in the general line. Follow your passionate guide to see the Vatican's main galleries, Pio Clementino Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Then, embark on a guided tour to see several of central Rome's main landmarks: Castel Sant'Angelo, Ponte Sant'Angelo, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps. You'll be amazed at how much you can see in half a day!

Vatican With Rome Walking Tour Description

This 5.5-hour tour includes:

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica

  • Guided walking tour of some of Rome's landmarks

  • Stop for gelato (included)

  • A small group of up to 16 people

  • A fun, local guide

Pio Clementino, Top Galleries, and Sobieski Room

Enjoy a visit to a collection of the most important Roman and Greek artwork at the Pio Clementino Museum. Here you'll learn about three of the world’s most iconic statues: the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons, and the Belvedere Torso. Your next stop is to see Nero’s one-of-a-kind red marble bathtub, made with materials that are unavailable today making it a truly rare object.

Some of the most popular galleries in the Vatican are on your itinerary too: the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps. See how detailed the topographical maps are, and spot the eyes in the tapestry that seem to follow you!

Then continue to a room filled with paintings depicting the famous Polish victory over the Turks in 1683, before moving on to the most famous place in the Vatican.

The Sistine Chapel

While you stand beneath the frescoes of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, it’s impossible not to appreciate how difficult it must have been for Michelangelo to toil away year after year at this masterpiece. Visiting the Vatican is simply not complete without a visit at the Sistine Chapel, so enjoy some time to take in the stunning frescoes that have captivated millions of people for centuries.

Please note that the Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, so both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

St. Peter's Basilica

And of course, a visit to the Vatican isn't complete without seeing the massive icon of a church is where St. Peter's remains are believed to be buried. Stand in awe under St. Peter's dome and the magnificent canopy (Bernini's Baldacchino) and enjoy a guided tour of the basilica's collection of art, relics, mosaics, and sculptures.

Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesdays for the Papal Audience and can occasionally experience other unexpected closures. If this happens, your guide will make up the time at other areas within the Vatican.

Walking Tour of Rome's Landmarks

Now it's time to head outdoors and explore some of the closest landmarks of Rome. While you won't go all the way to the Colosseum, you'll have a chance to see one of the other imposing landmarks that many tours don't include: Castel Sant'Angelo, which was the original mausoleum of Hadrian.

Then you'll follow your guide to Piazza Navona and learn about the Fountain of Four Rivers and the history of this famous piazza. Next is the famous Pantheon which has the most incredible columns leading into the worlds oldest known dome. It's a favorite structure of most Romans today, not only for its size and construction but also the open oculus in the middle that was essential to its construction.

Your guide will also make sure to take you to a delicious gelato shop to enjoy a refreshing taste of Italy's famous dolce.

A stop at the incomparable Trevi Fountain is also included on your walking tour of Rome. Take in the beautiful marble statues of the world's most famous fountain and toss in a few coins while you're there! Your guide will teach you how to properly make a wish too.

Finally, head to the iconic Spanish Steps and learn about why these steps are so special to Romans, and why there is a fountain that looks like a rowboat there.

What you get with this tour
Skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums
Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
Guided walking tour of some of Rome's landmarks
A small group of up to 16 people
A fun, local guide
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01 October 2022
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DENISE MOTOYASU

There are many sights to see in Rome. This tour covers some of the best highlights. I felt like I got a lot of bang for the buck. Our tour guide Yamuna was wonderful. She shared a lot of her knowledge and her passion for the history of the art showed. We were able to see an additional section in the Vatican Museum that not all guides have access to. Her information about each of the sights was very interesting. I highly recommend this tour.

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Derek Wilmoth

This was way beyond our expectations. We ended up being the only two on the tour, making it a private tour with Stefano. To say he was amazing is a huge understatement. He gave us so much information about the Vatican and it’s art, most notably the Sistine Chapel, Trevi, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, among others. He was more than personable, funny, and loved knowing about my wife being Jewish and how it relates to the history of the Catholic Church. There are not enough words to explain how great this, and he was.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Between Caffé Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise the Vatican might refuse entry to religious sites and you’ll 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.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a Private Vatican Tour so your needs can be better accommodated for the pace and navigating the stairs.

What are the chances my tour will be canceled or the Vatican will close something.

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.

Does this tour really skip the line?

Yes! Your guide will escort you past the long general admission line to the shorter line for groups. Then you'll enter the Vatican before the general public.

What to bring?

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise the Vatican might refuse entry to religious sites and you’ll 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.

Where to meet?

Between Caffé Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

Will we visit the Colosseum?

No, the Colosseum is not included on this tour. If you'd like to book a Colosseum tour as well, check out our popular Colosseum Arena Floor tour.

Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?

St. Peter's Basilica is always closed on Wednesday mornings for the weekly papal audience. If you book a tour on Wednesday, your guide will make up the time in other fascinating areas in the Vatican Museums.

Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

Yes, though you may find the experience lacking. But you can click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

Is lunch included?

No, lunch is not included on this tour.

Will this tour go inside Castel Sant'Angelo?

No, this tour doesn't enter Castel Sant'Angelo but you'll learn about it with your guide as you see the exterior.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends at the Spanish Steps.

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