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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up & down stairs.
With a visual aid in hand, be among the first people to walk into the spectacular Sistine Chapel and admire the masterpiece of Michelangelo, leaving the crowds waiting in line outside.
Learn about Michelangelo and the incredible fresco paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Marvel at one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world as you visit our favorite collections.
Originally an open "loggia", this gallery was walled and closed some 200 years ago. The statues and candelabras on display here date as far back 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 incredible frescoes of maps.
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 most important church in all of Christendom, the home of the papacy and one of the most remarkable buildings ever built. There’s no better place to wrap up your Vatican tour.
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 work 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.
If you take this tour on a Wednesday, instead of St Peter's Basilica, get up close to some of the world's 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? On Wednesdays, witness just how far emperor Nero went to bathe in ultimate luxury.
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're up to it, access some amazing views of Rome from St. Peter's Dome. The climb is worth it.
Enter a Full Hour Before General Opening at 8a.m. (meet at 7:30a.m.)
Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
Passionate English-Speaking Local Guide
Our Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour starts at 7:30a.m. and we enter the Vatican Museums just after 8a.m (an hour earlier than general public access). As a result, witness the jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel before the masses stream in. After visiting the Sistine Chapel, our professional English-speaking guide will take you back through the highlights of the Vatican Museums. Then pass back through the Sistine Chapel and head to St. Peter’s Basilica. One of our most popular Rome tours, this 3.5 hour Vatican tour includes:
Short delays at the security check may occur during our busiest months, often during the summer. We do, however, have a team of experts at the Vatican every morning to help our groups avoid delays as much as possible. At 7:30 a.m., meet your guide who will explain the Sistine Chapel while you prepare to enter the museums when the doors open for special groups at 8 a.m.
Except on Wednesdays
Q: Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings 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 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 8:00 am, an hour before the general public.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be cancelled 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.
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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.
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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Thank you, Raf! What a great experience you provided! You are a wealth of knowledge and you know just what points are most interesting to your group. Thank you, Raf! What a great experience you provided! You are a wealth of knowledge and you know just what points are most interesting to your group. She had a lot of extra material on her iPad which helped with our understanding. We really appreciated how she was able to find the most interesting and entertaining facts to bring out. A highlight of our trip to Italy! Very worth the ticket price to gain a better understanding and to be inside before the crowds, which were lining up even when it was not the height of the tourist season...more
This is a must if you are going to the Vatican! Our guide was brilliant. I did not ask but I would assume she was an art history major. It was early iThis is a must if you are going to the Vatican! Our guide was brilliant. I did not ask but I would assume she was an art history major. It was early in the morning so we were literally the only people in the Sistine chapel...Imagine that..
Avoid the coffee shop that is directly across the street where we met her. Way overpriced!..more
Raf was a great guide - knowledgeable and entertaining, and brought lots of materials with her - especially on her iPad - to explain absolutely everytRaf was a great guide - knowledgeable and entertaining, and brought lots of materials with her - especially on her iPad - to explain absolutely everything. This was especially helpful during the lead-in to the Sistine Chapel, so we could understand the significance of all the wonderful paintings pefore we entered that sacred space (with no loud talking/explaining would be appropriate). She was also wonderful in the Vatican museum, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican Grottoes. To make the most of your time and beat the crowds, the early morning tour is a great way to go...more
We usually don't do tours since we value flexibility. However, we made an exception for Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica becauWe usually don't do tours since we value flexibility. However, we made an exception for Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica because we hear the waiting line and crowd can be really, really, bad.
I read somewhere that whether a tour is worth the money or not really depends on the quality of the guide. So we took a chance and signed up with the Roman Guys because it seems they have a good reputation. Well, they lived up to their reputation because our guide, Fabi, was truly fantastic! Her knowledge is deep, her navigation is efficient, her communication is effective and witty, and her enthusiasm about art and history sort of infected us in the most positive way. We now want to learn more about Rome and its history and art!
We are in our 60's and we considered taking the 5 hour tour, but ultimately decided on this 3.5 hour tour because we did not want to get exhausted. We feel it was the right decision. We had some stamina left to climb up to the top of St. Peter's dome (with a help of elevator half way) to enjoy the view from the top...more
Sabrina, our tour guide was outstanding. Her knowledge of everything in the museum, Chapel and Basilica was amazing. I would not have felt as fulfilleSabrina, our tour guide was outstanding. Her knowledge of everything in the museum, Chapel and Basilica was amazing. I would not have felt as fulfilled without her knowledge. When we entered the Sistine Chapel we were among about 50 other people and were able to walk around freely and even sit down on the few benches if needed. When we passed through later it was packed wall to wall and would have been very difficult to enjoy the way we did...more