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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up&down the 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 once doors open for special groups at 8a.m (an hour earlier than general public access). By begining your exploration of the Vatican Museums ahead of them, you gain the chance to witness the 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 the busiest months, June and July. We do, however, have a team of experts at the Vatican every morning to help our groups avoid delays as much as possible. Meet your guide at 7:30a.m. who will explain the Sistine Chapel in the security line, before you enter the museums when doors open for special groups at 8a.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 bc 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: If I book as a student do I need to bring anything?
A: Please bring your student ID and have it ready the morning of the tour
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 8a.m., an hour before the general public.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be canceled 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.
Where to Meet
What to Bring
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.
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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Our guide was Stella? She was fantastic, easy meet up with Roman guy people to check in and find our guide. Stella was quick to set us up with our heaOur guide was Stella? She was fantastic, easy meet up with Roman guy people to check in and find our guide. Stella was quick to set us up with our headphones, easy to understand and unbelievably knowledgable. She explained everything in the Sistine chapel beforehand which helped and was good negotiating the way around the Vatican. Well worth the extra. Thank you Stella ..more
Laura led my privileged entrance tour to the Vatican this morning. It was amazing! She so clearly conveyed information on everything we saw and answeLaura led my privileged entrance tour to the Vatican this morning. It was amazing! She so clearly conveyed information on everything we saw and answered all our questions. I was having second thoughts about getting up so early with jet lag, but this tour was the highlight on my trip to Rome...more
Fabiana was our guide and she was great! She explained everything and you could tell that she is very passionate about history. Seeing the Sistine ChaFabiana was our guide and she was great! She explained everything and you could tell that she is very passionate about history. Seeing the Sistine Chapel early was worth the price, because we had to pass back through on our way to the Basilica and it was a madhouse! Do yourself a favor and book this tour and don't worry about lines and long waits...more
Wonderful experience to see Sistine Chapel before the masses arrive. Fast-pop aced but also very to y informative. Our guide, Lucia,was very knowledgeWonderful experience to see Sistine Chapel before the masses arrive. Fast-pop aced but also very to y informative. Our guide, Lucia,was very knowledgeable and made sure we saw the most important pieces in the museum. I highly recommend a guided tour...more