You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up & down stairs.
After learning all about the wonders of the Sistine Chapel from our guide, you’ll step inside. The regular entry crowds are still waiting in line outside the museums.
The Chapel is silent, so we give you a visual guide to help you navigate the frescoes you’ve just learned about. Including Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’.
Our guide will take you to visit the best works of art inside the Vatican Museums. You’ll visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries and the amazing gilded Gallery of Maps.
Decorated by playboy painter Raphael for Pope Julius II, you’ll get to admire Raphael’s priceless frescos, including his glorious "School of Athens”.
If you’ve heard about the Borgia family, you’ll know of Pope Alexander VI and his scandalous family. You’ll walk through his apartments on this Vatican tour.
There’s no better place to wrap up your Vatican tour than with a skip the line visit to St Peter’s Basilica, home of the papacy and standing tall at over 448ft high!
This statue is celebrated today as one of the greatest ever made and is the only work of art ever signed by Michelangelo. Learn how it was once victim to an attack as our guide takes you to see it.
One of the most celebrated works sits by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini sits right in the center of the Basilica. Directly below it is St. Peter's tomb and above is the incredible St Peter’s dome
After your tour, ask our guide where to buy tickets to climb the dome. If you're up to it, we recommend it. There are some great views of Rome and the Vatican State from the top.
One of our top-selling Rome tours, skip the line and go straight to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with this guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. See the Vatican Museum’s best galleries and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a professional English-speaking guide. Our Privileged Entrance guided Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour starts at 7:30 a.m. and doors open shortly after 8 a.m. (a full hour before general admission opens). Witness the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel before the large crowds. Our professional English-speaking guide will then take you through a guided tour of the Vatican Museums before heading to St. Peter’s Basilica.
Short delays at the security check may occur during June and July, our busiest months. However, we have a team of experts at the Vatican every morning to best help our groups avoid delays. Your guide will meet the group at 7:30 a.m. to begin the early access Vatican Museum tour prior to doors opening for special groups at 8 a.m.
First stop is a visit to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public. Upon entering, you’ll see why the Sistine Chapel is one of Michelangelo’s most prized masterpieces. The Sistine Chapel also serves as a gathering place for cardinals of the Catholic Church, where new popes are elected. As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is forbidden. Your guide will tell you about its history and provide you with a map for reference prior to entering.
Please note: The Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, so visitors are required to have their knees and shoulders covered when inside. Failure to do so will result in refused entry to a portion of the Vatican tour. During Rome’s hot summer months, consider bringing a shawl or sweater for covering yourself when necessary.
Visit the Vatican’s most celebrated galleries including the Borgia Apartments, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. Predating a unified Italy by nearly 300 years, the Gallery of the Maps contains painted topographical maps of Italy. This is one of our favorite places in the Vatican.
The term Renaissance, meaning "rebirth," refers to the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries that produced a revival in art, literature and learning. The ideal Renaissance man, Raphael was one of Rome's most famous Renaissance artists who designed and painted multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. Among the many Vatican Museum masterpieces, you’ll see one of Raphael’s most famous works, The School of Athens.
St. Peter's Basilica is the Vatican’s grand centerpiece. Upon entering, you’ll encounter the largest church you've ever seen, filled with artwork from all of Italy’s historically-renowned artists. Skip the lines waiting outside in St Peter's Square and access the basilica through a special side entrance available to our guides. Once inside, admire masterpieces such as Bernini’s Baldacchino, La Pieta and the statue of St. Peter. While it is free to enter, this guided tour will optimize your Vatican Museum experience while skipping the long lines outside.
Important: If you wish to further explore the museums toward the end of your guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, you must forgo the guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica. If you choose to do this, you’ll lose the opportunity to skip the lines with your guide and use the special entrance from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica. If you decide to leave the tour early, please return your headset to the tour guide. You are welcome to remain in the basilica longer once the tour concludes, we ask that you do not proceed with your tour guide to take photos in the piazza. The regular security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended.
The itinerary for any guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel will change on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. If you take the Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour on a Wednesday, the visit to St. Peter's Basilica is substituted with a visit to the Pio-Clementino Museum, home to three of the most iconic historical statues. Learn the oral history associated with the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons and the Belvedere Torso. You'll also visit one of the biggest and oldest bathtubs in existence, which to this day, is impossible to recreate.
Q: What time does the tour actually go inside and are there no lines at all?
A: As an accredited tour operator, we do not have to wait in the regular entrance line, but for security reasons, we still have to wait in a security line. For this reason, we leave the tour meeting point as prompt as possible and find our place in the security line reserved for tour operators. The doors open for us at 8:00 am, an hour before the general public. The time spent in the security line is when our guide explains the wonders you'll find inside the Sistine Chapel, using visual aids.
Q: Is a tour of St. Peter's Basilica alwasy included?
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings due to the Papal Audience. We often still run the tour on Wednesdays as it might be your only day in Rome! When St Peter's is closed, we visit some of the most iconic statues in the world and Emperor Nero's enormous marble bathtub instead. There's lots to see inside the museums!
Q: What are the chances my tour will be cancelled or the Vatican will close?
A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. On some rare occassion, areas of the Vatican City can close for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide an explanation from outside and will then show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Would you recommend this tour for me?
A: If you have doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a private Vatinca tour instead. Our private tours are customizable to meet your needs.
Child (5 & under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to the start time of your tour. 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 the start time of your tour. 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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Privileged entry made me feel like royalty! Loved it!
This tour was fabulous! I enjoyed every minute of it and the guide was so knowledgable and passionate!
The skip the line and early admission was absolutely incredible! I felt so royal being able to skip the line, such an exclusive feeling! Soooooooo wThe skip the line and early admission was absolutely incredible! I felt so royal being able to skip the line, such an exclusive feeling! Soooooooo worth it!..more
The Privileged entrance to the Vatican tour was amazing. It is quite early but is TOTALLY worth it. Our tour guide (eleonora) was super funny and had The Privileged entrance to the Vatican tour was amazing. It is quite early but is TOTALLY worth it. Our tour guide (eleonora) was super funny and had very insightful stories. You are basically the first ones to enter the halls so you can take your time, ask questions and take nice pictures. Definitely recommend to do it with the Roman Guy, everything was on time, and well organized...more
My family and I enjoyed the tour so much from the 1st minute to the last. The Roman Guy (sorry I didn't get his name) who met us was so welcoming whilMy family and I enjoyed the tour so much from the 1st minute to the last. The Roman Guy (sorry I didn't get his name) who met us was so welcoming while Anna was an exceptional guide with such enthusiasm about her role, knowledge about the details of the tour, and rapport with our group. I will definitely recommend your services to my friends and to everybody who wants to visit italy...more