You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
This is a walking tour and involves going up and down stairs.
Your Vatican guide will take you past the long general public line and directly into the special "early entrance" area to enter the Vatican Museums.
Marvel at one of the world’s largest and most impressive art collections. Your guide knows all of the Vatican Museums’ best highlights.
This gallery was once an open "loggia" but was walled off and closed some 200 years ago. The statues and candelabras on display here date back as far 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 one of the Vatican Museums’ best highlights. Maps that show the Italian peninsula circa 1580 are on display here.
The Sistine Chapel is the pièce de résistance of the Vatican Museums. Witness Michelangelo's iconic masterpiece in person.
Learn about the secrets behind Michelangelo's legendary work of genius in the Sistine Chapel before you enter. Since the chapel is a place of worship, no speaking is allowed inside.
Except on Wednesdays, this tour features a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, Catholicism’s most important church.
One St. Peter's hidden treasures is a statue now celebrated 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, the Baldacchino sits in the center of St. Peter’s Basilica. Marvel at this gorgeous located directly above St. Peter's tomb.
Our final stop is a visit to the Papal Tombs below the floor of the basilica. Visit the crypts that house the tombs of hundreds of ex-popes.
If you take this tour on a Wednesday, you’ll visit some of the world's most iconic statues, including Laocoön and His Sons in place of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Only on Wednesdays. How big would you build your bathtub if you ruled the Roman Empire? Witness just how far emperor Nero went to bathe in absolute luxury.
If you want to explore more of the Vatican, feel free to do so. We recommend climbing St. Peter's Dome for some of the best views in Rome.
Short delays at the security check may occur during the busiest months, June and July. We have a team of experts at the Vatican every morning to help our groups avoid delays as much as possible.
Q: Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?
A: We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and 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.
Q: Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday's in the morning 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 regular 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 am, 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.
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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The highlights tour is a must see for anyone In a time crunch! Gets the job done and you don't miss any of the important stuff!
Great tour for if you are in a time crunch or even if you are just not a fan of taking longs tours! This highlights tour gives you all of the juicy deGreat tour for if you are in a time crunch or even if you are just not a fan of taking longs tours! This highlights tour gives you all of the juicy details and showcases all of the important stuff! Great!..more
This express tour is definitely a great option for seeing the highlights of the Vatican! Even though it was "express" I still feel as though my tourThis express tour is definitely a great option for seeing the highlights of the Vatican! Even though it was "express" I still feel as though my tour guide went into great detail- You could tell that he loves giving this tour! Such a great experience!..more
Thanks Ami for a fabulous tour! It was great to tour such an interesting place with someone with so much knowledge and passion for it. We wouldn’t havThanks Ami for a fabulous tour! It was great to tour such an interesting place with someone with so much knowledge and passion for it. We wouldn’t have taken in or understood nearly as much if we didn’t take the tour. Both of the teenagers thought it was fabulous also! Highly recommend!!..more
This tour was really great, with Frank at the helm. He was funny, delightful and informative having worked at The Vatican and knew every intricate detThis tour was really great, with Frank at the helm. He was funny, delightful and informative having worked at The Vatican and knew every intricate details of it's history. It was like touring with a friend. The tour is awesome if you don't have a heap of time on your hands but you have the option to explore and meander further. Frank made it personable. Highly recommend!!..more