You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
There will be plenty of walking and also going up & down the stairs as we cross between galleries on different levels.
Your Vatican guide will lead you past the long general public line directly to the "special entrance" area to access the Vatican Museums
Enter the spectacular Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s iconic masterpiece.
Visit our favorite collections and marvel at one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world.
Enjoy the Pinecone Courtyard’s amazing views and open space, one of many open spaces within the Vatican State and Museums.
See works of art painted by the likes of Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Leonardo, Guido Reni and Giotto up close and personal.
Get up close to some of the world's most iconic statues in the world, including Laocoön and His Sons in the Bramante Courtyard.
How big would you build your bathtub if you ruled the Roman Empire? Witness just how far Emperor Nero went to bathe in utter opulence.
This marble torso is more than meets the eye. Our guide will explain the significance of this broken statue is and how it inspired some of Michelangelo's most famous works of art.
Once an open "loggia", this gallery was walled and closed about 200 years ago. The statues and candelabras on display date as far back as the 3rd century B.C.
Some of the masterpieces in this gallery were inspired by cartoons drawn by Raphael. Look out for a tapestry that features a spectacular optical illusion.
These incredible frescoes of maps are a true highlight of the Vatican Museums.
Decorated for Pope Julius II by the hand of Raphael, these apartments are 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, one of history’s most controversial popes. With all the scandal surrounding this pope and his family, you'll wish these walls c
A detailed itinerary tour of the Vatican would not be complete without a tour of the most important church in all of Catholicism, St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Peter's Basilica features one of the Vatican Museums’ hidden treasures; a statue celebrated today as one of the greatest ever made and the only piece of art ever signed by Michelangelo.
One of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most celebrated works, this gorgeous dome sits in the center of the Basilica directly above St. Peter's tomb.
Our final stop visits the Papal Tombs directly below the floor of the basilica. Visit the the crypts that hold the tombs of hundreds of former popes.
Climb St. Peter's Dome and see some amazing views of Rome from the top. The view alone is worth the climb.
Whether you’re an art history nerd or history buff, experience the Vatican Museums as in-depth as possible. With our Detailed Itinerary Vatican Tour, you’ll skip the regular entrance line* and visit the Vatican’s best highlights and hidden gems. Learn the most fascinating stories about the Vatican City State, the popes and the collections housed at the Vatican Museums. This five-hour tour features:
Except on Wednesdays
Remember, it isn’t possible to return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the guided tour of the basilica. Also, if you’d like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. Because the security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended, we suggest you stay inside St. Peter’s and explore on your own after the tour concludes.
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 ama.m. 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 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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This tour was incredible! When they say detailed, they mean detailed! If you are looking for an in-depth tour, this is for you!
The 5 hour Vatican tour given by Frederica was astonishingly good. Her depth of knowledge about the Vatican's art collection was impressive - this is The 5 hour Vatican tour given by Frederica was astonishingly good. Her depth of knowledge about the Vatican's art collection was impressive - this is not a tour where the guide only knows about the prescribed stops on the tour and nothing else. She was able to speak in depth about anything we asked her. If she is the quality of all The Roman Guy's guides, I'll be booking with them again. The Vatican is huge. A tour of shorter duration or doing it on your own where you aren't learning about what your seeing would be shortchanging your experience. For those considering this tour, be aware that you are standing or walking the entire time so your legs will be very sore afterward. Also the description indicates 'skip the regular entrance line' but we did stand in line for about 10 minutes prior to the Vatican opening tho this may not have been the 'regular' line but a special group entrance. In any event, 10 minutes was a blessing as the wait is notoriously hours long. It was also February. My one quibble with the tour was that we did not go immediately as indicated to the Sistine Chapel. We arrived there about Noon when hundreds of other people were also there. Because it was wall-to-wall crowded and the guards constantly 'shush' everyone, be the Chapel was the low point on the tour. But this is churlish. It's an extraordinary tour. Do it. You'll be glad you did so. It's a once in a lifetime visit...more
This was a perfect way to know the Vatican. It is dense as it’s a 5 hour tour but it is never boring. Our guide, Federica, was so nice and had so muchThis was a perfect way to know the Vatican. It is dense as it’s a 5 hour tour but it is never boring. Our guide, Federica, was so nice and had so much knowledge, always answering our questions. Never purchased any tour from The Roman Guy but the bar was set very high for any tour I take in the future. Well done!!..more
I have toured with The Roman Guy and have never been disappointed! More recently, I have taken this tour and was blown away by the exclusiveness of thI have toured with The Roman Guy and have never been disappointed! More recently, I have taken this tour and was blown away by the exclusiveness of the tour and how incredibly knowledgable my guide was! The Roman Guy just keeps me winning!..more
Never thought we could spend 5 hours in a museum and church and not fall asleep. We loved every minute! Raf our guide made it happen. It would never hNever thought we could spend 5 hours in a museum and church and not fall asleep. We loved every minute! Raf our guide made it happen. It would never have been as great without her knowledge, personality and delivery. Loved it!!..more