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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up & down stairs.
Your guide will take you past the long general access line to a much shorter security line. You’ll enter the Vatican Museums in no time at all.
Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and open spaces of Pinecone Courtyard, one of the many open spaces inside of the Vatican Museums.
The Pio-Clementino Museum inside the Vatican hosts one of the best collections of ancient Greco-Roman statues in Rome.
See some of the most iconic statues in the world, including Laocoön and His Sons inside the Pio-Clementino Museum.
How big would you want your bathtub to be if you ruled the Roman Empire? On Wednesdays, witness emperor Nero’s 25-foot marble bathtub.
This gallery was originally an open-sided "loggia," but was walled off some 200 years ago. You’ll see statues and candelabras during this Vatican tour that date back as far as the 3rd Century B.C.
Some of this gallery’s masterpieces were designed after the cartoons drawn by Raphael. Look out for a tapestry that features a spectacular optical illusion.
A true highlight of the Vatican Museums, incredible frescoes of maps are featured on display in this gallery.
The next stop on your Vatican group tour, these apartments decorated for Pope Julius II by Raphael, are adorned in Raphael’s priceless frescoes, including his glorious "School of Athens”.
Visit the former apartments of Pope Alexander VI. One of the most controversial popes, you’ll wish these walls could talk.
The Sistine Chapel is the pièce de résistance of the Vatican Museums. Witness Michelangelo's breathtaking masterpiece in person.
There’s no better place to wrap up your Vatican tour than St. Peter’s Basilica, the most important church in all of Christendom, home of the papacy and one of the most remarkable churches ever built.
Sitting in the center of the Basilica, the Baldacchino is one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most celebrated works. St. Peter's tomb is located directly below this gorgeous dome.
One of St. Peter's Basilica’s hidden treasures, La Pietà is a statue celebrated today as one of the greatest ever made. It's also the only work of art created by Michelangelo that he signed.
Before we say "arrivederci", we’ll stand on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, where you’ll learn the history of St. Peter's Square.
*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.
Important! If you wish to stay in the Vatican Museums toward the end of your tour, you must forgo the guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica. If you choose to do this, you’ll lose the chance to use the special entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica from the Sistine Chapel and skip the lines with your guide. If you decide to leave the tour early, remember to return your headset to the tour guide.
Visit the Pio-Clementino Museum, home to the Apollo Belvedere, the Belvedere Torso and Laocoön and His Sons. Learn about the myths and legends associated with these iconic statues before visiting a 25-ft red marble bathtub. Believed to have belonged to Emperor Nero, this massive tub is made from a red marble so rare and precious that it cannot be recreated.
Explore the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and our personal favorite, the Gallery of the Maps. Based on painted topographical maps of Italy by Ignazio Danti, a Dominican Italian friar, the Gallery of Maps is both beautiful and informative. The painted frescoes reveal the Renaissance Italian view of the geography of the land during the time period. Predating a unified Italy by almost 300 years, the Gallery of Maps shows the length and breadth of the Italian peninsula around 1580. Try to spot the sea monster in one of the maps.
Once occupied by Borgia Pope Alexander VI, the Borgia Apartments were frescoed by early Renaissance artist Pinturicchio. A co-pupil of Raphael under master Perugino, Pinturicchio had a penchant for embedding fake jewels and three-dimensional objects such as metal saddle studs into his frescoes. The Borgia Apartments also contain the first depiction of Native Americans in European art.
Once you are inside, it is clear why the Sistine Chapel is one of the most celebrated works of art in Western civilization. Michelangelo painted over 600 figures in all, making the sheer magnitude of this endeavor mindblowing. Since the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, visitors are not permitted to speak inside. As your guide cannot explain the frescoes once inside - we will provide you with a map/handout for reference before entering.
The last stop on this Vatican tour is St. Peter’s Basilica. This massive church is the size of two American football fields and is filled with works created by some of history’s most celebrated artists. You will enter through a special door, skipping the lines to visit the most opulent church in the world. Once inside, you’ll admire masterpieces such as the Baldacchino, La Pieta, the statue of St. Peter and more. Even if you’re not familiar with art history, the interior of this church will make you stand in awe.
Important: 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: Will the Vatican Museums be crowded during this tour?
A: The Vatican is often slow in the late afternoon, but there is a chance the museums may be crowded while we are inside.
Q: Does the Vatican ever experience unexpected closures?
A: During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may be closed unexpectedly. 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. What do you suggest?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Vatican Private Tour.
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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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So awesome being able to see so many aspects of the Vatican! I loved it!
First of all, I loved skipping the line! This made everything so convenient and I am so thankful that I did not have to wait in line! Second of all, IFirst of all, I loved skipping the line! This made everything so convenient and I am so thankful that I did not have to wait in line! Second of all, I did not think I would appreciate the Sistine Chapel as much as I did but it was the highlight of my WHOLE trip! Our tour guide was incredible and I owe half of my enjoyment to him!..more
Our tour group consisted of 5 people (low season!) and it couldn't have been a better experience. Our tour guide Anna, was amazing and so knowledgeablOur tour group consisted of 5 people (low season!) and it couldn't have been a better experience. Our tour guide Anna, was amazing and so knowledgeable about every aspect of the Vatican and St Peteres Basilica and square. Would definitely recommend...more
We booked The Roman Guy for multiple tours during our time in Italy & cannot recommend enough. This tour of the Vatican was one of my favorite parts oWe booked The Roman Guy for multiple tours during our time in Italy & cannot recommend enough. This tour of the Vatican was one of my favorite parts of our stay in Rome. Our tour guide was fantastic – so knowledgeable and passionate. The tour was perfectly paced and small enough that it felt very personal. Would definitely recommend...more
This was a wonderful January tour with only one couple, our guide, and myself! The tour was paced perfectly, and our guide, Anna, was knowledgeable anThis was a wonderful January tour with only one couple, our guide, and myself! The tour was paced perfectly, and our guide, Anna, was knowledgeable and passionate about art and history. She was a delight! I learned tons! I highly recommend this tour!..more