Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Local Trastevere Food Tour Combo

The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, then eat food!

5 / 5 See All 2 Reviews · 8.0h 12 max · Rome, Italy

After three hours of admiring masterpieces at a museum, there is nothing better than plenty of food and wine. On this tour you will visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel in the afternoon before exploring Trastevere on our delicious food tour.

Tour Details
  • Vatican Museums
  • Laocoön and His Sons
  • Nero's Bath
  • Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Michelangelo's La Pietà
  • Baldacchino by Berini
  • Piazza Farnese
  • Pizza Bianca
  • Roman Street Food
  • Full Course Pasta Dinner
  • Wine and Limoncello
  • Gelato

How did Michelangelo reach the Sistine Chapel ceiling? Why is Raphael's School of Athens on the Vatican Museums ticket? Is cacio e pepe really so much better than mac n cheese? On this Vatican and Trastevere local food combo tour, your english speaking guide will not only answer these questions but tell amazing stories on this experience you will never forget. This 6-hour tour includes:

  • A storytelling English-speaking guide
  • Skip the line Vatican access
  • A maximum group size of 18 (for Vatican tour)
  • A maximum group size of 12 (for food tour)
  • 4 carefully selected authentic stops with including plenty of wine
  • Sit-down dinner at a local Roman restaurant

Skip the Line Vatican Tickets

The line into the Vatican can take hours of precious time in Rome. With our Skip the Line access we will slide right past the crowds into the Vatican Museums for an amazing three hour tour. 

Nero’s Bath and Octagonal Courtyard

Did you know that a bathtub could be considered priceless? Here you will see Nero's Bath, made of a type of marble so rare that it has not been quarried for centuries. In the Pio Clementino museum you will see Laocoön and His Sons, the Apollo Belvedere, the Belvedere Torso and other world famous works. 

Highlights of the Vatican

Walk through the Vatican’s primary galleries with your guide and explore the Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps and Candelabra Gallery. Each of these unique galleries present more than just painting, whether it’s the precisely weaved tapestries based on Raphael designs, large marble busts, or giant maps designed centuries before GPS.

Raphael’s School of Athens

A true "Renaissance Man",  Raphael is part of the Renaissance trinity with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.  The most mentioned name in the Vatican Museums,  Raphael frescoed multiple rooms within the Museums, but he is most famous for the gallery that bears his name.  His greatest masterpiece, School of Athens depicts the great minds of ancient Greece discussing their philosophy and ideas.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

And for the main event and maybe the reason you’ve decided to take a tour of the Vatican Museums, your guide will escort you to the Sistine Chapel. Covered in beautifully colorful frescoes with profound biblical meaning, you’ll see Michelangelo’s true masterpiece. You’ll notice over 600 figures portrayed on the Sistine Chapel ceiling and walls. Since the Sistine Chapel is a sacred and silent place of worship, your guide will make sure to explain the walls and frescoes beforehand with a visual aid before you enter.

The moment you've been waiting for and the star of the show, the Sistine Chapel is one of the most impressive rooms on Earth. Covered in frescoes based on biblical moments, his depiction of the Last Judgement is a true masterpiece. Over 600 figures are portrayed across the Sistine Chapel in a impressive display indescribable through only words. The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship and holiness therefore speaking is not allowed inside. Before you enter your guide will describe where to focus and what you are going to see. 

Please note: In order to enter the Sistine Chapel, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to this portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

St. Peter’s Basilica

Without a guided tour, visiting St. Peter's Basilica involves another line that can take hours. With our group you will be able to access the special door that goes directly from the Sistine Chapel to the Basilica without any lines. In the Basilica, your guide will explain the history of the grand church and the great works of art inside. 

Trastevere Food Tour

After three hours at the Vatican you will surely be hungry enough for a culinary exploration of Rome. It may not be the Sistine Chapel but on this tour you will sample local delicacies from fried fish to gelato. Centered in the hip neighborhood of Trastevere, you will experience how Romans eat and drink. An amazing way to avoid the tourist traps, you will certainly not end the night hungry. 

Roman Bakery and Pizza

The first spot on the tour is an authentic Roman forno, or bakery. Here you will try the pizza that people line up for everyday. It does not have sauce or cheese but it is the delicious pizza bianca. Similar to foccacia in northern Italy, this olive oil flat bread is the perfect start to the delectable evening. 

Roman Street Food

Before heading across the river, you will try a piece of mouthwatering fried fish at Dar Filettaro. Located only a few yards from Campo de Fiori, it is common to see Romans eating the fish before a night on the town at Campo de Fiori's many pubs. 

Authentic Roman Restaurant

Now it's time for pasta. After walking around the Vatican and the city there is nothing better than sitting down to a full pasta dinner with plenty of wine to wash it down. At dinner you will sample two incredible pasta dishes, Cacio e Pepe and Bucatini all'Amatriciana. Your guide will explain the history behind these dishes and give plenty of time to relax and eat. The end of the dinner portions ends with limoncello and a cheers of cin-cin!

Best Organic Gelato in Trastevere

Before we let you go you need to have some gelato. It is a food tour in Rome after all. You will try one of Rome's best organic gelaterias with their large selection of flavors. There's a perfect combination of flavors for everyone if you have any concerns your guide is happy to help lead the way before saying Arrivaderci!

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1/12/2020
Best Day of Vacation

This combination was exactly what I wanted. I was a bit worried of having to find two meeting points but The Roman Guy team was so helpful and answered all my questions. The food was great too!

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Alice
12/23/2019
Great day in Rome

We got the train in from Tuscany at 9:00 am and I wanted to really see the Vatican and of course eat well on our last night before flying back to Australia. What an afternoon/evening! I loved the Sistine Chapel but after 3 hours the wine was so necessary! Thanks Roman Guys

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of Caffé Vaticano on Viale Vaticano, 100. This is across the street from the Vatican Museum Entrance. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes because you'll be on your feet for the length of the tour. Also if you're wearing summer clothes because it's hot in Rome, bring something to wrap around yourself before you enter the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's Basilica. Knees and shoulders must be covered to visit these sites.

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.

Q: Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

A: Of course. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

Q: Does this tour always visit every artwork listed?

Often artwork undergoes restorations or is loaned to another museum as an exhibit. Our itinerary will include the stop if it is open to be seen. If not, we will add a substitute.

Q: First things first, how much wine do we actually get?

A: We promise at least 3 glasses, but in many places, it is served by the carafe which is the typical family style way in Rome. In this case, you can probably drink more, but don't overdo it!

Q: What if I have food allergies, intolerances or other requirements?

A: Please contact us in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your needs. We will work with our collaborators to provide you an alternative when possible.

Q: Do the tasting stops on this tour ever change?

A: Stops and tastings on this tour are subject to change due to seasonal/holiday venue closures. As the places we frequent on this Rome Food Tour are local institutions and family-run businesses, they can close at any time with very little to no notice. In this situation, your guide will take you to another nearby eatery.

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