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Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Before anything else on this in-depth Vatican tour, visit the Sistine Chapel before it’s open to the general public. Since the chapel is inside the museums, entrance is included in your Vatican tour. Now that the chapel is restored, every detail and color used in the treasured work of art is visible.

Since the  Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is prohibited. This also means  you must cover your shoulders and knees, or you might be denied entry. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. We provide you with a map/handout for reference outside the chapel, while your guide explains the significance of Michelangelo’s artwork. Use the map when you are inside the chapel for orientation. 

The Vatican Pinacoteca
Arranged through a series of rooms, in chronological order and divided by art school, the Pinacoteca is home to paintings by the likes of Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Leonardo, Guido Reni and Giotto.

Highlights of the Vatican Museums
Explore the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and our personal favorite, the Gallery of the Maps. Based on painted topographical maps of Italy by Dominican Italian friar Ignazio Danti, the Gallery of Maps predates a unified Italy by nearly 300 years. The painted frescoes reveal how Renaissance Italians saw themselves and their surroundings.

Raphael Rooms
Raphael was one of Rome's most famous artists who encompassed all the ideals of a Renaissance man. He designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. Among other masterpieces, see one of Raphael’s most famous works of art, The School of Athens.

St. Peter's Basilica and the Papal Tombs
Skip the lines to St. Peter’s Basilica and enter through a special door to enter the most opulent church in the world. Once inside, admire celebrated artwork including La Baldacchino, La Pieta, the Statue of St. Peter and more. Then, go underneath the church’s floors to visit the tombs of hundreds of Popes, as well as a Swedish Queen who converted to Roman Catholicism. 

Important: Please note you cannot return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the Basilica. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour. Also, if you would like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don’t leave with your guide to take photos in the piazza.
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Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)
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See the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public with this comprehensive tour of the Vatican Museums. Learn about the stories behind works of  art by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and more from an English-speaking guide. This half-day tour includes the Gallery of Maps, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Papal Tombs. This intimate tour is limited to 12 people.

  • Exclusive, early access to the Sistine Chapel

  • Comprehensive half-day tour including the Papal Tombs

  • Hear stories about the art in St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Small group size limited to 12 people

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Luciana R was really good helpful and attentive she did a great job watching over us keeping us moving and yet giving us as much time as she could in each space. I don’t think we appreciated the huge area to cover in such a...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago
Exceptional Vatican Tour!

This was a wonderful 5 hour tour of the Vatican. Our tour guide Federica B was incredible. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the sites. We learned so much and were able to enjoy the beauty of the Vatican despite the crowds.

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Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your detailed tour, even though it can get long! We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Rome 2018

Best tour agency in Rome, the guides were awesome and willing to assist in everything, the tours started on time and they were as described on the Roman guy website

Thank Mauricio L
Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Ciao Mauricio! Grazie mille for your review. We're glad everything went well on tour, from experience to logistics! We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Loved this Tour!

We had a great time on our tour! We got there around 7 for our 7:30 meeting and there were probably 100 people already there (for our tour and others). We were in the 2nd group (there were at least 3 groups) but 2 people...More

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Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Ciao Layla! Grazie mille for your kind and insightful review. Accessing the Vatican early is such a wonderful opportunity, and we are very glad that we got to share this experience with you. We're happy to hear you got to climb the dome of St....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Unfortunately not a good experience

MASSIVE crowds and hot weather didn't help, but the guide was monotonous, displayed no passion, and was misinformed (after speaking to others with expertise and doing my own research) on several facts.

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Patricia M
26 May 2018|
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Response from dmacin012018 | Reviewed this property |
12 people max. We actually had 11 on our tour.
Marnie B
9 April 2018|
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Ciao! This tour lasts 5 hours, its perfect for the art and history lovers and those looking to explore the museums in more depth. If you are looking for a shorter tour we also have Vatican tours that last 3,5 hours or are... More
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