Price from: $320
Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
Treat yourself with a customized private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit the unique Golden Room which is mostly closed to the general public.
Follow your private, knowledgeable guide through a maze of artwork and learn interesting stories and anecdotes.
Meet your guide directly at your accommodation and embark on a lifetime experience. Skip the line for fast-track entry to the world famous Vatican museum complex, made up of galleries with an impressive number of artwork and masterpieces from antiquity to present day.
Discover the Egyptian Museums and see its famous mummies. Enter the beautiful Golden Room, part of the Etruscan Museum, containing jewelry dating between the 9th and the 1st century BC, from the Iron Age until the progressive and definitive converging of the Etruscan cities into the structure of the Roman state. The millenary history of the Etruscan people is narrated here by ceramics, bronzes, silver and gold which document a flourishing craft structure and a special artistic civilization.
Continue your visit to one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings. Your expert tour guide will focus your attention on the most important masterpieces and on making this experience easy and unforgettable. Enjoy the impressive Belvedere Courtyard and then stroll through the most interesting rooms and galleries of the museum complex. Marvel at the famous Lacoon and the Belvedere Torso at the sculpture museum, deeply revered by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists. Explore the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. Continue to the Sistine Chapel and discover the details and the hidden meaning behind the frescoes by Michelangelo.
End your tour visiting St Peter's Basilica where you will find priceless artwork such as Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldachin. Enjoy an outside view of the Basilica from St Peter's Square and admire the masterpiece designed by Bernini.
- Recommended tour Extensions:
Extra Hour | Catacombs | Secret Rooms | Raphael Rooms
Blue Badge Qualified Guide | Admission Tickets | Guide Hotel-Pickup with Transport | Private Tour | Guaranteed to skip the long lines
- Not Included:
Transfer to the site via Taxi (our guide can arrange this) | Private Driver (can be arranged upon request)
|Approximately 4 hours||Tickets needed||Partial access for wheelchairs|
|Kid-friendly tour||Suggested starting time 09:30AM or 1.30PM||Not available on Sunday. Not recommended on Wednesday|
St. Peter's Basilica
Enhance your Experience
The quiet tunnels will come to life as your guide tells you the stories and legends of early Christianity during the days of Roman persecution. The catacombs were the underground burial places of the Christian and Jewish communities from the second century AD. Although you will no longer find bones within the tombs, you will discover the secrets of Christianity's earliest proponents - the saints who helped Christianity survive during the persecution from Rome's pagan emperors. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested. Tickets can be purchased on site. **Please note that admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site. Prices may vary.
No time to do a full Colosseum tour? Make it quick! Marvel at this epic engineering feat of the ancient Romans, one of the most amazing attractions of the Ancient World, and a highlight of any trip to Rome. Your guide will bring to life the stories of this iconic monument, its famed gladiators and the emperors who made it all happen. ** Entrance to the site is optional - Admission tickets will be charged at € 17.00 per person.
Crypt of the Popes
The Crypt of the Popes, also known as the Vatican Grottos, are positioned just below St. Peter's Basilica and above Constantine’s 4th century basilica. The grottos contain chapels dedicated to various saints and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century. The holiest place is Peter’s tomb, containing the "memory", built in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine, on the spot were the Apostle’s tomb was venerated.
Give yourself the freedom to take it easy- add an extra hour to your tour. With a private guide, you set the pace! If you prefer to spend some extra time to learn more, see more, take more photos, or if you have a large group, adding an extra hour ensures a leisurely tour without rushing to fit everything you want to see into the normal 3 hours.
Gelato Class (up to 4 people)
Enjoy a short walk in the city center before heading to your gelato class. Reach a typical roman "gelateria", an artisanal workshop that has recently been renovated. Engage in a funny, entertaining activity and learn how italian people prepare the famous gelato. Make your own ice cream following the traditional Italian techniques and recipes and enjoy it! Extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.
Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day (up to 4 people)
Just a few steps from Piazza Navona, in the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will experience one of the activities you have heard about from your guide, in the workshop of an Italian artist. You will learn how to make a fresco or a mosaic. Choose a subject, prepare the surface with the plaster, the drawing, and you will use your brush to give life to the images; or make your own mosaic with a natural glue (water and flour) and fasten the marble or the glass pieces (tesserae) on a wooden support, creating your small masterpiece. And take it home, to make your Roman holidays even more memorable! Fun for the whole family, give life to your own Roman creation.
Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary
Transform your standard Vatican tour to a unique Jewish experience. Unlock the hidden symbols with a new perspective with your professional tour guide. Enrich your tour by visiting the Hebrew Lapidary containing ancient Jewish grave markers with inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The Lapidary was established in 1910 after it was discovered during the excavation of the Jewish catacomb of Monteverde in Rome.
Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.
Make it a Full Day - Create your own Tour!
Book your tour and create your personal experience by making it a full day, adding 3 extra hours! You can tell us in advance your favorite sites to visit or your personal guide will make suggestions based on your interests and energy level - you set the pace and see what you want to see. Please make a note on your booking if you have specific requests so we can ensure that reservations are made when needed.
Pinacoteca - Picture Gallery
Take in the best of the Vatican’s painting collection with works from the 12th to the 19th century including Giotto, Perugino, Raphael, da Vinci, and Caravaggio. Highlights include Raphael’s Transfiguration and Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished St. Jerome.
Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments
Visit Pope Julius II’s private apartments, frescoed by Raphael and enjoy masterpieces including Raphael’s most famous work, The School of Athens. You’ll then descend into the lower level apartments last used by the infamous Pope Alexander VI of the notorious Borgia family. Finally, you’ll enjoy modern art including pieces by Van Gogh, Rodin, Dali and many more.
Request for a Tour Guide with strong religious background at no extra cost. Your experience will enrich in spirituality.
Request a Wheelchair
Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.
Escape from the crowds by visiting one of the Vatican rooms off the beaten path where you will be able to enjoy for a few minutes peace and silence experienced only by few selected people.
Smile and Tour
Request for a funny and entertaining Tour Guide. Your laughs come at no extra cost.
Climb the most famous Dome in the world designed by Michelangelo and learn its secrets! You can take 320 steps to reach the roof level or you can take the elevator. If you feel you have some energy left you can keep take more steps to reach the dome for an astonishing view of the eternal city. The entrance cost is 7 Euros for elevator, 5 Euros for stairs.
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REFUNDS & CANCELLATION
Eyes of Rome® charges no Cancellation Fee for most tours cancelled with more than 24 hours' notice.
We operate a Full Refund Policy of the amount paid during the booking for cancellations made with 24-hours’ minimum notice. However, for selected tours that require advance booking of tickets, Eyes of Rome® reserves the right to keep the amount spent on tickets and reservations purchased in advance on your behalf. Nevertheless we assure you that we will make every effort to resell tickets and reservations purchased on your behalf in order to avoid you having to pay for them- our main priority is to ensure your satisfaction.
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