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Vatican Museums with Egyptian & Etruscan Museums with Golden Room - Transfer Included

The Vatican Museums' Lesser-Known Treasures

Category: Vatican Special
History
Art
Religion
Off the beaten path

Price from: $395

Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)

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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.

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Summary
  • Approximately 4 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    9:30AM
  • Not available on Sundays & not recommended on Wednesdays
  • Included 
    Blue Badge Qualified Guide Admission Tickets (Guaranteed to skip the long lines) | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation | Transportation to the site (only available for centrally located accommodations) | Private Tour
  • Not Included 
    Return Transportation (available upon request) Private Driver throughout the tour (can be arranged upon request) 
Standard itinerary
Vatican Museums
Egyptian Museum
Etruscan Museum
Golden Room
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica
Enhance your Experience
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Catacombs

US$140** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site.

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 early Christian and Jewish communities. You will discover the secrets of Christianity's earliest proponents who helped Christianity survive during the persecution from Rome's pagan emperors. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Colosseum

US$140** Please note: Entrance to the site is optional - Admission tickets will be charged separately.

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. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Crypt of the Popes

US$40

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.

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Extra Hour

US$80

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.

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Gelato Class

US$350** Please note: Price is up to 4 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

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! An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day

US$120** Please note: Experience is intended for up to 6 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

In the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will take part in the workshop of an Italian artist. This activity is fun for the whole family!. 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. Take home your creation to make your Roman holidays even more memorable!

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Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary

US$150

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.

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Kid-friendly

US$0

Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.

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Create your own Tour - Make it a Full Day

US$210

Book your tour and create your personal walking 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. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Pinacoteca - Picture Gallery

US$40

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.

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Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments

US$40

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.

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Religious Perspective

US$0

Request for a Tour Guide with strong religious background at no extra cost. Your experience will enrich in spirituality.

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Request a Wheelchair

US$50

Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.

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Secret Rooms

US$100

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.

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Smile and Tour

US$0

Request for a funny and entertaining Tour Guide. Your laughs come at no extra cost.

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St.Peter's Dome

US$70** Please note: Admission tickets will be charged separately - 7 Euros for elevator, 5 Euros for stairs.

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.

These optional extras can be selected during check-out.
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    Arik Schwarz

    If you are into ancient history and art, the Vatican with the Egyptian and Etruscan galleries will take your breath away. It is so interesting to see so much stuff from centuries ago! The Golden Room is truly amazing. I also added the extension of the Jewish lapidary, so worth it! And please pass the message to Maria Linda who has been so kind and engaging! you can tell She loves what she does.

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    Carlos Camares

    Hello, I like the Vatican tour with egyptian and etruscan galleries. I see the suggested time for this tour 9 morning. Can i do it in the evening?

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  • Hi Arik,  thank you fo your lovely comment here! I enjoyed your company as well :) If you happen to be in Rome in the future let us know! We can carry on with all the curiosity of Rome and the religious facts. 

    A presto!

     

     

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    Customer Support Team

    Hi Carlos, and thank you for contacting eyes of rome. This is a great tour, which goes in depth in the ancient history field. The golden Room is actually closed to the general public and thanks to our partnership with the Vatican it is possible to visit it with us. However, the suggested time for this tour - 9 am - is due to the fact that the Golden Room is closed in the evening and therefore, only visitable in the morning. 

    If this time does not suits you, you can have a look at the other Vatican tours we offer and perhaps, where it is possible according to timings and availabilities, you can add on an experience.

    We hope we have been helpful with this answer and we look forward to hear from you soon!

    Ciao from

    Eyes of Rome Support Team

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    Annebel

    Our guide Karin was amazing. I don’t know if my words are just enough. Knowledgeable, engaging, interesting, and patient... Karin brought to life the incredible story of the Vatican and St. Peter’s. I truly think that a classic tour of the Vatican is not enough, but instead discovering the many hidden rooms of the museums it’s just breathtaking! Thank you Karin, ciao!

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    Karin Libri | Eyes of Rome | Tour Guide

    Hey Anne! Lovely to hear from you. I am glad you liked the tour, I enjoyed your company :-) Get in touch if you come back to Italy, we’ll do other strolls of Rome together

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    Rebecca Wisley

    Hello, I have already done a quick visit of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica the first time I came to Rome with a group tour. Next summer I am coming back to the eternal city with my family and I would like to see more of the Vatican Museums, as I heard that there are many sections that I missed the last time. I am a history teacher and I am interested in a Vatican tour but that skips the Chapel and the Church. Do you have any tours through any of the off-the-beaten-path parts of the Museums. Thanks!

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  • Hello Rebecca

    Thanks for your enquiry. The Vatican Museums sends most guest on a fixed, one-way path, towards the Sistine Chapel. Seeing as you want to skip the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica, after a visit of the Egyptian and Etruscan sections of the Museums (which you may have missed your first time) you can feel free explore the Pinacoteca Picture Gallery or the Chariot Pavilion. Here are some other sections that may be interesting for a History techer: Pius Clementine collection or Chiaramonti Museum.

    Once you have made a decision, feel free to email our office with your choice for a custom Vatican tour! Of course I am here for any other questions.

    Sincerely,

    Sara Tommasini tour guidehttp://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en/monumenti/musei-vaticani/museo-storico---padiglione-delle-carrozze.paginate.1.html 

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    Sam Paper

    Hi,

    Is the Vatican's Egyptian Museum interesting enough for 11 years old kids? I will be visiting Rome next month with my son who easily gets bored in museums  (in general!)

     

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    Customer Support Team

    Dear Mr Paper,

    Thank you for this question. This type of tour is good idea as the Egyptian as the Etruscan sections of the Vatican are fascinating even for young visitors! The guide will illustrate the daily lives of citizens of these ancient cultures, including some very entertaining anecdotes and offer a detailed explanation of the Egyptian mummification process.  We will send one of our 'kid-specialized' guides, who is great with kids and your son will love this experience! We also invite you to click this link and think about adding the Chariot Pavilon to the Vatican tour.

    We are here if you have any more questions!

    Eyes of Rome Team

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Vatican First-Class: Secluded Gardens & Sistine Chapel
Exclusive Vatican Museums After Hours VIP Experience
Vatican Art & Breakfast
Must Do:

Borghese Gallery
Colosseum Special

Colosseum Special: Undergrounds & Arena
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Just Outside Rome:

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Etruscan Highlights Of Tarquinia With Private Driver Service
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Create Your Own Tour
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Best of Florence Tour
Our All Sales Final Policy also applies to the following Tour Extensions:

Gelato Class
Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day
Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary
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Info about your Egyptian and Etruscan Museums with Golden Room Eyes of Rome Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 4 hours. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: You can select your favorite starting time. We recommend 09:30AM or 1.30PM at your accommodation. 
  • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price. We will provide your fast line tickets access to the sites, however if you do hold already a reservation please be in touch with us before finalizing your booking and we will adjust your final cost.
  • Photos: Photos and Video are permitted with the exception of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. However reduced tickets are required for children aged between 6 and 17. Kids between 0 and 5 do not require a ticket.
  • Dress Code: Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  • Personal ID: You do NOT need a passport to enter the Vatican.
  • Personal Items: Large bags and large umbrellas are NOT allowed in the museum, retrieving checked items could effect your ability to cover the entire suggested itinerary.