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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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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 2 days ago via mobile
Fantastic tour!

After days of joining different tours, I have to say that this is by far my favorite one. We were a small group of 9 which made it so much better. Our guide Stella was amazing! You could tell she genuinely enjoyed her job and...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2018
Amazing tour - MUST DO!! Highly Recommend This Company

You must see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's - this tour allowed us to enter the Vatican Museum ahead of general opening time which helped tremendously! We visited during the height of tourist season and by the time the general public were admitted,...More

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Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Ciao! Grazie mile for the raving review. Beating the crowds is definitely the way to go to fully experience the greatness of the of the Vatican. Six hours can be a while, but now you're an expert on the Vatican museums. We hope to welcome...More

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile
Only Way To See The Vatican

I took this trip whilst on a 6 week trip around Europe, and it would’ve had to be one of my most favourite and well planned tours I did throughout the entire 6 weeks. To start, the privileged entrance is truely so worth while. By...More

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Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Ciao Brieanna! Thank you very much for such a kind and insightful review. It means so much to us that you found your tour with us one of the most enjoyable experiences throughout your 6 week long trip. We hope to welcome you back to...More

Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
Highly recommend this company!

An amazing day with an amazing guide! Julia met us and was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and funny from the minute we were in her presence! She knew just how to manage our group and gave us plenty of time to ask our own questions. She knew...More

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Kayla S, Marketing Coordinator at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Ciao! Grazie mile for the review. We are happy to hear that Julia kept your group's interest and made touring fun and engaging. We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile
Very Impressed

This tour company is very organized and professional. Our tour guide is Jad, who was very personable and well informed of the Vatican, its museums and St Peters Basilica. He made sure we were one of the first groups to get to the Sistine Chapel...More

Thank Josh P
Francesca T, Client Relations at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Ciao Josh! Thank you for your review! We're glad you had a great time on your tour with Jad! Skipping the lines and avoiding the heat definitely makes your visit once inside much more enjoyable! We hope you had a fabulous vacation and hope to...More

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Patricia M
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Response from dmacin012018 | Reviewed this property |
12 people max. We actually had 11 on our tour.
Marnie B
10 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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