Personal attention, an experienced and knowledgeable guide and an unforgettable experience. That is what we guarantee with all of our small group tours.
We know better than anyone how long the lines get at the world famous tourist attractions in Rome which is why we have put together this ‘skip the lines’ small group, Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour.
When you visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with us, you will have your very own local art historian and expert Vatican guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
In this small group Vatican City tour you will have access to skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, an expert guide who speaks fluent English and headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing a thing.
If you are someone who loves culture, art and history and wants to make the most of every moment spent abroad while watching your budget, then our small group tours are for you. Let us take all the time-consuming research and stress out of your holiday activities by planning them for you.
You will love this small group half-day tour if you:
- want a deeper insight into the Vatican City. This in-depth private tour of the Vatican gives you an easy-going, yet entertaining glimpse into the world’s most fascinating array of historical treasures.
- want to see first-hand the marvels of the Sistine Chapel (not sixteenth chapel as some people mistakenly think), the Raphael Rooms and the Belvedere Courtyard.
- do not want to waste your valuable time waiting in the infamous Vatican lines
- want to enjoy a level of intimacy and interaction with your guide which is not possible in larger group tours (our Vatican small group tours have a maximum of 13 people).
- like to plan your holiday in advance to make the most of your time.
- dont want to spend hours researching what to do, where to go and what to see.
Vatican Museums Tour
Some tour companies in Rome offer cheap, (huge) group tours with low-quality guides who pack too much information into a short space of time, leaving travelers feeling rushed and stressed. At Real Rome Tours, we do things differently. We believe that small group tours should be just that – small! Our small group tours are intimate, relaxing and informative, without breaking the bank.
When you join us for a small group tour of the Vatican museum, you can rest assured that you’re getting the very best in local art and history knowledge. The last thing you want is to travel all the way to Rome, only to miss an important masterpiece!
Your guide will talk you through the masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art as well as the important sculptures of ancient Rome. Helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues and artefacts in these expansive rooms, your tour guide will explain each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history. Not only are they beautiful to look at, each masterpiece has its own story to tell – your expert Vatican tour guide will tell you the story behind the paintings, the meanings behind them and why they’re so renowned across the globe.
Sistine Chapel Tour
Commonly called the ‘sixteenth chapel’ by foreigners, the Sistine Chapel is a vision of beauty and history. One of the many highlights of your Vatican small group tour will be its gorgeous architecture and mind-blowing decorations. Your expert tour guide will tell you all about the paintings of Michelangelo (yes, he spent 8 years of his life painting here!) and his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, including the difficulties encountered between the patron, Pope Julius II and Michelangelo. Its this attention to detail that makes Real Rome Tours stand out from the pack.
Last, but certainly not least in your Vatican city small group tour are The Raphael Rooms. These four rooms were part of the Papal palace, painted by Michelangelo’s contemporary and greatest rival, Raphael Sanzio. Art lovers cannot afford to miss this short detour from the museums to stand in front of entire walls frescoed by the hands of this Renaissance genius! You can almost feel the rivalry and competition seeping from the walls themselves.
At Real Rome Tours our groups are limited to only 13 people, which allows for a level of interaction with your guide which is not possible in larger group tours. Our goal is that you leave the Vatican City with a new perspective on its history, and an appreciation of the artwork that will stay with you forever. Above all else, we pride ourselves on attention to detail and making sure that every individual feels seen, heard and has the time of their life.