Vatican City Tour

The Key Facts

Private Tour

Daily at 9.00am & 1.30pm *

* These are the times that are bookable instantly from our website. To request a different departure time, please send us a request via the Request a Quote page. 

Semi-Private Tour

Daily at 1.30pm

Group Sizes:

Private Tour: 1-12 people **

** For groups larger than 12 people, please send us a request via the Request a Quote page. 

Semi-Private Tour: 2-6 people

Duration: 3.5 Hours

 

* If you would like a longer/shorter tour, please send us a request via the 
Request a Quote page. 

 

  • Visit the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica with an expert guide.
  • Come face to face with the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Raphael and more of the greatest artists of the Renaissance.
  • See all the major attractions of the Vatican in a comprehensive tour.
  • Skip-the-lines access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.
  • See additional galleries not included in most Vatican Museums tours, including the Raphael Rooms.
  • Experience the wonder of standing in the Sistine Chapel beneath Michelangelo’s ceiling and facing his “Last Supper” fresco.
  • Gaze in awe at the splendours of St Peter’s Basilica, the most important church in Catholicism.
  • Be moved by Michelangelo’s “Pietà” in St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Learn the amazing history behind the construction of St Peter’s Basilica, including its symbolic design and the history of its construction.

  • Bookable as a private tour, or you can join a handful of other people in a semi-private tour of only 6 people maximum.

For Private Tours only … 

Make your tour your own with these add-ons. 

Just click the link below to book a private tour, and check the appropriate box to add the option you want.

For other requests, please request a quote for a custom tour that we will tailor to your specific needs and preferences!

Add entrance tickets to the Colosseum Arena
entrance to arena on the colosseum underground tour

You can optionally add entrance tickets to the Colosseum Arena, and stand on the floor where the gladiators did battle in the infamous Games. 

Entrance is through the “Gladiator’s Gate”, as seen in the Gladiator movie

Private Tour

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Just you and your guide
  • Base Price *: €495
  • Additional Adult: €75
  • Additional Child **:  €60
  • Infants ***: Free

Semi-Private Tour

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Only 6 people per tour
  • Adult: €130
  • Child: (aged 5-17 on the day of the tour): €100
Notes on Private Tour Pricing:
  • Base Price is for the first two people on the tour. 
  • ** Children aged 5-17 on the day of the tour
  • *** Infants aged 0-4 on the day of the tour
  • Prices are for groups of up to 12 people. For groups larger than 12 people, please send us a request via the Request a Quote page. 
 

YOUR FULL TOUR

Description

When you join us for a tour of the Vatican City, 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   Vatican tour guide will tell you the story behind the paintings, the meanings behind them and why they are so renowned across the globe.

The Sistine Chapel is a vision of beauty and history. One of the many highlights of your Vatican tour will be its gorgeous architecture and mind-blowing decorations. Your 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. It is this attention to detail that makes Real Rome Tours stand out from the pack.

In the Vatican Museum, your Real Rome Tours guide will take you on a highlights tour of the most interesting artefacts, sculptures and artwork that have great stories and scandals behind them.

During the Vatican Museums portion of the tour, you’ll get to visit the picturesque Vatican garden, Cortile della Pigna. Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps.

Each of these rooms contain ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes and tapestries. Your guide will point out a few tricks used by the artists,which will enhance your appreciation of their works of art, as well as their sense of humour.

Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti.

From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome.

He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work, which only he would understand – today these have been uncovered and understood and your guide will explain these to you so you too can share in Michelangelo’s private jokes.

Next on your Vatican City 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. The School of Athens is a masterpiece not to be missed! 

Last, but certainly not least in your Vatican City tour is a visit to St Peter’s Basilica. No Vatican City tour would be complete without visiting the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Michelangelo’s great dome is something that you have to see in real life.

Pictures cannot do it justice or portray the sheer magnitude of it. Your local, expert tour guide will explain to you the fascinating history of its conception, location on the Vatican Hill, design, architecture and symbolism.

The Basilica features several chapels and contains numerous statues and mosaic works of importance. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

There is something mesmerising about the intricate nature of the ancient buildings in Rome and none so much as St Peter’s Basilica, the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. Get up close and personal with this great wonder in our guided tour of the Vatican St Peter’s Basilica.

Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the Basilica took more than 120 years to complete and is one of the most important sites in Christianity. During your St Peter’s Basilica tour our local, expert tour guide will explain to you the fascinating history of its conception, location on the Vatican Hill, design, architecture and symbolism.

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