Vatican City Tour

See the awe-inspiring St Peter’s Basilica together with the Vatican City Museums & Sistine Chapel...

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  • Sistine Chapel Pic

    Sistine Chapel

  • Masterpiece Sculptures Pic

    Masterpiece Sculptures

  • Michelangelo's Pietà Pic

    Michelangelo's Pietà

  • Artistic Masterpieces Pic

    Artistic Masterpieces

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Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica Tour Description

The Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour is one of the most popular guided tours of Rome. Every Rome tour company offers a Vatican Tour. However, there are only a handful of Catholic tour operators in Rome, and our award winning tour company is considered the best and most Catholic.

If you're looking for a mediocre Vatican tour like everyone else then we're not for you. If however you're looking for a Catholic tour of the Vatican by committed Catholic tour guides with professional art history qualifications, then you have found the best tour.

Of course the Vatican City is at the heart of the Catholic Church and is in fact classified as a separate country. To truly understand the history and features that you will see in the Basilica of St Peter, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, things should be presented against the backdrop of Catholic belief. Only then does the full force and meaning of the features, monuments, statuary, art, architecture and splendour you will see, truly become clear.

Beginning in the Vatican Museums after skipping the long lines, you will take an educational journey through one of the largest collections of Greek and Roman statuary in the world and learn about the dedication and genius behind some of the greatest contributions to all of western art. Marvel at the most magnificent expression of Renaissance art in the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's world famous frescoed ceiling.

See the Rooms of Raphael, a man whose talents were said to have rivaled nature herself.

See St Peters Basilica one of the greatest monuments in all a Christendom built over the course of centuries above a simple Christian tomb at the base of the Vatican hill. This tomb of course contains the bones of St Peter himself. Why not also book our Sts Peter & Paul in Rome Tour to see the principal places associated with these two earliest saints including the Mamertine Prison where they were imprisoned, and the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls where St Paul's body lies to this day...

Also within the Basilica of St Peter, one can wonder and contemplate the death of Christ before Michelangelo's 'Pieta', the most admired statue in all the world sculpted by the 23 year old hands of the most famous of renaissance artists Michelangelo Buonarroti. For the Catholics amongst you, you may even have the opportunity to have confession here in the very bosom of our Mother Church.

Eternal City Tours are one of the finest providers of religious tours in Rome with a particular focus on Catholic Christianity. All of our guides are highly educated and able to convey the true and accurate interpretation of what is before you. Other tour companies and guides do not have this level of insight and in fact can often be anti-Catholic.

Highlights

Highlights of this tour include:

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Vatican Museums
  • Basilica of St Peter
  • Michelangelo's Pietà
  • Raphael Rooms

Start Times

9am (Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays)

Duration

3 hours

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Meeting Point

Stone Steps next door to Caffe Vaticano opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums

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What Other People Are Saying (16 Reviews)

"Great Company & Great Guides"
November 12, 2017
5 5 out of 5
Took a total of 6 tours with Eternal City during my week in Rome and had a great time. Their guides were knowledgeable and engaging and back office service, through Tom, was efficient and thorough. Many thanks to guides James (who took us twice !) Blitch, John, Amelie and Natalia for deepening my knowledge of church history, the traditions of my Catholic faith and sacred art. Will not hesitate to recommend.
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"Rome Comes Alive"
November 03, 2017
5 5 out of 5
We have been impressed by your tours and thank you for injecting a deep spiritual flavour. Our first tour at the Vatican Museum ,Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica was very inspiring. Our guide Natalie was a pleasant,lovable and well informed person. She was concerned and led us through the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in spite of the crowds. We were enriched by her explanations and detailed descriptions of the paintings and the sculptures. We were truly blessed to have her. Our second tour to the Colosseum,Roman Forum,Palatine Hills was another inspiring one. Chad was a supreme guide,very articulate with an affable disposition,a gifted teacher and student of Roman history and Aristotelian and contemporary philosophy. We wished we had more time with him because he had taught so much. He is an incredible and interesting person. My wife and I would always choose Eternalcitytours when we are in Rome again. Thank you Tom for everything.
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"Fantastic Way To See the Vatican"
September 22, 2017
5 5 out of 5
We had a delightful time with our guide Natalia who was very knowledgeable about art and theology. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of art and how scripture was portrayed through art. Skipping the lines and avoiding the large crowds was an added bonus. This was one of the highlights of our Rome experience.
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"Tours of Rome"
September 13, 2017
5 5 out of 5
We book 3 tours (Vatican, Catacombs & Coliseum) on our first visit to Rome and so pleased we did, the tours and guides were amazing, made it so much easier and informative to be guided round, wouldn't have been the same on our own. Would highly recommend . Thank you Tom, James and Natalia. Nina&Dave
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"Excellent Tours with Knowledgable Guides"
July 27, 2017
5 5 out of 5
My brother and I (both adults) took private tours of the Vatican Museums/Sistene Chapel/St. Peter's Basilica and the ancient ruines of the town of Ostia Antica with Eternal City Tours. Both of these tours were excellent and well worth the fee. Rosa provided great information about the Vatican museum and took us through the crowds very efficiently. Paul was our guide to Ostia Antica. He is a teacher and his love and knowledge of the city were evident. He even provided ideas for me to pursue graduate studies in ethics in Rome! He made Ostia Antica easy to envision as it stood in the past. I would definitely tour with this small company again.
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"We had 4 Fantastic Tours!"
June 20, 2017
5 5 out of 5
Our family (two adults and three young kids) had three fantastic tours with Eternal City Tours. Tom was great to work with to set up the tours. Our tour guides were James, Natalie and Paul. All three of them were VERY knowledgeable and and entertained us and the kids perfectly. The attention/information/entertainment we got absolutely made our trip fantastic. After the tours they also gave us great local advice on places to eat. After you see all of the people on poor tours you realize how great these tours are. Could not recommend Eternal City Tours more and especially James, Natalie and Paul.
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"Thank you!!"
June 20, 2017
5 5 out of 5
Blitch (Passion of Christ) and Mark Anthony (Vatican Tour) were wonderful. Couldn't even remotely compare to the experience we would have had one our own. Thank you!!
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"Superb Vatican & Basilicas Tour"
April 05, 2017
5 5 out of 5
My son and I have just returned from a visit to Rome. We booked a private tour day with eternal city tours which was amazing. Our guides were both learned and streetwise! They gave us the theology and history, cultural & political, of each place we visited and showed us truly memorable aspects. Thank you Blitch and Natalie for looking after us and making our short time in Rome more of a joy than we hoped for.
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"The Tour is Awesome!"
February 20, 2017
5 5 out of 5
We are extremely happy and amazed with blitch! His mindfulness is off the charts and the way he listens to us and my elderly father was just awesome. He was very patient and endearing! He is ready to offer assistance upto giving tissues when we cry. The tour is awesome! Will highly recommend!
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"Wonderful Tour & Guide"
January 26, 2017
5 5 out of 5
We were met by Mark Anthony a very knowledgeable guide who toured us privately through Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica. His knowledge about the Catholic faith & art history was so enriching. He made our trip to the Vatican complete. I would recommend him and Eternal City tours again! Eternal City Tours was very prompt in setting up our tour and were very good with communicating with me while in Rome. Very professional and personal attention which we appreciated.
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"Great Guides, Very Informative!"
September 15, 2016
5 5 out of 5
We did both the Vatican and Coliseum tours. Their guides were very informative, educated and fun! Highly recommend them.
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"Andrea was an excellent guide!"
August 16, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Andrea was an excellent guide and with a PHD in Art History, his knowledge was exceptional! There was a bit of confusion regarding our tickets for our start time, but Andrea sorted it out. Aside from the heat and crowds, we would highly recommend this tour.
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"The Very Best Way To Experience Rome."
August 01, 2016
5 5 out of 5
About a year ago, my friend and I took a private tour with Paul. The main focus of the tour was on the Roman Forum and Vatican, but we also heard a lot of interesting information about other important parts of Rome, especially those most relevant for Christianity (which we were most interested in). We all know how beautiful Rome is, so that came as no surprise to me, but this tour was the first time I realized how important it is to have a good tour guide. Not only does Paul know every single fact about the places he takes you to, but he also has a much broader education regarding the western intellectual history and a great ability to quickly make links between different fields of knowledge. Therefore, listening to him we were not confronted with pure facts, i.e., names and dates we would anyway forget soon, but we felt as if we were drawn right into the middle of a very interesting movie. This made our tour a unique experience that we cannot possibly forget. Moreover, talking about Rome is not just a job for Paul. This guy obviously LOVES the city with all his heart, so, although he's American, his soul is Roman and I really doubt you could find a more genuinely "native" guide than he is. I warmly recommend him, and hope to be part of some of his tours in the near future again.
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"Our Tour Was Outstanding For Our Family!"
July 19, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Our tour was outstanding for our family. Our tour guide was kind, professional, passionate, and knowledgeable. He taught us about the history of Rome, the art period, and the important things to observe. He tied it all together for us, so that we could begin to understand its significance and beauty. Without our tour guide, we would not have known what to notice or the value of much of what we were viewing.
We would recommend the VIP tour option - it truly was worth every penny! Our tour "group" was simply our family, with a personal tour guide! We were able to ask questions and didn't have to use any microphone or headset. Also we did not have to wait in any lines!
From the bottom of our hearts, our family says thank you!
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"An Expert Tour Guide!"
July 19, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Thanks to our tour guide, Paul; my husband and I had a wonderful learning experience touring the Roman Forum and the Vatican City Museums. Paul is extremely knowledgeable on the fascinating history of Ancient Rome and the early Renaissance religion which made the tour that much more interesting and exciting. I highly recommend Paul to those seeking an expert tour guide. He is also very sociable and takes time to answer any questions you have.
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"We Had A Wonderful Tour!"
May 24, 2016
5 5 out of 5
We had a wonderful visit and tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica on our visit to Rome. My husband and I and 3 young adult children enjoyed the tour very much - given by Giorgia. Giorgia was very knowledgeable, friendly and spoke very good English. In the midst of the very thick crowds we were able to enjoy the personal and informative tour. I highly recommend Eternal City Tours for a comprehensive and Catholic guided tour...... will use them again if/when I return!
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