Vatican Tour

The Vatican tour – Essential Info

Our tours are private and therefore the can be customized.
The Vatican tour takes 3 hours and includes the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
■ You enter from the Vatican Museums and exit from St. Peter’s.
■ The Sistine Chapel cannot be visited separately from the Vatican Museums.
■ You walk about 2 miles indoors and you cannot cut your visit short, once you enter you have to go through the whole thing and there are very few places where one can sit and rest.
■ You cannot rush through the Vatican Museums and get to the Sistine Chapel quickly, the place is huge and always very crowded.
The best time of the day to visit the Vatican is the afternoon because it’s generally less crowded, especially on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
■ Trying to keep the level of noise down inside the Museums and the Basilica, the Vatican has made it obligatory for guides who have groups with more than 5 participants to use microphone and ear pieces to speak to their tourists. This does not mean you’ll tour with an audio guide, it’ll be your private guide speaking to you through a mike, so you can look around and take your pictures while the guide provides the commentary.

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The Vatican tour – Essential Info

Our tours are private and therefore the can be customized.
The Vatican tour takes 3 hours and includes the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
■ You enter from the Vatican Museums and exit from St. Peter’s.
■ The Sistine Chapel cannot be visited separately from the Vatican Museums.
■ You walk about 2 miles indoors and you cannot cut your visit short, once you enter you have to go through the whole thing and there are very few places where one can sit and rest.
■ You cannot rush through the Vatican Museums and get to the Sistine Chapel quickly, the place is huge and always very crowded.
The best time of the day to visit the Vatican is the afternoon because it’s generally less crowded, especially on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
■ Trying to keep the level of noise down inside the Museums and the Basilica, the Vatican has made it obligatory for guides who have groups with more than 5 participants to use microphone and ear pieces to speak to their tourists. This does not mean you’ll tour with an audio guide, it’ll be your private guide speaking to you through a mike, so you can look around and take your pictures while the guide provides the commentary.

Private tour of the Vatican

The tour include the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

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Vatican Museums tour

■ You meet our Vatican licensed professional guide in our office which is less than 50 meters (200 ft) away from the entrance to the Vatican Museum, in Via Santamaura, 9 00192 Roma – (Maps)

The tour will include: Pigna Courtyard, Lapidaria Gallery , Belvedere Courtyard, Octagonal Courtyard, Pius-Clementine Museum, Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael’s Rooms (optional) and finally the Sistine Chapel.

■ From the Sistine Chapel you’ll walk down about 100 easy steps and enter St. Peter’s Basilica. The tour of the Vatican normally takes 3 hours.

■ If you want your tour to be shortened, some areas and some of the exhibited works of art can be skipped, but you still have walk through the whole itinerary, you can’t just leave when you’re half way through.

Vatican

Vatican Museums tour

■ You meet our Vatican licensed professional guide in our office which is less than 50 meters (200 ft) away from the entrance to the Vatican Museum, in Via Santamaura, 9 00192 Roma – (Maps)

The tour will include: Pigna Courtyard, Lapidaria Gallery , Belvedere Courtyard, Octagonal Courtyard, Pius-Clementine Museum, Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael’s Rooms (optional) and finally the Sistine Chapel.

■ From the Sistine Chapel you’ll walk down about 100 easy steps and enter St. Peter’s Basilica. The tour of the Vatican normally takes 3 hours.

■ If you want your tour to be shortened, some areas and some of the exhibited works of art can be skipped, but you still have walk through the whole itinerary, you can’t just leave when you’re half way through.

Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica

The tour of St. Peter’s Basilica takes normally 30/45 minutes, but it could take more or less time depending on your interest.

You see the Pietà by Michelangelo, funeral monuments of the Popes who are buried in the Basilica made by the most famous artists, mosaics, Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Bernini’s Canopy, St. Peter’s Statue, Peter’s Throne and many other fantastic works of art.

■ No admission charge is required to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, but since 9/11 you have to walk through metal detectors which causes the formation of long lines. You may end up standing in line more than one hour.

A disabled person can skip the metal detector line and walk in through a secondary passage.

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Vatican

Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica

The tour of St. Peter’s Basilica takes normally 30/45 minutes, but it could take more or less time depending on your interest.

You see the Pietà by Michelangelo, funeral monuments of the Popes who are buried in the Basilica made by the most famous artists, mosaics, Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Bernini’s Canopy, St. Peter’s Statue, Peter’s Throne and many other fantastic works of art.

■ No admission charge is required to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, but since 9/11 you have to walk through metal detectors which causes the formation of long lines. You may end up standing in line more than one hour.

A disabled person can skip the metal detector line and walk in through a secondary passage.

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Golf cart tour & Vatican tour combined in one day.

Your customized golf cart tour will start at 9:30 am. ● We’ll start from your hotel, if this is located within the golf carts; range, or we’ll discuss where else in the city we can meet if it’s not. ● The golf cart tour will include the sites you’ll want to see as long as they are in the golf carts’ range. ● At the end of your golf cart tour you get dropped off at our office in Via Santamaura, 9 00192 Roma (Maps) which is only 50 meters (200 ft) away from the entrance to the Vatican Museum. ● You can get a quick lunch during the golf cart tour or have a traditional Italian lunch at the excellent restaurant next door to our office. At the end of the Vatican tour you’ll be on your own, the trip back to your hotel is not included. We can provide transportation back to your place if you like us to.

golf cart

Golf cart tour & Vatican tour combined in one day.

Your customized golf cart tour will start at 9:30 am. ● We’ll start from your hotel, if this is located within the golf carts; range, or we’ll discuss where else in the city we can meet if it’s not. ● The golf cart tour will include the sites you’ll want to see as long as they are in the golf carts’ range. ● At the end of your golf cart tour you get dropped off at our office in Via Santamaura, 9 00192 Roma (Maps) which is only 50 meters (200 ft) away from the entrance to the Vatican Museum. ● You can get a quick lunch during the golf cart tour or have a traditional Italian lunch at the excellent restaurant next door to our office. At the end of the Vatican tour you’ll be on your own, the trip back to your hotel is not included. We can provide transportation back to your place if you like us to.

Vatican Tours Prices

Vatican tour prices    
 1 to 5 people5 to 8 people9 to 16 people 
Private guide only200€220€300€ 
Private guide + R/T transfers300€340€450€ 
     
 1 to 3 people4 people5 to 7 people8 people onward p.p.
Combined golf cart + Vatican tour450€520€590€

75€

   Vatican admission fees   
Skip the line admission + ear buds p.p.30€35€35€ 
Reduced admission, under 18 y. o.20€25€25€ 
Children under 6 y.o.freefreefree
Supplement for ear buds for group with more than 5 people5€5€

Please be aware that people with permanent disabilities are granted free admission for themselves and a caretaker, but they might be requested to present a statement from a doctor or hospital corroborating the declared disability.

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Vatican Museums opening schedule, year 2018

 

Open Monday through Saturday and the last Sunday of each month, with free admission from 9 am to 12.30 pm; the Museums close at 2 pm.

Ticket Office opens at 9 am and closes at 4 pm. The Museums close at 6:00 pm.

Notice: visitors must leave the rooms half an hour before closing time

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are closed during the following holidays: Sundays, except for the last Sunday of each month, unless it coincides with one of the holidays hereunder:

 

  • January 1, (New Year)
  • January 6 (Epiphany)
  • March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day)
  • April 2 (Easter Monday)
  • May 1 (St. Joseph Artisan)
  • June 29 (St. Peter and Paul’s Day
  • August 14, 15 (Assumption of Mary)
  • November 1 (All Saints)
  • December 25 (Christmas)
  • December 26 (St. Steven’s)

 

The closed sections of the Museums are indicated at the entrance.
Access to the Vatican is permitted only to visitors wearing proper attire.
The admission ticket to the Vatican Museums is valid for visiting the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel only on the date of purchase.
Tickets are not refundable.

 

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Vatican dress code

This is how you should dress when visiting the Vatican: Saint Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums.
The dress code also applies to the Vatican Gardens and/or the Scavi (excavations under St. Peter’s Church) and to all churches in general.

Wearing proper attire is a must!

St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museums, both places have a very strict dress code, there are monitors at both places making sure people respect it and those who don’t are refused admittance.
You’re not admitted in if:
■ your skirt or shorts don’t cover your knee;
■ Your shoulders are bare (tank tops or sleeveless blouses are banned).
Another important thing to know is that they don’t let you carry umbrellas (foldable ones are okay), cumbersome luggage (backpacks) and baby strollers inside the Vatican museums. You’ll be requested to check such items at the wardrobe and you’ll have to go back to retrieve them at the end of your tour. This means you’ll have to walk back to the entrance from St. Peter’s, which is where your tour will end, and which is more than half a mile away from where you start your tour. Considering you’ll be walking on marble floors in a crowded place, we would also suggest wearing shoes and not flip-flops. Snickers would be more comfortable and they would be more protective in case someone steps on your foot. Slacks and jeans are permitted and so are shorts, but they have to be long enough to cover your kneesIf you are out sightseeing in shorts, miniskirts, tank tops, sleeveless blouses et cetera and wish to enter a church, be aware that you will not be admitted in unless you manage to cover up appropriately first. You can get around this by carrying long pants and a shirt/blouse with sleeves in a bag that you can fold up when empty and put them on when you wish to enter a church. In case you haven’t been foresighted enough to carry additional apparel with you and you happen to be at the Vatican wearing inappropriate clothes, you can still buy disposable pants and/or t-shirts and scarves on sale in the souvenir shops just outside St. Peter’s. In addition to all of this, keep in mind that during your visit to the Vatican you’ll be in a sovereign country regulated by its own rules, where the laws of Italy or those of your own country do not apply! No smoking anywhere in the Vatican! All of the above does not mean you have to dress up like you were going to a wedding party, you just need to be covered and decent. You might be dressed in rags, but as long as your sinful flesh is covered, you’ll be admitted in!

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