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Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

1. Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

Enjoy an exclusive night tour of the Vatican and see one of the richest collections of art in the world without the daytime crowds or Midday heat. Learn about its masterpieces in a quiet, stress-free environment. Included are highlights of the papal palaces, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. Experience a peaceful and much calmer Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will get an orientation tour of the Basilica, and enjoy the rare sight of the square devoid of people. Availability is limited, and tours take place just once a week, departing each Friday at 19:30, so make sure to book early.

Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

2. Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

This tour offers the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums at your own pace with entry before regular opening time. Skip the ticket line and first discover highlights of the Vatican Galleries, with its collection of precious artworks. Your guide will then take you to see the spectacular Sistine Chapel, where you will be able to admire Michelangelo’s work free from the crowds you find during the regular opening hours. Then, get privileged access to the Cabinet of the Masks, which is usually a restricted area of the Vatican. Enjoy a unique experience with your professional and knowledgeable guide and discover one of the Vatican's most precious treasures.

Rome: St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Private Tour

3. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Private Tour

Start the tour in St. Peter's Square and perceive the all-embracing character of its majestic architecture. Then head towards the Basilica to be amazed by its magnificence. Marvel at the golden ceilings and the impressive mosaics all around you. Let your art-historian guide lead you through renowned masterpieces of Renaissance and Neoclassic art. Be impressed by the harmonious 30-meters-high canopy. Appreciate the expressive power and delicate beauty of Michelangelo's Pietà. Then climb your way up to the top of the Dome. Enjoy a bird's-eye view over the marble floors and take an exclusive and close-up look at the mosaics of the dome. Go even higher to find yourself at the top balcony and be amazed by the spectacular panorama over Rome and beyond.

Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

4. Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

Start at the Arch of Constantine, and begin a private Colosseum tour with a top-rated local guide. Learn about the history of this amazing monument, the violence of the games, and the lives of the gladiators. Take a short walk to explore the breathtaking ruins of the Roman Forum. Next, head to the historic Capitoline Hill and enjoy a break in a bar with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Stop for a hearty lunch in a restaurant recommended by the guide, where you'll sample some delicious local dishes. After lunch, visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Piazza Navona, and Campo de'Fiori. See the Pantheon and Hadrian's Temple. Stroll through the magnificent Piazza Farnese for a memorable end to the first day of your 2-day private tour. Begin the second day with a visit to the Vatican Museums, which boast one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Visit the Belvedere Courtyard, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, one of the artistic wonders of the world. Hear stories about the composition and the extraordinary life of Michelangelo which will give you a deeper understanding of the frescoes. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, continue your Vatican tour to St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the genius of Bernini, who designed the piazza and the immense colonnade. Hear stories and legends of the popes and artists who transformed the Vatican. Lastly, take a short stroll through Borgo Pio, the surviving medieval area of the city. Stop at Castel Sant'Angelo, an imposing fortress that overlooks the Tiber. Climb to the top of the castle for a spectacular view of the river and the Vatican.

Best of Rome in 1 Day: Private Tour with Colosseum

5. Best of Rome in 1 Day: Private Tour with Colosseum

Join this Best of Rome Private Day Tour to discover the Eternal City. See the Trevi Fountain, the charming Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the silent flow of the Tiber River, the Pantheon, and Piazza Venezia with its Wedding Cake monument. You will be picked up in the morning (exact time subject to change) and your private driver will drive you to go sightseeing around the historical center of Rome. Continue to Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and legendary Ponte Sant'Angelo, to enjoy a fantastic sight of the Castello Sant'Angelo, and to the astonishing St. Peter's Square with its superb colonnade. Afterward, enjoy a beautiful view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill and see Circus Maximus, the site of the Roman chariots races with its evocative views of the sprawling ruins of the emperor's palaces on Palatine Hill. After a 1-hour break for lunch (which is not included), you will have a private skip-the-line tour of the symbol of the ancient Roman world, the Colosseum. Discover the techniques of construction invented by the Romans, the incredible ability of the gladiators, the fighting between exotic animals, and the level of technology achieved by Roman engineers to build the Colosseum. Your tour will then continue exploring the Palatine Hill, the residence of the Roman emperors, overlooking one side of Circus Maximus and on the other side, the views of the valley of the Roman Forum, an ancient center of Roman political, religious, and commercial life. In this archaeological area, see some of ancient Rome’s most evocative ruins such as the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius, and the Temple of Julius Caesar, built in the same spot where his body was cremated.

Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

6. Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

This Vatican Private Tour with Cabinet of the Masks will offer a unique experience. You will visit not only the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel but also the exclusive Cabinet of the Masks, a part of the museums which is usually closed to the general public. The visit will start when you meet your private guide in the morning. Begin immediately to explain the history of the Vatican. The guide will expertly guide your group through the Vatican Museums' extensive galleries, to let you take in all the history and art of the works exhibited. With this tour, you will also have the unique chance to visit the Cabinet of the Masks. This constitutes an exclusive area of the galleries, whose name comes from the beautiful Roman mosaics depicting masks that adorn its floor. Your tour will continue with the gem of the Vatican, Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Sistine Chapel. Thanks to the earlier access, you will be able to admire its beauty together with a limited number of visitors and enjoy it as it deserves.

St. Peter’s Dome, Basilica, & Sky Breakfast Private VIP Tour

7. St. Peter’s Dome, Basilica, & Sky Breakfast Private VIP Tour

Discover some of the most spectacular treasures of the Vatican Museums on an intimate and exclusive tour of St. Peter’s Dome and St. Peter’s Basilica with a professional guide. Climb the dome and visit the basilica before enjoying a sky breakfast on the dome. By elevator, head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the basilica's inside view of the dome on Bernini’s canopy and the array of incredible mosaics which circle the dome. Then, climb the spiral staircase to the top of the dome (320 steps). At the height of 448 ft, from the highest point within Rome, admire breathtaking views of the city, including the Vatican Gardens below. Take a break and enjoy an Italian breakfast on the dome, including a cappuccino or other hot drink and brioche. Come down from the dome to enter the basilica to admire the Pietà of Michelangelo and all the other masterpieces adorning the space before descending to the underground crypts and St. Peter’s tomb.

Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

8. Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

Discover one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the world’s greatest art collection on a private guided tour of the Vatican City, and marvel at masterpieces of art by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio, Perugino, and Michelangelo. Your guide will take you past the long lines to enter the Vatican Museums, giving you more time to explore the art, and less time wasted on waiting. Originally conceived for the sole enjoyment of the Pope, the lavish labyrinth is made up of 2,000 rooms that stretch over 9 miles. It is said that if you spent 60 seconds looking at every item, it would take you 12 years to see everything. Your guide will lead you to some of the main attractions, as well as reveal secrets hidden among the established masterpieces. An undoubted highlight will be Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Admire his fabled “Creation of Adam,” and wander through the former apartments of the popes in Raphael's Rooms. Then, it’s time for another Michelangelo masterpiece. Go inside the Basilica of St. Peter’s to see his “La Pieta” among all the other treasures. End on St. Peter's Square, where your guide will point out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusions that embrace visitors in the “maternal arms of Mother Church.”

Rome: Private Night Tour by Car

9. Rome: Private Night Tour by Car

Experience a private Rome tour by car to cover the city from top to bottom. You will follow the river, traveling along the ancient walls and driving through Rome's beautiful hills. Along the way you will begin to understand the innumerable expansions and contractions that the city has undergone from its birth, over 2,700 years ago. Throughout your private Rome tour by car, you will be told about the people who inhabited the city, the wealthiest neighborhoods, changes in population, what they did for a living, their relationships with the river, the hills, and the monumental ruins of the ancient city. You will learn how the cultural and political center of the city was moved and redesigned several times, especially as part of the journey from Paganism to Christianity. Starting at Capitoline Hill, the ancient and sacred heart of the Pagan city, you will explore the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, the Aventine Hill, the Boarian Forum, the Olitorian Forum, The Spanish Steps, and the Pincio Hill which has spectacular views over the rooftops of downtown Rome. You will also discover Piazza del Popolo, Augustus' Mausoleum, Castel' Sant'Angelo, The Bridge of Angels, St. Peter's Basilica, Trastevere, and the Janicolum Hill, with the entire city glittering at your feet. At the conclusion of your comprehensive Roman experience, you will return back to Piazza Venezia.

Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

10. Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

Marvel at masterpieces of art by Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and many others on a private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and see statues from Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and other great civilizations. Skip the notorious lines to enter the Vatican Museums, and enjoy a personal narrative once inside. Your guide will treat you to a customized tour, bringing the magnificent works of art to life with an interactive and imaginative commentary. Uncover the legends and mysteries behind works from the Renaissance and other art eras, and hear about the papal patrons. Marvel at sculptures, carvings, frescoes, paintings, tapestries and maps. Go to the Belvedere Courtyard, and stroll through the most interesting galleries in the museum complex. Contemplate Michelangelo's frescoes in the magnificent Sistine Chapel and admire paintings from the main artist of the Renaissance period. Then, enter St. Peter’s Church to experience the majestic architecture of the Catholic cathedral. See Bernini’s exquisite “Baldachin” and other sacred works of art. End on St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire the Egyptian obelisk that witnessed the martyrdom of St. Peter and was central to Bernini’s design.

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My family had an amazing early morning tour with our guide - Claudia. Claudia was an expert on so many aspects of the Vatican history and art. She made our entire family comfortable and eager to learn more in every hall we visited. Thank you so much for an amazing experience at the Vatican Claudia. We all enjoyed every minute or our time together.

This tour was the BEST - we could not ge happier with our entire experience. Both guides were incredible, knowledgeable, and just fun to be with for the day. I will recommend this experience to everyone I can. We saw more and did more than we ever imagined we could in one day. Best way to see as much of Rome as you can in one day.

Katharina, our guide was great. Full of enthusiasm and very likeable, she brought us closer to the history of Rome. You could tell her passion for history. She has tremendous knowledge and was able to answer any question. We recommend!

The private versus the group tour. You’ll get lost in the shuffle with a group. Our guide Letiza, was amazing. You’ll get all your questions answered on top of all the info she provides. Thanks for an amazing experience

Raul was very attentive, eloquent and engaging. We enjoyed the tour very much.