Day Trips to Vatican Museums

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  • From Civitavecchia: Vatican, St Peters & Sistine Chapel Tour

    1. From Civitavecchia: Vatican, St Peters & Sistine Chapel Tour

    Start the tour at Civitavecchia Harbor where you will be picked up. Embark on a small group tour in an intimate group of a maximum of 10 people. Arrive at the Vatican Museums and meet your tour guide. Take advantage of your exclusive skip-the-line access tickets, entering the museums through a panoramic terrace where you can admire the stunning view of Saint Peter's dome overlooking the Vatican gardens.  Begin your tour of the collections which include a seemingly infinite number of masterpieces by Bernini, Raphael, Botticelli, Perugino, and other treasures - all incredibly united under one roof. Learn about how the numerous popes that have lived in the Vatican continuously enriched it with different artworks. Admire the most beautiful Roman ancient statues and gaze in awe at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, before continuing on through the Hall of the Painted Maps. Finally, wi...

  • Rome in a Day for Cruise Ship Passengers

    2. Rome in a Day for Cruise Ship Passengers

    Disembark from your ship and make your way to Rome by train. Find the railway station in the port with details provided in your booking confirmation. Your guided tour departs at 10:45 AM and you will arrive in Rome from the port by train in very good time beforehand. When you arrive in Rome, you'll most likely have time to see the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon before arriving at Trajan's Column in the heart of ancient Rome for an unforgettable 90-minute walking tour of ancient Rome. Unravel mysteries and mythology inside the Roman Forum before you approach the mighty Colosseum. Enter the arena through the awe-inspiring Gladiator's Gate. Head straight to the original arena floor where gladiators killed or were killed. This is a humbling and inspiring place to rest and and reflect, followed by a fully immersive tour of the Colosseum. Once outside the arena, bid your guide farewell and make...

  • Rome: Vatican & Lunch at Pope's Summer Residence Day Tour

    3. Rome: Vatican & Lunch at Pope's Summer Residence Day Tour

    Start your 9-hour program with a bus ride to Castel Gandolfo, a secluded and charming town that’s home to the pope’s summer residence. Explore the pope’s private Barberini Gardens by mini-bus and with the assistance of an audio guide. The Papal Palace was recently opened to the public by Pope Francis. You’ll see the treasures of this extravagant yet intimate interior, including works by Bernini. Enjoy a break for lunch and some free time to explore the town before heading back to Rome. In the afternoon, begin a 3-hour tour of Vatican City at the Vatican Museums. With your priority access you’ll skip the lines, allowing more time to discover the great works of art. Continue to the Sistine Chapel, where your guide will point out amazing art including Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement – the largest fresco ever painted by a single person. The last stop on this walking tour of Vatican Ci...

    Excellent tours,so beautiful residents garden for the pope!! My driver was very good.. in the afternoon did a tour of Vatican museum pier was a great tour guide very knowledgeable I learn alot from him

  • Rome and Vatican City Full-Day Tour

    4. Rome and Vatican City Full-Day Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rome in the morning, and then journey by minivan with an English-speaking driver/guide to the main monuments of the Eternal City. Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and get more time to follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors and fearless gladiators. Continue to the Roman Forum to explore the heart of public life in Ancient Rome. Get amazing views from Capitoline Hill and see Trajan's Column on Piazza Venezia. Discover the temple to all gods at the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and see the house where Keats lived at the Spanish Steps. Admire Bernini's fountain in Piazza Navona before getting some time for lunch. Spend the afternoon in the vast galleries of the Vatican Museum and enter Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, where highlights of the cathedral include Bernini's beautiful baldacchi...

    If you have a short time to see Rome, this is the tour for you! My guide was knowledgable and punctual, and I saw more of Rome than I thought possible in a single day - I also saw things I didn’t even know existed before the tour. Beware however, this AMAZING taste of Rome will only leave you wanting to come back for longer! Thank you Patrick!

  • Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Small Group Tour

    5. Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Small Group Tour

    Take a comprehensive small group tour of the Vatican City's museums, gardens and villas. Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before they open to the public to admire masterpieces of art by Michelangelo, Raphael and many others without the crowds. Benefit from the services of an English-speaking assistant and an audio guide to help you discover all the main sights of the museums and Vatican Gardens. Get stunning views of St. Peter's Basilica from the manicured gardens, and admire the grottoes, fountains and other monuments in the grounds. Then, ride the exclusive Vatican train to the pope's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. Take an audio-guided bus tour of the gardens and enjoy some free time to walk around at leisure. Travel back to Rome city center and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

    The length of the experience may seem too long but it definitely didn't feel that way. The Vatican is incredible and time simply stands still when you are in the Sistine Chapel. You simply don't want to leave the beauty and peace. Our guide, Debora, was amazing. We had a group of 5 and she made an effort to connect with each person in the group throughout the day. She was very knowledgeable and personable. The train ride to Castel Gandolfo was fun. Imagine taking a private train in the back yard of the Pope's home as you exit the amazing gardens. I highly recommend you watch "The Two Popes" in advance of going. I always find myself imagining what life was like whenever I visit a site. The movie certainly brings to life the interactions that may have happened in real life.

  • Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

    6. Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

    Start your day bright and early as you meet your tour guide at the Vatican Museums. Skip the line and enter 45 minutes before the general public with your special access ticket. After going through a brief security check, proceed inside to begin your tour starting with the best galleries. Follow your art historian guide along the tour route which includes the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps.  Then, learn about the history and process Michelangelo used to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel before entering to see it yourself. Continue to the Vatican Gardens, where only special tour groups are allowed to visit. With your exclusive Vatican Gardens tickets, breathe in the tranquil air of this mini paradise. After your Vatican Gardens tour, enter Vatican City’s only train station to board the train to Castel Gandolfo. Once the site o...

  • Rome: Private Full-Day Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia

    7. Rome: Private Full-Day Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia

    See Rome's most significant monuments, the famous piazzas and the Vatican Museums. The tour will start from the Port of Civitavecchia with an easy and comfortable drive to Rome that will take approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. During this time your private driver will point out various points of interest along the way and answer any questions that you may have about your day. The day trip includes a dedicated personal tour guide to show you all of Rome's highlights as well as ensuring you make it back to the cruise ship at the end of the day.

    Truly great experience. We had our own personal driver and guide for the entire day. No waiting in line, no trouble and we were able to see all the sights in great detail. We were on a cruise and for the little bit more expense we had this wonderful guide and driver and we were able to go inside the Vatican, Sistine chapel, St Peter's basilica and tour the Coliseum plus see the Pantheon and Trevi fountain. I would not hesitate to book this again. Everybody was very accommodating.

  • From Civitavecchia: Golf Cart Tour of Rome

    8. From Civitavecchia: Golf Cart Tour of Rome

    After pickup from the Civitavecchia Cruise Port in a comfortable Mercedes van, you’ll head straight to Rome to meet your expert, English-speaking guide. Across your tour, amble down the 15th-century, cobblestone streets, jetting between the most popular and iconic sights of the city, and lesser-known, off-the-beaten path sections exclusively known to locals.  On the maneuverable golf cart, you’ll head to the Trevi Fountain, pausing to gaze upon its ornate marble statues. Swing by the Villa Borghese, a stunning park home to one of the best views of the historical center of Rome. Head to the Spanish Steps before traveling to 2 of Rome’s most iconic squares, Navona and Venezia, before heading to Colosseum. At this point, depending on the option chosen, you’ll either head to Vatican City to explore the center of the Catholic world, or head to the Renaissance Square to grab a bite to eat. I...

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 39 reviews

The length of the experience may seem too long but it definitely didn't feel that way. The Vatican is incredible and time simply stands still when you are in the Sistine Chapel. You simply don't want to leave the beauty and peace. Our guide, Debora, was amazing. We had a group of 5 and she made an effort to connect with each person in the group throughout the day. She was very knowledgeable and personable. The train ride to Castel Gandolfo was fun. Imagine taking a private train in the back yard of the Pope's home as you exit the amazing gardens. I highly recommend you watch "The Two Popes" in advance of going. I always find myself imagining what life was like whenever I visit a site. The movie certainly brings to life the interactions that may have happened in real life.

Truly great experience. We had our own personal driver and guide for the entire day. No waiting in line, no trouble and we were able to see all the sights in great detail. We were on a cruise and for the little bit more expense we had this wonderful guide and driver and we were able to go inside the Vatican, Sistine chapel, St Peter's basilica and tour the Coliseum plus see the Pantheon and Trevi fountain. I would not hesitate to book this again. Everybody was very accommodating.

If you have a short time to see Rome, this is the tour for you! My guide was knowledgable and punctual, and I saw more of Rome than I thought possible in a single day - I also saw things I didn’t even know existed before the tour. Beware however, this AMAZING taste of Rome will only leave you wanting to come back for longer! Thank you Patrick!

Outstanding tour guide

Rasyid/Mido is really knowledgeable, he was able to explain those historical places perfectly, we were enjoyed very much and no rushing at all (stress free). I highly recommend him to the travellers whom are so much interested on Rome’ history. Tks/rdgs

Excellent tours,so beautiful residents garden for the pope!! My driver was very good.. in the afternoon did a tour of Vatican museum pier was a great tour guide very knowledgeable I learn alot from him