Rome the Vatican area

Thinking of things to do in Rome during your vacation? The number one attraction in the Eternal City is of course Vatican City with its many museums and treasures. Take at least half a day to explore the Vatican, as there are many great things to see and do there. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world however it is undoubtedly a very busy tourist spot.

Surrounded by the city of Rome, the Vatican is known to many as “The Holy See”. The area consists of priests, nuns and other people who practice Roman Catholicism. The city has several cultural Vatican attractions that are attracting many visitors every day, year in year out. Because lines in front of the Vatican are always long and can take up hours of your time, especially during high season, we advise you check out our skip the line tour offer.

Get to know Vatican area in Rome

The Vatican area offers plenty more to do after you’ve seen this unique country in the heart of Rome. Across the river Tiber and west of Rome’s center is St Peter’s Basilica. This is the world’s largest church and it is also the heart of Christianity. This Late Renaissance church is considered to be the holiest Catholic landmark as it is the place where the notorious St Peter (the first pope) died and was buried in 64 AD. Make sure to visit the 26-meter high bronze baldachin and check out the remarkable detail of the dome’s ceiling when you’re there!

Visiting Vatican area means checking out many must-see attractions. Next place on your list should be Saint Peter’s Square, right in front of the basilica. This square is home to stunning architecture including the Colonade with its 140 statues positioned on top. Make sure to take a photo at the famous Egyptian obelisk or by the Carlo Fontana’s fountain.

If you walk about 750 meters towards the east, you will find yourself at Castel Sant’Angelo; a castle where many Roman emperors including Hadrian were buried in the past. This castle that now serves as a museum has many beautiful works of art you shouldn’t miss when there, such as the statue of the bronze angel and the Baroque statue of the Passion of Christ. Learn more about Castel Sant’Angelo by watching our special video guide about this top attraction in Vatican area.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$