Rome The Vatican

Planning a trip to Rome? Then you probably intend to explore the Vatican! To help you plan your visit to this must-see place in Italy, here’s our Vatican Guide with some things you might like to know:

Although the place is full of history, it became a country only in 1929, after Italy signed the Lateran Treaty while it was under the Fascist government. The Vatican is one of the most dangerous places on earth… Just kidding! Though you should know that in 2006 more than 800 civil and criminal cases were open in a country of less than 500 citizens… Vatican police is probably also the worst police in the world because it could not solve 90% of the cases…

The Ultimate Vatican Guide

The Vatican is an extremely popular tourist destination. In fact the ratio between residents and tourists stands on more than 8700 tourist to one local… so, don’t be spontaneous about your Vatican visit, and book your tickets in advance as it will be busy for sure! Having said that, the Holy See extended the visiting hours which helped shorten the lines a bit. If you are passionate about standing in line, and don’t book your tickets in advance, you should know that credit cards are not accepted in the Vatican museum. So prepare enough cash, or this will be your most wasted day in Rome…

When are you visiting Rome? Most of the areas in the Vatican are very old. In fact they are so old, that they were built before air conditioning was invented. In other words if you plan on visiting the Vatican in the hot Italian summer, get ready to sweat a bit. Sure, the big basilica offers a cooler atmosphere than the other areas, but it’s still advised to have a bottle of water with you. You should also be aware that during the year special celebrations and masses can affect your visit. Our tip? Register to our special monthly video guide of Rome, and get a special video a few days before your vacation starts with important tips regarding visiting the Holy See.

Looking to explore the Vatican in a unique way? There is a very special way to explore this amazing place. You can join a special VIP tour which has a duration of 3 hours and gives you the chance to explore hidden corridors and secret rooms like the Niccoline chapel and Bramante staircase. Another great advantage of this tour is to visit the magnificent Sistine chapel while it is empty, without all the crowds blocking your views of the works of art! You will enjoy commentary about the chapel from a professional guide, which cannot happen during regular visits. The VIP tour is not cheap, and you’ve got to book it well in advance in order to reserve a place. Check our offers to learn more about the Vatican area and nearby attractions in Rome.

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$