My wife and I were in Rome for a few days in May (2013) and on the advise of a friend decided to try a tour with Le Baccanti since we had been in Rome several times before. We went on a tour with Barbara covering the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Barbara was extremely well informed, and enhanced our understanding of these impressive sites even though we had visited them before. We would highly recommend Le Baccanti and particularly Barbara if you want to have an in depth tour with a delightful guide.
Skip-the-lines Vatican museum entrance with customized entry time
Private, English-speaking guide to ensure you see Vatican museum highlights
Experience Vatican and St. Peter's at your own pace on half-day tour
Explanation of works of art in Vatican museums and St. Peter's Basilica
See Michelangelo's masterpieces and learn about their historical significance
*Although available from Rome, this tour can easily be organized from the port of Civitavecchia as a Shore Excursion from your cruise ship*
The Vatican is the center of traditional Catholic life in Italy and throughout the world, and your private guided half-day visit to this mystic, religious, spiritual, artistic and historical treasure will leave you in wonder and awe.
Your friendly, local English-speaking Roman guide, specializing in art and history, will meet you at a central point in Rome near the Vatican. Accompanied by your private guide, you'll skip the long lines and enter the Vatican at a customized entrance time we've booked for you. The Vatican is the world's smallest sovereign state, at just over 100 acres in size, with less than 1000 inhabitants. Over the past millennium, the Catholic church and its Popes have amassed amazing works of art in its Italian center, including countless paintings and sculptures of incredible importance. View the Sistine Chapel with your expert private guide, where you can see Michelangelo's The Last Judgment, and other stunning works of art by other world-famous artists. You will have plenty of time to ask questions and truly understand the Vatican from an insider's perspective.
From there you will continue through the Vatican museums, viewing sculptures, painting and other works of art that will take your breath away, both for their beauty and religious significance. Following your expertly guided visit through the Vatican museum collection, you'll visit St. Peter's Basilica, where mass is held traditionally by the Popes, including Pope Francis. The Basilica is impressive for many reasons, including its immense size, beautiful golden light and many famous works of art, most importantly Michelangelo's Pieta (Piety). It is said to have been built on the site of St. Peter's grave.
Private guided tour of the amazing Vatican and its museums (approx. 3 hours).
Skip-the-lines entrance booked for you at a specific time to avoid the wait.
Vatican entrance reservation fee and ticket (please specify ages and nationality costs).
Expert explanation of most important works of art in these unique collections.
Viewing of beautiful Sistine Chapel Tour inside St. Peter's Basilica (please be aware a small entrance fee could apply).
22% VAT taxes.
Our pampering care!
SPECIAL NOTE: During the booking process, please be sure to include all participants' complete first and last names, their ages and nationalities so we can correctly purchase your Vatican tickets. Upon arrival at the Vatican Museum, the cloakroom staff requires that visitors check their bags and personal belongings, with the exception of clothing items, hats, and foldable umbrellas.
As per Vatican Museum policy, it's mandatory to deposit the following objects in the Vatican cloakroom: suitcases and containers with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15cm, bags and backpacks which are cumbersome, except those small-sized, that when carried on the shoulder don't jut out by 15cm from the body's shape at its highest point, any umbrella with a spike tip, umbrellas of medium and large size, walking sticks (except those required by disabled visitors to facilitate their movement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signage of any kind (except signs used by official guides for their identification, knives, scissors, and any tools that could be harmful to other persons or damage works of art in the Vatican Museums.
The Vatican City forbids: shorts/skirts above the knees, sleeveless shirts, shirts exposing the navel, shirts for women that expose cleavage, shirts which contain profanity, and excessive jewelry.