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Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 2hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: 3.15PM

Tour Highlights

  • Our shortest Vatican Museums Tour is still comprehensive; covering all the major highlights of the museums and leaving you inside St. Peter’s Basilica to explore on your own.

  • With a carefully-timed visit after most guests have left, you'll avoid a lot of the huge crowds at the Vatican - particularly important in summer.

  • With Skip the Line Access, you’ll avoid the Vatican’s notorious lines (both at the Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica) while small groups of max 20 keep it intimate and expert Walks of Italy guides engage.
See the Sistine Chapel on our Vatican Museums Tour The Sistine Chapel Roof Expert guide describes Michelangelo's frescoes The School of Athens by Raphael Spot Rocky in the Raphael Rooms Nero's bath (its literally priceless!) The Belvedere Torso, Vatican Museums Ancient Greek sculptures, Vatican Museums Ancient Greek sculptures, Vatican Museums The Laocoon Group, Vatican Museums Apollo Belvedere, Vatican Museums Priceless ancient tapestries, Vatican Museums Admire the dome of St. Peter's Basilica (hidden) The Pinecone Courtyard (aptly named) Get more from your visit with an expert guide The ceiling of the Gallery of the Maps Plus skip the line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

Get more from your visit with a great guide & good timing.

Give the Papal Palaces the attention they deserve on our Highlights of the Vatican Museums Tour. This is the shortest of all of our Vatican tours, focusing less on the details and more on the bigger picture of art, power and politics in the Vatican City.

Let our entertaining, expert guides make the Vatican’s dramatic past come to life for you. The Sistine Chapel is, of course, the highlight of our tour. By the time we reach the chapel you’ll be well prepared to appreciate the details and quirks that make it so special – and knowing Michelangelo’s history of temper tantrums and tiffs, you’ll understand what a miracle it was that he finished it at all!

We’ve timed our Vatican Museums tour to visit at one of the latest entry times so you’ll avoid the worst of the crowds, visiting the Sistine Chapel in particular, after most of the crowds have gone home. During the summer months in particular, when tens of thousands of travelers visit every day, this difference is not to be underestimated.

SKIP THE LINE ACCESS AT THE MUSUEMS AND ST. PETER’S BASILICA.

To help you make the most of every precious moment, we have privileged entrance at the Vatican Museums. This allows us to skip the notoriously long general access line, which, during high season, often stretches for hours.

We’ve also carefully chosen our finish point. If you would like to spend more time you can end your tour inside the Sistine Chapel or alternatively, follow your guide out of the chapel through the privileged, no-line passageway and directly into to St. Peter's Basilica. With new security procedures this shortcut saves you not just a 20 minute walk out of the Museums to the Basilica; but also potential hours of waiting time – and you get it at no extra cost.

After a short introduction from our guide you can visit the Basilica on your own, to explore Michelangelo's 'Pietà' among other stunning works of art and architecture.

SMALL GROUPS OF 20 OR FEWER KEEP IT CASUAL AND ENGAGING.

Key to our tour is group size. At only 20 people or fewer it’s smaller than most other operators. Smaller groups mean you’ll to engage more with your guide, hear them more easily, ask as many questions you want and guarantee that you won’t lose them during busy periods!

When you visit the Vatican, we at Walks of Italy think that you should come away with an understanding of more than just the museum’s art collection (as fantastic as it is). It takes a special person to paint the bigger picture though, which is why we’ve spent years creating the perfect team of guides – art historians, architecture buffs and storytellers, specially trained to give you a real sense of the drama and power that has played out in these very halls.

Our small group Vatican Museum tours ensure that you get the best from your Vatican visit, seeing beyond world-famous masterpieces to appreciate the bigger picture.

Sites visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • St. Peter’s Basilica (optional)

Included

  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica (optional)
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups, never more than 20 people
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 567 Customer Reviews

The tour was handled extremely well.
Personable, knowledgeable, great stories that brought the number of facts together into interesting/manageable segments--great sense of humor--highly recommend tour and Sev!
The guide was very, very helpful. Could not, would not, have been able to attempt this tour without her knowledge and physical assistance. This tour company made my dream of seeing the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, and St.Peters Basilica, a reality. A very worthwhile investment.
As my English is not perfect, sometimes it would have been beneficial if the guide had spoken a little less fast. Nevertheless, very informative and very live presentation. Thanks.
We loved the tour! Our guide Laura was very knowledgeable and made the place come alive for us, especially so many of the details in the paintings we were looking at. It really helped us connect with the artists that painted them so many hundreds of years ago.
Felix was a great guide. Moved us very efficiently through the Vatican, and was very knowledable.
Our guide was so enthusiastic and well informed, she couldn't have done a better job.
Cool tour. I think it was a great, but efficient way to see the Vatican! Tour guide was really knowledgeable and entertaining.
Amazing tour! Learned so much and had a fantastic time. Thank you so much!
Florentina was informative and most charming. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour!
It was so wonderful!
Toni was amazing! Tour was prompt, well organized, efficient and polite. Paper map of Sistine Chapel was fantastic. We also loved that Toni took a few minutes to tell the students in our group where they might like to go in the evening!
Maria was great. Very open to questions and eager to please.
Super tour with a very professional guide
was very satisfied. Surprised how young the guide was :). she was very warm, nice,. we had some elderly people in our group, she encorouged them to walk with us, was very funny and nice to them and everyone. she had exceptional knowledge.
Claudia was wonderful. Had a real artist's eye.
He was very professional, knowledgeable and polite
very educational, and informative.. The stories supporting the sites we were visiting, and the History that we got to hear, was terrific..Great guide.
Enza was excellent. She made the best of a difficult situation (pilgrims). She is very knowledgeable. I learned a lot and had a good time.
Fantastic! Well paced and great information from the host! I would highly recommend.
Camilla was wonderful!!!! We would recommend your tours to anyone in Rome or Florence
Sabrina was a fantastic guide - articulate, knowledgeable, organized and entertaining. She helped focus us on important points in what might otherwise be a chaotic atmosphere. We strongly recommend her.
KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDE , ENGAGING , INSIGHTFUL ... FABULOUS TOUR
Excellent tour guide. Enough information, not too much.
Excellent in every way!!
Very professional and knowledgeable tour guide! Despite Vatican being so busy, we accessed Basilic and the museum without queueing:) Highly recommend tour:)
Vatican is too crowded but not your fault.. She was very good
She did a great job. I was dissapointed on how crowded the tour was at the Vatican. Some rooms were so packed you couldn't move in them. But that's the Vatacins issue. It was very uncomfortable but she did a great job working through the crowds.
Guide very knowledgable and informative. Great sense of humor and made everyone feel at ease.
Fantastic experience . Worth the expense. Bruno was knowledgable and expertly navigated the crowds to ensure we got to see main areas. Thank you .
Guide was excellent - knowledgeable, humorous, respectful, humble and very experienced in navigating the crazy crowds in the Vatican museums! Really couldn't have been better.
Luciana was a great tour guide; very academic and a lovely personality. The event in itself, was spectacular and we realised we were very fortunate to have booked a tour as it would have been impossible to enjoy without!
Guide is excellent. Knowledgeable, clear. Interactive, personable. Like the handout about the Cistine Chapel.
Guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was excellent.
Luciana was a wonderful guide, with a great sense of humor, and excellent knowledge of the Vatican, and Sistine Chapel as well as Roman history. I would definitely do another tour with her in the future/
Excellent, enthsiastic, engaging, knowledgeable
Felix was fantastic. The information he provided was clear, well-organized, and effectively delivered.
Very knowledgeable guide with excellent english skills. Pleasant and friendly - we hand a grate tour even though the heat was killing us - remember to bring lot of water!
We had a wonderful tour! Our guide was excellent!
Fantastic tour guide. Took us to the best places and did her best to stay away from the crowds. Incredibly knowledgable. Couldn't be happier!
Good tour. Took in all the highlights. We had two boys, 12 and 14, and it was not to long for them. The tour kept their attention even though english is a second language to them. Thanks.
Guide very informative, with a good presentation style. The Vatican museum though is too busy and does not restrict numbers so the crowds distracted from the experience.
kept us moving thru hot and crowded parts, which was great. not too much detail but just the right amount.
This was an excellent tour! Sabrina was fantatsic! Thank you! She was very helpful with my Mother - 87 years old - amd knew the right dosage of walking (with little stops for her to rest). Once agian, my thanks to Sabrina for an enjoyable afternoon.
Brilliant guide - we learnt so much.
Jeb was an excellent guide. He provided a wealth of information and kept our two children (12 and 10) interested by involving them throughout. Thank you.
Luciana was fantastic. It was very crowded, but she kept us moving and made sure we always got the best spots... She was funny, kind, and respectful. Would absolutely recommend her for other visitors
Our tour was with Vittorio, on March 19th. There were 9 people - very nice! Vittorio was excellent!!!!
Big mama g was the best tour guide ive had on my europe trip. She was awe some and the tour was awesome.
Claudia was fantastic!!!
Best guide ever - so glad we were lucky to get her for our time scheduled
Well organised and guide well informed, and friendly. Would use walks of italy again
Toni was fabulisimo and so knowledgeable.
Cecilia was a charming and very well prepared guide, and we loved that the group was small.
Enza was a delightful tour guide, knowledgable and interesting. A lovely afternoon despite the crowds!
Again Cecilias knowledge of art and the details in all the art toured was so impressive. Her antedotes along the way made everything so alive. Great tour. I'm sure you don't pay these guides enough as they seem so overqualified.
Again Cecilias knowledge of art and the details in all the art toured was so impressive. Her antedotes along the way made everything so alive. Great tour. I'm sure you don't pay these guides enough as they seem so overqualified.
The tour was very informative. Would recommend your tour company. Our guide was great. I will gladly recommend the tour
Fabulous Highlights tour of the Vatican! It was just the right amount of time and so interesting!
Great guide. We were scheduled for the early tour and had difficulty with locating tour group. Walks of Italy rescheduled us for that same afternoon. Thanks
Spectacular!!!
Francesca was great! Her passion for Vatican and Roman history was evident. She did a great job of explaining everything and was able to easily maneuver us through the crowds. She was a delightful tour guide!
Andrea was excellent. Only my husband and me on the tour. Explanation of Sistine Chapel esp well done!
Francesca was very careful to explain & inform us of all the wonderful items in the Vatican. Most enjoyable.
Tour was great. Thanks
Excellent tour and very informative
It would have been nice if there was some way that tour participants could go back into the Vatican Museum on our own (using the tour entrance ticket) to see in greater depth areas of the museum that we were not able to linger in during the tour.
Tour guide was FANTASTIC! Loved the tour and content. Perfect! Will definitely use you again!
Enza was fabulous! We loved her and the tour! Grazie Mille!
Cecilia was very informative and helpful and engaging. She pointed out the highlights and did a great job negotiating the crowds. I would highly recommend her.
I had a great tourguide, we were a small group of 10 people, I loved the stories behind the paintings and how Lucca called our attention to details! Next time I am in Rome again, I will definitely book another tour with walksofitaly.
Camilla was an excellent knowledgable guide. She spoke very clearly & we enjoyed every minute of our tour.
David was a great tour guide. In addition to teaching us all about the main works of art, he pulled us aside from large tour groups to lesser known works of art and gave us the details on each of those. That was an added bonus that the larger tour groups were not getting.
Dario was excellent!!!
Our guide was fantastic and our group was small. Our 9 year old daughter was very interested the whole way through and our son even learned some things and was as patient as a 5 year old could be. I've already recommend the tour to two separate friends who are visiting Rome soon.
Our guide was lovely and very entertaining
Our tour guide was awesome!!! We were so grateful for his wit, knowledge and all around pleasure to be with. Thank you!!
This tour was amazing! Perfect length and Tiberius our guide was fantastic. So friendly and knowledgeable, made the tour very fun! Would definitely book again.
Luigi was very nice but he talked a lot and was a bit hard to understand at times - but again, he was very nice, very knowledgeable and showed us everything.
Excellent. We loved the specialized attention and pointing out things which would be of interest to us specifically.
Cecilia was a wonderful guide, with great knowledge. Made the tour interesting and informative.
Luigi rocks!
Cecilia was really wonderful!! The perfect mix of information and letting us expo write CR the Vatican individually as well. She was really organized and gave us insider tidbits even our art historian friends didn't know. Thanks so much!
Giovanni was terrific! Thank you!
Cecilia was a wonderful guide to have at the Vatican - she was friendly and knowledgeable. I came away thinking the trip would have been nothing without the guide. I would highly recommend the tour and Cecilia.
Again, Ferdinando was an excellent guide with a thorough knowledge of the Vatican and the museums. He did not overwhelm us with details, but gave us enough information to make us appreciate what we were seeing and its relation in history. Once again, our small group made the tour more pleasant.
Camilla was wonderful! As was David M., our tour guide for the morning Walks of Italy viewing the Colloseum and other sites. He was EXC ELLENT!!
Loved this one. Camilla was not only very knowledgeable, but very entertaining.
Definitely worth to get the skip the line. Our tour was great!
Camilla, was excellent and had a great knowledge of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel. She was informative and passionate about the history of the area. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would recommend to anyone wanting to take a tour in Rome.
She was a great guide! Lots of humour and full of information. She was very knowledgeable.
Same as in the morning, Excellent tour, excellent tour guide! You definitely hire some of the best tour guides out there;
Our guide was amazing! She provided enough information, but didn't drag anything out. I would highly recommend her and this tour to everyone visiting the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel.
Our guide was incredible! I highly recommend Walks of Italy. My only regret is that we did not book more tours with Walks of Italy.
She told a tourist not to touch a tapestry...I was very impressed! Walks of Italy is a great company. I will recommend to my friends.
Jeb was an awesome guide! Informative and interesting, his commentary of the history and art that we saw made my time in the Vatican even better than I could possibly have imagined.
Camilla is knowledgable and interesting, a great guide.
Valentina brought the place to life. She provided a wealth of information that varied according to the piece or room. It was a wonderful and educative experience; I highly recommend Walks of Italy and wouldn't hesitate to use them again on a future visit.
Spoke very good English and was most I formatted
Well worth the money .
It was a long day but it was awesome~!
Excellent tour as well. I enjoyed learning everything there is to know about Vatican. Enza explained everything very well and ensured that we saw all the major points in the museum.
Guido was passionate about the artwork and history and full of great information and insight.
Our guide was knowledgable and helpful . A good way to navigate the Vatican .
Very infomative and was not hoping for it to end like on other occasions and tours hoping I can retain all the information
Elisa was wonderful. It was crazy crowded that day and she did an excellent job. Please tell her I fell asleep as I had just arrived in Italy from San Francisco and jet lag got the best of me. Susan
Our guide was so friendly and knowledgable. We will recommend your tours to all. Thanks for a rememberable experience.
Amazing experience and opportunity to see both the vatican and the sistine chapel. The guide was approachable and smart and funny and made it a great all around tour.
Mauro was very funny, knowledgeable and patient. I enjoyed how detailed he was. I will definitely do this tour again when I come with My family
Very friendly and enthusiastic about the information she presented. Lots on information on the history of the places that helped understand the importance of them. Great appreciation for all the time sharing her knowledge and understanding.
Great tour. Vatican was extremely crowded but we were able to see all the highlights. Our guide was very informative and well informed.
I again had Camilla for the Vatican aspect of the tour, and she still continued to be awesome. Same praise from before.
Very knowledgable and easy to listen to. Respectful and considerate.
So pleased to be able to do this tour, thank you for changing our date. And thank you once again for your help with the local police on the previous day. Pamphilia was brilliant. The tour was excellent and professionally run.
Camilla was awesome. She was full of information and we could tell that she was very passionate about the Vatican.
Camilla was a lovely person with excellent English and she made the tour very interesting. I would highly recommend her as a guide.
Great knowledge of the Vatican, its workings and artwork. We were enthralled, It was a shame that the Vatican was holding it's Synod which then restricted access to some areas. Otherwise very happy
Enjoyed our tour very much. My husband and I have both been to the Vatican before, but Camilla did a great job making the tour interesting and enjoyable, Thank you! We will be sure to recommend your tour to others!
She was good. I liked how she put our minds at peace by telling us all the things we were passing were not very important. It's seamed that she knew a lot of history but you sometimes had to pull it out of her. I would have like a little more details.
Again, our guide was great! We had a wonderful experience!
Giovanni was a master at positioning our group to its best vantage point amidst the crowds - also very knowledgeable.
Same as above!
Very knowledgeable guide!
A long day. But well worth it!!
Julietta was excellent. She was knowledgeable and engaging.
Camella is great! She is extremely informative and entertaining. She keeps a good rhythm for the tour.
Pitched perfectly so that we were not overwhelmed but still got the most from our time in the museums and chapel. Our guide was excellent.
Excellent
Great tour and great company - will use them again in the future and recomend to everyone I know
History, art, beauty and fun.
Tony was AWESOME! Very informative...without going overboard!
Me and my partner thoroughly loved the tour! ELISA was excellent; she was funny, attentive and very informative. We had a problem with radios and she did everything to fix it. All in all she deserves 5 stars!
Claudia was a very engaging and knowledgeable guide. We recommend this walking tour wholeheartedly!
A fantastic tour. Bruno our guide was very good, and had a thorough knowledge of the Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
Excellent guide, sorry to say I've forgotten his name! very helpful and gave us a wonderful experience.
Fantastic guide who did an amazing job on what must be a very difficult tour.
Guide Camilla was extraordinary...fun...knowledgable...organized...well spoken and more fun. Our experience was outstanding. Thank you Walks !!! Rick and Kelly USA
We were met promptly and the meeting point was clearly stated and easily found. Enza was highly knowledgeable and we greatly enjoyed the tour.
Anna was terrific! Very knowledgeable and personable. She adjusted the tour because of a heavy thunderstorm, but we never felt as though anything was missing. She was great and it was a fabulous tour!
Camilla did a great job. We were very satisfied.
Mauro was hilarious and super knowledgeable. Loved every minute of this great tour.
Juliette was wonderful! Informative with just enough humor to make the tour most enjoyable
Absolutely loved this tour! The tour guide was fun, upbeat and incredibly informative. Would highly recommend!
See the feedback I gave for other tour - perfecto !!!!
Very knowledgeable guide but not as personable as Julietta, still a very good tour but was quite intense at times. Still loved it though! Thank you!
Was an amazing experience as a Catholic...with the Camilla the best...
As above Andrea was excelent
Camilla is amazing. Very passionate and knowledgable on the subject
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As above
We enjoyed our tour very much, Tanguy had a great sense of humor and was extremely knowledgible. Highly recommend this tour, a must when in Rome.
Excellent tour. Really enjoyed Mr. T's passionate explanations of the art in the Vatican collections including tapestries, sculpture, architecture, artworks, mosaics, as well as its culture and history.
Excellent, I don't have a single complaint. Both tour guides were great.
This guide was excellent. Instead of giving a ton of info during the tour, she highlighted the most important & interesting parts and allowed people to explore around. She had a great persona and was very friendly. We really enjoyed this tour.
The tour was wonderful. The tour guide was enthusiastic and really nice and knowledgeable. Despite us having to tour a really crowded place and it being hot, our tour guide was very upbeat, happy, and energetic which I really appreciated.
We really enjoyed the tour and the guide had a great sense of humor!
I learned a lot from the tour!
Again great guide, funny and very knowledgable, cannot fault
Julietta was excellent.
Excellent tour with Mr T who looked after us very well under difficult conditions, the weather was very hot and the Vatican very crowded but he was very organised and patient, I would be very happy to recommend this tour.
An excellent tour. We had been up for 24 hours, but still got so much great information from Rosa! She is fabulous!
Our guide Louigi was excellent.Wish we could have styled a little longer. Sistine chapel unbearably crowded.
Jon was a great tour guide with a wealth of knowledge and a great fun attitude.
Loved the tour! It was great to see everything like we did and lots of good information! Jon was an awesome guide. He was funny and very polite. Would def recommend this tour to anyone!
Jon is really good with his history of Ancient Rome and with art. It is extraordinary how much he knew about everything.
The tour guide was exceptional!!
Great tour right amount of time and our guide was great.
Was just a little long. We were still jet lagged and exhausted at the end of the tour
Valentina was equally professional and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed the history and stories. She was excellent!
We loved our walking tour of Italy and Camilla was fantastic and very knowledgeable.
Considering the crowds and heat this was an excellent tour.
Good introduction to just a few of the amazing holdings of the Church. Temperatures were soaring to record highs the day we visited, but Mariana always kept her cool--even loaned her fan to my 12-year-old. I wish we had more time to listen to M's tales surrounding the paintings...
Camilla was lovely. It was a very hot day crowded but she was able to maneuver us through while providing lots of interesting narrative about everything we were seeing.
Wonderful guide!
The tour was great. Oscar was very knowledgeable and made things interesting even for our children.
Great tour, enjoyed it a lot, great guide
Anna was spectacular! Couldn't have been happier with this tour. Will highly recommend. Thanks!
I did a few tours on my recent Europe trip, and this was the BEST one. The guide was awesome, kept the group moving and together, and shared a good amount of detail for everywhere we were. LOVED this tour
Camilla was an excellent tour guide. She shared so much information with our group! I was impressed with her knowledge and her sense of humor. Camilla made our tour of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel part art appreciation and part history lesson.
The group size of maximum 14 was great - saw so many larger groups at the Vatican. But mainly Camilla was an absolutely excellent tour guide. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend itto friends and family.
Cecilia was very knowledgeable and attentive. We enjoyed our tour with her, and appreciate her attention to detail.
The lady was very fun and knowledgeable and we enjoyed the guided tour
Our guide was very friendly and informative and the tour hit all the best highlights within a good length of time.
My husband and I had a great experience and we learned so much.
Excellent, and guides were excellent. Bus driver also excelled :D Thank you
For a guide to function in this context was a testament to their passion thorouly enjoyed the tour
A wonderful tour. Lucianna was very informative and very pleasant. A great experience that I will recommend to everyone.
Our guide was fantastic, I think he was Luigi, and he was very passionate and patient, his English was very good and we enjoyed it a lot
Excellent tour
Our guide was excellent! She was entertaining and informative.
Just a delightful guide and tour!!
Great tour Sergio also was a fabulous guide with immense knowledge and a very lovely man. Highly recommend your tours to anyone!
She was great as well. Very I interesting!
Guide was knowledgeable, friendly, professional. Tour covered everything I expected. Pace was perfect. Lots of information I didn't already know. Would highly recommend.
We skipped huge lines to enter. Our guide was excellent and calm despite the heat and crowds. He was also very informative. A very pleasant tour.
Guilietta was a great guide! We really enjoyed getting to cut the lines and experience all of the sights in the Vatican City.
Jeb Wolfe was fantastic! He should be given a raise!
Luciana was passionate about her subject and yet, we were not as captive of an audience because we were a. exhausted and b. not as interested in The Vatican Museums. She was great with remembering our group members names and where we were visiting from.
might have tour guide recommend a cafe for after the vatican, we stopped at caffee sant anna and paid 62 euros for a sandwich and two drinks. OUCH!!!!!
Sergio was an extremely knowledgeable & friendly guide. We learned a great deal & thoroughly enjoyed the tour!
Awesome tour. Knowledgable giude. Would recommend.
I was taking in all the sights of rome whilst listening to the amazing stories of our guide who even had time to answer questions during the tour very impressed
John made our tour in Rome the best! Thanks to Walks of Italy and John! He knows his stuff which made our tour the best! Thanks!
Jeb did a great job condensing what would have been many hours into 2.5 hours. He was very thorough and presented in a manner that kept my interest throughout.
Our guide was fabulous and the tour was most enjoyable! Thank you
Camillia was our guide and was excellent....friendly, informative and courteous. She is a great asset for your company.
Our guide was wonderful. She was prompt and professional and very knowledgable. We enjoy the tour immensely and would highly recommend Walks of Italy.
Rosa was my guide on both tours. She and the tours were amazing. Her knowledge and passion add immeasurably to the tour and the experience of the guest.
THE TOURS WHERE GREAT LAURA AND DAVISD DID AN EXCELLENT JOB AS DID THE YOUNG LADY FROM THE COLOSSUEM TOUR BUT I HAVE FORGOTTEN HER NAME.
Very good tour with Antonietta. She is very knowledgable and friendly. I was hoping for more time at St. Peters and a little less at Vatican museums. But I know that was not the focus of the Vatican highlights tour. Rob
The Vatican Higlights tour was amazing! We brought our 11 and 7 year olds and the entire family was engaged in the fascinating tidbits the tour guide shared with us! Jen was our guide and he was not only very knowledgeable but also funny and focused! We all thoroughly enjoyed it
Loved all of our tours - the guides were excellent and we learned a ton. Thanks very much!
Jowita was an awesome tour guide. She was so knowledgeable and able to communicate that information clearly. And, she was warm and engaging! We misjudged our time and were racing to get to the appointed meeting place. When we arrived breatheless, she made us feel so relaxed!
Jowita was an awesome tour guide. She was so knowledgeable and able to communicate that information clearly. And, she was warm and engaging! We misjudged our time and were racing to get to the appointed meeting place. When we arrived breatheless, she made us feel so relaxed!
Toni was wonderful. She was incredibly informative and easy to work with.
We enjoyed both of our tours very much. Both Claudia and Katia were very friendly and well informed about their subjects. We will certainly choose Walks of Italy when next in Italy.
Great tours! Both David and Luigi were knowledgeable and passionate about their respective subjects! I would highly recommend using Walks of Italy!
Tour was very good. Rosa was an excellent tour guide. She was like a walking encyclopedia, so knowledgeable and lovely to be with be. We really enjoyed both tours.
All of our tour guides were professional, thorough, knowledgeable, and dedicated. Special thanks to Susan in Venice and Cecilia on our Coliseum tour for their energetic and informative, immersive tours.
We had a recommendation from a friend and were very happy with our guide and our group size. The guide was excellent and we really enjoyed our tour with Walks of Italy. I would highly recommend!
Susan was an excellent guide with good knowledge of everything that was on the tour and so much more. She was able to answer all questions.
Great tours! Both David and Luigi were knowledgeable and passionate about their respective subjects! I would highly recommend using Walks of Italy!
We could not have been happier- our guide Luigi was perfect and the tour was just the right length for us.
Barbara was excellent guide and provided informed explanations of numerous exhibits and snippets of Roman history.....and kept the group together throughout the tour duration.
Barbara was excellent guide and provided informed explanations of numerous exhibits and snippets of Roman history.....and kept the group together throughout the tour duration.
We took two tours in Rome and two in Florence. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable . We enjoyed every minute of the tours. The guides make the history come to life. We will definitely book other tours when in Italy. Thank you for enriching our Italian experience
Brilliant tour and guide, thoroughly recommend. I cannot imagine trying to navigate the places by myself.
Good tour guide and a great way to avoid the crowds by taking the early morning tour
We had Tiberius as our tour guide. the tour was fantastic and we would highly recommend it. Tiberius was exceptionally knowledgeable and he gave a great tour. A tour is a definite must if visiting the Vatican.
Out tours of VIP Coloseum and Vatican Museum were both great. Our guide on both occasions (Tiberius) was excellent, enthusiastic and very informative.
All the tours were well-organized, informative, and fun! The small groups made it easy to ask questions. I especially enjoyed the tour of the Colosseum, forum, and palatine hill with tour guide Alessia. Her expertise was amazing!
Our guide Luigi made the tour, he was very knowledgable and had a great personality. I think we enjoyed listening to him more than seeing the sites on the tour! Grazie!
Barbara and Gregory were both excellent tour guides. We thoroughly enjoyed them and the tour
Tour was superb. Sergio was a fantastic tour guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. I was very happy I chose your tour.
Vatican Highlights Tour: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Knowledgeable tour guide. Would recommend
We enjoyed the tour of the Vatican on July 28th very much.The meeting place was easy to find. Antonietta was both entertaining and knowledgeable. As the tour took place during school holidays it was extremely busy yet we did indeed navigate our way in with ease.
We had the following tour guides: Amy/Twilight; Guido/Colosseum; Can't remember Pizza Making and Vatican but they were all wonderful in their own unique ways. We really loved Amy and Guido.
The guide was excellent. Very informative. I had a younger child with me and she spoke in a manner that even interested him. Excellent tour!
Our tour guide was very thorough . The day we visited the Vatican, it was packed. The crowd and all of the information being shared, had us on sensory overload.
My daughter and I visited Rome, Florence and Venice and LOVED out trip. Our 3 tours were of the highlights of our trip! The venues we visited coupled with the knowledge and personalities of our guides were amazing!
Elisa was absolutely delightful, full of great insight, intriguing stories, and with a mastery and knowledge that made us feel like true insiders. This was one of the best experiences of our trip, thanks to Elisa.
Both our tour guides were really good - Syliva kept the teenagers involved all throughout the tour. only complaint was we couldn't get your tour in Venice.....went with another company and they just didn't compare. Keep up the good work you are fantastic ambassadors for our country and history
We took 2 tours and both guides were excellent. Guido and Gloria were very knowledgeable and passionate !!!! Excellent English spoken. Highly recommended!!!!
It was a tremendous tour. One of the highlights of our European vacation. Katia was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. She brought the Vatican alive, explaining each painting, sculpture, ceiling and floor. You got the story behind
We took two tours with Cecilia and she was fantastic! Well educated -- answered questions with enthusiasm with a smile! Very engaged and made the tour feel very personal. She couldn't have had a better "style", personality and demeanor! Wonderful! So glad we ended up with Cecilia for both tours!
Thank you very much for a personal and informative tour. Jon was an animated and interesting guide who made us feel like we were the only people in the Vatican.
Overall good tour; very knowledgeable guide
Thoroughly enjoyed both tours, particularly the Colosseum. Tours guides excellent and good to avoid the long queues
We loved all the tours! The guides were extremely knowledgeable on their topics and gave interesting presentations.
It was easy to find the meeting place. Cecilia was our guide and did a great job. The only negative, which is not controlled by Walks of Italy, is the large number of people that are allowed in such small spaces (Raphael rooms, Sistine Chapel) - it was hard to view the art.
Fiamma was excellent! The Vatican museums and Sistine chapel are overwhelming, but Fiamma helped us focus on some very specific facts that really brought the history to life.
Tour and guide were wonderful. Have recommended you to several friends. Guide extremely knowledgeable and professional . A Pleasure .
Violetta was wonderful, and beautiful and since we were on a Sunday and she insisted we return to go inside the Pantheon: we did! All the guides were fabulous and I would highly recommend your services to anyone!! John was guide on 2 of the tours and he was also fabulous!!
Both tours were amazing and very informative. I was blessed to have two fantastic gudes, Arnaldo and David. They made seeing all of the beautiful sites effortless and worth it. I will definitely use Walks of Italy again if I venture into Italy.
Fantastic! Our guide was passionate and very thorough!
Fabrizio was a wonderful and cheerful guide. We had a great time walking around the Vatican and getting to know all sorts of details.
Great tours. I love how passionate the guides are about what they do! The groups weren't too big. Def well worth it!
Toni was wonderful. She was incredibly informative and easy to work with.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

If you would like to book both our Vatican Highlights Tour and our Best of Rome Tour (including Colosseum & historic center), consider our Rome in a Day Tour, which combines the two and includes a transfer from the end point of one tour to the start of the other – allowing you to see the best of Rome and the Vatican in one day.

As with all museums, particular galleries of the Vatican museums can sometimes be closed without prior notice and pieces removed for restoration or loan. In the case of a gallery being closed, your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.

Also, please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.

On rare occasions, when St. Peter's Basilica is being prepared for high masses or a special private event, including the Easter ceremonies, the tour group exit and/or the basilica itself can be closed without prior notification. Your guide will still give you an introduction to the church should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. Please contact us at info@walksofitaly.com if you have walking disabilities or if you are in a wheelchair. We can then work out a suitable alternative.

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a senior, student, or child reduction.

For details of what you may and may not bring inside the Vatican Museums (you may not, for example, carry backpacks), click here. Guests who do bring these items will be required to leave them in the Vatican cloakroom and will be responsible for collecting them at the end of the tour. Please note that it is a 15 to 20 minute walk from St. Peter’s Square back to the entrance of the Museums.

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The tour was handled extremely well.
Personable, knowledgeable, great stories that brought the number of facts together into interesting/manageable segments--great sense of humor--highly recommend tour and Sev!
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The guide was very, very helpful. Could not, would not, have been able to attempt this tour without her knowledge and physical assistance. This tour company made my dream of seeing the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, and St.Peters Basilica, a reality. A very worthwhile investment.
We absolutely loved this tour. Our guide was great and very informative. The highlight tour was just what we wanted and moved at a good pace. My husband in particular liked that our group was smaller compared to the other tour groups that had 30+ people. I will definitely be recommending Walks of Italy to my friends.
As my English is not perfect, sometimes it would have been beneficial if the guide had spoken a little less fast. Nevertheless, very informative and very live presentation. Thanks.
Overcrowding detracted from the tour The guide Igor was excellent given the situation and the experience was overall very good
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We loved the tour! Our guide Laura was very knowledgeable and made the place come alive for us, especially so many of the details in the paintings we were looking at. It really helped us connect with the artists that painted them so many hundreds of years ago.
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Felix was a great guide. Moved us very efficiently through the Vatican, and was very knowledable.
Hi. This was a great tour. Learnt a lot about the history of the Vatican. Beautiful collections. I guess the only drawback is how busy everything is (hence the 4*) but there is nothing we can do about that! Vincenzo was very informative, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Thank you.
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Our guide was so enthusiastic and well informed, she couldn't have done a better job.
Cool tour. I think it was a great, but efficient way to see the Vatican! Tour guide was really knowledgeable and entertaining.
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Amazing tour! Learned so much and had a fantastic time. Thank you so much!
Florentina was informative and most charming. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour!
Maria, was our guide for the afternoon - our personal guide as it turned out, as it was off season and we were the only ones registered for a tour at that time. She was warm, personable, and a veritable font of knowledge. It felt like we were visiting with an old friend. Although it was a "highlights tour", and we were limited in the time we had, it did not feel rushed at all. Maria was able to condense and deliver an incredible amount of detail in a short time so felt like an in depth tour, without being overwhelming. Our time with her added to the richness of our experience - there were so many things we would have missed, or simply not known to look for had we done this on our own. She was passionate about the art, and the history, and culture of her country, and was a wonderful guide. My husband who doesn't usually enjoy guided tours, was so impressed, and enjoyed those two hours so much, is now willing to register for other tours with Walk of Italy - that is a high compliment. We would totally recommend signing up for this tour, or one of their many other offerings.
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It was so wonderful!
Toni was amazing! Tour was prompt, well organized, efficient and polite. Paper map of Sistine Chapel was fantastic. We also loved that Toni took a few minutes to tell the students in our group where they might like to go in the evening!
This was a little too much art vs history of the vatican and the popes. My son toughed it out but was pretty fried afterwards. The tour guide was very knowledgable and kept us moving but we would have rather had more history less art.
Maria was great. Very open to questions and eager to please.
Super tour with a very professional guide
was very satisfied. Surprised how young the guide was :). she was very warm, nice,. we had some elderly people in our group, she encorouged them to walk with us, was very funny and nice to them and everyone. she had exceptional knowledge.
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Claudia was wonderful. Had a real artist's eye.
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He was very professional, knowledgeable and polite
very educational, and informative.. The stories supporting the sites we were visiting, and the History that we got to hear, was terrific..Great guide.
Enza was excellent. She made the best of a difficult situation (pilgrims). She is very knowledgeable. I learned a lot and had a good time.
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Fantastic! Well paced and great information from the host! I would highly recommend.
Camilla was wonderful!!!! We would recommend your tours to anyone in Rome or Florence
Wonderful guide...good tour group size...just too crowded to get top mark for the event! Karen Ash
The guide was great, our only disappointment lay in the size of the crowds of which we were a part. In some areas of the museum we had difficulty be able to see the particular artwork we were trying to concentrate on. And yes, we would recommend highly "Walks of Italy"
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We've traveled all over Europe, and this is the first time we have *ever* purchased a tour. I can't imagine how we ever would have managed the Vatican/museums/Sistine chapel without a tour guide -- just negotiating the entrance to Vatican and the museums complex with benefit of a guide is worth the price -- IMO it paid for itself by the time we got through the front lobby. The second thing is that there is just SO MUCH in the Vatican, if you have a day or an afternoon you will simply get lost; having a guide to pick out the most important highlights and take you directly there is money very well-spent. That said, this seemed like a very good product compared to the many others. SMALL group of less than 10 people; our guide was knowledgeable and pleasant; and very well-organized tour meeting + related communication; and did NOT try to do too much. We passed a million other tours during our visit and said repeatedly, "I'm glad I'm not on THAT tour."
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Sabrina was a fantastic guide - articulate, knowledgeable, organized and entertaining. She helped focus us on important points in what might otherwise be a chaotic atmosphere. We strongly recommend her.
KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDE , ENGAGING , INSIGHTFUL ... FABULOUS TOUR
The tour was excellent. It was very crowded of course, but Enza kept us so entertained and involved in what we were seeing that it wasn't a problem and didn't detract from our visit to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. We would never have seen as much or appreciated what we were seeing without Enza. Her enthusiasm and knowledge made the tour one of the great experiences of our holiday.
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