Vatican Zone

The City Inside The City

Be ready to be amazed


Our favourites tours in the Vatican Zone.

Further information about these tours:

  • English, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Korean, Russian and German languages

  • Solo Traveller and all age groups (included: family with kids&teen; senior, disabled, students and couple travellers).

  • Group Size: for the "Inside the Vatican" tour up to 8 people; for Castel Sant'Angelo private max 10 people and small group max 20 people

  • Tours by: foot and private transportation on request

  • Good to know: The Vatican has a dress code which is enforced. People with exposed shoulders, knees, midriffs, or (for the ladies) cleavage, are denied entrance. The dress code forbids: shorts/skirts above the knees, no sleeveless tops (carry a scarf to put around shoulders - it will be enough), no flip flops (but sandals are also fine) and hats.

ALTERNATIVE TOURS:

You can combine these tours with a Foodie tours.
This includes a Road-Food-Stops that could be: coffees; pizza+gelato; aperitif and restaurant dinner (at the end of tour). Tour duration will be 1 hour extra.

For families, we're providing the Kids Friendly Tour is designed to suit the needs of children from 6 years up. The tours become a Children's learning and fun experience. Kids and Parents can enjoy educational content together.

Rome Map

Vatican Zone Map

Inside The Vatican

  • 2 hours with our local tour guides.

[2 hours is the very minimum time to spend at the Vatican Tour]

  • From € 190 for1 to 4 people. Kids up to 5 years old are free. Attractions tickets are not included.

  • Highlights of this tour: Vatican Museums&Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica, St. Peter's Square and Vatican Gardens.

  • Timetable: from morning up to 3pm (last admission) Sunday closed

  • Vatican by night is available from April to October 

Friday only - from 7pm till 11.30pm – 2 hours tour.

An odd Castle in the heart of city:

Castel Sant’Angelo

[AKA Hadrian’s Mausoleum]

  • 2 hours with our local tour guides.

  • From € 190 for 1 to 4 people. Kids up to 5 years old are free. Attractions tickets are not included.

  • Highlights of this tour: Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo (Museum) and Ponte Sant’Angelo (Sant’Angelo Bridge).

  • Timetable: 5pm last admission

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Explore Vatican Zone

Colosseum Zone

A classic destination for an unprecedented tour.

Be ready to be amazed.

Vatican City is an independent nation-state located within the city of Rome and it is not a member of the EU however it has adopted the Euro as its currency. It is the smallest country in the world which covers just over 100 acres - just to give you an idea, in comparison, it's a half size of New York's Central Park and it's two times larger than London's Hyde Park - with a population of 850 people. Vatican City (the so-called Holy See) is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head and the centre of the Roman Catholic Church with more than 1.30 billion members worldwide. Despite all this you won’t need of passport.

This little walled enclave houses one of the biggest church in the world: St Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro), crowned by Michelangelo's dome; boasts one of the world's greatest art collections: Vatican Museums; the outstanding colonnade of St Peter's square by Bernini - made up of 284 columns and, atop the colonnades, 140 saints; three of the world’s most famous Michelangelo works of art: Scenes from Genesis (the ceiling) fresco and his Giudizio Universale (“The Last Judgement”) both in the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s Pietà as well as Vatican Gardens (that covering about half of the of Vatican City) grottoes, monuments and fountains.

The Vatican Museums - in addition to Sistine Chapel - contains masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes through the centuries, roughly 70,000 works are displayed along about 7 km of halls and corridors. Exhibits range from Egyptian papyri and painted topographical maps; frescoes and tapestries by Raphael and other important works of illustrious painters such as: Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio.

Today it houses the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo and its eclectic collection of paintings, sculpture, military memorabilia and medieval firearms where past and present mix. A walk along the chamber of ashes, the cells in which a number of historical figures were incarcerated and Papal residence, decorated with perfectly preserved frescoes from the Renaissance period. In the upper floor, don't miss the open terrace witch offers unforgettable views over Rome. A further interesting aspect is the 800 metre fortified corridor connects the castle to Vatican City so that the Pope could escape in the event that he were in danger, as did the Pope Clement VII during 1527.

Well I can see a lot of you scratching your heads out there but think for a moment before you decide to give up this tour.

Just outside the Vatican City walls is to be found the Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as the "Mausoleum of Hadrian", with its characteristically rounded shape and above all the a long fascinating and unique history behind it. Construction of the building began in the year 135 under the direction of the Emperor Hadrian, who intended to use it as mausoleum for himself and his family. it was converted into a papal fortress in the 6th century.

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