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Itinerary
Start with a pickup from your Rome hotel, or meet at the local operator’s office in the center of the city. Once you’re aboard your transport, you’ll travel out of Rome to the Vatican.

Making your way past the crowds waiting to enter the Vatican Galleries, you’ll head straight inside the gardens to discover the oasis of green space that's been a place of meditation for the popes over the centuries.

As you explore footpaths lined with vibrant flowers, you’ll stumble upon works of art and examples of Renaissance architecture. See the giant labyrinth of hedges, that are typical of 16th-century Italian gardens, and admire the Lebanese cedars.

After strolling through the gardens, you’ll follow your guide to the Sistine Chapel, learning about its Michelangelo-painted frescoes as you go. Hear theories about the secret meanings behind The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement, then step inside to visit the sacred chapel on your own.

Finish with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica for a look at Michelangelo’s La Pietà, the bronze Bernini-designed baldachin, and the holy sepulcrum. Your tour ends with a drop-off at the start point.
Locations visited
Sistine Chapel
Vatican Gardens
St. Peter's Basilica
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Overview
Step into the Vatican Gardens on a 3.5-hour skip-the-line tour, and discover the artwork and nature that lies in the heart of the Vatican state. After exploring the tree-lined pathways that meander around foliage and architecture, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel to admire its treasure trove of Renaissance art. Then, finish with a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica before a drop-off back in Rome. Numbers are limited to just 10 people for an intimate tour.
Highlights
  • Vatican Gardens, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica tour
  • Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the Vatican Gardens
  • Discover Renaissance artwork as you walk around the greenery
  • Step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes
  • Check out La Pietà inside St. Peter’s Basilica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Paola is great

She was a great tour guide. She was great with my daughter. You should request her for the Vatican tour.More

Thank edward l
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Ciao and thanks for the review! It's always my pleasure to pay extra attention to young people and make sure they take something away from their time in a place such as the Vatican! If you're ever back in town, do get in touch! Take...More

Reviewed 17 July 2018
Even kept the kids engaged

We wanted to see the Vatican Museum and Sistine chapel but needed to find a way to keep our kids (boys aged 9, 12 and 15) interested and engaged. We therefore decided to take the luxury option and hire a private guide. It was a...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Ciao and thanks to you and your kids for being great and gracious guests! I agree that a private guide can be a small investment- but worthwhile as you get to tour what you want, at the speed you want, with your interests at heart....More

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Stefania was an amazing guide!

The private tour was such a treat! Stefania, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and fun. She knew how to avoid crowds and helped shape the tour to our specific interest. It was great to be a group of 6 instead of 20! We had a...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Hi guys! You are so sweet, thank you for calling me 'delightful'- I'm checking now to see if my husband agrees (he better!) I am always more than happy to share what I know with my guests and wish we could have done more tours...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Enhanced our experience tremendously!

Marco was fantastic and is a pleasure to spend time with. I can't imagine seeing the popular sites in Rome with anything other than a private guide. Skip the line and start enjoying the experience immediately. Marco was personable, professional, a wealth of knowledge, and...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Ciao and Grazie for the review! It was good to see you guys again (you threw a coin in Trevi fountain last time, didn't you?) and the tour was great. I agree, skipping the line is a great benefit, and having a private guide with...More

Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile
Vatican Tour

Linda was amazing. Very knowledgeable. The private tour got us in before the crowds and the ability to skip the line was worth the price alone. I would highly recommend Eyes of Rome.

Thank Artesiaaggie
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thank you! It's my pleasure to share what I know to help you understand where you are, and, of course, skip long lines! Best till next, Linda

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Depends on how much you value actually being able to see the Vatican versus stand in line or peer over your fellow tourists. For us, it was beyond words. My husband and I and our guide were the only people in the galleries... More
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