HEAR THE TALES THAT MAKE HISTORY LIVE…
Book yourself an unusual, in-depth, and "VIP" Vatican experience ... with this small-group "Stories of the Vatican" tour!
This tour ditches the ordinary script mainstream tours tend to rely on (a little bit waaay too much)… and instead gives you a front row seat to expert recollections and narratives. - They'll invite you to an ancient world full of stories about the Vatican's greatest sights ...
behind the art and architecture! Deep stuff ... and fun too.
So ... Ready to scratch your chin, and spin your thought wheels?
Great! I thought so. - You’ll start by skipping the line (you’re welcome) in the afternoon, when most of the tourists have cleared out and the temperature has mellowed.
After that… get ready to visit the most-sought-after sites. - But be prepared to venture deeper into the “hidden corners” of the Vatican too!
All the while, you’ll be saying ‘hmm’ way too much, and thoroughly acquainting yourself with the backstory that makes history, history!
From wacky, to wonderful, to epic… Prepare to be entertained the old way, and to love it!
As a perfect, in-depth look at the Vatican for first-timers… Count on this tour to both show you the beauty, and tell you the significance!
Room of the Muses
Greek Cross Room
Gallery of the Tapestries
Gallery of the Maps
Skip the Line Vatican Museums entrance tickets
English speaking Vatican Insider Guide
With this tour you are guaranteed specially reserved VIP entrance slots so that you avoid the 1-3 hour wait. This is also why it’s important to be at least 15 minutes early to meet your group.
You will meet your guide at the designated meeting point on your voucher. Your guide will escort you to the security checkpoint. After you will be given headsets (only for groups over 6).
Now it's on to the Museums! During the tour you are encouraged to ask questions about all things Vatican along the way.
Before you reach the Sistine Chapel, Your guide will give you the inside scoop, about Michelangelo, some of the special characteristics about these paintings and what to look for while you are in there, because you are not allowed to talk inside of the Sistine Chapel, shhhhhh.
Once you have taken that beauty in, Your guide will take you through a secret door near by that leaves you out in front of St Peters. Here you will also skip the line to enter a truly living museum.
This tour does not cover the basilica...
Here is where the tour ends but you can continue on exploring St. Peters on your own. You have the option to purchase tickets (at an added cost on site of 2 Euros per person) to climb the dome or go underground to see the Vatican crypts.
Be prepared to be walking/standing for the length of the tour. You definitely want to wear your most comfortable shoes. The Vatican Museums are vast with some steps and stairways.
If you are concerned about the intensity, contact us for more information, or choose the private option where you can go at your own pace.
Students that book Vatican tours for a student price MUST bring their student ID. It is required at the start of the tour.
Leave the sharp objects behind… The Vatican Museum require all knives, scissors and/or metal tools of various types to be stored in the cloakroom.
You are allowed to enter the Vatican Museums with a bag no larger than 15.7 inches x 13.7 inches x 6 inches (40cm x 35cm x 15cm). Larger bags must be checked in. You must also check backpacks, tripods and other oversized items. Please do not bring large bags on your tours. Spending time at the coat check will disrupt the tour for the rest of the group. If you check bags, you will also have to return to the coat check after your tour, which finishes at St. Peter’s Basilica (a 15-minute walk from the museum entrance).
Most activities are refundable as long as cancellations are made with more than 72 hours notice. There may be a transaction fee of 2.5% to process the refund. Some agencies have stricter policies, these policies will be presented during the booking process, BEFORE payment is requested. Spicy Meatball is very transparent in all of our transactions, feel free to contact our superhero customer support with any questions regarding these policies.
Vatican Tickets are purchased in the name of the guest and are not transferable so they are not refundable. In addition to the 2.5% transaction fee to process the refund, also the tickets (est. 17 euros per ticket) will not be included in the refunded amount.
During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may be closed unexpectedly. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, your guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
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