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Rome: Vatican & Lunch at Pope's Summer Residence Day Tour

1. Rome: Vatican & Lunch at Pope's Summer Residence Day Tour

Start your 9-hour program with a bus ride to Castel Gandolfo, a secluded and charming town that’s home to the pope’s summer residence. Explore the pope’s private Barberini Gardens by mini-bus and with the assistance of an audio guide. The Papal Palace was recently opened to the public by Pope Francis. You’ll see the treasures of this extravagant yet intimate interior, including works by Bernini. Enjoy a break for lunch and some free time to explore the town before heading back to Rome. In the afternoon, begin a 3-hour tour of Vatican City at the Vatican Museums. With your priority access you’ll skip the lines, allowing more time to discover the great works of art. Continue to the Sistine Chapel, where your guide will point out amazing art including Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement – the largest fresco ever painted by a single person. The last stop on this walking tour of Vatican City is St. Peter’s Basilica, which is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture.

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

2. Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

Start your day bright and early as you meet your tour guide at the Vatican Museums. Skip the line and enter 45 minutes before the general public with your special access ticket. After going through a brief security check, proceed inside to begin your tour starting with the best galleries. Follow your art historian guide along the tour route which includes the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps.  Then, learn about the history and process Michelangelo used to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel before entering to see it yourself. Continue to the Vatican Gardens, where only special tour groups are allowed to visit. With your exclusive Vatican Gardens tickets, breathe in the tranquil air of this mini paradise. After your Vatican Gardens tour, enter Vatican City’s only train station to board the train to Castel Gandolfo. Once the site of Emperor Domitian’s Villa, the Barberini Gardens boast beautifully-designed hedges situated amidst flowers, fountains and Ancient Roman ruins. Your guide will tell you stories about the history of the gardens and the many points of interest located within. Once you’ve explored the lush scenery of the Barberini Gardens, the tour will break for lunch (included with the tour). Sit down to a sumptuous spread of locally-sourced, organic Italian meats, cheeses, olive oil, tomatoes, and pasta. Then, have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. Now a museum open to the public, enjoy exploring the Palace’s many rooms, art galleries, and collection of cars driven by former popes. Use your round-trip train ticket to return to Vatican City and conclude your memorable experience.

Rome: Colosseum and Vatican City Full-Day Guided Tour

3. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican City Full-Day Guided Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rome in the morning, and then journey by minivan with an English-speaking driver/guide to the main monuments of the Eternal City. Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and get more time to follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors and fearless gladiators. Continue to the Roman Forum to explore the heart of public life in Ancient Rome. Get amazing views from Capitoline Hill and see Trajan's Column on Piazza Venezia. Discover the temple to all gods at the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and see the house where Keats lived at the Spanish Steps. Admire Bernini's fountain in Piazza Navona before getting some time for lunch. Spend the afternoon in the vast galleries of the Vatican Museum and enter Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, where highlights of the cathedral include Bernini's beautiful baldacchino, Michelangelo's Pietà and the tombs of 91 popes.

Rome: Early Vatican Museums & Castel Gandolfo Tour

4. Rome: Early Vatican Museums & Castel Gandolfo Tour

Benefit from priority entrance at 8 AM, away from the daily crowds. You will visit Vatican Museums’ must sees such as Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestry and the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's paintings.. After your visit to Vatican Museums, you will be escorted by Vatican guard to the Vatican Station, where you will take the special train that connects Vatican City with Pope Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo. You will enjoy a panoramic ride of the Roman Countryside and reach in about 30 minutes the charming village of Castel Gandolfo renown for the Pope's' residence and for the delicious local food served by local restaurants. You will visit the Baroque Barberini Gardens on an electric bus with your audio-guide and access also inside the Pope's Palace with beautiful rooms decorated with precios art-crafts and with the Popes Portraits representing many important Popes including the Pope Julius the II who commissioned the Sistine Chapel to Michelangelo. You will receive a flexible return ticket that will allow to spend some free time in Castel Gandolfo enjoying the local shops and food and the panoramic view over the Lake.

From Civitavecchia: Private Rome Highlights Tour w/ Tickets

5. From Civitavecchia: Private Rome Highlights Tour w/ Tickets

You will be picked up from Civitavecchia harbor in an air-conditioned van, before being taken to the Vatican Museums. Don't worry about the crowds, as this tour includes exclusive skip-the-line access into the museums. The Vatican Museums are one of the world’s most visited museum complexes and are overflowing with masterpieces by many of the world’s most important Renaissance and Baroque artists. Your guide will lead you through all of the most important galleries providing a fascinating overview of the history and cultural significance. The tour includes visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and other key museum highlights. After this, you will stop for a light lunch and enjoy some authentic Roman cuisine. You will then head to the Colosseum and once again, will skip the long queues outside. Here, your guide will make the world’s most famous amphitheater come to life, explaining its awe-inspiring structure, and recreating the days when it was filled with the sounds of roaring animals and crowds and the clashing swords of gladiators. After that, you will visit the Roman Forum which was once the ancient city’s social, governmental, economic and religious center. At the end of the day, you will be taken back to Civitavecchia port.

From Rome: Guided Tour of Vatican City & Pope's Residence

6. From Rome: Guided Tour of Vatican City & Pope's Residence

This is a unique chance to visit everything about the Vatican in 1 day and by avoiding the crowds. You will access the Vatican Museums before the public, at 7.45 am and you will have an exclusive tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will walk you then through the amazing Vatican Gardens and you'll discover the beauty of this unique place. Together with the guide, you'll reach the iconic Vatican City train station from where you will start your journey to Castel Gandolfo (approx. 45mins). At the station, you will have the transportation waiting for you. In 10 minutes you'll reach the Pope's Gardens where lunch will be served. After lunch, you'll have a designated guide who will walk you, at a slow pace, through the Pope's Gardens. Afterward, you'll reach the Pope's Summer residence where you'll have the chance to discover so much about the history and aspects of Popes' lives that you didn't know before. At the end of the visit, you'll have a transfer to the train station. Once in Rome, a car will wait for you to bring you to your hotel. This tour includes a host, a guide and a transportation in a way that you cannot miss anything and also you'll have the assistance all day long.

Vatican City: Vatican Museums and Castel Gandolfo w/ Lunch

7. Vatican City: Vatican Museums and Castel Gandolfo w/ Lunch

Start your day trip with an amazing early entrance visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with a professional Guide. Take your time to enjoy Micheal Angelo's masterpieces before the crowds. Enjoy the privileged skip the line entrance and take most of it to visit all the parts of the Museums in peace. Wander the Vatican City Gardens which will make your way to a modern train that will take you to Pope's Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo. Have a biological lunch at the Barberini Gardens. Let your guide lead you through the amazing Barberini Gardens and Pope's Summer residence recently opened to external visitors. Enjoy this day trip and take the train back to the St. Perter's train station in Rome.

Rome: Vatican Art and Architecture Highlights Tour By Bus

8. Rome: Vatican Art and Architecture Highlights Tour By Bus

Explore the depths of Vatican City and its prim surroundings with skip-the-line tickets and an audio guide. Visit the Vatican early in the morning, and from here, continue on to the neighboring area of Lazlo by train to Castel Gandolfo and see all the beauty of the ancient city. First, meet up with your guide before the crowds begin at the Vatican. Take in the famous works of art, including those at the Sistine Chapel. Board a train with your guide and group and head off to the old city of Castel Gandolfo, on the beautiful Lake Albano. Your guide will provide you with an additional audio guide so that you’re sure not to miss any details along your tour. After the train, board an open-air bus to pass through Castel Gandolfo. Stop to explore the intricate and groomed Barberini Gardens. From here, you can wrap up your tour and go see the official residences of the pope in the Vatican City at Apostolic Palace, designed by the same architect who worked on St. Peter’s Basilica.

From Rome: Pope's Residence and Vatican Museum Guided Tour

9. From Rome: Pope's Residence and Vatican Museum Guided Tour

Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museums and the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo with skip-the-line entry privileges. Enjoy private guided tours of the pope's residence and the Barberini Gardens before visiting the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Start your journey in the center of Rome where you will board a private air-conditioned coach heading to Castel Gandolfo in the verdant Alban Hills. Your guide will fill you in on the history of this long-hidden region. On arrival, enter the Papal Residence for a private tour that includes the pope’s own bedroom, study, and chapel. Hear insights into the lives and traditions of popes of the past and present as well as the residence’s role as a sanctuary for refugees during World War II. Look out to the sea from the Papal Terrace as the popes have since the 17th century. Then, continue for a stroll around the Barberini Gardens, whose balance of Imperial Roman and classical influences surrounds the whole Renaissance complex in tranquil beauty. After some free time for lunch, the next stop is the Vatican. Bypassing the hours-long lines with skip-the-line access, you'll enter the Vatican Museums with your guide. As you move through the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra, and the Raphael Rooms, your guide will share the stories behind this incredible collection of art and artifacts, including stories about the items most visitors miss. Later, head to the Sistine Chapel and find yourself in awe as you step into this hushed and sacred space. With the aid of photographs and your guide’s knowledge, you’ll know exactly what to look out for when you experience the incredible detail of the chapel for yourself.

From Civitavecchia: Golf Cart Tour of Rome

10. From Civitavecchia: Golf Cart Tour of Rome

After pickup from the Civitavecchia Cruise Port in a comfortable Mercedes van, you’ll head straight to Rome to meet your expert, English-speaking guide. Across your tour, amble down the 15th-century, cobblestone streets, jetting between the most popular and iconic sights of the city, and lesser-known, off-the-beaten path sections exclusively known to locals.  On the maneuverable golf cart, you’ll head to the Trevi Fountain, pausing to gaze upon its ornate marble statues. Swing by the Villa Borghese, a stunning park home to one of the best views of the historical center of Rome. Head to the Spanish Steps before traveling to 2 of Rome’s most iconic squares, Navona and Venezia, before heading to Colosseum. At this point, depending on the option chosen, you’ll either head to Vatican City to explore the center of the Catholic world, or head to the Renaissance Square to grab a bite to eat. If you choose the Vatican City option, you'll be accompanied through the Vatican Museum with a private guide. If you choose the option without the Vatican City tour, you'll have more time to continue exploring Rome. After experiencing the thrilling cosmopolitanism of the Eternal City, you’ll be driven back to your cruise ship.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Very nice tour, perfectly organized with trained guides only the Vatican guide prepared but not very kind where we also had a bickering about being late due to queues and more because you started the tour in the explanations went more than necessary and noticed the delay of losing the train to Castel'Gandolfo blamed us Italians even with the firmness of the companion who replies that they were the first to arrive I'm sorry not to do so one has to take responsibility, explain the tour is impossible only to seeing a unique beauty advised everyone to try it to believe I end up with a word Spectacular.

Just beautiful

Everything went great. Our driver to Castel Gandolfo was just great. Very personable and explained and told me a lot along the way because I also speak Italian. I then translated it into English for my relatives from Australia. Lunch in the garden was great, great atmosphere and Castel Gandolfo is a super cute little town. The view of the lake is amazing. in dream! On the way back, the driver was so nice and let us out in Termini so that we could drive comfortably and quickly to the next meeting point. Thank you again for that! It was a great experience!

Truly great experience. We had our own personal driver and guide for the entire day. No waiting in line, no trouble and we were able to see all the sights in great detail. We were on a cruise and for the little bit more expense we had this wonderful guide and driver and we were able to go inside the Vatican, Sistine chapel, St Peter's basilica and tour the Coliseum plus see the Pantheon and Trevi fountain. I would not hesitate to book this again. Everybody was very accommodating.

If you have a short time to see Rome, this is the tour for you! My guide was knowledgable and punctual, and I saw more of Rome than I thought possible in a single day - I also saw things I didn’t even know existed before the tour. Beware however, this AMAZING taste of Rome will only leave you wanting to come back for longer! Thank you Patrick!

Excellent tours,so beautiful residents garden for the pope!! My driver was very good.. in the afternoon did a tour of Vatican museum pier was a great tour guide very knowledgeable I learn alot from him