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  • Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

    1. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

    Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square then start the tour by climbing your way to the top of the Basilica’s Dome. Enjoy an exclusive look at the Dome’s impressive mosaics then head further up to the top balcony.

    From here, marvel at panoramic views across the city, spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and other iconic landmarks. Descend directly into the Basilica and avoid the long entry queue. Inside, admire its impressive interior and discover why it took 150 years to build.

    Gaze at the colorful marble, golden ceilings, and intricate mosaics that surround you. Learn about the renowned works of Renaissance and Neoclassic artists that are housed here.  Next, head underground to the Basilica’s historic grottoes and visit St. Peter’s Tomb (if option selected). Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th century Basilica and admire its beautiful frescoes. Fini...

    Our tour guide was most welcoming, warm, and so cordial. She was also quite knowledgeable so it was all in all worthwhile time spent in Rome. I would certainly recommend!

  • Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

    2. Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

    Start at the Arch of Constantine, and begin a private Colosseum tour with a top-rated local guide. Learn about the history of this amazing monument, the violence of the games, and the lives of the gladiators. Take a short walk to explore the breathtaking ruins of the Roman Forum. Next, head to the historic Capitoline Hill and enjoy a break in a bar with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Stop for a hearty lunch in a restaurant recommended by the guide, where you'll sample some delicious local dishes. After lunch, visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Piazza Navona, and Campo de'Fiori. See the Pantheon and Hadrian's Temple. Stroll through the magnificent Piazza Farnese for a memorable end to the first day of your 2-day private tour. Begin the second day with a visit to the Vatican Museums, which boast one of the greatest collections of art in the world. ...

  • Private Early Morning Sistine Chapel Tour

    3. Private Early Morning Sistine Chapel Tour

    Enjoy the Sistine Chapel as Popes and princes did: early in the morning. This private tour offers the perfect environment to explore the Sistine Chapel and other works of incomparable beauty in the Vatican Museums. Your personal guide will help you visualize the cultural context in which such works arose, immersing you in the climate of the Renaissance. This exclusive Vatican private tour will take you to discover this season of human history when the flowering of the arts was accompanied by the evolution of science, together laying the foundations for much of our modern world. This was a period of overwhelming enthusiasm and of amazing innovation. The men of the Renaissance didn't merely dream of changing the world, they  revolutionised it. The printing press, the geographic maps with which Columbus reached the Americas, modern science, architecture, art, and the modern sense of beauty ...

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What people are saying about Vatican Necropolis

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 234 reviews

Ferdinando was excellent. He was full of knowledge and very excited to share his experience. To see the Basilica with so few people was such a treat for him that he couldn’t contain his excitement. This tour was a great way to see a magnificent place. The group was small- 8 people, which gave it a very intimate feel. The entire experience was well organized. The headset allowed us to hear Ferdinando’s explanations while taking pictures and wandering at our own pace. The trek to the top was grueling and not for those who dislike enclosed spaces or fear heights. But the view from the top was absolutely stunning and well worth the effort.

Amazing experience. Marle was super as our tour guide, extremely knowledgeable, plus very kind and helpful making sure everyone made it back down from the Dome climb safely. Definitely recommend!

Our tour guide was most welcoming, warm, and so cordial. She was also quite knowledgeable so it was all in all worthwhile time spent in Rome. I would certainly recommend!

Daniele was an amazing tour guide and very informative. He laughed and joked while also interacting with the entire group.

Well organised, great guide (Stefano), very informative and interesting, thoroughly enjoyed the visit