Enjoy the magnificence of the Vatican
Are you planning a trip to Rome and want to visit the Vatican? Are you a lover of history and art, and would like to take full advantage of what the Vatican has to show you? Well of course, who isn’t? Vatican City is an unmissable stop on a trip to the Eternal City. It symbolizes the center of Christianity and is the smallest independent state in the world, both in terms of population and territorial extent, occupying an area of just 44 hectares right in the heart of Rome. If organized well, all of the Vatican sites can be seen in just one day. Walks Inside Rome organize the best Vatican tours through our historic partnership with the Vatican, where we were even a proud supporter of the restoration work of the Vatican Museums.
Encountering the wonderful Vatican treasures
One of the holiest places of Catholicism is the Vatican but, whether you are Catholic or not, you cannot fail to enjoy its magnificence, the richness of its architecture, its works, and mystical twists and turns present everywhere.
The Vatican City is a must-see on a trip to Rome, a place that holds the greatest secrets of Christianity and welcomes nearly 6 million tourists every year. In addition to being the seat of the Pope, it houses a collection of extraordinary works of art and architecture. It is an elaborate ensemble of magnificent papal palaces, stunning museums, and lush landscaped gardens. As it is the most popular tourist destination in Rome and is always very busy, luckily, you have the option to book a privileged entrance avoiding long hours in line with our skip-the-line tickets.
Our Vatican tours often culminate in St. Peter’s Square where you can admire the numerous columns (248 to be exact) and statues that stand there. From here, the view is dominated by St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world. Michelangelo’s Dome (called cuppolone by the Romans) overlooks the grounds of the small state, imposing on the huge square enclosed in the wonderful Bernini’s Colonnade, where on Wednesdays and other celebrations the Catholic faithful flock to listen to the Pope. Sometimes, the square welcomes more than 150,000 pilgrims during major Christian ceremonies.
Inside the basilica, you can admire the magnificence of Michelangelo’s Pietà, discover the details of the various sculptures and paintings, the Bernini canopy located on the main altar, but also the numerous statues of Christ and the apostles.
The Vatican is the only state in the world to have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, together with the other extraterritorial properties of the Holy See in the historic center of Rome.
Choose your own private and small-group Vatican tours
Many of our Vatican tours can be combined and customized to meet your needs and interests. Whatever route is chosen, your expert guide will ensure you do not miss any relevant details. They will give you information on the history, architecture, and political life of the Vatican and will tell you anecdotes and curious facts little known by tourists.
On request, you can visit the most evocative places of the Vatican Museums such as the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the rooms of Pio Clementino, the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Patio Belvedere, and the Patio del Pino. The largest collections of art, archaeology, and ethno-anthropology were created by the Popes over the centuries – all eras are represented and there are works and masterpieces from many cultures and countries all over the world.
If you want, enjoy exclusive access to the Vatican Museums and admire the power of the beauty of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment that adorns the Sistine Chapel early in the morning, before it opens to the public. Experience a personal tour of the Vatican‘s collection with your own private, licensed guide an hour before the general opening by booking our priority entrance.
Best Vatican Tours with Walks Inside Rome
Walks Inside Rome is a travel agency providing a variety of exciting, engaging, and educational guided tours in Rome and other Italian destinations. Thanks to our English-speaking official and professional guides, including art historians and archaeologists, we allow you to experience tours of the Vatican perfect for kids and adults alike.
We have been welcoming and guiding guests through Vatican City for over 20 years and have a range of different tours created to show the Vatican’s dynamic offerings, from ancient artifacts to modern collections. Through our Vatican tours you will gain special access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel you wouldn’t find through most other tour operators in Rome.
We are open 7 days a week to answer all your questions. Visit our website or contact us directly to see our catalog of the best tours and experiences. We look forward to meeting you soon so we can organize your trip and start exploring Italy together!