When our tour is over will we be able visit St. Peter's Basilica or the grottos
Absolutely. Our tours end at the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica which is a very
convenient location to leave for lunch, to visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the
Vatican post office, re-enter St. Peter's Basilica (without having to wait in line
again), continue to the grottos below St. Peter's, or climb to the dome. Your tour
guide will be happy to point you in the right direction.
What is the difference between the morning tour and the afternoon tour?
While the itineraries for both tours are the same, our afternoon Vatican tours do
not include a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. In the afternoon tour guides
are not allowed to provide commentary within the Basilica. Instead, your guide will
lead you to the Basilica, skipping the general access lines, and provide a full
description and commentary from the entrance. They will then leave you to enjoy
St. Peter’s Basilica in your own time. Another thing to consider when booking an
afternoon Vatican tour, is that St. Peter's Basilica closes shortly after the tour
ends. If you are planning to climb the dome of St. Peter's, visit the Papal Tombs,
or spend more time inside the Basilica after your tour you will not be able to do
these things. Dark Rome suggests the morning tour if you are interested in staying
at St. Peter's after your tour.
How do I contact your office?
Our customer service promptly answers every single inquiry. You may have received
an answer from us in your junk mail. For further inquiries feel free to contact
us at the following telephone number: +39 06 83360561.
Are there discounts for children?
Absolutely! Infants under the age of 6 years (4 years for the Papal Audience) join
our group and private Vatican tours for free. Children under the age of 18 years
receive a discount on all tours as noted on individual tour pages.
Do both the morning tours and the afternoon tour have No Wait Access?
Do you offer your tours in other languages?
We offer tours in Spanish, German, French and Portuguese. To see these tours, just
click on the relevant flag on the top right-hand corner of this page. Tours in other
languages can also be provided on request as private tours, just contact us and
Is it possible to arrange a tour for a time other than 9.00 AM, 10.00 AM or 2.30
PM and still avail of No Wait Access?
Our Vatican Group Tours only depart at 9.00 AM, 10.00 AM and 2.30 PM strictly. If you would
like a tour at any other time during Vatican Museum opening hours, our staff may be able to
arrange it for you as a Private tour, subject to availability. Please note that for tours requested
outside of our regular service hours an additional fee will be applied.
Where does the tour meet?
The tours meet at a location very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican
Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher
you will receive when you book your tour.
What is the difference between a private and group tour?
With a private tour you have a private tour guide just for your group, who can cater more
personally and directly to the interests of your party. You are free to move at your own
pace and there is much more flexibility with the itinerary and timing of a private tour.
Group tours include no more than 20 people per guide.
We are taking a cruise ship to Civitavecchia and then transferring to Rome. We should
be leaving the port by 7.30-8.00 AM. Will that allow us enough time to reach the
meeting point for one of the Vatican group morning tours?
Transfers from Civitavecchia on average take 1 hour and 30 minutes, so that is cutting
it very close. Depending on the day of the week and the amount of traffic you encounter
you may arrive with plenty of time to spare or you may arrive very late. Since we
cannot refund late arrivals please consider carefully before booking a morning tour.
We also offer afternoon group and private tours at 2.30 PM which may be a better
option for you. Alternatively, why not consider taking a full-day Shore Excursion
with all transfers included? For details on this tour, which visits the Colosseum
as well as the Vatican, see here.
At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Vatican Museums on my own?
That’s up to you. Our tours exit the Vatican Museums after the Sistine Chapel and
end at St. Peter’s Basilica. From the ending point (in front of the Basilica) you
cannot re-enter the Museums without waiting in the Museums general access line and
purchasing an additional ticket. You can, however, hand in your headsets to your
guide as your group leaves the Sistine Chapel and re-enter the Museums if you don’t
mind missing St. Peter’s Basilica. While our tour covers the Museums quite thoroughly
and most customers are ready to move on to the Basilica at the end of the Museums
section, you are free to choose as you wish. If you book a private tour we may be
able to arrange it so the tour ends within the Vatican Museums without visiting
St. Peter's Basilica.
Do you cater to wheelchair users?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users on any of our tours.
What exactly is included in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Group Tour? How
long is it and how much time do we spend in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel,
The price is all-inclusive: limited group of 20 people maximum, Skip the Line entrance,
entrance ticket, guide and tour. Our tours are very classic and comprehensive. They
last for three hours and cover many wings of the Museums including, but not limited
to, ancient Greek\Roman sculpture, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra
and the Hall of Tapestries. For many the two highlights of our tours are the Sistine
Chapel and the Raphael Rooms. From the Sistine Chapel, groups exit the Museums and
end the tour at St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square.
Can I take a backpack into the Museums?
The Vatican Museums allow guests to carry bags once they are smaller than 40cm length
x 35cm width x 15cm depth. Anything bigger than this, plus any umbrellas or camera
tripods, must be checked into storage at the beginning of the tour. The tour ends
on the other side of the Vatican Museums, a significant walk away from the bag collection
point. Guests who are forced to check bags must therefore leave the tour early to
collect them or complete a 15 – 20 minute walk back to the entrance after their
tour. Those doing the afternoon tour may not be able to retrieve their belongings
until the following day. As a result, we recommend that visitors travel light and
leave any unnecessary belongings at home.
Are you sure we don’t have to stand in line?
You absolutely do not have to wait in the general public line. We have a special
entrance agreement with the Vatican Museums which allows us to enter the Muesums
through the pre-booked No Wait Access entrance. We then guide you through the security
checkpoint before entering the Museums.
Do we need tickets?
No. When you book online your browser will generate a confirmation voucher, which
you should print, sign and bring to the meeting point of your tour. Our server will
also send you a copy of your confirmation voucher by email. This print-out is all
you require to take our tour.
What is the dress code?
The Vatican has a very strict, but very simple dress code: no shoulders, stomachs,
or knees may be showing. Footwear of any kind, jeans, and capris are ok. It is also
not possible to wear hats within the Basilica.
I have already booked my tour, can I review my confirmation voucher and tour details
Yes. Simply create a log in and you will be able to access all of your tour details
and print confirmation vouchers directly from our website.
Is photography permitted during the tour?
Throughout most of the Museums and in St. Peter’s Basilica, you are allowed to take
photos. However, photography is strictly prohibited inside the Sistine Chapel.