A Vatican Tour with The Roman Guy – Discovering my own backyard.
How many times, have you taken a guided tour within your own city? Well my first one happened only a few days ago here in Rome. I took the Privileged Entrance Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel tour with The Roman Guy and I am happy I did!
Now for many tourists to Italy, the Vatican is a definite on the list of ‘things to see’ and for many Italians, it’s no different. Rightly so in my opinion. I mean, in how many countries can you experience spectacular history, art and beauty in 2 different countries at once!?
Before I go and amaze you with my photos and videos, there are some things that really stood out for me about this guided Vatican Tour!
I learned so much more about the incredible works of art and the history of the Vatican Museums and St. Peters Basilica. A lot of the information I would never have gone and researched myself. Take for example, that within St. Peter’s Basilica, the paintings on the walls are not paintings but mosaics! Hence we are allowed to take photos in the Basilica and not within the Sistine Chapel! Crazy right?
From an artistic perspective, you come to realise that every piece of artwork inside the museum and St. Peter’s Basilica, was done by a master of the arts. There are icons within these walls that are as famous as the Colosseum or the leaning Tower of Pisa.
I may have seen ‘La Pietà’ a number of times solo but to be explained the story behind this incredible sculpture, with so much passione, really makes you appreciate it that much more.
St. Peter’s Basilica is HUGE. It won’t even seem that immense until you hear the numbers. Not only the sheer number of people that fit in the Basilica (60,000 by the way) but the size of the statues, the writings on the walls, everything about this Basilica is massive. I won’t spoil it for you, just keep this in mind when you do take this tour.
The most important piece of knowledge I learned from Raffaella, or at least the one that I appreciated the most,, was that Pope Francis does not sleep at the Papal Apartments. He lives in a convent, true to his beliefs of leading a simple life.
Raffaella was our tour guide for the Vatican Tour and I cannot thank her enough for such a great experience. She made the tour an absolute pleasure to be a part of, engaging with us continuously and you could really tell, she loves what she does.
The Roman Guy
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I came across their awesome website purely by chance, when doing some research for my post – Rome & The Start of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Intrigued, I continued researching their tours and saw that these guys have a top rating on TripAdvisor (over 500 reviews) and have been featured in Forbes Travel Guide, Rick Steve’s Europe, Fox News, Daily Mail and many more.
My Vatican Tour started at 7:30am and went for 3.5 hours – which meant – I avoided all the queues (they can take hours to get through!), enjoyed the freedom walking through the museum without being closed in like a sardine (after 11am it gets crazy busy) and all with a local guide. Full details can be found on their website – Vatican Tour and an afternoon tour is also available. I recommend the morning one for sure!
For full details of their small group tours, check out their website – The Roman Guy.
The team have been a pleasure to deal with and the whole process is friendly, with high quality customer service and the tours on offer are great. Their tours are suitable for small groups through to your very own private tours – so there is something for everyone. Alternatively, you have little time to plan or just want to take the hassle out of your holiday, they put together packaged holidays! All you have to do, is get to Italy.
Another aspect that caught my attention was their social media pages and the comments they receive from all those that have taken part in one or more of their tours. You can find The Roman Guy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube!
Vatican Tour Video
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I had a blast taking part in this tour and I look forward to joining a few more of their tours in the future. Please note that you do not have to be religious to enjoy this tour. In fact, I have put the Vatican museums back at the top of my ‘things to recommend’ list for those passionate about art, history, and photography (some great shots to be had!).
For any questions on this or any other tour offered, please reach out to the great team at The Roman Guy. A big thanks again to Raffaella and the whole team for a great tour.
Have you ever tried a The Roman Guy tour? Have you visited the Vatican Museums before? Make sure to share your story and photos with Tourist by Chance, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or social media! I will then gladly add the appropriate info into my posts, share and tag you on the post/social share. Help me, help others discover this beautiful country. Ciao Valter