Beat the queues and discover all the treasures of Vatican City, on this skip-the-line Vatican tour. See some of the greatest artwork mankind’s ever produced and learn the fascinating history of the world’s smallest state, in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.
Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica
Belvedere and Octagonal Courtyards
Raphael’s Rooms and the Borgia Apartments
Hall of Maps and Hall of Tapestries
Red Porphyry Sarcophagi and the Laocoön Group
Belvedere Torso and Apollo Belvedere
Join this intimate Skip the Line Vatican Tour and discover all the wonder within Vatican City.
In a small group of no more than 10, with an expert guide, you’ll experience some of the greatest artworks in the world: including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, frescoes by Raphael and sculptures by Bernini.
Your expert guide knows everything there is to know about Vatican City. With your guide leading the charge, you’ll hear the real-life tales of drama, passion and betrayal that lie behind every astonishing artwork.
Walk through the gilded halls of the Vatican Museums, pausing at Renaissance masterpieces and rare classical statuary on your way. Stand underneath Michelangelo’s spectacular frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and experience their iconic beauty. Empty the grand and vaulted space of St Peter’s Basilica to discover the grandest church in the world; Baroque Rome’s greatest achievement.
All this – and more – waits for you on this Skip the Line Vatican Tour.
Your Skip the Line Vatican Tour begins in the Vatican Museums. Follow your expert guide on a journey across the 1,200 rooms of the Vatican Museums, toward all its treasures.
The first stop on your tour is the spectacular Vatican terrace. From here, you’ll enjoy a fantastic view of the dome of St Peter’s Basilica, designed by Michelangelo himself. As you stand under the blue of Michelangelo’s dome and the blue of the sky, you’ll learn the ancient history of Vatican City. Before Vatican City was the home of the Catholic Church, it was a Chariot Racing Track, built by Emperor Nero.
Once you’ve enjoyed the spectacular views on the Vatican terrace, your real Skip the Line Vatican tour of the Museums begins. You’ll enter the Pius Clementine Museums and see the fantastic collection of classical statuary. A highlight is the deeply stirring Laocoön and His Sons – which shows a Trojan priest and his children being dragged to the depths by serpents.
You’ll continue onward, passing marvelous artifacts from the Roman world on the way (including Emperor Nero’s bathtub!) toward a beloved highlight: The Gallery of Maps. Most people don’t know the Gallery of Maps before they join a Vatican tour – but they do when they leave. Here you’ll see beautifully detailed frescoes, in green, blue and gold, of Renaissance Italy, spanning an extravagant Vatican corridor.
Onward to another two spectacular Renaissance suites: the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. In the Borgia Apartments, you see the intricately decorated rooms of the infamously ‘sensual’ Borgia Pope, adorned in works by Pinturicchio. Look closely, and you’ll see the first depiction of Native Americans in European art.
Last stop in the Vatican Museums– but certainly not least – you’ll head to the Raphael Rooms, astonishing in their scale and beauty. Walk across this seemingly endless suite of rooms, all decorated with rich and vivid frescoes produced by Raphael. The highlight is the epic School of Athens, which depicts all the philosophers of the ancient world – with some faces contemporary to Raphael thrown in.
The Sistine Chapel
Next stop is the Sistine Chapel: which many people describe as the highlight of their Skip the Line Vatican Tour. As you step into the Sistine Chapel, you’ll first be awed by the colors: bright blue (lapis lazuli, the color of the heavens), reds, pinks, and gold seem to fall upon you.
Although there are remarkably impressive frescoes by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugino decorating the Sistine Chapel’s walls (which are definitely worth a look at), the real triumph lies in the fantastic works by Michelangelo.
Michelangelo’s frescoes on the altar wall and ceiling cover a remarkable 12,000ft and were painted at very different times during the artist’s life. The ceiling, which has the eternally iconic Creation of Adam at its center, was painted when the artist was in his 20s; but a young man. Michelangelo portrays an optimistic vision of human creation and ingenuity in his work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling; his Old Testament scenes positively brim with humanistic sympathy.
However, the imposing Last Judgement was painted at a very different time in the artist’s life. On the altar wall is a terrifying vision of the end of days, where the damned and the saved are divided. Michelangelo began working on The Last Judgement in his 60s and was infinitely more pious than he had been in his youth – and it showed. Not only is it terrifying evidence of a man contemplating his own mortality, but a dire warning to any Christians who had heeded the Reformation: only the Catholic Church has the power to redeem.
St Peter’s Basilica
Once your time in the Sistine Chapel has come to an end, you’ll head down a secret passageway reserved for Vatican tour groups toward St Peter’s Basilica. St Peter’s may be the last stop on your Skip the Line Vatican tour – but it is certainly not the least; this Vatican tour goes out in a blaze of glory!
St Peter’s was the brainchild and collaborative design efforts of some of the greatest artists the world has ever seen, including Michelangelo, Bernini, Raphael, and Bramante. When you enter, the first thing you’ll notice is the immense mass of eternal space – the sheer height and breadth of St Peter’s Basilica sends many hearts aflutter.
Upon immediately entering St Peter’s, you’ll be astonished by the amount of marble used in the space; such a variety of red, white and green marbles, it’d be hard to believe, without seeing it in the flesh. Your tour guide will explain how all this marble was pillaged from Ancient Roman temples which once stood around Vatican City.
St Peter’s is resplendent in astonishing artwork, including the beautiful Pieta by Michelangelo, which depicts a grieving Mary in astounding sympathy, and Bernini’s Baldachin – probably the most impressive altar adornment of all time. You’ll stand below Michelangelo’s brilliant dome, further proof of his boundless genius, and still one of the world’s largest dome.
Finally, you’ll step out in the sunlight into St Peter’s Square. Admire the beautiful, extensive colonnade wrapping its arms around the square and see the quirkily outfitted Swiss Guards.
There’s nowhere in the world like Vatican City; and you’ll see the best of it on this Skip the Line Vatican Tour.
Why Choose this Skip the Line Vatican Tour?
Roma Experience is proud to say that the guides who run our Skip the Line Vatican Tour are leaders in their field. All of them have a great depth of passion for the marvelous artifacts of Vatican City – and want to share that passion with visitors to the world’s smallest state.
You’ll join your guide on a journey of discovery that takes you to the best bits of the Vatican’s astonishing art collection. See magnificent works which span history, including moving examples of Ancient Greek art and astonishing Renaissance portraiture. Visit the world’s most beautiful Church and connect with the deeply stirring spirituality of Vatican City, on this Skip the Line Vatican Tour.
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Experience the Sistine Chapel just by yourself and your guide!
Early Morning Vatican Tour
— Visiting the Vatican Before General Admission
OUR EARLY MORNING VATICAN TOUR
Join our Early Morning Vatican Small Group Tour and beat the crowds! Be joined by one of our selected, experienced guides and enter the Vatican Museums at 8 o’clock, one hour before the regular opening – you will be sure to explore the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel when they’re least crowded. Skip-the-line entry fees are included in the price!
A visit to the Vatican, the seat of the papacy and one of the biggest collection of Museums in the world, is certainly on the wish list of most people visiting Rome. Despite being the smallest country in the world, Vatican City is a powerful and independent state that can boast the most important edifice of the Catholic Church, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and countless masterpieces collected by the Papacy during the centuries.
No wonder the Vatican is crammed with visitors everyday — 6 million people entered the Museums and the Sistin Chapel in 2017 alone. Especially in the high season, buying skip-the-line tickets is not enough to save your precious time and enjoy a memorable visit of the Vatican Galleries.
If you want to explore the Vatican and St. Peter’s away from the big, daily crowds, choose our 3-hour Early Morning Vatican Experience. You will enter the Vatican Museums at 8am, on hour before the general opening at 9 am. One of our selected, local guides will lead you through the maze of the Vatican galleries, inside the Sistine Chapel and in the heart of the Papacy, St. Peter’s Basilica. To make the visit even more special, you will be joining an intimate group of maximum 12 people, so that you can easily hear and interact with your guide. Book today our Early Morning Vatican Tour and live an experience you’ll never forget.
A LABYRINTH OF CORRIDORS AND ROOMS
The Vatican Museums host one of the world’s biggest art collections, displayed on around 4.5 miles of halls and corridors.
One of the most appreciated masterpieces in the Vatican Museums: The Laocoon GroupOver 70,000 works of art are on display and countless more are tucked away in its huge archives. Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, this huge collection was later enlarged by successive pontiffs who added all kinds of artefacts from ancient busts to precious tapestries and priceless paintings of old and modern masters. Visiting all the rooms and corridors on a single visit would be impossible and it is quite difficult to select the best things to see on your own. This is why we only select the best guides to run our Vatican Tours – you will be sure you cover all the highlights of the Vatican Museums – all the frescoes, statues and paintings you really should not miss! These include the spectacular collection of classical statuary in the Pio-Clementino Museum, the beautiful rooms frescoed by Raphael, and, of course, the Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican State is the smallest country in the world. Inside its 44 hectares, the Vatican houses St. Peter’s Basilica and the halls and galleries of the Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano. This huge complex can be divided into two palaces – the original Vatican palace, lying near to St Peter’s Basilica, and the Palazzetto di Belvedere – both palaces are joined by two long galleries. When walking from one hall of the Museum to the other you will see three courtyards: the Cortile della Pigna (Pinecone Courtyard), the Cortile della Biblioteca (Library Courtyard) and the Cortile del Belvedere (Belvedere Courtyard).
When touring the Vatican with Roma Experience, you will follow an itinerary planned by our best guides. In this way, you will be sure you cover all the must-sees in 3 hours – and with our Early Entrance Vatican Tour you’ll enjoy your visit even more – Less crowd, more space and time to walk and admire the halls of the Vatican Museums!
One of the biggest collections housed in the Vatican is the Pio-Clementino Museum. These stunning rooms exhibit beautiful examples of classical statuary, the most famous being the Apollo of the Belvedere and the 1st-century Laocoön located in the Octagonal Courtyard. As soon as you access the courtyard, the Apollo Belvedere will be on your left. This marble masterpiece is the beautifully-crafted 2nd-century Roman copy of a 4th-century-BC Greek bronze, representing the Greek god of the sun, Apollo. Just a few steps further you will lay your eyes on the Laocoön complex, a series of statues depicting a muscular Trojan priest and his two sons, struggling in a battle against two snakes. You’ll be left speechless by how the muscles and sinews of each of the three figures have been carefully carved out of a single piece of marble!
Back inside, you will walk in the Sala degli Animali (Animal’s Room), filled with sculpted creatures and stunning 4th-century mosaics and in the Sala delle Muse (Muses’ Room), house to another of the Vatican’s must-sees, the Torso of the Belvedere. This statue is what is left of a muscular 1st-century-BC Greek sculpture, discovered in the centre of Rome in the 15th century. The contorted pose of the body and the realism of his musculature made the statue influential on Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque artists, including Michelangelo and Raphael. Michelangelo, in particular, studied the Torso of the Belvedere so deeply that the statue started to be referred to as “The School of Michelangelo”, as the artist used it as a model for his ignudi (male nudes) in the Sistine Chapel’s frescoes.
Following the Muses’ Room is the Sala Rotonda (Round Room), displaying a number of colossal statues and an exquisite floor mosaic. Loved by kids and adults alike is the enormous basin occupying the centre of the room. This round basin made of red porphyry stone was found at Nero’s Palace (Domus Aurea), near the Colosseum. This is believed to have been used by Emperor’s Nero as his personal bathtub – its red, purplish porphyry was very similar to the red extracted by seashells. Romans used it to dye the dresses of the Roman Ancient Roman Senators, making this red a symbol of a wealthy status.
Time to reach the western side of the Vatican Museums and enter the Gallery of the Candelabra. Once called simply “Gallery of the Miscellanea”, it gained its new name when architects adorned it with marble candelabra at the end of the 18th century. Around 500 artefacts are displayed in the 6 sections of this gallery – statues, frescoes, sarcophagi and much more. Next to the Gallery of the Candelabra is the Tapestry Gallery, a 120m-long corridor where 40 16th-century topographical maps of Italy have been hung on its walls.
One more unmissable location in our Vatican Tour itinerary are the 4 rooms frescoed by Raphael. Once used as Pope Julius II’s private apartments, the Renaissance master painted the Stanza della Segnatura (1508–11) and Stanza d’Eliodoro (1512–14) himself, while the Stanza dell’Incendio (1514–17) and Sala di Costantino (1517–24) were decorated by some of his students, helped by his designs. The Raphael rooms are stunning and if you love the art of painting it will be the highlight of your Early Morning Vatican Tour.
LOSE YOURSELF IN THE STUNNING SISTINE CHAPEL
During our tour of the Vatican we will visit The Sistine Chapel, dreamed up by 33-year-old Michelangelo, whose iconic frescoes depicting The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam are some of the most easily recognizable images in Western culture. The Sistine Chapel, named after Pope Sixtus IV (Sisto in Italian), the man who built it, represents one of the most accomplished examples of High Renaissance Art. Completed over four years by Michelangelo at the request of Pope Julius II, the frescoes, especially The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adamhave secured a place in art books as well as in popular culture. That simple yet powerful gesture by which God, depicted for the first time as a muscular figure, gives life to Adam by extending his finger is today one of the most iconic images one can think of. With its paintings covering 12,000 sq ft (1,110 sq m), the Sistine Chapel, whose 500th anniversary was marked in 2012, is until today pope’s private chapel and has served as the sole location of papal elections since 1870. With our licensed guides you will be able to skip the line again and reach St Peter’s Basilica through a dedicated corridor. Individual visitors need to exit from a secondary entrance and do not have access to the basilica unless they go all the way back to St Peter’s square to line up again, waiting to enter the Basilica. Without wasting time, we enter the basilica via the Sistine Chapel.
ST PETER’S BASILICA & SQUARE
Together, Saint Peter’s Basilica (built 1506 -1615) and the Square located in front of it represent important symbols of Christendom. Built on the Vatican Hill, a highly symbolic location, they mark the place where Saint Peter, considered the first pontiff, died a martyr in 64 AD. His tomb, located just under the altar, is a major objective for pilgrims and has been so for millennia. Built over a hundred years, the Basilica as well as the Square required the talent and skill of some of the most brilliant minds of the Renaissance. Donato Bramante was the church’s first chief architect and designed the plans that Michelangelo—who added the dome—later built on, Bernini designed St. Peter’s Square and enriched its colonnade with statues, and several others extended and completed their work. Today, the church featuring a 185 meters long and 46 meters tall nave and an impressive 119 meters tall dome can accommodate a congregation of 60,000. Among the art and sculpture treasures it hosts, Michelangelo’s magnificent Pietà, a sculpture depicting Mary mourning over her beloved son whom she holds in her arms, is a seminal work of High Renaissance and one of great sensitivity. The beautifully decorated Chapel of the Sacrament and the bronze baldacchino sculpted by Bernini are but two of the church’s many attractions.
*on rare occasions St Peter’s Basilica might be closed without prior notification. In this event, we will spend more time inside the Museum and Sistine Chapel.
Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica away from the crowds!
INFO ABOUT OUR VATICAN TOUR
Meeting Time: 7:30am
Everyday except Wednesdays and Sundays
Meeting Place: at a central Location near the Vatican (full details provided after booking)
**Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but please be aware that elevators are not conveniently located on the group tour route. We encourage those with mobility problems to book a private tour, in order to allow the guide to adapt the pace to their specific needs.
From April through September you can also visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at night with our Tour of VATICAN AT NIGHT, available on Fridays.
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Do you want to experience the Vatican without the crowds, in peace and quiet? If so, our priority, early morning Vatican Tour is perfect for you.
Soak in the calm of the museum and treat yourself to a delicious breakfast, in an unparalleled atmosphere. Take an American-style buffet breakfast on the panoramic terrace or grab a croissant and coffee, in the café that overlooks the lush Vatican gardens.
The whole history of the world is to hand in the Vatican museums, and our expert tour guide will condense the collection, so you see the most remarkable pieces. Walk through time, as you move through the 1,200 rooms within the labyrinthian Vatican museums.
Soak in the High Renaissance grandeur of the Raphael Rooms, then stroll through the apartments of the notorious Borgia Pope and admire the refinement of Pinturicchio’s frescoes. Onward to the Gallery of Maps, where you’ll get acquainted with the Italian peninsula, thanks to these charming paintings. Before exiting the Vatican Museums, face the rough power and strength of the Belvedere Torso, an ancient sculptural masterpiece.
Your knowledgeable guide will fill you with appreciation of this collection, so unlike any other in the world, and all in the tranquility of morning.
Be stunned to silence in the Sistine Chapel, a jewel in the crown of Western Civilization. A first visit to the Sistine Chapel can be overwhelming, but your guide will help illuminate each piece. The walls of the Sistine Chapel are decorated with powerful and stirring scenes from the life of Christ. Each fresco is by a master of High Renaissance art, including Botticelli, Perugino and Pinturicchio.
As impressive as these works are, they are no match for the overwhelming triumph of Michelangelo’s ceiling, including his masterpiece The Last Judgement. Your guide will enlighten you to aspects of the work you might miss alone, so you can appreciate the masterpiece in all its subtleties.
An experience like no other awaits you on an Early Morning Vatican Tour. Seize the rare opportunity to view these treasures, in the peace and serenity of morning time, on this intimate private tour.
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Join this private, walking Pompeii tour and allow our expert guide to bring the city to life. Most visitors underestimate the size of Pompeii, but as it’s as large as 66 Colosseums, it’s no small feat to navigate the town on your own.
Allow our guide to lead you to the highlights of this truly special site –the best preserved Roman ruins in the world. Our guide is a true expert on Roman history, and as this is a private tour, you’ll have their undivided attention, to ask any questions you have about this rare site.
See Rome’s civilized side in the theater, temples and law courts. Learn about the cultural wealth of this unique, but not unfamiliar, ancient culture – that still exerts a profound influence on the world, to this day. Hear more about the strange contrast between their religious, cultural and spiritual life – and their private obsessions and cruelties.
All this before life was tragically destroyed by the almighty eruption of Mount Vesuvius, that left the citizens dead where the lay, clutching their legs to their chests in fear. Our guide will show you the evocative plaster casts of Pompeii’s citizens, in their pitiful final moments.
This private Pompeii tour will take you to the heart of the Ancient Roman world. Learn about their tragedies and triumphs, and the dark contradictions in their hearts on this illuminating walking tour.
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Private Tour of Pompeii: Day Trip from Rome (by Car)
Discover the marvelous ruins of Ancient Roman civilization on this day trip from Rome to Pompeii. Our driver will collect you from your hotel in Rome before you’re whisked away to discover this beautiful archaeological site.
Best Preserved Streets, Houses and Shops
The Roman Forum and the Baths
2 Grand Roman Villas
The Roman Theatre and the Basilica
The Brothel of Pompeii
Skip-the-Line Admission Tickets included
Private Car and Driver included
Language: English, French, German, Arabic, Spanish and more
Pompeii is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the world, let alone Italy, and with good reason – nowhere else can you find such a large Roman town, so remarkably well-preserved.
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius, in AD 79, left Pompeii buried under pumice, ash and brimstone, but the tragic loss of life was history’s gain, as now you can experience a Roman town as it truly was.
Our expert, local guide will bring this ghost-town to life as you walk through Pompeii. Allow them to paint a picture of the lively civic life here; note the wheel marks on the road, from speeding chariots, gossipy graffiti scrawled on the city walls and wine jugs, still leaning against restaurant walls, never to be drunk.
Learn about the refined civic life of the city in Pompeii’s elegant Temples, Law Courts and Theaters. See the remains of delicate, intricate mosaics and frescoes, in the grand Roman Villas that remain, that give us an insight into the life of Rome’s elite. Then, once you appreciate Ancient Rome’s cosmopolitanism, learn about their sinful side in Pompeii’s brothel.
All this liveliness, from cultural sophistication to naughty predilections, was to come to end with Mount Vesuvius’ horrifying eruption. Pompeii’s citizens never expected such devastation from the friendly green giant who sat behind their town – they thought it was the home of Bacchus, the wine god. Instead, they died in fear and terror, curled up next to a loved one or alone. We can now see the final moments of Pompeii’s dead, preserved in plaster-casts.
If you want to truly get to the heartof the ancient world, join this private tour of Pompeii. Almost smell the bread from the bakeries and hear the chariots skidding past you, as our expert guide animates this long-dead town, for a day-trip from Rome you’ll cherish forever.
A Journey to the Ancient World
Before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii was one of the most important Ancient Roman ports in Campania. Today, the town is a fair distance from the sea, but before Vesuvius’ eruption elongated the coastline, Pompeii was right on the coast.
Pompeii’s prime location made it a bustling center of commerce and, so, the home of many Romans, of all classes. Today, you can walk through the remarkably well-preserved Villas of the Roman elite; the frescoes they decorated their homes with still dazzle, in luxurious pigment, and their internal gardens remain a site to behold. Poorer Romans would have worked alongside them, in the many launderettes, bath houses, bakeries and other shops that filled the city.
Today, many tourists are amazed by just how much Pompeii appears like a modern city. Our guide will bring to life all the trials and tribulations of Pompeii’s citizens – and even their sins, when you visit the local brothel.
This private tour of Pompeii will take you to the heart of the Ancient Roman world. Learn about their tragedies and triumphs, and the dark contradictions in their hearts on this illuminating walking tour.
Embark on a train at Roma Termini (we’ll purchase the tickets and provide you with a detailed itinerary after booking) and speed across country, before you meet your expert, local guide in Naples. You’ll travel together to the extraordinary ruins of Pompeii, where you’ll enjoy a tour of this wholly unique site.
If you are already in Pompeii or Naples and you need no help with a transfer, this is the tour option for you. Meet your expert guide at the gates of Pompeii and embark on a tour that’ll bring this ancient Roman port town to life. Learn about the real life of Pompeii’s citizens – at the height of the Roman Empire’s power – before life was cruelly thwarted by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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Go on a day trip from Rome and take a private tour of Pompeii & the Highlights of the Amalfi Coast. Travel through time from the best-preserved Ancient Roman town in the world, to the most beautiful towns in modern Italy: Positano and Sorrento.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Rome at X and this full-day trip will last approximately 10 hours.
Experience history and culture first-hand on one of our Amalfi Coast and Pompeii private tours, to see these magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites in comfort and leisure.
A Private Tour of Pompeii to Remember
The market town of Pompeii is regarded as the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world, and at the size of a whopping 66 Colosseums, it’s easy to miss the sights if you take a tour without an experienced guide.
Our local guide has a background in Roman history, and he will breathe life into this ghost town so its treasures appear before your eyes.
Get inside the daily life of this bustling port town on this Pompeii tour, to learn about the triumphs and tragedies of the town before all changed with the horrific eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
Experience Roman culture at the height of its achievements on this day trip from Rome to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast. In Pompeii, see the theatres where rich and poor alike went to watch the tragedies, comedies, and poets. Visit a Roman villa and see the frescoes on the walls inside, that have survived the test of time and dazzle in sparkling color, even today. Note the delicate mosaics of marble and lava rock on the floor – a cruel irony, as these tiles, used to decorate the homes of Pompeii, hid the secret of Mount Vesuvius’ destructive power in plain sight.
Our private tour of Pompeii will take you down the main streets and bring the largest Roman port in Campania to life. Our guide will point out ancient graffiti, crudely drawn in support of political parties or gossip about local women. Almost smell the bread that wafts from the bakeries, as slaves run to collect the morning bread for their masters.
Picture toga-clad men stopping for their lunch on a break from the law courts, to take a glass of wine, cheese, bread and meat from one of the many fast-food shops that still fill the town. Experience the height of their cultural life in the forum, where temples to the Gods line the main square, and learn about their sinful side in the local brothel. If you are travelling with children and want to miss a visit to the brothel, we will happily accommodate you – just contact us!
We can thank Vesuvius’ eruption of AD79 for Pompeii, the most perfect and best-preserved Roman town in the world. However, for the citizens of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the eruption was nothing but a cruel tragedy. Life would have gone on as normal on that bright October day, until one o’clock in the afternoon, when Vesuvius’ crater spewed forth molten lava and hot ash. The people of Pompeii died where they lay, and are now perfectly preserved in plaster, so we can pay witness to the fear and vulnerability of their final moments.
See the Highlights of the Amalfi Coast on A Day Trip from Rome
Our expert tour guide will take you on a walking tour through the town of Positano. Work your way down winding cobbled streets toward the beach – one of only three of its kind on the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the delightful smell of lemons in the air. Those from the Amalfi coast are very proud of their lemons and particularly their limoncello – you cannot visit Positano without trying this delightful beverage!
Learn about the strange mythology and exhilarating history of this excessively beautiful town, which has entranced almost all its visitors, including Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren. Pink, orange and white houses are stacked on top of each other, balanced on the steep cliff-face leaning toward the sea.
Finally, take the magnificent drive down the Amalfi Coast road to Sorrento. From there, you will stop at a Panoramic Viewing platform to see the town, with its orange houses and cobbled streets, stacked above the azure sea.
Join our day trip from Rome to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast
… And see the region of Campania in all its glory. Relax in a comfortable car, with private driver and AC. Our erudite guide will enlighten you with the magnificent history of this unique region. Enjoy historical wonders, natural ones, great food and great views on this memorable private tour.
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Discover rare artwork in the Villa of the Mysteriesand see the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world with an expert local guide at your side.
The Villa of the Mysteries; with mystery cult frescoes
A tour of Pompeii, with all the town’s highlights
Main streets, with fast food stores and other business sites
Preserved plaster casts, of the citizens of Pompeii who died in AD 79
Tour Length: 4 hrs
Typology: Private Tour
English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and more
Villa of the Mysteries with Pompeii
Villa of the Mysteries with Pompeii
This private tour of Pompeii takes you to the heart of life in a bustling Roman port town at the height of Imperial power, but it goes further than that. We will take you to see the Villa of the Mysteries on the outskirts of the ancient town; full of strange, evocative frescoes showing a young woman’s initiation into a mystery cult.
Walk down the same column-lined streets toga-clad men strolled through, before life was cruelly halted by the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius. See the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world and understand life as it was, before it was annihilated in a cloud of molten ash.
The Villa of The Mysteries
On the outskirts of Pompeii, in an area that would have been considered the suburbs, before the fateful eruption of AD 79, you’ll find the Villa of the Mysteries. Here is one of the most evocative ruins in the world – with the most seductive ancient art.
The Villa of the Mysteries is famed world over for its frescoes, which show figures in front of a dramatic background of deep red. Pictured throughout is a young woman and you’ll find other figures too: nude women with wings, a satyr holding a libation cup. The scenes seem to reveal the initiation rituals of an Ancient Mystery Cult – our guide will enlighten you to the hidden secrets.
A Walking, Private Tour of Pompeii
The town of Pompeii is the best-preserved site of Roman ruins in the world, and this UNESCO World Heritage site is a rare jewel in a country which boasts 54 (more than anywhere else in the world). Pompeii is as large as 66 Coliseums; without an experienced guide, the real treasures of this town are lost to those who wander through it.
Instead of grappling with this sizeable merchant town alone, take a private tour in Pompeii with one of our experienced, local guides. Your guide, with a strong background in Ancient Roman history, will breathe life into this ghost town so its treasures appear before your very eyes.
A Typical Ancient Roman Town, at Your Fingertips
Prior to the eruption of AD 79, Pompeii was the biggest Roman port in the region of Campania, with a population of 15,000 people. This lively center of trade was populated by Romans rich and poor, and there is a wealth of art and architecture within its surviving structures.
The guide of our Pompeii tour will take you through these webs of streets and paint a picture of Roman life as it was, as you visit homes, shops, temples, and even the local brothel.
Stop at one of the many fast food places and imagine grabbing a dish from the perfectly preserved marble counter, as you walk from the forum to the theatre; you could take lentils, meat, cheese or garum – a foul paste Romans were particularly fond of, made from rotting fish.
The lively cultural life of Ancient Rome is at hand on a visit to Pompeii. Many delicate mosaics and frescoes in dazzling colors can be found in the town’s surviving villas. Visit the town’s two theatres and consider sitting with 3,000 other spectators to enjoy a sophisticated tragedy or a crude comedy. Would you be sitting on the marble slabs at the bottom, reserved for the elite, or on the cheap seats made from lava rock?
When you visit the amphitheater, you will almost hear the clash of the gladiator’s swords in the arena. This amphitheater was renowned for its hooliganism – and not just from the gladiators. Nero closed the amphitheater for 10 years because of a riot from the crowd.
All Ancient Roman life is within Pompeii, from their refined culture to terrible cruelty. Take a private tour of Pompeii with one of our experienced local guides and see both sides of life in a busy Roman town.
Join this Villa of the Mysteries and Pompeii Private Tour
Join our walking tour of Pompeii to learn more about life in Ancient Rome. See the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world with an expert local guide at your side, who will illuminate everything you have ever wanted to know about this fascinating town and Vesuvius’ earth-shattering eruption.
A private tour of Pompeii is a fine opportunity to really get under the skin of life in Ancient Rome and learn about aspects of Roman life you never knew existed.
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Pompeii and Vesuvius Private Tour: from Rome by Car
Take your trip to Rome and make it an Italian holiday you’ll treasure for a lifetime; visit the ruins of Pompeii and climb Mount Vesuvius, the volcano which destroyed it.
A tour of Pompeii, with all the town’s highlights
Climb Mount Vesuvius
Main street, with fast food stores and other business sites
Tour Length: 8 hrs
Hotel pick-up and return with private car
Typology: Private Tour
English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and more
Pompeii and Vesuvius Private Tour
from Rome by Car
Join Our Private Day Trip from Rome to Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius
Take your trip to Rome and turn it into an Italian holiday you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
Join us on a day trip from Rome, where you will enjoy one of our private tours of Pompeii; the best-preserved remains of an Ancient Roman town in the world. Our expert guide will bring this ghost town to life, as you hear about the day-to-day life of Pompeii, before that life cruelly ended.
Continue to Mount Vesuvius, the world’s most famous volcano and the destroyer of many Roman settlements, including Pompeii. Enjoy the best possible view of the Bay of Naples from the summit of this sleeping giant.
An Incredible Pompeii & Vesuvius Private Tour
Our local guide is an expert on Roman history. They will show you around the town and bring those ordinary scenes of Ancient Roman life, long dead, to life.
Get to know the town as it was, as you join us on this incomparable Pompeii tour. Discover more about the horrendous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, that killed the citizens of Pompeii where they stood and buried the town under 25ft of molten ash.
Climb Mount Vesuvius
Join our expert tour leader on an odyssey to the summit of Mount Vesuvius. First, you will drive to the highest point you can reach on the Mountain, where you will already find a spectacular view of the Bay of Naples. At this point, you will have already seen the river of petrified lava, flowing down the Mountain, from the eruption in 1906.
From the parking lot, you will have 1km 600m to climb before you reach the crater. This should take about half-an-hour. As the path is gravel and the incline is quite sharp, it can be difficult to climb so wear good walking shoes! If you have mobility issues, ascending all the way to the crater may not be appropriate.
Once you reach the crater, see a perfect view down to across Naples and the surrounding regions. The islands of Ischia and Capri jut out from the ocean. Stand atop Vesuvius, knowing that, somewhere below this crater, is a bubbling pot of molten lava.
In case of adverse weather conditions, an assent to the summit of Vesuvius is prohibited. In which case, you will be presented with options for an alternative to this section of the itinerary.
Choose a Pompeii and Vesuvius Private Tour
Nothing complements a visit to Pompeii like visiting Vesuvius. Pompeii is a man-made wonder, miraculously preserved in time; Vesuvius is the natural wonder that destroyed it. Seeing both together gives you massive respect for ancient history, and for the impossible power of nature. Experience a day that’s truly remarkable on our private tour of Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius.
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