Private Tours of Rome - Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Colosseum Tours

Private Tours of Rome - Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Colosseum Tours

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Private Tour of Rome offers personally guided day tours in and around Rome and excellent tour guides. They will tell you those fascinating facts that are not in the guidebooks and will lead you to some of the most famous sights in the world.Their fluent English-speaking guides offer tours of the highest quality which are not only informative but entertaining as well. Visit the Vatica, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon and much more with Tours of Roma.
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Stacerdoo
6 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Our guide’s knowledge and passion for all things Rome was perfect for our group. He was patient with questions, found accessible walkways, and made the experience worthwhile. Action packed day and well worth it.

My only comment about our reservation is when we booked it indicated we would have transportation provided back to our hotel, which we did not. This was not a reflection on our guide but a comment for the reservation.
Written September 28, 2022
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Pamela F
Louisville, United States3 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
We opted for private tours while in Rome and Florence. It was definitely they way to go. Yes, skipping the lines is great, but having your own personal wealth of knowledge at your side for 3 hours is truly the way to learn what you want about the sites you are visiting. This week we had Giulia Pagliari for our tour of the Vatican, St Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. She is young and fun, extremely knowledgeable as she is an architecht aside from being a tour guide, and her English is excellent! I felt she was very concerned for us to know everything we wanted to about all aspects of the Vatican, etc and her concern was that and not ending on the time schedule. You can not go wrong with booking her. And while I am at it, we had Barbera for the tour of the Forum and the Colosseum. She answered all the questions we had in detail, and was an incredibly kind and gracious professor of the Ancient Rome areas (in the pouring rain -- she never complained once and even helped us find a restaurant she loves to visit for lunch afterward.) She is a seasoned professional and I would highly recommend you request her when booking your tour of Ancient Rome.
Written March 23, 2018
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b9mccaul
Alamo, CA27 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
Francesca taught us so much in our three hour tour of the Vatican, in a friendly, leisurely manner. She went above and beyond, extending our visit beyond the three hours in part because we asked to sit several times during the tour, and in part because she sincerely wanted us to learn more and enjoy our tour completely. We recommend Francesca highly.
Written March 1, 2012
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Justine W
Sydney, Australia53 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
Contacted this company to book a Vatican tour and Rome underground tour and had to email several times before they eventually got back weeks later with one sentence saying, "we are fully booked". A little courtesy and a response to potential clients goes a long way, whether you are booked out or not!
Written June 11, 2014
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ggorman72
St. John's, Canada4 contributions
Oct 2011
Francesca was so friendly and was able to interpret the forum and colosseum so well. She brought history to life She was also very open to taking our camera to take photos of our whole group. I highly reccomend this company and would book with them in a heartbeat. Kudos to the company (Linda, the owner i think) was also very helpful and is always quick to respond to my email inquiries.
Written December 21, 2011
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Brisbaneburtons
Brisbane, Australia129 contributions
Sep 2018
This was our favorite tour in Italy! Our guide Thomason was incredible and we could had listened to him all day telling us about the Vatican and it’s history and collections.

Thomason greeted us at the meeting point with a sign holding our names. We quickly built up rapport with him as he was from Siena and having learnt about the districts we were able to bond and share stories about our countries.

Thomason took us and showed us his favorite things in the Vatican and the important ones as well as explaining funny things that Michaelangelo had painted.

In the Sistine chapel Thomason gave us some binoculars to be able to see the things that he has pointed out.

We will be recommending this tour to all our friends and family who go to Rome!

Our only disappointment is that we didn’t book through private tours to do our Colosseum tour. Perhaps next time!

Thanks Daniela and your team for making this visit the best tour we had in Italy!
Written September 18, 2018
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KTinSD
San Diego, CA54 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
Before we went to Rome, we were advised by friends to book a tour of the Vatican to avoid the lines and minimize waiting. After researching on Trip Advisor we booked a private tour with Private Tour of Rome. Because we were traveling in Feb many small group tours were not available so we went the private route. Glad we did. First of all, booking the tour was simple with their website. We received an email right away. We selected time and date and they walked us through the next steps. The Vatican needs its own ticket - and is not part of the Roma Pass network. Julia and her team made sure we had everything we needed in advance.

Our tour guide was Laura and she did a fantastic job. First let me say, that if you're thinking about seeing the Vatican museum yourself, you're in for a challenge. Julia quoted a factoid that said if you looked at each painting for a minute, you'd need 4 years in the museum. Yikes. And that doesn't count navigating the crowds and larger tour groups inside (and this was February!) Laura took us to key pieces and gave us the background, educating us and keeping our 10 year old's interest. We got to see the rarely visited garage of the Pope (gold stagecoaches!) plus all the key pieces in the museum. Laura deftly and efficiently led us around maneuvering about the crowds, down stairs and through halls that eluded the shuffling hordes, like she was Rick Grimes parting the sea of walking dead. Without a guide, I'd say 75% of your visit might be spent reading the map to figure out where you were and what you were looking at. Arriving in the Sistene Chapel, she blew past the folks gawking in the doorway and led us to the best viewing spot -- which ironically is the least crowded. With every piece we saw Laura shared stories that illuminated the history of the art and/or the inner workings of the Vatican (like the pope selection process.) Tapestries that we would have glided past on our own became fascinating demonstrations in the power of perspective. (Really awesome!)

Describing what we saw does no justice so I'll end here. I encourage you to book your own private tour. It's kind of confusing on TripAdvisor -- because the private tour we used is "Private Tour of Rome." The name of the company is generic - just be sure you book with this company to get the same great experience we did. Also, re. group tours vs. private tours. Private tours are obviously pricier -- but worth it. The content is somewhat individualized based on the questions you ask. Plus it's so crowded in the Vatican, that being only a few people clustered around your guide is very helpful. Thanks Laura for our educational and entertaining tour. Our minds were thoroughly blown!
Written March 1, 2016
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GetAround808
Waterford, NY57 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
My review:
Yes! It’s long, but I think it’s thorough and provides good information you might not consider unless you’ve done this before. I hope to help you so you have the best time. If you find this helpful, please click the helpful button at the bottom. It really makes me glad to know I helped.

When:
My wife and I traveled to Rome and booked two tours: the Vatican Museum with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday 9/19/2015 and The Colosseum with Roman Forum/Palatine Hill on Sunday the 20th.

Making arrangements:
Private Tour of Rome is easy to work with, transacted in English and very professionally run by Linda with clear instructions via emails and a clear commitment to quality. They respond to every email with clear full answers and if you don’t hear from them within a day, check your Junk Mail.

Meeting the guides: easy and on-time:
Francesca was our guide for day one, the Vatican, St. Peters, Sistine Chapel; Ivana was our guide on day two for Colosseum and Forum. The tours each lasted 3 hours and started at 9 AM and 8:30 AM respectively. Early in the day is an advantage as there are lesser crowds. Both guides arrived precisely on time and held up a sign with our name. Linda provides you, in advance, instructions for purchasing your tickets (which you print at home and bring with you). She also provides a picture of the location where you will meet your guide and where they will be standing. It came together perfectly and was not difficult. You may even to go to the meeting location the day before, if you can, to get a bearing and see what’s what.
Hey, these are great people, they love what they’re doing:
Both guides spoke perfect English. They were personable, warm, welcoming and demonstrated concern for comfort and accommodating our needs. This included pointing out good times to stock up on water, and pointing out bathrooms.
Experts in archeology, Roman history and Art:
I have to stress: these were two very intelligent women with a depth of knowledge and a passion for the subject matter. Both have experience in archeology in addition to a depth in art history and Roman history. This was not a monotonous run through facts endless facts and dates.
They explained through stories about the things we saw…through stories they made the settings come alive. This technique made it clear what you are seeing and why it is important. It also made the information easy to understand and easy to remember. I find that it’s always easier to retain information if you have a story about it.
In the Vatican Museum, Francesca shared a very interesting history of the only Da Vinci painting in the museum. A fascinating story that made the piece come alive. This was the case for all the pieces we saw; room by room. Another great thing about Francesca is she kept things at the right level, at times giving us the option to skip over lesser exhibits so we could spend the time on the more impactful fascinating works. Francesca would explain the personalities of the artists and their rivalries, driving forces, conflicts with sponsors and how it affected what they put in the painting. She detailed the meaning and symbolism in the works and compared/contracted periods in the evolution of art. So – while we’ve all spent an afternoon walking past artwork, reading the little cards on the wall – Francesca made these pieces come alive with her animated enthusiasm and passionate understanding of the people and their art. Ivana too was inspiring and animated. At the site where Mark Anthony gave his famous speech: “Friends, Romans, Countrymen…lend me your ears…” she explained the masterful oration and the situation that gave rise to it. Right there, on the spot where it happened. So instead of grass, columns, bricks, blue skies, she transported us back to another time, lit our imaginations with what the ruins looked like, where events occurred. On Palatine hill she made the palace come alive and described where the Emperor stood as he watched the chariot races. This is value-added in a serious way. I’d been to Rome before: I walked around, read a walking tour book and such: but that method of touring does not have the impact of these knowledgeable, gifted people who make it all come alive with stories and insights into the customs, history and why it all happened.

Well-Paced:
Both tours were well-paced, and the guides were patient and not rushed. In the Sistine Chapel, we were told to linger as long as we’d like. Neither guide rushed - in fact, Francesca spent more than three hours with us as she didn’t have a tour after ours. Both guides had a sense of humor and wit; history is about people and what they do and why they do it, and the truth is sometimes a funny thing.

Nice thing about a private tour: it is at your pace and level of interest. We chose it so our time would be used in the way we wanted and have a personal touch to our questions and areas of interest.

The Price:
The tours cost us $170 each. We gave a $30 tip. As these talented people worked hard for three+ hours and provided so much value, I thought that was fair. We are not in Rome every day and this tour made the most of our travel investment. I know, I know, I read the advice about tipping and I guess when in Rome do as the Romans do…  but, all that said, I still felt the value was so great a tip was warranted.

Comfort:
Good Shoes… Good Shoes… Good Shoes… I cannot emphasize that enough. In the Vatican tour you are walking and on your feet – to get there and on the tour. If you haven’t been walking in Rome before, you soon learn that cobblestone brick streets and hills add additional stress on your feet. I have excellent sandals and sneakers for walking, I opted for the sneakers each day. Folks: cobblestones, hills and walking miles is a formula for trouble without Good Shoes. Did I mention Good shoes?
You should drink water… regularly. It is Rome, it is hot and sunny. You are 98% water, you are not a camel. Drink water and your body will function better.

Security:
Geesh! I read the Rick Steve’s book about Rome. Now it’s fair to be warned about being aware of valuables in the big city. But the way the book portrayed it I was expecting hordes of babushka headed women and fast talking street waifs to jump out of the shadows at every turn throwing babies in my face and ransacking my pockets. Really! After reading the book I said, “Holy Smoke! Fast talking pickpockets staging distractions and slip and falls while accomplices rifle through my shorts!! What am I getting myself into!?!?”
I am happy to say – this is not the case. Simply put, it is a big city. Be aware, be attentive. Ladies, hold your small bag in front of you with your hands on it. Guys: bring only what you need for the day and have the cash and credit card in your front pants pocket – or in cargo pants in a lower zippered pocket… and keep more cash in a money belt if your need to. Be alert in crowded places and stick to more open areas of the crowd. Don’t be a mark, don’t stare endlessly upward, mouth agape, pulling out your cellphone and dropping wads of cash on the pavement while doing so. We have cities with bad guys in the USA as well; I know not to go into dark alleys at 3 AM and count my money – same goes for Rome. And keep your passports, cash reserves and family jewels in the safe in your hotel room.

Our approach to the tour:
Listen and absorb, ask questions. These guides are fabulous. To get the most out of the tour I let the guide do their job and engaged and asked questions when needed.

Strong Recommendation:
I would recommend this tour company to anyone. I intend to be back to Rome and I will engage this company again; I will request one of these ladies, if possible.
Written September 26, 2015
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JimandKatrina
Charlotte, NC2 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
We took an eastern Mediterranean Sea cruise and had only one day to visit Rome. With so much to see and do in Rome, with our limited time we wanted to take full advantage. Private Tours of Rome (Linda) arranged the tour for us, picking us at the port, transporting us to our hotel, meeting up with our personnel tour guide (Thomas) and then taking us back to the hotel after the tour was completed. The tour went off perfect as promised. We started at the Colosseum and ended up at St. Peter’s Basilica. Tom was very knowledgeable and passionate of this lovely city. We avoided the long lines wasting no time, Tom went at our pace; he was able to answer all our questions. Tom understood the meaning, history and significance of architecture and sites; with him, we experienced and learned so much more than could have alone. If you have limited time to spent, we highly recommend this experience.
Written March 11, 2015
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CinderinaMaryland
Fresno, CA68 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We walked all OVER Rome! Our guide, Roberta, is an Art History major and has written several books. Her vast knowledge made our trip through Rome educational and fun… and we definitely got our exercise! Roberta kept us on the move. We toured the Colosseum, the Forum, we walked along a section of the first Road to the Oppian Hill, the Arch of Constantine and the Palatine. We came out at the top of the hill, to Piazza Campidoglio, a beautiful plaza with a bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius, descended past the Twins and carried on our way. We visited the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, although it was mostly covered, as it is being restored and had no water. We moved on to the Piazza Navona and the gorgeous Fountain of the Four Rivers. Somewhere in there, we stopped for lunch. We ended our tour with an extensive trip through the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. We would not have been able to see or learn so much in a large group setting. My husband and I, along with Roberta traversed the city and learned about the history and Rome’s people. It was very enjoyable and worth the expense. Be sure to wear good walking shoes!
Written January 27, 2015
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