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Frequently Asked Questions
- During the Vatican Tour will we be able visit St. Peter's Basilica or the grottos or dome?
Absolutely. Our tours end at the front of St. Peter's Basilica which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St. Peter's Basilica, 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!
- Do you offer your tours in French, Spanish or other languages?
We can offer private tours in Spanish or other languages upon request, and pending on the availability of a guide who speaks the language requested. At this time we do not offer standard group tours in other languages than English.
- How big are your tour groups?
We are specialized in private tours: you have a private guide, just for yourself, your family or group of friends 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 than standard large groups tours.
- 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 come to Rome and be back on board the same day?
Transfers from Civitavecchia on average take 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on the day of the week and the amount of traffic you encounter. Once in Rome you have plenty of time to take a private tour.
- Do you cater to wheelchair users?
Yes, can we accommodate wheelchairs. If you do decide to book and need a wheelchair the Vatican also provide chairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after entrance, but before starting your tour.
- Can I take a backpack into the Vatican Museums?
The Vatican asks all visitors to check in their backpacks/umbrellas at the beginning of the tour so we would recommend people travel light and leave any unnecessary belongings at home. The tour ends on the other side of the Vatican so those who want to go there in the afternoon may not be able to get their belongings back until the following day.
- 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 which allows us to enter through the pre-booked priviledged entrance. We then guide you through the security check point before entering the Museums.
- What is the dress code?
In the Vatican and in other large roman churches there is 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 church.