Five new Vatican tours online!


We’re developing our in depth Vatican tours at time of writing to incorporate the works of Bernini and Raphael as stand alone tours, with more in the pipeline. For now, our new Vatican tour options, namely ‘One day at the Vatican’, ‘Two days at the Vatican’, ‘Private Vatican Tour’,  ’Vatican tours for Schools and Colleges’ and ‘Vatican tours for Pilgrims’ can be booked online by visiting the When In Rome Tours website. Our long standing Vatican highlights morning, afternoon, and subterranean Vatacombs tours are now regarded as the best Vatican tours in Rome.

However, despite the fact that our modern, comfortable office premises are located just 150 metres away from the historic Vatican Museums gate, Vatican tours are but a small part of the full spectra of Rome tours and Italy tours we provide. We do of course have many years experience in Vatican tours, and our fully licensed guides know the Vatican city inside out, but the work we do is not limited to Vatican tour guides working in the Vatican city. We are currently working on tours in Florence, Venice, Parma and Sicily, all of which will become a big part of our work in 2011 and 2012.

We’ve restructured most of our Vatican tour prices this month, so you can book Vatican tours by person as opposed to having to book within ‘range’ tours, for example, 5-7 persons for a family of five (5), billed @ seven (7) persons rate. This is an important step for us as now our Vatican tour services are not only the best Vatican tours in Rome, but they also offer great value. We are fast approaching 100 reviews on Trip Advisor and our Facebook profiles are seeing alot of new members, alot more ‘likes’, alot more everything! Now is a good time to like When In Rome Tours, so thankyou very much for your continuing support!

Sightseeing in Rome


For the majority of visitors to Rome, an afternoon spent in the labyrinthine Vatican Museums is the absolute highlight of their stay. The Vatican tour they take must be as complete and fulfilling as possible, which is something we strive to achieve by offering four different Vatican tours. But what about sightseeing in Rome? Away from the vast collections of major works of art within the walls of the Vatican City?

A boat trip along the river Tiber from Isola Tiberina to the bridges of Duca d’Aosta and Milvio beside the Stadio Olimpico costs a couple of euros, and if you’d like to spend more time on board, two hour trips to the ancient port of Ostia can be taken from Marconi. Free time on terra firma is made available to see fine examples of ancient Roman life from as early as 1,400 BC, until the eventual decline of Ostia in the 5th century.

There are some beautiful historic gardens in Rome. In the stifling heat of summer when streets are packed with tourists, where better to go? Of course Villa Borghese in the city centre is known to all, like Zappion Gardens in Athens and Regents Park in London. In June and July, the landscaped gardens and wooded parkland around the Borghese Gallery and museum can become as busy as the city streets nearby.

Villa d’Este in Tivoli boasts perhaps some of the finest gardens in Italy, but distance from Rome is perhaps a stumbling block. Giardino degli Aranci on the Aventine hill, the Pincio overlooking Piazza del Popolo or the expansive Vatican Gardens, be sure to see all of them when in Rome.

Rome is a vibrant and culturally diverse city as much today as she was in the Imperial age. There is a constant flow of events for each and every one of us to become a part of.

In the coming weeks, When In Rome Tours will publish a ‘What’s On In Rome’ guide and news section, to make sure that the pastime of sightseeing in Rome, for our customers at least, is a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Which tour guide when in Rome?


Walking across Piazza Risorgimento then following the Vatican walls round to the museums entrance, one can expect to see a good number of guided tours at almost any time of day between March and November. Tour groups alighting from coaches assembled in orderly lines on one side of the piazza, arrive with a guide who has travelled to Rome with them, from as far afield as the United Kingdom, France and Poland. More often than not, these people have paid for a Rome pilgrimage, a group tour to Rome organised by their local parish or similar community at home.

Many visitors to Rome book their Vatican tours and other tours of Rome on our website at When In Rome Tours. On the day of the tour, they attend our office (a stone’s throw away from the Vatican Museums entrance) and wait for their guide. Refreshments and a rest room are available. Any questions about the tour or indeed anything else about Rome are answered by When In Rome Tours reception staff. We also have walk in tours for visitors who have not pre-booked online. They pass by our office, pay at reception and join the next Vatican tour (or book one of our other tours).

An ever increasing number of agencies now operate in and around the Vatican. Their tour guides, be they students or travellers, know their history inside out and it’s relatively unheard of for a Vatican guide to falter in the face of historical fact. However, it goes without saying that it is sensible to pre-book tours online, or at least attend the premises of a licensed tour operator close to the Vatican, where one can arrange a once in a lifetime tour properly and in a relaxed and professional environment. Guides who work on the street, and they’ll expect a cash payment on the street too, may be considered unseemly.

Rome in a day or two?


To see the best of Rome in just one day on a private or custom tour, makes for a long day of typically 8 hours duration, during which time you’ll visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Imperial Forums, Piazza Venezia, Capitoline Hill and Campidoglio, the Vatican City, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, St Peter’s Square, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and Centro Storico.

Our Rome in a day itinerary is of course provisional. If you are interested in seeing parts of Rome which are not suggested on our Rome in a day tour page, just let us know and we’ll arrange everything for you.

You are welcome to pop into our office before your tour begins for a chat, free maps and orientation. We are located right beside the Vatican City walls (Ottaviano or Cipro Metro station on Linea A); Via Sebastiano Veniero 21 – just click the link for exact directions which you can print.

Tour Rome over one full day or two full days and see the best of the Eternal City with a private, licensed When In Rome Tours guide

Rome in two days on our two days in Rome tour covers the same provisional itinerary, but you will have more time to learn about and enjoy everything you’ll see. Day one visits the Colosseum, Forums and historic city centre, while day two is all about the Vatican City.

To book either tour online now, visit us at When In Rome Tours – we offer a range of discounts on all current tours of Rome and elsewhere in Italy, as well as our brand new tours upcoming in 2011; prosciutto tours in Parma, extended wine tours in the Lazio region and a full day tour of Ostia.

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