Beyond the Vatican - The City and Borgo Pio

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 3 hours
  • tour type Group
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Rome, Italy
  • Ends Rome, Italy
  • Uncover Vatican City, the smallest country in the world
  • Visit Saint Peters Tomb
  • See the districts flanking the Vatican Walls
  • Discover one of the most important gems of the Christian World
Beyond the Vatican - The City and Borgo Pio tour starts and ends in Rome. Beyond the Vatican - The City and Borgo Pio is a city sightseeing tour that takes 3 hours.

Get ready to discover the smallest city in the world alongside an expert local guide, from the largest Christian church in the world to the stunning Basilica of San Pietro. But this isn’t just any tour of Vatican City – you'll also be exploring beyond the independent city-state to discover the districts beyond the Vatican Walls, soaking up the incredible history (and snacking on gelato) as you go.
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  • Ms. Marcie
  • On Jun 16 2016
“Meg was a great tour guide. I would highly recommend this tour!”
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  • Mr. Joy
  • On Jan 24 2016
“Ms Izumi Matsukura was an excellent guide who spoke very good english. i greatly appreciated her followup message with words she introduced to us, names of places we visited and food we ate. excelllent!!”
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  • Ms. Lisa
  • On Jul 09 2016
“The tour of San Sebastian with Tomasz was just as I had hoped, educational and enjoyable. After a very friendly greeting in good English he started out by giving us an overview of the area plus the historical background. We then started our walk which included not only sights and explanations of traditions, but also the participation in a street game. Both my duaghter (13 years) and me were very glad to have gone on the walking tour with Tomas. And oh yes, I was told there is no minimum requirement of participants, so even though we ended up to be four, my daughter and me could have had a “private“ tour.”

Meet your expert local guide at the Vatican Obelisk in St. Peter’s Square. The obelisk is 25.5 meters high and sits on four bronze lions. It was once the centrepiece of the Circus of Nero where saints where martyred. St. Peter’s square is the main entry point into the smallest country in the world. Vatican City is only 0.17 square miles in size!

Upon arrival you can take in the grandeur of art and architecture  designed in 1656 by Bernini. It consists of 284 columns with 88 pillars and 140 statues of saints. The Basilica of San Pietro that we see today was built on the burial site of Saint Peter, who was crucified by Emperor Nero.

The Basilica was commissioned by 'The Renaissance Pope' or 'Warrior Pope' - Pope Julius II in 1503. Its construction began in 1509 and was designed by Bramante. Michelangelo took over the project in 1547 and made some changes to its original design.

The Basilica covers a surface of over 22 square metres and sits at a height of 220 metres. Its Dome offers one of the most iconic views of Rome's skyline and is the largest dome constructed using masonry.

Experience the magnificent interior of the largest Christian church in the world to admire a collection of masterpieces. Highlights include Bernini's high altar and 'La Pieta' by Michelangelo, the only masterpiece he ever signed.

We’ll then arrive in Borgo Pio, a medieval district adjacent to Vatican City and the actual name of the district where Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican stand. Borgo is the fourteenth historical district of Rome and is situated on the west bank of the Tiber river.

The golden age of Borgo Pio was during the Renaissance when major architectural changes took place in the area under Pope Leo X and Clement VII. Some of the most important artists in Rome lived here during this time including Raphael.

Enjoy a stroll down the main street to see local bakeries and eateries and meet local vendors. See the house where Raphael and Mastro Tita, a famous executioner lived. The most modern personality to have lived in the area is Pope Benedict XVI who lived in Borgo Pio for over twenty years before being elected. 

After enjoying a gelato, we’ll continue toward the Tiber River to Castel San Angelo and the bridge of Saint Angelo. We’ll then pass though the charming Via dei Coronari where you will bid farewell to your guide.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Additional food and drinks
  • souvenirs and personal shopping
  • tips/gratuities for your guide
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Cancellation for this Beyond the Vatican - The City and Borgo Pio tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


Full payment of 104 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Travel Insurance

Beyond the Vatican - The City and Borgo Pio tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Beyond the Vatican - The City and Borgo Pio tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

At the Vatican Obelisk in Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City

Meeting end point :

Castel Sant’Angelo

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