Cheap Tours In Rome-For the frugal traveler

There are many cheap tours in Rome that won’t break the bank. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune to see some of the world’s most stunning architecture.

If you are ready to go on a vacation at a moment’s notice, check out some amazing deals for hotels, flights, cruises, and holiday packages on Last Minute Travel.

Member-only hotel deals. Save up to 65% off.

The cost of airfare and accommodation can be daunting, so why not try and balance the financial scales with some excellent tours that are relatively inexpensive.

There’s no doubt that an expertly guided tour is well worth the investment and far better than wandering off on your own in a large, vibrant city. Chances are, you will spend most of your time trying to understand your taxi driver and somehow letting him know where you want to go.

Even if you do speak French, a guided tour is the most efficient way to get around the city. This post will focus on three must-see Rome destinations. To make things even better, you will be able to skip the line.


Few people realize that the Vatican is actually a country unto itself. As a matter of fact, it’s the smallest country in the world.

It covers a mere 100 acres, far less than the average farmers wheat field. You could fit eight Vatican Cities inside on New York’s Central Park with room to spare. It’s governed by a monarchy, which of course is headed up by the pope.

They even print their own money, passports, license plates, and stamps. The Vatican also has its own anthem and flag. They are a tax-free country and most of their income is derived from contributions and souvenir sales.

cheap tours in rome

In a 2011 census, there were 594 Vatican citizens. Among them were 109 members of the Swiss Guard, one nun, and 71 clergies. There were also 307 clergy members holding diplomatic posts in different locations around the world. The population in 2018 exploded to 801 individuals.


It’s believed that St. Peter’s tomb is underneath the Basilica.

Rome was devastated by fire around A.D. 64 and although Nero is accommodation guilty of starting the blaze, he did his best to deflect the blame to the Christians.

Cheap Tours In Rome-For the frugal traveler
St. Peter’s Basilica is amazing at night.

Nero went on a bit of a rampage and killed many Christians by either burning them at the stake or crucifying them. St. Peter was supposedly one of his victims. St. Peter was considered the first bishop of Rome and was interred in a grave on Vatican Hill.

Currently, the basilica tops the burial ground that has St. Peter’s tomb at its center.


Back in 1477, there was a chapel named Capella Magna that resided in the spot currently occupied by the Sistine Chapel. The chapel is immense. If you traveled the entire world, you would be hard-pressed to behold something as amazing as this structure.

If you decide you would like to take a tour of Vatican City, The Sistine Chapel, and St.Peter’s you might find it very busy. However, with Getyourguide skip-the-line tours, there is no waiting.

It might look relatively unassuming from the outside, but it’s a whole other world on the inside. The chapel is approximately 132 feet by 44 feet by 68 feet.

cheap tours in rome
The Sistine Chapel took years to finish.

Originally, the chapel ceiling was a very simple blue sky with stars. In 1503 it was Pope Julius who browbeat Michaelangelo into re-painting the ceiling. Michaelangelo balked at the idea. In his mind, he was a sculptor and not a painter. Besides, he was on a mission sculping the king’s tomb.

Ultimately, he caved under the pressure from the pope and began painting the chapel ceiling. It was a real odyssey. He began work in 1508 and finished if four years later. It took a lot out of him and because of the intense detail of the work he did permanent damage to his eyesight.

But they weren’t done with Michaelangelo quite yet. Some twenty years later, when he was in his 60’s he was commissioned by Pope Clement VII to paint the “Last Judgement” fresco behind the altar. He began in 1536 and finished the job in 1541.

The high part of the ceiling featured scenes from Genesis that included “The Separation of Light From Darkness” and “The Self-Portraits of Noah”. I’m sure there is a story behind a drunk Noah that is best left buried. Maybe that’s why the ark ended up on top of a mountain.

Anyway, the parts of the ceiling that appear to be the most famous are “The Creation of Adam” and “The Fall of Man and the Expulsion from Paradise”.

Michelangelo was very upset with the Catholic Church throughout his ordeal. Apparently, he painted two miserable self-portraits somewhere in “The Last Judgement.” He painted his deceased face somewhere on Holofernes severed head. He also brushed a ghoulish image somewhere on St. Bartholomew’s skin.

When you visit, you’ll have to see if you can spot these.

The chapel itself had been the center of the Roman Catholic Church since 1492. Since that year the Sistine Chapel has been the center where the College of Cardinals has elected new popes.

I hope you found this article on cheap tours in Rome for the fugal traveler interesting.

Be sure to visit all three of these amazing landmarks of history when you make your trip to Rome.

Are you interested in Traveling to Switzerland? Or perhaps a European River Cruise would be a very special holiday choice.

If you would like to share your thoughts on this topic feel free to make a comment at the bottom of this page.

12 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Thanks for the post. It is my dream to visit the Rome and the Vatican, but I always thought that it is very expensive to go there. After reading your post, I found out that it is possible to have deals for hotels, flights, and cruises with 65% off, amazing saving.

    The pictures of St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel are very beautiful. It is hard to resist such amazing scenery. I am going to monitor the deals now. What is the best season to visit Rome?

    It is very kind of you sharing such helpful information for us.

    1. Thank you for your comment Anthony!  Yes, Europe is beautiful almost anywhere you go because of the amazing history that can be found around every corner. I would say the best time to visit would be mid-Summer to mid-Fall.
      That would be the best time for optimum weather.

      However, it is prime time during those months. Many travelers will choose to make the trip to Europe in the Winter or Spring when the weather can be wet and cold.

  2. Hi! You’re right, it’s far better to hop on a tour than to go wandering off on our own. I have been in two different occasions in Rome, and in both occasions I have taken tours and haven’t been able to see all there is to see. I’m looking forward for my third visit.

    There has been some interesting facts about the Sistine Chapel ceiling painting. It was painted between 1508 and 1512 and Michelangelo was initially reluctant to take the job. The initial commission was to paint figures of the twelve apostles. Michelangelo persuaded the Pope to give him a free hand in the composition. The resultant scheme of decoration is the Sistine Chapel ceiling painting.

  3. Hello there!!Very
    amazing to know about the world. This is so informative. Vatican city
    is the smallest country in the world that is known to everyone. But
    other informations you have given was nice. eight Vatican Cities can be
    fit inside on New York’s Central Park easily!!! This is amazing.
    Moreover good to know about THE SISTINE CHAPEL. Thia is new to me and
    also to everyone I think. Thanks for sharing these.

  4. Hi!!Rome
    is one of the most beautiful places in the world and traveling there is
    like a dream. But cost is the main fact. However glad to hear about the
    different places. You have described very nicely. This is so
    informative. Gathering knowledge about
    the places you want to travel is necessary. Most glad to know about THE
    SISTINE CHAPEL. It is amazing to.know that it reamins stand from 1477!!
    So old to remain beautiful. However, thanks for sharing these amazing

  5. Hey, your article is full of
    pieces of information about traveling. It would be a better solution for
    those who love to travel and wants to go to the tour. By reading this
    article they can get many useful pieces of information about several
    places. It will help them and me also when I make any tour.Thanks for your informative article.

  6. Hi,It’s
    a very useful article for them who like to travel. The world is so big.
    Everyone wants to see it. This article told you about the smallest
    country in the world which was really attractive. My sister recommended
    it to me then it takes place in my
    heart. I know so many things from this article which was really
    interesting. Anyone love traveling must read this article. It will get
    more popularity very soon in my point of view

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *