Early Vatican Tour

Enter one hour before the crowds, skip the line with your private tour guide and discover the Vatican treasures with our Early Vatican Tour.

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What’s included

First-class tour with a private guide

Special skip-the-line tickets that will allow you to enter before the big crowds

Fluent English Speaking guides with a background in archaeology, history and art

Entertaining and insightful explanations

Highlights

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Our Early Vatican Tour is perfect for travelers who want to avoid the crowds and the heat. It covers all the most important sights in Vatican City: the Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica.


Duration: about 3 hours

You will enter the Museum before it opens to the general public with our special early access ticket. The Vatican is not only famous for the unique masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael, but also for its crowds and long lines. With this tour you’ll walk at your own pace, and you’ll have an expert guide to lead you through the galleries of the Museum. We will answer all your questions and make sure you have a great time during our Early Vatican tour.

Let us teach you about ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, colorful tapestries, dramatic stuccoes, and gilded reliefs. You will learn about the two main characters of the Renaissance in Rome: Michelangelo and Raphael, hearing stories of their temper and rivalry, and you will see their most remarkable masterpieces. In the Raphael Rooms you’ll admire the colors and dramatic composition of Raphael’s most celebrated frescoes, and then walk into the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling and Last Judgment.

The Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel are both breathtaking, but they're always overcrowded if visited at the wrong time. We will take you there before the “tourist invasion”, when you can really appreciate the beauty of Raphael and Michelangelo’s artworks, still in relative peace and quiet. We believe this is the only way to truly appreciate some of the most important frescoes of all time.

Your expert private tour guide will show you how to decode Michelangelo’s style and Raphael’s iconography. Did Michelangelo really paint the Sistine Chapel lying on his back? Do you know how many times he worked in the Chapel? How long did it take to finish his masterpieces? Choose our Early Vatican Tour to find out and to learn more about the genius of Michelangelo!

After enjoying the Sistine Chapel your private tour guide will take you directly to St. Peter’s Basilica. You will reach this unique church from a special passageway so you can skip the line at its entrance. There are no words to do justice to what you will feel once at the door: the sculptures, the main altar, the artworks, and the size will literally take your breath away!

Your expert guide will teach you about the fascinating history of the biggest church in the world and take you on an in-depth tour, to ensure you don’t miss any of the highlights. You’ll discover Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s Baldacchino, you will be close to the main altar where the Pope gives Mass.

Be inspired by this Early Vatican tour and don’t waste your time with a big group tour that arrives at the Sistine Chapel at the worst time possible. Forget about busy meeting places and take advantage of our fully-customized service!

Sights Included

Vatican Museum
Gallery of the Maps
Gallery of the Tapestries
Raphael Rooms
School of Athens & Room of Signature
Room of Heliodorus & Room of the Fire of Borgo
Sistine Chapel
Ceiling and Last Judgment by Michelangelo
Renaissance frescos by Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio
St. Peter’s Basilica
Michelangelo’s Pietà
Bernini’s Baldacchino

Tour Location

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