Beat the rush during this special, early-morning tour of the Vatican Museums, and enter the world-renowned galleries one hour before the public opening time. Skip-the-line guided tours include privileged, fast-track access to St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Come face to face with the Vatican's most iconic masterworks, with a fraction of the crowds.
An early-morning Vatican Museums tour
Get a jump on wait times as you enter one hour before the general public
Enjoy no-wait access to St. Peter's Basilica, home of Michelangelo's "La Pietà"
Tours are capped at only 22 participants for a more personalized experience
Departure & Return
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
What To Expect
Discover the wonders of the Vatican in complete peace by entering 1 hour before the general opening. Avoid the crowd of the peak hours and explore the Vatican museums in a 3 hours tour with an engaging professional guide who will bring you back to the times of masters like Michelangelo and Raphael. This journey in the finest art will take you through the Pinacoteca (picture gallery), which contains the cream of the Vatican’s collection of medieval and Renaissance paintings, the Vatican Galleries, including the one of the Tapestries and the one of the Geographical Maps.
120 meters long, it represents the largest geographical representation ever made. Frescoed on the walls are in fact 40 geographical maps, which depict all of Italy in every detail. seas, rivers, cities and historical episodes. On the vault are instead 51 frescoes representing miraculous episodes linked to the locations below. In short, a sensational visit, and truly unique in its kind. You will then pass through Pope Borgia’s apartment, the Raphael’s rooms, entire rooms painted by Raphael and, of course, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
Commissioned by Pope Julius II, this is undoubtedly the most famous work of all the museums, and represents one of the most extraordinary artistic achievements in the world. It is in fact here that Michelangelo gave proof of all his art and his creativity, creating a unique pictorial work, for which he spent more than 5 years, where the artist had to paint more of 300 figures in 5 thousand square meters! The Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, suggestive and extraordinary that deserves to be seen at its best with this early visit.
At this point your tour guide will lead the group through a special gateway. Note that this privileged access means you skip the line one more time to enter directly inside the awesome St. Peter Basilica.It is here that you’ll really understand the value of this guided visit. In a rare quiet and solitude you have the opportunity to admire this impressive church built by the most famous artists and architects in history and remain breathless in front of works that include the 29 meters high St. Peter’s Baldachin, or be amazed in front of Michelangelo’s “Pietà”, the only work that he has ever signed.