Early Morning Private Vatican Museums, hotel pick up and drop off, tkts Included

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

The Vatican Museums (and the vibrant Sistine Chapel) are world-famous landmarks, and attract the crowds to match. But on this private tour, you can bypass the chaos and admire the Vatican’s quieter side. After pickup from your Rome accommodation, meet your guide and head inside as soon as the museums open. The tour itinerary is fully customizable, so you can see the sights that interest you most. After several hours, the tour concludes in St. Peter’s Square.
  • A private tour lets you customize the itinerary to fit your interests
  • Pickup from your Rome hotel in a luxury vehicle is included
  • See the Sistine Chapel and other major sights before the crowds arrive
  • Learn about the history of the Vatican and its museums from your guide

Private walking tour with a licensed Blue-Badge Tour Guide
Hotel pick up and drop off (Taxi). Meet your guide to your hotel at 7:30am.
Customizable tour. You can ask your guide to change your tour if it's not your first time.
Skip the line tickets - Early Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
Gratuities (Not mandatory)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Meet your driver to your hotel lobby

Departure Time

7:00 AM
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. The 15th century decoration of the walls includes: the false drapes, the Stories of Moses, the Stories of Christ and the portraits of the Popes. It was executed by a team of painters made up initially of Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli. On the Ceiling Pier Matteo d'Amelia painted a starry sky. The work on the frescoes began in 1481 and was concluded in 1482. This is also the date of the following works in marble: the screen, the choir stalls (where the choristers took their places), and the pontifical coat of arms over the entrance door. On 15 August 1483, Sixtus IV consecrated the new chapel dedicating it to Our Lady of the Assumption. Julius II della Rovere (pontiff from 1503 to 1513), nephew of Sixtus IV, decided to partly alter the decoration, entrusting the work in 1508 to Michelangelo Buonarroti, who painted the Ceiling and, on the upper part of the walls, the lunettes. The work was finished in October 1512 and on the Feast of All Saints (1 November), Julius II inaugurated the Sistine Chapel with a solemn Mass. The nine central panels show the Stories of Genesis, from the Creation to the Fall of man, to the Flood and the subsequent rebirth of mankind with the family of Noah.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Pius Clementine Museum (Apoxyomenos, Octagonal Courtyard, Belvedere Apollo, Laocoon, Room of the Animals, Room of Muses, Belvedere Torso, Greek-cross Room) Pinecone Courtyard, Chiaramonti Gallery, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
Designed and built by Bernini between 1656 and 1667, during the pontificate of Alexander VII (1655-1667), the square is made up of two different areas. The first has a trapezoid shape, marked off by two straight closed and convergent arms on each side of the church square. The second area is elliptical and is surrounded by the two hemicycles of a four-row colonnade, because, as Bernini said, “considering that Saint Peter’s is almost the matrix of all the churches, its portico had to give an open-armed, maternal welcome to all Catholics, confirming their faith; to heretics, reconciling them with the Church; and to the infidels, enlightening them about the true faith.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Limousine Service in Italy
Private tour with a licensed tour guide including the hotel pick up and drop off.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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