Start your tour of the Vatican bright and and early, an hour before it opens to the public, with a special early morning Vatican tour. Not only will you skip the long entrance lines with this tour, but you’ll get to visit the famous galleries of the Vatican Museums before they’re flooded with the daytime crowds. In a small group, you’ll discover the main museum highlights including a stop in the Sistine Chapel and a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Beat the crowds and start your tour of the Vatican an hour before it opens
Skip the long entrance lines with this early access Vatican tour
Wander the Vatican Museum galleries without the crowds
Tour the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with a guide
Professional guide for 3 hours
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
What To Expect
Your tour will start in the Vatican Museums and Upper Galleries, which include the one of the Maps, Tapestries, and Candelabra. The galleries are connecting the north section of the Vatican Palace with the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter’s.
Raphael Rooms are part of the apartment of Pope Julius II, while the young Raphael was painting the Room of the “Signatura” Michelangelo was painting the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel . The two artists were rivalry but Raphael will recognize the talent of Michelangelo in the “School of Athens”, you will see also the Parnassus and the Dispute over the Sacrament
Borgia Rooms, the apartment was painted by Pinturicchio and his school and it was commissioned by the spanish Pope Alexander VI Borgia. They are inside the oldest section of the Apostolic Palace. You will see the main rooms of it that preserves also part of the art works from modern and contemporary art.
Modern art and contemporary galleries creating was creating thanks to the several donations in honor of Pope Paul VI that during a special Speech inside the Sistine Chapel he called back to the Church the modern and contemporary artists recreating the link between art and church. Many donations arrived from United States and other countries. You will see Matisse, Chagall, Dalì, Bacon
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with the Frescoes painted in the 1500s for the Pope Julius II and Paul III; Michelangelo first painted the Ceiling where he represented the Creation of the World, from the Genesis book, and stories of Noah’s life. The Renaissance “Genius” when he was 61 years old he will come back to paint in five years only Last Judgement on the wall behind the altar.
The Basilica was built from the 1506 and it has replaced the Medieval Basilica built under the Emperor Constantine. The Basilica was built in 120 years by many architects including Raphael and Michelangelo. The inside decoration of the Basilica is very Baroque thanks to the “Genius of the Baroque Gian Lorenzo Bernini who projected the “Altar of the Chair of St. Peter” and the Baldachin. Inside the Basilica there is a beautiful chapel where is preserved the Michelangelo’s Pieta. The artists represent this painful moment with the body of Jesus laying on the laps of his mother after the deposition from the Cross.
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
A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 as proof of age
St. Peter's Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. Local operator is not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. If the Basilica closed for religious functions, you'll spend more time in the Vatican galleries with your guide
For booking with kids, kindly bring with you a copy of the ID or passport otherwise the kid tickets cannot be provided and the new ticket should be paid directly on site.
This group is up to 22 travelers or less.
Please note: if you arrive late you mights lose the entrance
A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 years old as a proof of their age.
Near public transportation
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour is not wheelchair accessible but may be adapted to an accessible itinerary if you contact us. Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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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