Immerse yourself in the art and culture of the Vatican City on this semi-private tour. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with skip-the-line access.
Gain Exclusive Access to the Vatican Museums
This early morning Vatican tour lets you explore the beautiful art history jealously preserved in the Vatican Museums. In this marvelous place, we’ll admire an incredible art collection comprised of art pieces made in the most ancient times, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque.
This Vatican City tour takes you to the Raphael Rooms – a place not really appreciated by the general public, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church ever built. Skip-the-line tickets included.
We will meet very early (7:15 a.m.) to leave the meeting point at 7:30. We head toward the entrance to the Vatican Museums and while waiting for the gates to open (at 8 a.m.), we will talk and describe the Sistine Chapel with the support of visual material (talking is NOT permitted inside the Chapel).
At 8 we will enter, get tickets, and start our tour from a very exclusive room: The Cabinet of Masks, which is restricted to the general public; only very few official partners of the Vatican can be granted the privilege of visiting this area.
We continue our visit in an almost empty museum and while most groups will race forward to reach the Sistine Chapel, we will explore the empty rooms before the museums open to the general public: the Pio Clementino Museum, the hall of tapestries, the hall of maps, then finally the Sistine Chapel.
Now the museums will open to the general public and before the crowds reach the Chapel painted by Michelangelo, we head toward St. Peter’s Basilica (unless it is closed due to religious services), probably the most incredible temple of Christianity in the world. The experience ends in front of the church.
- What to Bring
- Passport for proof of age if you have booked “Children Presenting Passports.” If you have booked this category and do not present passports on the day, the booking will be changed to “Adult,” which costs €16 more. The Vatican issues discounted entrance tickets to children aged 5-17 if they present their passports, but without the passports, we have to purchase adult tickets, which cost €16.
- An appetite for fun and a thirst for knowledge!