Skip-the-line Early Morning Access to the Vatican Museums
Opportunity to admire the Sistine Chapel at the break of day
Raphael Rooms with an array of 16th-century masterpieces
Premier access to bypass long lines at St. Peter's Basilica
Expert guide & small-group of ONLY 6 people!
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Small-group guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
Special access to St. Peter's Basilica
Live tour commentary provided in English
What you can expect
Experience the splendor of the Vatican Museums in the morning light with skip-the-line entrance to the papal collections and the Sistine Chapel. Traveling in an intimate group of no more than 6 people, see several of the world's artistic masterpieces and enjoy special access to St. Peter's Basilica.
As chirping birds announce the break of day, meet your guide near the entrance to the Vatican Museums and duck inside the Sistine Chapel before the general public arrives. Here, receive a privileged introduction to the chapel and take extra time to marvel at The Last Judgement by Michelangelo in the tranquil early hours.
Next, the Vatican Museums beckon. In addition to paintings by Bellini, Raphael, and Caravaggio, peruse the Pinecone and Octagonal courtyards, soaking up sights of marble statues in the morning light. Your tour isn't complete without a visit to the Raphael Rooms, where 16th-century frescoes provide a captivating look at Rome's High Renaissance.
Finally, circle back to the Sistine Chapel and bypass the lines on your way inside St. Peter's Basilica. Here, get an unobstructed look at Bernini's baldacchino, Michelangelo's Pietà, and the tomb of Alexander VII. Finally, bid your guide farewell and enjoy ample time to peruse the papal tombs and snap photos of St. Peter's Square on your own.
As of January 2019 tour will also include visiting the Raphael Rooms**! Enjoy the emptiness of the museum to fully take in the beautiful paintings and frescoes not often seen by tourists. This tour will include 2 of the best highlights of the Vatican - the Sistine Chapel and Raphael rooms - seen before the general public!