From its stunning beauty to its ancient history and artistic and religious significance, the Vatican is a one-stop-shop for any avid traveller. Whether we are talking about paintings, sculptures, religious art, architecture or even the Pontifical Swiss Guards that have protected the Pope since 1506, there is little to compare to the majestic beauty and comprehensiveness of the Holy See. As a matter of fact, not only the Vatican Museums, but the entire Vatican City has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.You can be one of the more than five million travellers that pass through the walls of the global heart of Catholic Faith every year.As you can imagine, the beauty of the Vatican attracts an enormous amount of culture-hungry tourists in a day, and so it can get very crowded and hectic! However, by joining this tour you will benefit from privileged access to the Vatican’s main attractions.
Enjoy exclusive access, 90 minutes before the general public
There are extremely few tour providers that have access to the Vatican Museums 90 minutes before the general public. We provide you with the opportunity to start discovering the beauty of the Vatican at 7:30 AM with no crowds. You will not only have the privilege to enjoy the Vatican Museums at your own pace, but you will overall be maximising the time you have to explore beautiful Italy. Due to this special time slot that we provide, you will get to explore the Vatican Museums, the famous Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with very few people around you. Join us in the most exclusive Vatican Tour that minimises stress and maximises enjoyment!
Musei Vaticani with no crowds, at your own pace
For any tourist, visiting the Vatican Museums is an unforgettable, must-see sightseeing experience. Your expert guide will take you into the Museums to discover the world’s most extensive collection of art.The Vatican Museums are home to the greatest sculptures and artwork of the Renaissance period.Follow your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, subdivided into 6 splendid rooms containing artworks found throughout the country, bringing relics of the Roman Empire into the modern-day. Then you have the occasion to explore the astonishing Gallery of the Tapestries. This gallery exhibits avast amount of Raffaello Sanzio’s tapestries displaying different Catholic stories and myths. From there,your guide will walk you through the Gallery of Maps. As one of the holiest places, many people travel to the Vatican for religious purposes. Nevertheless, the Gallery of Maps is the perfect place for travellers with a more scientific taste. You will discover global maps created by Roman topographers centuries ago. This is the perfect opportunity to develop an understanding of what the world was thought to look like centuries ago.
Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Our outstanding tour of the Vatican Museums will culminate with the famous Sistine Chapel, visited by approximately 25,000 visitors a day. Given the timing of this tour, you will get to experience the Sistine Chapel in the best possible circumstances, in complete tranquillity. The Sistine Chapel ceiling is covered with depictions from the Bible handpicked by Michelangelo. Central to the ceiling decoration we can find the most prominent stories from the Book of Genesis such as the creation of Adam and Eve and the creation of the original sin,where the forbidden fruit was eaten. The Sistine Chapel is one of the greatest attractions of Italian art, and it holds tremendous cultural, artistic and religious wealth.
Witness the purity and preciseness of religious art at St. Peter’s Basilica
The Vatican Museums are of course next to St. Peter’s Basilica, the biggest Catholic Church. Your expert guide will help you understand the history behind the building and will highlight the details that make the church a masterpiece. The Basilica is not only Christianity’s most famous religious landmark, but it is also the perfect destination for any art lover. You will see the marvels of both Baroque & Renaissance Art. Most importantly, you will admire Michelangelo’s famous Pietà, an exquisite Renaissance sculpture depicting the lifeless body of Jesus in the arms of his mother Mary.
Remember to abide by the Vatican dress code. The absolute minimum required is that both men and women cover their knees and shoulders. Rome can get quite hot in summer season subsequently,we recommend bringing a light scarf to cover yourself when needed. Moreover, hats, food,and metal tools are not permitted. Likewise, St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and access can be restricted unexpectedly due to liturgical ceremonies. If your tour lands on a Wednesday, St. Peter’s Basilica will not be open until 1 PM due to the weekly Papal Audience. On this occasion, your guide will show you more artworks and hidden gems inside the Vatican Museums.
Meeting Time: 7:00 am / 07:30 am / 3:00 pm
Meeting Place: Via Leone IV nr.10
Groups of 12 people or fewer