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Early Entrance Vatican Museums VIP Semi-private Experience

1 day
TYPOLOGIES

Small Group Tours

DIFFICULTY

Easy

MIN. AGE

84

GROUP SIZE

Max 14

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

3 hrs

START TIME

7:30 am

Join us and a tiny group on our daily Vatican morning tour that includes St Peter’s Basilica. Avoid the crowds with us by stepping inside the Museums one hour before the general public thanks to early entrance.

Enjoy an intimate tour with only 14 people and a private expert guide that will be happy to interact with you as a friend!

See the masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo as well as many more. Gaze in awe at the Sistine Chapel ceiling and ponder the sheer size and opulence of the worlds biggest Catholic Church. Do so in full comfort by avoiding the crowds and the heat of Rome during the summertime.

Walk among masterpieces of the Vatican Galleries. See items created centuries ago that challenge as well as engage your perception, particularly in the Gallery of the Tapestries. How can a table in a flat tapestry completely change perspective as you walk past it? You will see huge maps where the cartographers, the world's best at the time, possibly missed out including your country! The Vatican has many secrets and wonders that await discovery!

Among these, the four Raphael rooms in the Vatican Museums are a major highlight of the visit along with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and make up the Grand Fresco Sequence of the High Renaissance period in Rome. It is worth noting that although Michelangelo was an undoubted master of painting, it was not his preferred medium. He was foremost a sculptor and there lay his passion. The world famous stanze di Raffaello are a suite of apartments originally intended for Pope Julius II. It is thought he commissioned them to out do his predecessor Pope Alexander VI. He never achieved this as at the time of his death only 2 rooms were complete. Pope Leo X had them completed. While in the Raphael Rooms, witness possibly the greatest single masterpiece of fresco art, The School of Athens, interpreted as a study and depiction of philosophy is thought to include every notable philosopher from Ancient Greek history. The only one that is instantly recognisable is Aristotle as we have his bust to compare it with. Vasari also suggests that he also included himself.

Please Note

  • Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
  • In case the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your private guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible but may be customized to meet this requirement upon special request.
  • 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.

Meeting point

Join the tour at our Vatican Tours Office in Via Vespasiano 28, 00192, Rome. A perfect moment to enjoy a complimentary coffe with your guide before heading to the Vatican security check. We are delighted to welcome you!

Available days

Mo, Th, Fr, Sa

Dress code

Knees and Shoulders must be covered. Failing to follow the Vatican’s dress code, entry may be refused to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Church. We also suggest you wear comfortable shoes, as a moderate amount of walking is involved in this tour.

Includes

Guaranteed early-access skip-the-line ticket

Expert friendly English speaking guide

Headsets so you will not miss a word your guide is saying

Services NOT included

Food and Drinks

 Travel Insurance

Gratuities

Meeting point

FAQ

What is included in this 3 hour tour?

The price for this tour is all inclusive: priority entrance with our Skip the Line tickets, guided tour, and access to the restricted areas such as the Cabinet of the Masks. This is a complete tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica.

Is the Sistine Chapel included in this tour?

Yes, the Sistine Chapel is one of the main highlights of this tour. Thanks to our priority entrance, you'll be able to explore the Chapel when it's not that crowded.

Is this tour accessible for people with disabilities?

Please note that the Vatican Museums offer free tickets for people with disabilities over 74%. Such matter must be certified by a doctor and a valid medical certificate is to be presented at the ticket office of the Museums. However, due to the itinerary of this particular tour, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Please visit our ``Barrier Free Tours`` section to learn more about our custom made experiences for people with disabilities and limited mobility.

Can I re-enter the Vatican Museums after the tour with the same ticket?

No, the tickets are a single entry only and it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican Museums once the tour is over with the same ticket.