Early Access Vatican Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Italy

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This 3 hour tour is perfect for those who wish to visit the Vatican as part of a friendly small group, away from the daily crowds. With your expert guide, you will enter the museums before the opening to the general public and visit the highlights of the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel before enjoying priviliged, skip-the-line entrance to St Peter's Basilica. The Vatican City is jam-packed with an overwhelming number of mind-blowing works of art. Your guide will ensure you don't miss any of the must-sees! The whole group will marvel at Michelangelo's world-renowned Sistine Chapel. Enjoying the luxury of being inside with a limited number of people thanks to the special early entrance 1 hour ahead of the public. Fast access to the Basilica of St. Peter, where you will see the first "Pieta" sculpted by Michelangelo and the baroque art work by Bernini the "Genius" of the Baroque. After the tour free time to spend inside the church.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioVatican Museums and Upper Galleries, including 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. The rooms preserved many roman statues discovered during the excavations and many spectacular painted rooms. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Vatican City, Vatican City, LazioRaphael 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 Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioBorgia 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. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioModern 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, BaconDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, LazioMichelangelo'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.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, LazioThe 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.Duration: 30 minutes

What’s included

  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Professional guide for 3 hours
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican City
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips for the Guide

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
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