Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica Private Early-Access Tour

Private & Custom Tours in Italy

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from$110.05
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Explore the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel one hour before the general public with this private early-bird 4-hour tour. Venture into museums with early check-in and get there before the largest crowds of the day. Meet your guide at your hotel and then travel together to the Vatican well ahead of opening time (8:00AM), so you can be among the first to enter the museums. Enjoy direct entrance to the museum complex before it is open to the general public (9:00AM). Not only will you get a fascinating tour, but also enjoy an interactive experience with your passionate tour guide who will animate the history of the magnificent artwork and cater to your personal interests.After taking in Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, admire highlights of the regular Vatican Museums tour and finish your day in St. Peter's Basilica.  
Meet your guide at your hotel and then travel together to the Vatican. Enjoy the direct entrance to the complex, made up of galleries with an impressive number of masterpieces from antiquity to present day. You will enter the museums at 8:00AM, 1 hour before the doors are open to the general public (9:00AM). Not only will you get a fascinating tour, but also enjoy an interactive experience with a passionate tour guide who will animate the history of the magnificent artwork and cater to your personal interests. Your personal story-teller will uncover the legends and mysteries behind the art and enlighten you to the genius of the Renaissance masters expressed through their world-renowned masterpieces.Discover the benefits of being on a private tour - customize your tour to your needs. Decide with your guide whether you want to see the Sistine Chapel first, or enjoy the regular itinerary with the Sistine Chapel being last part of your journey through the museum. During your visit, you will have a chance to see one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes, and paintings. Your guide will focus your attention on the most important masterpieces and on making this experience easy and unforgettable.  Take the opportunity to learn about Roman and Greek mythology by admiring ancient statues of Pagan gods like Diana Efesina, in the Gallery of Candelabra. As you continue through the Gallery of Tapestries you will enjoy the elegance and precision of the Flemish artists. Explore all of Italy at once in the fascinating Gallery of Maps.  Take a stroll through the cradle of Renaissance entering the Raphael Rooms, admiring the works of one of the masters of 16th Century. As the Grand Finale, be stunned by Michelangelo’s masterpieces inside the Sistine Chapel. Exiting the Vatican Museums, enter beautiful St. Peter’s Basilica, where the famous Baldachin by Bernini is located. End your tour in St. Peter’s Square, home to the famous Egyptian obelisk that was witness to the martyrdom of St. Peter and was central to Bernini’s design of the piazza. The view will fill you with wonder and awe and bring to completion the life-changing experience of visiting the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.

What’s included

  • Early entrance (before the general public)
  • Entrance Fees
  • Private walking tour
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off via Uber/Taxi (Centrally located only - within Aurelian Walls)
  • St. Peter's Basilica with direct access
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Highlights

  • Hotel pickup included
  • Skip the line
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Instant Confirmation
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