What to See at the Vatican museums
After entering Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel at 7:30 am like a celebrity, follow your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. In these remarkable galleries, admire ancient Roman and Greek statues, Flemish tapestries created by Raphael's students and gorgeous topographical depictions of Italy.
The Sistine chapel at it's Most Quiet
See the Sistine chapel at its finest, when there's almost no one else around.
The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.
Bernini's Baldacchino - St. Peter's Tour
Designed by Italian Renaissance architects, St. Peter's is the largest church in the world. Home to incredible works of art, St. Peter's must be seen to be believed. Don't wait in any long lines; enter through a special door and go right inside with Before Hours Vatican museums With Sistine chapel And St. Peter’s tour.
If your Vatican tour lands on a Wednesday, St. Peter's won't be open for tours due to the weekly Papal Audience. On this occasion, your guide will take you to visit even more masterpieces and hidden gems inside the Vatican museums.
Important: Remember, it isn't possible to return to the Vatican museums from St. Peters Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the visit to St peter's basilica. Also, if you'd like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. Because the security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended, we suggest you spend at least 30 minutes inside St. Peters and explore the place on your own after the tour concludes on the terrace outside.