Early Bird Private Vatican Tour - Rome

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    07:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Palazzo Barberini, Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Early bird Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will visit the Museums entering one hour ahead of the opening to the general public!
Step into the Borgia Apartments to discover the Vatican's scandalous Borgia Pope. Admire the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel frescoes, renowned worldwide for Michelangelo's ceiling and altar masterpieces!
Enjoy the access to the restricted area of the Cabinet of the Masks and discover the beautiful mosaics from Tivoli.
You'll also receive a complementary access to the Pope's Residence. Your tour guide will give you an introduction of your destination, and tell you stories about the many popes, as well as Roman emperors, who used to escape from the Roman summer heat.
Once you've arrived at Castel Gandolfo, walk to the Papal residence where you'll receive an official audio guide. Then, enjoy a ride on the Vatican ecological open bus for an hour around the Barberini Gardens.

Highlights

Skip the line

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Vatican 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. Peters. The rooms preserved many roman statues discovered during the excavations and many spectacular painted rooms.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Raphael 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 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Borgia 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 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Modern 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, Dal, Bacon

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio

Michelangelo'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 Noahs 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 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Lazio

The 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 Michelangelos 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

Inclusions

Professional guide for 3 hours

Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Private tour

Special Access to the Cabinet of the Masks

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

Entry/Admission - Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo

Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Private transportation

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

A moderate amount of walking is involved, not recommended for customers with limited mobility.

Personal photography is allowed during this tour, except in the Sistine Chapel.

Please be on time in order to enter the Vatican Museums at the time booked and avoid losing the tour.

Your private driver will pick you and drop you off up at your centrally located hotel so please ensure you provide us with all the required information at the time of booking.

Please note: a limited number of infant seats available, please inform us how many you need.

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Please note: in some areas of the Vatican the stroller must be carried by yourself in your arms, due to architectural restrictions.

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.

Please make sure you ask the guide any curiosities you may have during the tour, we want to ensure you have the very best experience!

Please bring comfortable shoes and a refillable water bottle.

No shorts above the knees, no sleeveless t-shirts are permitted, no big backpacks are allowed, no big umbrellas are permitted, no pointed objects are allowed.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Green Pass and FFP2 mask required to enter the Vatican Museums

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Jun-2022

    This is so disappointing we booked over one month ago and now they cancel less than 24 hours before our tour. Everything is now totally sold out. They provided no alternative options.

  • 23-Nov-2021

    Matteo was a fantastic guide for our odyssey through the Vatican! Learned so much-Matteo's detail and story telling capabilities reflected his extensive studies in archeology and really brought the experience to life for everyone! Highly recommend the tour!

  • 14-Oct-2019

    I can't imagine a better way to see the Vatican. We were hardly the only tour with early access (8 am instead of the general opening of 9 am) but the undivided attention of one guide for 2 people can't be beat. Our guide was Chiara and she was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and we had some great discussions. Hotel pick up went very smoothly - we took a taxi back.

  • 11-Oct-2019

    I can't imagine a better way to see the Vatican. We were hardly the only tour with early access (8 am instead of the general opening of 9 am) but the undivided attention of one guide for 2 people can't be beat. Our guide was Chiara and she was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and we had some great discussions. Hotel pick up went very smoothly - we took a taxi back.

  • 26-May-2019

    This tour was literally the highlight of my family's time in Rome. We were traveling with two 9-year olds, a 75-year old and two 40-somethings and Viviana made the tour fun for all of us. I've been to the Vatican more than once but I think I learned more on this tour than any other time I visited. She was so knowledgeable of Rome and the Vatican. Every story she told came to life with her expressive nature. Even the driver was on time (actually waiting for us!) and super informative during our drive to the Vatican. If anyone asks me what they should do in Rome, this is the one thing that I will highly recommend. No question. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.

  • 02-May-2019

    Our driver was at the hotel early. He took us to meet our guide at the Vatican and did not leave until he was sure we were where we were supposed to be. Our guide at the Vatican got us right through the line and was very knowledgable. We were traveling with my 82 year old mother and our guide was amazing at getting her around the area in a wheelchair.

  • 01-May-2019

    Our driver was at the hotel early. He took us to meet our guide at the Vatican and did not leave until he was sure we were where we were supposed to be. Our guide at the Vatican got us right through the line and was very knowledgable. We were traveling with my 82 year old mother and our guide was amazing at getting her around the area in a wheelchair.

  • 29-Nov-2018

    We recently had a private tour of the Vatican with Chiara Ferralis. She made the tour so great, very knowledgeable, and ensured our group saw everything we wanted to! We opted for the hotel pickup, and everything went smoothly. The driver was there early, and Chiara was right outside the Vatican waiting for us. Ask for Chiara when booking your tour!

  • 28-Nov-2018

    After being picked up on time from our hotel by the arranged driver, we met our guide Letizia at the entry to the Vatican Museums. While waiting for the doors to open, she took time to educate and inform us about what we were to see, especially the Sistine Chapel. Letizia expertly guided us through the wonderful masterpieces of the Museums: the Pinecone Courtyard, the staircase, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel - before continuing with us into St. Peter’s Basilica. Letizia was expert, professional, friendly, and informative. What a great and highly recommended tour!!!

  • 28-Nov-2018

    After being picked up on time from our hotel by the arranged driver, we met our guide Letizia at the entry to the Vatican Museums. While waiting for the doors to open, she took time to educate and inform us about what we were to see, especially the Sistine Chapel. Letizia expertly guided us through the wonderful masterpieces of the Museums: the Pinecone Courtyard, the staircase, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel - before continuing with us into St. Peter’s Basilica. Letizia was expert, professional, friendly, and informative. What a great and highly recommended tour!!!

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