Private Tour: Vatican With Early Entrance And Cabinet Of The Masks - Rome

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Departure Time :
    7:30am
  • Departure Details :
    Outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums, by the steps
  • Return Details :
    St. Peter's Basilica
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

Enjoy an exclusive, 3.5-hour private tour through the Vatican with all entrance fees paid. Gain early access to the Vatican as well as access to the restricted area of the Cabinet of the Masks. Follow your guide and learn about the art and history of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

Know More about this tour

Your tour begins at 7:30am when you meet your private guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Enjoy early entry before the general public, ensuring you beat the worst of the daily crowds. From here, you will start exploring the Vatican Museums. Your guide will talk you through the vast collection of art and sculptures housed inside.

You will see the Octagonal Courtyard and its display of an extraordinary collection of antique sculptures collected by Pope Julius II. Your guide will also make sure you see the Gallery of the Candelabra which contains Roman copies of Hellenistic originals from the 3rd-2nd century B.C. as well as some 2nd century candelabra. You will then proceed to the Gallery of Maps, whose walls and ceilings are frescoed with an amazing series of topographical maps of Italy based on drawings by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti. You will be sure to see other stunning sights such as the Borgia Apartments and Raphael's rooms before heading to the Cabinet of the Masks.

You will experience an exclusive chance to see the restricted area of the Cabinet of the Masks - generally off limits to the general public. Here you will admire mosaics taken from Hadrian\'s villa at Tivoli as well as stunning sculptures. Most of these sculptures represent female subjects and include a reproduction of the Three Graces as well as a statue of a nymph.

Your tour continues to Michelangelo's world-renowned Sistine Chapel. Here, your guide will explain all of the intricacies of this truly spectacular site. Finally you will pass through a special passageway to reach St. Peter's Basilica, the biggest and most important Catholic Church in the world. Once inside, your guide will continue to explain the history of the Vatican as well as the art and architecture in this beautiful cathedral. Afterward, your tour will conclude outside St. Peter's Basilica on St. Peter's Square.

Inclusions

  • Entrance fees (early entrance to the Vatican with Cabinet of the Masks)
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

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

St. Peter's Basilica is a church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend a longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

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