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 a privileged, 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 artwork by Bernini the "Genius" of the Baroque.
After the tour free time to spend inside the church.
Please note: This tour does not include hotel pick up and drop off service. This means that you will have to arrange your own transfers in order to reach the designated meeting point and start the tour. Meeting point: Viale Vaticano, 100
We will pre-purchase a special early entrance voucher for your group scheduled for 8 am, so that you will be among the first people to enter.
You will meet our enthusiastic guide and the rest of your group at 7:30 am. Whilst you wait to enter the Vatican Museums at 8 am, we will administer your headsets to ensure you can clearly hear your guide. Your guide, an expert in art history, will then explain the Sistine Chapel to you using special images to ensure you're up to speed when you reach that part of the tour (explanations are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel itself) and can admire the beauty of Michelangelo's work.
The early entrance will give you the unique opportunity of fully enjoying the precious artworks housed in the Vatican Museums away from the daily crowds of visitors. In this way, the guide can explain what you see in detail and you can enjoy them as they deserve.
The Vatican Museums are among the biggest art collections in the world, with paintings and sculptures and artifacts of all kinds. Inside the 5 mile long museums you will be able to enter Raphael Rooms famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. They are considered the highest point of the High Renaissance Art in Rome, together with Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
Other interesting Galleries you will visit are the Gallery of the Tapestries, commissioned by Clement VII in the 1500’s and the Gallery of the Candelabra, an 80 meters long gallery with marble candelabra and colored marble columns, inaugurated in the 1700s.
After Vatican Galleries will reach the Sistine Chapel, where you will be amazed by its breathtaking fresco ceiling and by Michelangelo’s Last Judgement. Originally called the “Cappella Magna”, the “big chapel”, it takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it in the 15th century.
Since then, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity and today it is the site of the Papal Conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. Once again, entering before the general opening will allow you to take in the beautiful frescoes and take home with you wonderful memories.
Finally, from the Sistine Chapel you will reach St. Peter’s Basilica through a special door, the most important and holiest Catholic Church in the world.
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican or simply St. Peter’s Basilica, is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.
Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world.
While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as “holding a unique position in the Christian world” and as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom”
-Please bring your ID or Passport
-Dress Code: The Vatican has a dress code for men and women both need to cover their knees and shoulders to access the Sistine Chapel. Please note that if you do not follow the dress code they can deny your entrance.
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