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Early Bird Vatican Tour

Product ID: 54786
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Be among the first to enter the Vatican in the morning on this guided tour. Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums, learn all about the Sistine Chapel, and marvel at the art in St. Peter's Basilica. Enjoy a personalized experience on a small group tour.
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Duration: 2.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Enter the Vatican before the general public arrives
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and the famous Raphael Rooms
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and its frescoes
  • Skip the line to enter St.Peter's Basilica and enjoy La Pieta, a Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti
Full description
Enjoy a 2.5-hour early morning tour of Vatican City before the crowds arrive.

Your English-speaking guide will take you to the Vatican Museums, to see the Pinecone and Octagonal courtyards before you visit the Room of the Muses, the Round Room, and the Greek Cross Room, the site of the 2 sarcophagi of the Constantine family.

Take a walk through the galleries of the Candelabra and the Tapestries, and the private gallery of Pope Gregory XIII, to admire the collection of Italian cartography.

Head to the Sistine Chapel and hear about what Michelangelo endured while working on the scaffolding for seemingly endless hours in the Sistine Chapel. It is in this Chapel that all eligible cardinals meet to elect new popes.

Take a walk across St. Peter’s Piazza, where many exciting moments in history have taken place and admire views of St. Peter’s Basilica. Inside the Basilica, your guide will point out Michelangelo’s Pieta, the masterpieces by Bernini, and Neoclassical work by Antonio Canova, a sculptor appointed by Pope Pius Vll.
Includes
  • Private 8:30 tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line ticket before general opening hours
  • Private Tour Guide
  • Headsets to hear your guide during the tour
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
Please note:
• Access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens, and St. Peter's Basilica is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (shoulders and knees must be covered and no hats are allowed)
• No photography or filming is permitted in the Sistine Chapel
• It is obligatory to deposit suitcases, large backpacks, and umbrellas in the cloakroom
• St. Peter’s Basilica will be closed on Wednesdays due to the Papal Audience. In this case you will be offered an extended guided tour of the Vatican Museums. As an active Catholic Church St. Peter's Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies.
• Groups never exceed 12 people, ensuring a comfortable experience.

From £48.88 per person

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Product ID: 54786