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Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

1. Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Choose this early entrance and get the best of your Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visit. Your experience will be enhanced by highly educated, professional art historians. Be among the first visitors of the Vatican Museums and get the best of your early start. You will be accompanied on your tour by a knowledgeable guide who will lead you through the numerous rooms of the Vatican Museums and answer your questions. Then spend some time inside the Sistine Chapel, admiring the Last Judgement and Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Your guide will explain its significance and you will come to truly appreciate this masterpiece.  

Rome: Private Kid-Friendly Tour of Vatican City and Museums

2. Rome: Private Kid-Friendly Tour of Vatican City and Museums

Head to the Vatican Museums with your guide and skip the lines with your pre-booked tickets, ready to begin exploring. The first stop will be at the vast collection of ancient Roman and Greek sculptures uncovered through the years during excavations across Rome. Your guide will show you the most important of these, including the “Belvedere Apollo” and the “Sarcophagi of Helena and Constantina,” the mother and daughter of Emperor Constantine. Next up will be the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra where you’ll see rare Roman mosaics and view the magnificent statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses, and a multitude of Greek philosophers. The tour will then head through the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall, and the Raphael Rooms. Once the private apartments of Pope Julius II, the Raphael Rooms were decorated by Raphael and it’s here you’ll see two of his most famous works, “The Parnassus” and “The School of Athens.” The highlight of any tour of the Vatican is, of course, the Sistine Chapel, Italy’s most popular attraction. You’ll hear from your guide about Michelangelo’s frescoes, “The Last Judgment” and “The Creation of Adam,” as well as stories of Moses and Jesus in paintings by Botticelli, Perugino, and other renowned Renaissance artists. You’ll then move on to the world’s most famous Catholic Church, Saint Peter’s Basilica, which houses Michelangelo’s famous “Pietà” as well the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Finally, you will leave the basilica into the vast expanse of Saint Peter’s Square. From here you can see the chimney used to announce the election of a new pope, as well as Bernini’s famous statues. After a couple more anecdotes, your guide will say goodbye, leaving you to explore the square at your leisure. A perfect end to a brilliant tour of Vatican City.

Rome: Early-Entry Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

3. Rome: Early-Entry Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Benefit from early access to the Vatican Museums before the standard morning opening time. Enjoy 1.5-hours to explore the highlights of the museums with your guide, away from the large crowds. Discover fascinating collections of art housed throughout the various galleries and rooms of this ancient building.  Next, visit the magnificent Sistine Chapel and see Michelangelo's famous frescoes which adorn its ceiling. Learn about the history of the building and its amazing artwork with your guide. Finish the tour at St. Peter's Basilica, a major site of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide. Here, you can explore the building at your own leisure.

Rome: Squares, Vatican, & Colloseum Tour, Lunch & Transfers

4. Rome: Squares, Vatican, & Colloseum Tour, Lunch & Transfers

Discover Rome on a private full-day guided tour in an air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to the city's hottest destinations like the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Trevi Fountain. Enjoy skip-the-line access at the Vatican Museums and gaze up at the frescos in the Sistine Chapel.  Get picked up at your doorstep and head to the legendary Colosseum, where your guide will be waiting for you. See the Roman Forum and the Palatine as your guide brings 3,000 years of Roman history to life. Continue to the ancient Pantheon and stroll through the grand Piazza Navona. Capture a picture on the Spanish Steps and toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain. After enjoying lunch at a traditional restaurant, your driver will pick you up and take you to the Vatican. Avoid the lines at the Vatican Museums and step inside to see the most prominent collection of ancient Roman artworks. Wander through the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s extraordinary fresco, the Last Judgment.  Finally, visit St. Peter’s Basilica which ihs famous for its Renaissance architecture and for being the largest church in the world, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Vatican: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

5. Vatican: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

Skip the lines and visit the Vatican Museums on a small group tour with an expert guide. Learn in-depth knowledge about the Sistine Chapel and see it for yourself without the crowds. Visit the the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of the Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pinacoteca, the Round Room, Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Muses and Candelabra Gallery. Your guide will provide information about the Sistine Chapel before entering, as it is forbidden to talk once inside. Marvel at the beauty of Michelangelo's most important masterwork without the crowds, as you’ll be visiting at the end of the day. Enjoy this full experience in intimate groups of 10 people tops led by a five star guide.

Rome:Complete Vatican Private Tour With Priority Access

6. Rome:Complete Vatican Private Tour With Priority Access

Enjoy priority access and a guided tour in your choice of language. Start your private tour of the world's smallest state with a quick security check. Then, it's time to delve into the Vatican's outstanding museums. Your tour guide will focus on art, Christianity and its history. Get the inside track on statues, frescoes, and the other artworks that adorn the Vatican. Be awed by a visit to the Sistine Chapel, including the famous frescoes painted by Michelangelo. Your guide will tell you the story behind these incredible works, and give you some time to linger and reflect in the chapel itself. End rhe tour by entering directly from Sistine chapel to St.Peter's Basilica (every time the passage from Sistine Chapel to St.Peter's Basilica is open). Please not that you will recieve explanation of St.Peter’s Basilica before entering it.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Tour

7. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Tour

Your official Vatican guide will take you on a unique private half-day tour of the highlights of Vatican City. Your itinerary can be customized to ensure that your experience is a memorable one. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. This means entering the Vatican Museums with no hassle and no wait, leaving ample time to appreciate the spectacular Sistine Chapel. You’ll visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the papal tomb (whenever this is possible) and explore vast St. Peter’s Square.

Rome: VIP entry Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Night Tour

8. Rome: VIP entry Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Night Tour

Be picked up by a private van directly from your hotel. Arrive in front of the Vatican gates where you will meet with your licensed tour guide. Skip the line and once you have gone through the controls and received your tickets you will be escorted inside by your tour guide, you will take in the key galleries and art pieces of the Vatican Museums. See the Vatican Museum Cabinet of the Masks, The Gallery of Maps and Raphael rooms. Learn the stories behind the acquisition of the art from your guide.Next, continue onto the breathtaking Sistine Chapel (where you are not aloud to speak or take pictures), where your guide will bring you through the history and nuances of the chapel. Complete the tour with a short break and then delivery back to your hotel by van. NOTE: (The van service is included only for who is staying in an hotel in the center of Rome, so for who is staying in an hotel that is a little outside the city, it will be 75 euros more).

Rome Shore Excursion: Full-Day from Civitavecchia

9. Rome Shore Excursion: Full-Day from Civitavecchia

Your driver/guide will meet you at the pier in Civitavecchia Port and take you on a comfortable drive through the Etruscan countryside to Rome. The drive takes around 80 minutes in a luxury Mercedes minivan. Your first stop will be the Circus Maximus, followed by the Colosseum. At the Colosseum you’ll avoid spending time waiting in line as priority entrance tickets will be bought for you in advance! Continue to the Trevi Fountain, where you can toss in a coin and make a wish to return to Rome one day! After visiting the Fountain, head to the Spanish Steps and then stop for a light lunch at a typical Roman Trattoria that serves pizza, pasta, gelato and much more. After lunch head to the Vatican City, where you’ll see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Should you wish to venture inside to explore the works of art in the Vatican Museums, a private tour can be arranged for you at an additional cost.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Early Access Tour

10. Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Early Access Tour

Beat the crowds and journey through the history of art at the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public. Save time with guaranteed skip-the-ticket-line early entrance to the vast corridors and galleries of one of the world's most impressive museums. Follow your guide to the Gallery of the Candelabra and Gallery of Tapestries, and admire the painted topographical maps of Italy by the Dominican friar Ignazio Danti in the impressive Gallery of Maps. Discover how Renaissance Italians saw themselves and their surroundings. Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and take in every detail of Michelangelo's masterpiece. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entrance and gaze in wonder at the most opulent church in the world. Marvel at masterpieces of art, such Michelangelo's La Pieta and the magnificent Il Baldacchino altarpiece by Bernini. Then, visit the tombs of hundreds of popes under the church floor.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 13 reviews

We had a great day with Antonella as guide & Vladimir as driver. Antonella really took her time, explained everything in detail and answered questions immediately. We passed every queue in the entrance area. A bit like a VIP, we went through the Vatican, Sistian Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and many many other sights. We felt as if we were traveling with a nice friend who would show us around the city. Vladimir was always on site as a driver, took us to all places and sights. With an air-conditioned Mercedes we went through the whole city. At noon we went to a small cute Italian restaurant. We were able to choose our starter and main course from a selection of many dishes. Drinks were also included. It was a great tour and we would recommend it to anyone who wants to see Rome intensively. 5 ***** stars absolutely deserved.

A long day but well worth it! Excellent driver, Georgio, and an archeologist, Cecilia, as our guide. Both took very good care of us and Cecilia answered every question we had. She had even actively worked on one of the sites we visited. Great experience!

My Mom and I tremendously enjoyed the tour a lot! Alex was very thorough, patient, and very knowledgeable. He is one of the best guides I’ve met in my travel around Italy. I highly recommend!

Frederico was a great guide. Focused on highlights where we needed to keep moving and got detailed in the best rooms and for the most important works. Starting early was the only way to go!

Robert, our guide, was great and his knowledge of Rome was brilliant.