A great option for early bird tourists who want to explore the Vatican but do not have a lot of time!
Early Access Sistine Chapel Express Tour with St. Peter's Basilica will allow an early entrance inside the Vatican Museums about one hour before the general opening of the Museums, you will walk along the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestry Gallery and the Gallery of the Maps and before you will realize you will enter the spectacular Sistine Chapel where you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the frescoes done by Michelangelo over 500 years ago.
Michelangelo was 33 years old when he first started the Creation of the World depicting the stories from the Genesis book for the Pope Julius II in only 4 years. There are many stories and anecdotes that characterized the relationship between the Pope and Michelangelo who made a lot of effort to be appreciated by the Pope who was badly influenced by Bramante and Raphael, Michelangelo’s competitors.
About 24 years later Michelangelo will come back in the Sistine Chapel and this time for painting the Last Judgment where the impressive God is represented in an act of judging the humans and of deciding who will go to Heaven and who will go to Hell. Each fresco hides many stories that we for sure suggest not to miss, not only will you truly understand the art meaning but also will be brought back to Michelangelo’s time by the storytelling of your guide.
We aim to offer an early visit inside the Sistine Chapel but also early access inside the Basilica of St. Peter where you will be around 9:00 am. Before this time the Basilica is not accessible for tourism visits but only for religious functions. The meeting time of this tour will be at 7:30 am and you will enter at 8:00 am the Museums, one hour prior to the opening to the general public, you will tour in a semi-private group from 10 to 12 people, our task is to show you one of the unique Museums of the world like a local, the tour will be guided by a professional English-speaking guide that will take great care of each member of the group providing accurate information on the artworks along your way.
During the tour, you can follow your tour guide without losing any piece and free to take pictures without flash thanks to the headsets that we will provide for the tour. Please remember that inside the Sistine Chapel pictures are not permitted. You will spend some free time inside on your own to admire the Last Judgement, the enormous fresco covering the entire altar wall of the chapel and the ceiling with the Creation of the world. There will be a skip the line door to access to the St. Peter’s Basilica, benefitting from the early entrance and enjoying a quieter visit away from the daily crowd that is normally inside at peak time.
The Basilica preserves inside the beautiful Pieta of Michelangelo sculpted when he was only 19 years old and the Altar “Baldacchino” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the master of the Roman Baroque, who worked at the service of the Barberini Pope Urban VIII. When the two met, the Pope simple expression was: “you are a lucky man because you work for me but I am glad that I have you representing my will through the art”! The Pope will be the Art- Patron of Gian Lorenzo Bernini for 21 years and Rome still preserves many squares and monuments dating back to this spectacular period.
"Caffè Vaticano", Viale Vaticano 100, right across the street of the Vatican Museums entrance.
VATICAN MUSEUMS DRESS CODE:
- No shorts above knees are permitted
- No sleeveless t-shirts are permitted
- No big backpacks are allowed
- No big umbrellas are permitted
- No pointed objects
This tour never runs on Wednesday or Sunday or religious bank holidays.
It can happen that the Basilica of St. Peters’ is not visible due to special Religious functions held by the Cardinals or the Pope, the closing of St. Peter’s can be an unexpected decision take by the Vatican Museums; in this case we will add in the itinerary the Painting gallery or the Raphael Rooms, once the Pope Julius’ II apartment, as an alternative site.