Enter the Museums one hour before the general opening with skip the line tickets. Visit the Vatican Museums, the stunning Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in 3 hours with a guide and a group of max 22 people.
Beat the crowds and join our Early Access Vatican Museums small group tour. You will be able to enjoy the famous Vatican galleries and the Sistine Chapel before they open to the crowd at 9am. We will pre-purchase a special skip the line voucher for your group scheduled for 8am, so that not only you will skip the line but you will be among the first ones to enter.
The early entrance will give you the unique opportunity of fully enjoying the artworks guarded in the Vatican Museums away from the daily crowd of visitors. In this way, the guide can explain what you see in details, without being rushed 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 miles long museums you will be able to enter the Raphael Rooms famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. They are considered the highest point in 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.
You will then 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 frescos and bring home wonderful memories. Finally, from the Sistine Chapel you will reach through a special door St. Peter’s Basilica, the most important and holiest Catholic Church in the world.
"Caffè Vaticano", Viale Vaticano 100, right across the street of the Vatican Museums entrance. Our guide will have a sign "Rome Private Guides"
PLEASE NOTE: in case the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your private guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.
DRESS CODE: Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Entry might be refused in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Church, if you fail to follow the Vatican's dress code.