Book the ultimate VIP tour to the Vatican: early entrance, skip the line, private guide and the chance to visit the restricted area of the Cabinet of the Masks.
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Our Tour of the Vatican with Cabinet of the Masks offers a unique experience to our clients. You will enter the Vatican Museums at 8am, ahead of the opening to general public, to avoid the crowds of the day. But that’s not it! Not only will you see the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with an engaging and knowledgeable private guide: the cherry on the cake will be the exclusive visit to the Cabinet of the Masks. This area is part of the Museums, but is usually closed to the general public.
If you are travelling with kids and you want them to have an engaging experience, don’t worry. Let us know and we will provide you with a top child-friendly guide!
The visit will start when you meet your top private guide, just outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The meeting will be at 7:30am and your guide will immediately begin to explain the history of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel (explanations are not permitted within the chapel itself). You will enter the Vatican Museums at 8am: stepping inside one hour before opening to the general public you’ll find the galleries less crowded and you will have a wonderful experience. The guide will expertly talk you through the Vatican Museums’ extensive galleries, to let you take in all the history and art of the works exhibited. There is another special feature: with this tour you will also have the unique chance to visit the Cabinet of the Masks. This constitutes an exclusive area of the galleries, whose name comes from the beautiful Roman mosaics depicting masks that adorn its floor. Your tour will continue with the gem of the Vatican, Michelangelo’s masterpiece Sistine Chapel. Thanks to the earlier access you will be able to admire its beauty together with a limited number of visitors and to enjoy it as it deserves. A special passageway will bring you to St Peter’s Basilica, so that you avoid again the line to enter the Basilica. Your guide will explain all about the most important Basilica in the world, pointing out the art and architecture that enrich the massive Church.
Book the ultimate VIP visit to the Vatican! Choose our Vatican Private Tour: skip the line, enter before the general public, access a restricted gallery and enjoy the expertise of an official private guide!
In front of the entrance to the Vatican Museums, by the marble arch at the bottom of the steps.
Remember to follow the dresscode for the Vatican: you must be able to cover your shoulder and knees.
PLEASE NOTE: in case St Peter's Basilica is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.
Please note that in certain periods of summer time, or when the Vatican Museums reopen its doors after bank holidays, the museums might be busier than usual.
Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.