Visiting the Vatican with this early access tour is the best way to see the most highly trafficked museum in the world. A private driver will pick you up at your hotel, and a private guide will whisk you through the Vatican Museum, before the public opening, with a crowd-beating ticket. You will admire all the Vatican city masterpieces and the sublime “Last Judgment” by Michelangelo Buonarroti before the crowd arrives, and will enter the Cabinet of the masks, closed to the general public. At the end of the tour, you will not only understand the Vatican but will have energy left for more of the Eternal City.
Included in the tour
- Certified Professional Guide
- Early access Vatican tour tickets
- Pick up from hotel ( drop off not included )
- COVID 19 safety measures: face mask and hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff (social distancing from other visitors enforced: temperature checks for everybody entering museums and archaeological sites).
Pick up details
According to your location, the pick-up time is 15 minutes to half an hour before the tour starts. To optimize your precious time, we pick you up from all hotels, apartments, and B&B located within a radius of 7 kilometers from the Pantheon. With a supplement, we will pick you up from other locations.
The driver will bring you to the Vatican entrance, where you will meet your private guide, who will whisk you through the Vatican’s most important collections before the public opening. It overflows with masterpieces by many of Italy’s most famous Renaissance and Baroque artists, such as Bernini, Raphael, Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, which sit alongside important works from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt.
The Cabinet of Masks
Taking part in this early access Vatican tour, you will enjoy the exclusive opening to the Cabinet of Masks, named after the mosaics inserted in the center of the floor, coming from Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli. Here you can appreciate female statues inspired by masterpieces of ancient Greek art.
You will be among the first visitors reaching the Sistine Chapel. It is part of the official residence of the Pope and serves as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Here, you will have time to observe the details of Michelangelo’s sublime “Last Judgment” and the other prodigious frescoes of the master and other notable painters.
St. Peter’s Basilica
This experience includes St. Peter’s Basilica tour. You will skip another line and enter directly into the world’s largest church with your guide. Admire Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and the other numerous highlights.
The St. Peter’s Basilica visit is not permitted on Wednesday morning because of the Papal Audience. If this is your only choice, the guide will explain the Basilica from the Square.