Why you'll love this tour
Get the perfect start to an unforgettable day
If you're looking to treat yourself, then this is the right place! While other tour companies meet on heavily trafficked streets or in over-priced cafés, we invite you to a complimentary breakfast in our cozy office before heading to the Vatican literally steps away. When the museum gates swing open for our early entry at 8:00 am and we waltz in, you’ll be the envy of the crowds that have to wait in long lines until 9:00 am and beyond. Though this type of exclusive access to Rome’s major sights is one of our keys to success, the real secret behind our thousands of 5-star reviews is simple – we keep things small and personal. By design our groups are only 12 people or fewer, so that you can truly connect with your guide and the Vatican.
The Sistine Chapel – as it was meant to be experienced
Once inside the Museums, it's straight to the main event – the Sistine Chapel. Gaze upon Michelangelo’s much-appraised ceiling in awe, sharing the space with only a fraction of the visitors present during regular opening hours. Take your time – and savor each moment – because this is an experience you’ll never want to forget! Incredibly, some 25,000 people visit this world-famous chapel every day but, unfortunately, most of them are herded through without really understanding what they're looking at. Michelangelo’s enigmatic frescoes are brimming with symbolism, but it can go completely unnoticed if you don’t know what to look for – and that’s where the insider expertise of our guides comes into play!
Sculptures, maps and tapestries lead the way to St. Peter’s
Leaving the locale of Papal conclaves behind us, we’ll work our way back through the museums, savoring the finer details of the multitude of artworks. Some of the most famous and influential works of art can be found amongst the Vatican’s gigantic collection. Of course, we won’t forget to cover the highlights, like the iconic Lacoöon sculpture and the dazzling Raphael Rooms, but we’ll also show you some of those tucked-away gems that only an insider would know about. The Basilica of St. Peter is the perfect place to conclude our Vatican early morning tour. Every inch of this 240,000 square foot church is breathtaking, but our tour goes beyond the gold & splendor, revealing a history filled with dark tales of death, deceit and debauchery. Feast our eyes on Michelangelo's his deeply touching sculpture, the Pietà, and admire the stunning interior of the dome. Last but not least, touch the worn bronze foot of St. Peter's Enthroned – legend has it that doing so might earn you a special blessing!
What you'll experience
Fuel up before your day begins with a typical Italian breakfast – on us! Round up in our cozy office space for a delicious, warm “cornetto” (Italian croissant) straight out of the oven. To suit your preferences, we’re serving up a variety of these carb-filled delights with custard, chocolate, or jam inside! You can opt for some fresh fruit as a healthier choice, but we’re sure you won’t want to miss out on a hot cup of joe before we take off. You may not be used to the tiny Italian servings of espresso, so we’ve also got Americano and cappuccino on hand to kick up your morning buzz!