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The Treasures of the Vatican Before the Crowds
If there’s one thing to wake up early for on your trip to Rome then our Private Vatican Early Entry Tour is precisely it. On this VIP-style journey inside the walls of the Holy See you’ll admire the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s masterpiece, before the crowds arrive, and have the opportunity to tailor your tour based on your points of interest and itinerary of choice. You'll also skip-the-line at St. Peter's Basilica to discover the treasures of the world's largest and most influential church. Your private guide will be there every step of the way to make sure your experience is a mesmerizing one.
After enjoying complimentary continental breakfast at our comfortable offices just steps from the entrance to the Vatican Museums, you’ll take advantage of our entry time, one hour before regular ticket-holders are allowed inside. Not only will you be able to navigate corridors and galleries with ease and time to focus on details, you’ll also see the Sistine Chapel with a tiny fraction of the people who will literally “occupy” it later in the day.
Michelangelo & the Sistine Chapel Pure Mastery
Sorry Raphael, but any visit to the Vatican is all about Michelangelo. From the omnipresent dome of St. Peter’s to the multi-masterpiece Sistine Chapel, and the spectacular Pietà to the cameo in Raphael’s iconic School of Athens, his mind, brushstrokes and chisel-work are everywhere. Your guide is a bonafide expert in the affair and will walk you through the extraordinary accomplishments of this Italian master, and true-to-the-word Renaissance man, without masses of other visitors crowding your view.
The most amazing of the Sistine Chapel ceiling panels is the Creation of Adam, depicting God and the first of all men nearly touching fingers, an image that has become an integral part of our understanding of art and the divine. None the less powerful in imagery is Michelangelo's The Last Judgment, a representation of the second coming at the end of days as good souls are separated from those with less sinless natures, many with symbols of their own martyrdom. The vibrant colors of all of this are no less breathtaking than the backstories provided by your guide.
Inside St. Peter's Basilica Vast Treasure Trove
The magic of St. Peter’s Basilica is just through a set of skip-the-line doors, also closed to standard attendees who'll have to take the long way around the world’s smallest country to get inside. Welcome to majesty personified as architecture. This massive work of human endeavor took 120 years to complete involving the greatest engineering and artistic minds of the age, from Michelangelo to Bernini. There were in fact no less than seven architects put to the task by some 20 popes.
Inside you’ll stand agape by the sublime proportions. Your guide will take you to see Michelangelo’s Pietà, a masterpiece the famed Florentine sculptor completed at just 24 years of age, followed by a series of dazzling side chapels including that dedicated to Pope John Paul II. Then it’s on to Bernini’s enormous bronze baldachin, the canopy to the Pope’s private altar above the ancient tomb of St. Peter himself. You’ll also have the chance to discover the secrets of St. Peter’s Square with the optical illusions that Bernini so carefully planned for its visitors. Still have questions? Your private guide will satisfy your every curiosity before parting ways.
What You'll See Along the Way
Our early morning tour is especially unique! As the Vatican doors open, we whisk you straight to the Sistine Chapel – so it can be enjoyed with a bit of tranquility and solitude. But, what’s the use if you perhaps don’t know all of the interesting stories and information that go along with it? We’ve arranged a special introduction for you so that, before you enter the museums, your expert cicerone will provide you with tons of insightful information about the chapel in only 30 minutes! Afterwards, you’ll be able to examine Michelangelo’s masterpiece from a fully knowledgeable and enlightened perspective.
Private Vatican Early Entry Reviews
What our customers say...
We engaged What a Life Tours for a private tour of the Vatican and St Peter's. Our guide, Martina, was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable about the museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's. Without her to guide us, it would not have been anywhere as interesting. She made it all come alive. Highly recommended.
We had the absolute privilege and pleasure of being guided by Roberto. Everything about the experience was amazing! From the welcome breakfast to the actual tour we had the opportunity to share the wonderful experience of visiting Vatican City with a most knowledgeable, friendly, genuinely warm and inspiring guide. As our family shared the positives of the day, Roberto featured in everyone’s highlight reel. Thank you What A Life Tours for an unforgettable journey through time.
Extremely good tour and the feeling of being almost alone in the Vatican was incredible. If you are considering taking a trip this is absolutely the way to do it. We were incredibly lucky to have Michele as our guide. The experience of having such a passionate and caring guide made an enormous difference. He spent time getting to know us which made the tour a lot more personal and interesting. Our experience with What a Life was absolutely fantastic from beginning to end. They are organised, nice and worth every penny. We will absolutely book tours with them again!
There is no comparison to having a knowledgeable guide showing the sites and explaining the history. We had Marcello on our Vatican tour, who enriched us with his knowledge and love of the city, giving details that one would never know touring alone. I am a travel agent with Dream Vacations and will definitely recommend your company to my future clients.
This tour was absolutely mesmerizing from start to finish courtesy of our very captivating tour guide, Ana! She provided her expert knowledge on everything from how to tour the Vatican, to Michelangelo's story of the Sistine Chapel, intricate details of pieces of art & more! Her navigational skills alone were priceless, let alone everything else she shared. My husband & I were thrilled at the high quality of this tour and would absolutely recommend this to all!
Increased security measures at the Vatican Museums may cause some lines to form for tours with skip the line entry. Our customers will still always enter with priority over general admission ticket holders.
A dress code is required at some sites on this tour, namely the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Please make sure that both your shoulders and knees are covered.