Early Visit to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica
Start your day bright and early to get the best of the Vatican, Sistine chapel and Saint Peters.
Vatican City is a world-famous attraction, so it can get heavily crowded, especially in high travel season. Avoid rubbing shoulders (and throwing elbows) with the masses and enjoy a well-paced tour with a knowledgeable guide to get an exclusive experience one hour before the museum opens to the public.
Take your time being awestruck while learning about the art and political history of grand tapestries, statues, paintings, maps, delectable tile work flooring, and amazing frescoes that adorn the ceilings of each corridor.
Then, make your way to the Sistine Chapel where you will witness Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece on the ceiling of chapel with your own eyes.
St. Peter’s Basilica
As if that wasn’t enough, you will then skip the line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica and be swept away by the beauty of the architecture and the original art it holds (Michelangelo’s Pieta, among others) and learn about the church’s secrets and stories.
You’ll never be happier you didn’t sleep in.
Start Location: Rome
End Location: Rome
Finer tour details:
All persons under 17 must present valid ID showing date of birth for entry into museums or full adult price will be charged.
Included in price: Vatican Museum entry and reservation fees, small group guarantee, professional guide, audio headsets used when required.
Excluded from price: Optional gratuities
LOW SEASON (1nd of January to 31st of March; 1st of November to the 31st of December) meeting time and dates: 7:45am Saturdays
HIGH SEASON (1st of April to the 31st of October) meeting time and dates: 7:15am Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays;
Meeting point: Meets in front of Giuly’s Café in Via Santamaura n. 3, close to Vatican Museums entrance. The guide will have an ArtViva sign.
Tour Length: 3 hours
Maximum Participants: 12 persons
Dress Requirements: Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered for entry into churches. Backpacks, large bags and long umbrellas are not permitted in the museum.
Weather: runs rain or shine
*St Peter’s: On occasions when there is the Papal Audience (usually Wednesdays), the group may not enter the Basilica. Your guide will provide instructions on how to visit free of charge at a later time on your own.
° Tour not available on the 29th June for St Peter & St Paul feast day.
Please note: All participants should bring a copy of photo ID showing date of birth in case required by Vatican security. Although we pre-reserve your Vatican Museum tickets, there may be a short wait before museum entry while your guide collects your tickets and audio sets. Certain rooms or courtyards or even the Basilica may be closed without warning by the Museum administration. If this happens, some sites may be substituted. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the museum – entry & exit points are different & far from each other – no storage possibility. New Vatican regulations require all participant names in advance. Please list all names in your party in the Notes section of the booking. You will also need to have identification on the day in case requested. Failure to comply may result in refusal of entry by security. The Vatican offers a separate path for wheelchairs; as such, anyone with a wheelchair wishing to participate in the Vatican tour must have a private tour.
In front of Giuly’s Café Via Santamaura, 3, Roma, RM, Italia
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