Vatican Early Access (Small Group)

Lazio/Rome

Enjoy complimentary breakfast in our cozy office before heading to the Vatican. Museum gates open at 8:00 am.
Once inside the Museums, visit 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!
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!

Includes: breakfast in our office, intro outside the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Pinecone Courtyard, Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and his Sons, Belvedere Torso, Round Room, Greek Cross Hall, Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Pietà, and The Baldachin

Max: 12 participants
Duration: 3 hrs 30 min