Special early VIP Entrance to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with Exclusive access to a Secret Room
Don't miss the opportunity of discovering the hidden treasures of the Vatican and enjoy the Vatican Palaces and the Sistine Chapel as they were made to be seen - without the crowds.
This exclusive early bird Vatican tour offers you a a unique opportunity to enter the Vatican Museums before the official morning opening time to the general public and it includes the special privilege of accessing and visiting a Secret Room of the Vatican.
While the general public waits in line outside, we'll start our early bird private tour of the Vatican Museums, admiring the Belvedere Terrace overviewing Michelangelo's imposing Dome and the Vatican Gardens; we will then experience a level of tranquility rarely (if ever) seen of the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, together with ancient statues and decoration displayed around the courtyard.
We will then enter the Vatican Palaces to see all the best of the Vatican collection.
The Round Room, the Pine-cone courtyard, the Candelabras Gallery, The Chariot Room, the Tapestries Gallery, Simonetti Staircase, the Room of Muses, the Maps Gallery, the Octagonal Bramante Courtyard, the Greek Cross Room, the Royal Staircase and the Sistine Chapel.
With a special pass we'll enter the Secret Room of the Cabinet of the Masks, designed by Michelangelo Simonetti.
This will also allow you to see the 1900 years old mosaic from Hadrian's Villa, the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, the Three Graces, the Colonna Venus and the Sedes Stercoria, which is linked to the legend of a female pope in the middle ages, Pope Juan.
The last stop of the day is St. Peter's Basilica, where we'll use a special access door to skip yet another line. Here you will be amazed by Michelangelo's famous Pietà and his dome, by Bernini's bronze baldachin, Canova works of arta mong other masterpieces and religious sights. We will end at St. Peter's Square to view the head quarters of the Pope and the amazing Bernini's Colonnades.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet just at the opposite side of the street from the Museum's Entrance, just outside the "Cafè Vaticano" at Viale Vaticano 1n. 100 (the only café facing the white marble gate with the writing "Musei Vaticani"), and it's at the corner with a staircase going down, there is a path walk from there toward the entrance of the museums and a taxi station as well.
It is extremely easy to find it, however, once booked I will attach a map of the location and pictures of the spot via email to make it even easier.
End location: St. Peter's Square
Duration: 4 hours
Exclusive Early Entrance before the opening time to the general public;
Special Skip the lines access to the Vatican Museums and St.Peter's Basilica;
Admission tickets to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel;
VIP Access to the Cabinet of the Mask, closed to the general visitors;
Private Guided Tour of 4 hours;
All Reservation fees.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1 Euros - for bottled water or coffee if needed.
Only for parties from 5 persons on, headsets and radios are mandatory.
Electronic headsets so you can always hear your guide for parties over 5 persons.
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Marco is an exceptionally knowledgeable guide. He was also quite helpful. Although the tour is not inexpensive, it was definitely worth the cost to us. There is so much to see it can be overwhelming; but with a guide you have the benefit of moving quickly to the highlights and the ability to ask questions. We really enjoyed the day with Marco.