Private tour

Private Early Morning Sistine Chapel Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity Tours

Private Early Morning Sistine Chapel Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity Tours

From US$ 579.56 per group up to 2

Enter the Vatican before it opens to the general public, exploring the highlights of the galleries in the tranquility of the early morning before entering the Sistine Chapel when it's at its quietest.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy special access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Visit the famous Raphael Rooms
  • See the ancient sculpture galleries
  • Glimpse the Hall of Maps
Full description
Enjoy the Sistine Chapel as Popes and princes did: early in the morning. This private tour offers the perfect environment to explore the Sistine Chapel and other works of incomparable beauty in the Vatican Museums. Your personal guide will help you visualize the cultural context in which such works arose, immersing you in the climate of the Renaissance. This exclusive Vatican private tour will take you to discover this season of human history when the flowering of the arts was accompanied by the evolution of science, together laying the foundations for much of our modern world. This was a period of overwhelming enthusiasm and of amazing innovation. The men of the Renaissance didn't merely dream of changing the world, they  revolutionised it. The printing press, the geographic maps with which Columbus reached the Americas, modern science, architecture, art, and the modern sense of beauty were all creations of the Italian Renaissance.  Some of the the most important works that you will discover, such as timeless Greek masterpieces like the Laocoon, the Belvedere Torso and the Apollo Belvedere, were excavated at the time of Michelangelo and Raphael, who studied and admired them in the same architectural context in which they are preserved today. The artworks that they created are the fruit of their careful study. And so you too will pass through the Pinecone courtyard, the Belvedere courtyard and the tapestry galleries on your Vatican private tour, discovering a selection of masterpieces with a guide capable of recreating the climate of the epoch, helping you to appreciate the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel in their historical context. Please note, the Basilica of St.Peter's may be subject to unscheduled closings and late openings for religious ceremonies. Because these are often last-minute for security reasons, guests will not be notified in advance. Instead, you will be provided with a complete experience by exploring the Vatican Museums in more detail.
Includes
  • All fees and taxes
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line Tickets
  • Expert, English-speaking private guide
  • Transportation to and from the meeting/end point
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Date

Meeting point

In front of the Café Vaticano, Viale Vaticano, 100. Your guide will have a Through Eternity sign or flag.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Vatican Museums provide free entrance for visitors who are (according to the requirements stated by the Vatican City) at least 74% disabled by presenting the appropriate certification and, if one needs assistance by another person, that person also receives a free entrance. Please inform us when you are booking if you fit into these requirements and we will remove the pricing of the entry tickets from the price of the tour.
  • Please be advised that this is a walking tour with steps and staircases. Comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water are strongly recommended.
  • The Basilica of St. Peter's may be subject to unscheduled closings and late openings for religious ceremonies. Because these are often last-minute for security reasons, we do not have time to notify our guests. We will provide you with a complete experience by exploring the Vatican Museums in more detail.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Service
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Wonderful guide

September 20, 2019

November 13, 2019

Cornelius was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Professional, courteous, and patient. We recommend him to anyone.

July 22, 2022

Product ID: 199903