Early Bird & Private Tour: Secrets of the Vatican Museums

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API Provider: Rezdy
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Location: Rome
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 4.0 hours
Trip difficulty: Moderate
Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/New_York
Highlights Explore the Vatican Museums
Enjoy a stroll through the impressive Belvedere Courtyard
See the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps
Marvel at the Sistine Chapel
See St. Peter’s Basilica
Admire the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the beautifully painted Sistine Chapel and the magnificent St Peter's Basilica

On this tour of the home of the Catholic Church, you will have the opportunity to visit the important landmarks with major significance to Catholics. Hear about the tumultuous history of the Church and the colourful popes who reside behind these sturdy walls.

* Explore the **Vatican Museums** - home to some of the most renowned classical sculptures and masterpieces from the Renaissance. 
* Enjoy a stroll through the impressive **Belvedere Courtyard.** 
* Marvel at some of the finest pieces of artwork at the **Gallery of Tapestries** and the **Gallery of Maps.** 
* Learn the history behind the impressive collection of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings. 
* Skip-the-line and be mesmerized by **Michelangelo**’s two great frescoes at the **Sistine Chapel**– **The****Creation** and the Last Judgement. 
* Immerse yourself in the **hidden gems of the museums**, exploring rooms which are closed to the public at all times. This includes the **Room of the Animals**, **Gallery of Statues**, and the **Cabinet of Masks**. 
* Step foot in the largest and most important Catholic Church in the world – **St. Peter’s Basilica**.

**Vatican City** is considered to be the centre of the Roman Catholic Church and is undoubtedly one of the most historically and culturally-rich cities in the world. As the world’s smallest independent state, situated in the centre of Rome, Vatican City is home to the **Swiss Guards** – tasked with protecting the Pope; **St. Peter’s Basilica**– the centre of the Catholic world; **St. Peter’s Square** – a large plaza situated in front of St. Peter’s Basilica; **Sistine Chapel** – the official residence of the Pope; and **Vatican Museums** – home to paintings and sculptures collected by the Popes for hundreds of years.

Your comprehensive tour of Vatican Museums will whisk you through the entire complex. Begin with a stroll through the impressive Belvedere Courtyard, before exploring the many rooms and galleries of the museums. Explore the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and be mesmerised by Michelangelo’s great frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel. This VIP-style tour will also give travellers access to the hidden gems and secret rooms of the museum, which aren't typically open for public viewing. You will have exclusive access to the Room of the Animals, Gallery of Statues, and the Cabinet of the Masks.

Included Relaxed & comfortable guided tour
One hour entrance before the general public to the Vatican Museums
Visit all of the most important sites of the Vatican
Plenty of time to take photos of the spectacular sights
Excluded Food and drink, although your guide will be happy to recommend local favourites along the way
Know before you book Please bring comfortable walking shoes
Kids under 4 are free
Know before you go Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to the tour start time
Please bring waterproof clothing in case it rains
In summer, please remember to bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water
Additional Information Not wheelchair accessible
Health Items Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands

Operating Info

Booking Cut-off 48 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 15 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Operating Type:

Fixed Times


All year: From 01-01-2020 To 12-31-2020
Monday 07:20
Tuesday 07:20
Wednesday 07:20
Thursday 07:20
Friday 07:20
Saturday 07:20


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 41.90751, 12.454105
Address: Giuly's Cafè, Via Santamaura, 3 , Rome, Lazio, IT
Notes: Right in front of “Giuly's Cafè”, Via Santamaura, 3 Near the entrance of the Vatican Museum
Start Location Notes Giuly's Cafè, Via Santamaura, 3 , Rome, Lazio, IT
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 40.7025714, -73.99056
Address: 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Start Location Notes Giuly's Cafè, Via Santamaura, 3 , Rome, Lazio, IT
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund


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