Wander the Vatican one hour before the general opening
Traveling is a passion but, above all, a privilege. However, at least once in their life, regardless of their religious beliefs, everyone should visit the Vatican. That is why a stay in Italy cannot be missed, whether it’s in summer or winter – during the Christmas holidays – the atmosphere that the Bel Paese can give is always unique. Come to Rome and enjoy a guided tour of the famous Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Walks Inside Rome and its expert local guides lead you to the discovery of the artistic masterpieces of the Renaissance through an early morning tour Sistine Chapel.
Avoid queues with early morning priority entrance
Vatican City, the smallest independent nation-state in the world, is a walled enclave of 44 hectares located within the city of Rome. It still is today the residence of the Pope, the Roman Curia, and the religious center for more than 1.2 billion members of the Catholic Church.
If you are visiting Rome and you don’t have enough time to visit all the wonders of Vatican City, we recommend you organize yourself to take at least a tour of the Sistine Chapel. However, to visit the Sistine Chapel, you must enter through the Vatican Museums, the tourist attraction in Rome – and Europe – with the longest queue. Experience a personal tour of the Vatican‘s collection in the peace and introspective quiet it deserves with your own private, licensed guide with entry before regular opening hours, an hour before the mass arrives.
Discover Michelangelo’s masterpieces and other Vatican treasures
No visit to the Vatican City can regardless of the Sistine Chapel which still today serves as the Pope’s private chapel. It is located at the very end of the Vatican Museums, so, enter the museum, home to the world’s largest collection of ancient art, and begin this tour of Vatican art and architecture. From the Egyptian Museum to the Etruscan Museum, from the Greek and Roman section to the Renaissance art collections, there is something for all tastes. Follow your guide through the largest galleries and discover frescoes, statues, tapestries, and historical maps.
Continue to the Sistine Chapel to admire the incredible mix of paintings by the most glorious artists of the Renaissance, such as Botticelli, Perugino, Ghirlandaio, and Pinturicchio that adorn the walls. Finally, let yourself be captivated by the beauty of Michelangelo’s most famous work, the spectacular painted ceiling.
The masterpiece that decorates the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling depicts Old Testament scenes as rich in meaning as they are in color. Your seasoned guide will explain the history and hidden meaning of the fresco, bringing the world’s most stunning piece of art to life, and shaping a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Discover and learn the story behind Michelangelo’s creation of the Last Judgment, see if you can spot key figures and scenes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling – even try to identify Michelangelo himself who painted his self-portrait into the torso of Saint Peter.
Moreover, admiring the creation of Adam or the Day of Judgment created by Buonarroti means experiencing a strong emotion, spending time in silent contemplation there would be such a pleasure. For sure, an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.
Discover the masterpieces of the Vatican with Walks Inside Rome morning tours
For over 20 years Walks Inside Rome, an agency of travel services and guided tours, has been offering immersive, authentic, and educational private and small-group tours in the Eternal City and beyond.
Our team consists of licensed local guides who are experts in art, history, archaeology, and food, whose passion and combined skills and experience transform your stay in Rome into something truly exceptional.
Take in the Vatican’s main highlights on a private, customizable tour. Our Early Morning Tour Sistine Chapel is perhaps “one of the best experiences in Rome”, don’t miss this opportunity.
To consult our catalog of tours and experiences, please visit our website or contact us directly. We can’t wait to hear from you so we can customize your Vatican tour, and start exploring Italian art and architecture together.