Why visit the Vatican? And when is it best to do it?
Vatican City is officially the smallest independent state in the world. It was founded in 1929 after the Lateran Pacts, has an area of about 0.44 km2, and the entire territory is surrounded by the imposing Vatican Walls, originally dating back to the 9th century AD. Here resides the Pope, Bishop of Rome, and head of the Catholic Church, and it is considered one of the holiest places in Christianity. Each year it attracts millions of visitors from all over the world curious to explore the largest church ever built by man, St. Peter’s Basilica, and to admire the extraordinary art collection exhibited inside the Vatican Museums. Thanks to the objects that the popes have collected over the centuries from different civilizations and the masterpieces they commissioned from Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raffaello Sanzio, the Vatican Museums are among the 10 most visited museums in the world. Come and enjoy a Vatican early morning private tour with priority access with Walks Inside Rome.
Experience a personal tour of the Vatican‘s collection
In Italy, the climate is always pleasant, but if in summer you suffer too much heat in autumn the days are ideal for a short stay. Nothing better than visiting Rome and treating yourself to the thrill of entering Vatican City.
The Vatican is a must-see on a trip to Rome, a place that holds the greatest secrets of Christianity. So, if you want to enjoy that place in all its splendor you have to get up early. With our morning tour, you will have the best opportunity to visit the Vatican at your own pace with entry before normal opening hours. This allows you to appreciate the greatest Vatican masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Raphael’s “School of Athens”, along with a few lucky others. You will be one of the first visitors to enter the Vatican Museums before the opening hours to the public. You will be able to admire the magnificent frescoes of the Sistine Chapel with a few other people inside.
Experience a personal tour of the Vatican‘s collection:
- choose your itinerary or let our expert guide you through the highlights
- customize the morning exactly to your liking on an exclusive, private tour
- skip the regular lines to ensure privileged entrance to the Vatican
Discover the Italian masterpieces
Start your visit in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Bernini’s colonnade and the imposing facade of the basilica. It is here that the Pope holds his audiences.
Then go through the Vatican Museums – one of the most visited museum complexes in the world and with long lines, crowds, and vastness of works to see, where, however, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Don’t let that happen to you! Imagine walking through these richly adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of rowdy tourists, it’s almost like having the place all to yourself.
With your privileged entry ticket, you will enter the museum 1-hour before everyone else. Take advantage of other visitors, cross the dedicated lane and enter the empty museum. Your expert guide will lead you through the highlights of the 14 small museums which house one of the largest collections of art, archaeology, and anthropology from different cultures and civilizations all over the world.
After visiting the Sistine Chapel, through a special door available only if accompanied by your tour guide, you will arrive at the largest Catholic church in the world: St. Peter’s Basilica. Here are Michelangelo’s “Pietà” sculpture and the tombs of the popes, including that of St. John Paul II and St. Peter the Apostle.
Maximize your experience and enjoy personalized attention within the intimacy of a private group.
The Private Tours of Walks Inside Rome
Walks Inside Rome is an agency of travel services and guided tours providing a variety of exciting, engaging, and educational guided tours for young and old in Rome and other Italy destinations. True excellence in this sector thanks to our knowledgeable and kid-friendly licensed English-speaking guides, including art historians, archaeologists, and food and wine lovers to provide our guests with the highest quality services.
As we enjoy a historic partnership with the Vatican city we have been welcoming and guiding guests through the Vatican City for over 20 years and have a range of different tours created to show the Vatican’s dynamic offerings from ancient artifacts to modern collections. Through our private Vatican Tours you have special access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel you wouldn’t find in most other tour operators in Rome.
During your trip to Rome, with us, you have the option to avoid long hours of queuing by booking skip-the-line tickets. An exclusive experience not to be missed! To check out our catalog of tours and experiences, visit our website or contact us directly. We look forward to meeting you soon so we can start exploring Italy together!