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Why Choose It?
- Venture immediately inside the Vatican and go straight inside the Sistine Chapel.
- Wander the Vatican Museum's fabled halls one hour before general opening.
- Hone in on the highlights of the Vatican's vast collection.
- Soak in the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Square without the crowds.
*Minimum of two participants required for our Early Morning Vatican tour.
Step straight inside the Sistine Chapel on our Early Morning Vatican tour. Your priority entrance and knowledgeable, licensed guide will open the door to a whole new world of discovery. After this three-and-a-half-hour Early Morning Vatican tour, you’ll feel you’ve truly experienced the Vatican as priceless art meets intriguing history to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience. All at your fingertips. All waiting to be explored.
Your Early Morning Vatican tour will start with a brief introduction of what you are about to experience. Then you’ll enter the Eternal City’s epicenter one hour before general opening as your expert guide accompanies you on a journey through the Vatican Museums‘ expansive collection. Among the treasures you’ll encounter are Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the beautifully detailed Flemish artworks of the Gallery of Tapestries, and the lifelike statues of the Gallery of the Candelabra.
Marvel at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
Revere Michelangelo’s ultimate work, the Sistine Chapel, in the peace and introspective quiet it deserves with hardly any crowds. Your specialist licensed guide will bring the frescoes of the private papal chapel to life, shaping a once-in-a-lifetime experience amidst the world’s most stunning pieces of art.
Learn the story behind Michelangelo’s creation of the Last Judgement, identify key figures and scenes on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling – even see if you can spot Michelangelo himself who painted his self-portrait into the torso of Saint Peter.
Embark on an artistic odyssey through the Vatican Museums
Our Early Morning Vatican itinerary is specifically designed to lead you through the seemingly overwhelming amount of art in the Vatican Museums in a manner that allows you to appreciate each period—Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque—with comprehension and contemplation.
Every step through the Vatican Museums is a step-through history. Your expert guide will bring history to life with anecdotes about the artists, legends from the sculptures, tales about the paintings, and curiosities that line each gallery.
Meet the Laocoon – a statue exuding emotion
Discovered in 1506 and dating back around 1,500 years earlier, the Laocoon statue is one of the ancient world’s undisputed masterpieces. Mentioned by Pliny the Elder, a victim of Vesuvius in 79 AD, the statue depicts the famous scene from the Trojan War in which Laocoön, a Trojan priest, is punished for revealing the Greeks’ trickery to his fellow Trojans warning them not to let their wooden horse into the city.
Claimed by a sea serpent along with his two sons, the statue powerfully captures Laocoon’s agony – a desperate father struggling in vain to save his children. But this isn’t the only statue from antiquity in the Vatican Museums; lose yourself among the busts of the emperors who ruled Rome and the pantheon of gods they worshiped.
Explore the Vatican Museums’ famed galleries
Your Early Morning Vatican tour grants you exclusive access to the Vatican’s most prized highlights, some of which are off the museum’s beaten path. Surround yourself with the stunning statues of the Gallery of the Candelabra. Nourish yourself with the knowledge of how geographers once understood their world in the immersive Gallery of Maps.
Lose yourself in the intricate, immaculate Flemish fabrics that adorn the wall of the Gallery of Tapestries. Then make your way to marvel at the masterful frescoes of the Raphael Rooms which many say rival those of Michelangelo. And when you come face to face with Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, you can be the one who has the last say.
Finish your adventure in Saint Peter’s Basilica
Your tour finishes in Saint Peter’s Square, where the Pope holds his audiences. Here in the shadow of the Vatican’s ancient Egyptian obelisk – brought to Rome by the emperor Caligula – you can take time to reflect on an incredible morning of exploring all the Vatican has to offer.
The Vatican Early Morning Tour is regarded as “one of the best experiences in Rome.”
*Please note, shoulders and knees need to be covered during the tour. No vests, shorts, or skirts above the knee will be allowed inside the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.*
- Itinerary:Sistine ChapelVatican MuseumsRaphael Rooms or Cabinet of MasksGallery of the CandelabraGallery of MapsGallery of TapestriesSaint Peter's BasilicaSaint Peter's Square
- Included:8:00 a.m. priority entrance ticketsExpert, licensed guide
- Wheelchair accessible:Not for small group tours. Guests with limited mobility are encouraged to visit our private tour page.
- Meeting Point:Vatican Museums entrance (under the statue of Michelangelo and Raphael)
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Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
Great tour Our tour guide was interesting and knowledgeable. We visited various plazas that encompass many of the areas of Rome, something we could not have done on our own.
The golf cart... read moreOur tour guide was interesting and knowledgeable. We visited various plazas that encompass many of the areas of Rome, something we could not have done on our own.
The golf cart has access to many places that are inaccessible to buses or cars, and the up close view of the city was without parallel.
I would highly recommend this tour. It was a highlight of our wonderful trip to Rome. read less - 6/06/2022
Pizza and gelato awccess What a wonderful experience with chef Roberto! It was fun to make 2 kinds of gelato and a personal pizza followed by dinner with wine and soft drinks. And we... read moreWhat a wonderful experience with chef Roberto! It was fun to make 2 kinds of gelato and a personal pizza followed by dinner with wine and soft drinks. And we got all the recipes of the food we made plus additional recipes for pastas and more. 3 young adults and 1 young at heart enjoyed every minute of it. read less - 5/18/2022
- Brent D
Great experience! Pay for private or small group- worth it. Loved Julia Julia made it a great day. Met at the entrance, on time, with a sign and was wonderful right from the start. So much knowledge! I wanted her to never... read moreJulia made it a great day. Met at the entrance, on time, with a sign and was wonderful right from the start. So much knowledge! I wanted her to never stop talking. Very friendly and professional- ask for her- but I would guess all their guides are good. read less - 5/15/2022
Fabulous time on this food tour!! My friend and I had a personal tour by Luca around Trastevere, and he was so informative and knowledgeable and kind. The choice of restaurants was thoughtful and well-rounded; and... read moreMy friend and I had a personal tour by Luca around Trastevere, and he was so informative and knowledgeable and kind. The choice of restaurants was thoughtful and well-rounded; and we enjoyed the food and the stories behind it. Overall we had a wonderful time…the choices were perfect, and our tour guide was amazing!!! read less - 4/15/2022
Cherry on Top We thouroughly enjoyed our experience learning to make pizza and gelato. We joined Walks Inside Rome for this fabulous cooking class on our last evening in Italy and it... read moreWe thouroughly enjoyed our experience learning to make pizza and gelato. We joined Walks Inside Rome for this fabulous cooking class on our last evening in Italy and it turned out to be the cherry on top of an extremely memorable vacation.
I would recommend this activity to anyone interested in learning to make pizza and gelato and for any group looking to have a fun time. read less - 4/06/2022