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Why Choose It?
- Priority entrance.
- Wander the Vatican Museum's fabled halls one hour before the general opening.
- Hone in on the highlights of the Vatican's vast collection.
- Soak in the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Square
*A maximum of 8-10 participants are permitted for our Early Morning Vatican tour.
Step inside the Vatican with our Early Morning tour. Your priority entrance and knowledgeable, licensed guide will open the door to a whole new world of discovery. After this 3.5-hour Early Morning Vatican tour, you’ll feel that you have truly experienced the Vatican. 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 an hour before the 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 audience. 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 RoomsGallery of the CandelabraGallery of MapsGallery of TapestriesSaint Peter's BasilicaSaint Peter's Square
Included:8:30 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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