Do you want to visit Michelangelo's jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel at most the serene time of the day? Do you want to skip the line and go right inside the Vatican Museums like a rockstar? If your answer is " YES!", then this is the best Vatican tour for you. This skip the line tour guarantees the shortest security line of all Vatican tours. Enter the museums at 7:30 a.m., an entire hour and a half before the doors open to the public. This is the most exclusive early access Vatican tour available to you without spending thousands of dollars.
Things to See at the Vatican Museums
After entering at 7:30 a.m. like a celebrity, follow your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Admire the ancient Roman and Greek statues, the Flemish tapestries created by Raphael's students and the gorgeous topographical depictions of Italy. These main galleries of the Vatican Museums are included on the tour for a reason - they offer some of the best collections and works of art on display.
Sistine Chapel with No Crowds!
If you've ever seen the Sistine Chapel during normal hours, then you know how challenging the crowds are. As one of the few tour operators in Rome with access to these super early access tickets, you get the rare chance to experience the breathtaking frescoes when the chapel is at it's most serene and quiet. As you turn your eyes toward the heavens, take in the hundreds of biblical figures depicted in restored and colorful detail. Keep in mind that the Sistine Chapel is also where new popes are elected. Not only is it one of the world's greatest wonders, but also an important site of religious observance for Catholics.
The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.
Bernini's Baldacchino in St. Peter's
St. Peter's Basilica took 120 years to build and stretches out over the size of two American football fields. Skip the line and enter the basilica through a special entrance reserved for tour operators. Here's where this Vatican City tour gets even better! Contrary to other tours, this exclusive tour allows you to see how the chapel sounds and looks when it's time for mass. The Vatican Gold Tour enters at a time when mass often takes place. If your tour occurs when mass is taking place, your guide will explain the art outside, before you enter.