Vip Vatican Morning Private Tour

MAX GROUP SIZE
private tour


DURATION
3 hours


DAYS
mon,tue,wed,thur,fri,sat


START TIME
08:00

The Vatican City hosts dozens of kilometres of art corridors. From the St Peter’s Square to the Vatican Museums, there are lots to see at the Vatican, and it can be very difficult to know where to start. It is therefore not surprising that the Holy See would attract thousands of tourists on a daily basis, and very long ticket lines that can usually take hours. When it comes to visiting the artistic and religious sites that can be found within the Vatican City, it is definitely worth paying for a premium tour experience. By booking a private tour you will not only get an itinerary tailored to your interests, but you will overall maximise your time. This type of tour is for a minimum of two people, you choose who joins you! You will get VIP treatment and enter the Vatican Museums without wasting any time in the lines. In fact, we will pick you up from your hotel, and bring you in the heart of the Vatican City so that you get there in time for your 10 AM private tour. From there you will follow an enlightening route through the splendours of the Vatican City including the Candelabra Gallery, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. By joining a private tour you will benefit from the undivided attention of a personal, enthusiastic Vatican expert with all the flexibility and dedication that only a private tour can provide.

You, your loved ones, and your guide at the Vatican Museums The perks of booking a private tour? You choose your itinerary, simply book this Vatican morning tour and drop us a line, telling us your preferences and we will try as much to accommodate them. Your assigned guide is not only an expert in Renaissance art, but they will be extremely familiar with the 7 kilometres of art galleries from the Vatican Museums. There are very few places that encompass as much cultural, historical, artistic and even political wealth into such a small place. The Vatican Museums is a very labyrinthine complex, and it could be very easy to get lost. But under the guidance of a private expert guide, you will navigate your favourite corridors and galleries with ease and with a lot of time on hand to focus on the most intricate details. The Vatican collections are unique. Where else in the world can you find the crowning achievements of the Old Masters of art history such as Michelangelo and Raphael, the most fascinating sculptures of the ancient times, precious tapestries, centuries-old maps, and astonishing Renaissance architecture all under the same roof? Precisely because of the variety of the artworks of the Vatican Museums, booking a private tour will help you make the most out of your visit.

The Sistine Chapel ceiling, an extraordinary accomplishment of Michelangelo What makes the Sistine Chapel so famous? This place is known throughout the world for being the chapel where Papal coronations were once held and for being decorated with what many perceive as the most fascinating artworks in human history, the frescoes on the ceiling by Michelangelo. Therefore, the highlight of all Vatican tours is the Sistine Chapel. Your assigned guide will be a bona fine expert of the fantastic accomplishments of Michelangelo, especially the multi-masterpiece Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel ceiling is divided into panels, with each panel depicting a symbolic biblical scene. The most famous panel of the Sistine Chapel is a scene that has become an essential part of the human understanding of art and divine, the Creation of Adam. This masterpiece is depicting God giving life to the first of all men, Adam. The vivid colours of the Sistine Chapel, are no less breath-taking than the backstories you will hear from your guide. This place has to be admired in silence so that everyone gets the perfect environment to encounter the genius of Michelangelo. In these moments of silence, you will understand why these fabulous frescoes have changed the course of art, and more importantly the way we perceive the world.

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter, a shrine of Christianity and Art With this private tour you will experience the magic of St. Peter’s Basilica through some skip-the-line doors, that are not open to the general public, who will have to wait in the long lines before getting inside the Basilica. This massive work, that is regarded today as the Mother Church of the Catholic Faith, took 120 years to complete, and its creation involved the most excellent engineering and artistic minds of the time. St Peter’s
Basilica is indeed of huge significance for Christianity, but its artistic importance attracts every day thousands of tourists of all faiths. Inside the Basilica you will find Michelangelo’s Pietà, a masterpiece the famed Florentine sculptor finished at the age of 24. This sculpture, protected by thick glass, attracts large crowds every day. It is an incredibly moving piece as it is depicting the lifeless body of Jesus in the arms of his mother Mary. Under the same roof, you can find the statue of St. Peter, a bronze statue that dates back to the 13th century, and Bernini’s enormous baldachin, a sculpted bronze Baroque canopy that sits directly under the church’s massive dome, above St. Peter’s tomb. In case you still have questions, your guide help with all your curiosities before parting ways after an informative and entertaining Vatican Private Morning Tour.

What to know: While visiting the Vatican, all tourists are asked to abide by the city’s dress code. This implies that everyone needs to have their shoulders and knees covered. We appreciate that the Mediterranean summer temperatures can get quite hot. We recommend having a bottle of water with you at all times and to bring a light scarf to cover yourself when it is required. All visitors must pass through airport-style security and hats, food, and metal tools are not permitted in the Museums. Moreover, St Peter’s Basilica is not only the world’s largest Catholic church, but it is also an active church, which implies that access can be restricted due to liturgical ceremonies. If your tour takes place on a Wednesday, please bear in mind that the church will not be open until 1 PM due to the weekly Papal audience. Rest assured that should that be the case, your guide will show you more of the Renaissance treasures of the Vatican Museums.