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Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica: Early Morning Tour

1. Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica: Early Morning Tour

Join the more than five million annual visitors of the global heart of the Catholic Faith. Experience the Vatican City, the entirety of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fully with privileged access to the main attractions before the general public arrives. From its stunning beauty to its ancient history and artistic and religious significance, the Vatican is a one-stop-shop for any traveler. Whether the paintings, sculptures, religious art, architecture, or even the Pontifical Swiss Guards that have protected the Pope since 1506, little else compares to the utter majesty of the Holy See. Start discovering the beauty of the Vatican at 7:30 AM in the absence of crowds. Wander the Vatican Museums, the famous Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica surrounded by very few. Explore the museums at your own pace and leave the rest of the day free to enjoy Italy. Follow your expert guide into the Museums to discover the world’s most extensive collection of art, including the greatest sculptures and artwork of the Renaissance period. Continue through the Candelabra Gallery, divided into six splendid rooms containing artworks found throughout the country, bringing relics of the Roman Empire into the modern-day. Then explore the astonishing Gallery of the Tapestries, host to an extensive collection of Raffaello Sanzio’s tapestries depicting different Catholic stories and myths. From there, walk through the Gallery of Maps with your guide, the perfect place for travelers with a taste for the sciences. Check out the global maps created by Roman topographers — a glimpse into what the world was thought to look like centuries ago.

Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

2. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

Beat the rush and get exclusive VIP access through the museum doors before they open to the public with this early-access Vatican VIP Tour. A privilege extended by the Vatican Museums to only the most prestigious, longstanding, and reputable tour companies in the city, your group will be granted access before the other 35,000 daily guests to this, the largest and most mysterious museum in the world! You will have time to visit certain parts of the museum that you otherwise wouldn’t have had, including the Pope’s collection of vehicles in the Carriage Pavilion, the Greek Cross Hall, and the idyllic Pine Cone Courtyard garden.

Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets to both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on this guided tour. Walk through the Vatican galleries and explore one of the largest art collections in the world. Once inside the Vatican Museums, follow your guide to the Pio Clementino Museum. See Nero's bathtub, the Apollo of Belvedere and the Laocoon. Continue to the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the Belvedere Courtyard. The last stop will be the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll get to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo, such as the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement. Learn about Michelangelo and Raphael working at the same time for Pope Julius II.

Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

4. Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

You will meet your official Vatican Museums guide at the convenient meeting point and start your guided tour heading to the reserved group entrance of the Vatican Museum. Enjoy the Vatican highlights including the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and, of course, the Raphael Rooms. Admire the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, decorated with some of the most beautiful frescoes ever made, like the iconic "Creation of Adam." The guide will explain not only what the magnificent frescoes represent but will share with you anecdotes and curiosities about Michelangelo and the Chapel.

VIP Private Vatican Museums Night Walking Tour

5. VIP Private Vatican Museums Night Walking Tour

Explore the Vatican Museums at night on an atmospheric private tour. Generally acknowledged to be one of the best collections of art in the world, these museums are usually closed to the public at night. On this Vatican night tour you’ll have the opportunity to discover Greek statues, the Sistine Chapel and Renaissance masterpieces after dark; visiting the Vatican Museums with an expert guide. When night falls the atmosphere of the Vatican Museums is transformed. The splendour of the Vatican never ceases to amaze, but your visit will be further enriched by the explanations of your personal guide. Our Vatican tour is a journey through centuries of art, history and culture, where you’ll see works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, and discover what inspired these great artists. As well as learning about their lives and passions, you’ll also gain a more in-depth understanding of the times in which they lived.   Our Vatican Museums night tour is carefully planned to optimize your time, showing you highlights such as the Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms as well as some of the hidden treasures of the Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries.

Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

6. Rome: Group Tour of Forum and Palatine Hill with Vatican

Visit the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum and imerse yourself in the history of Rome with an expert guide who will ensure that you don't miss anything. Discover fantastic city views at Palatine Hill while listening to engaging tales of the past. Continue to the world-famous Vatican Museums and access artistic and historical treasures like Raphael's room, the Laocoon, or the Map gallery without having to wait in a long line. Let the majesty of the Sistine Chapel take your breath away. Use the provided headphones to hear your guide clearly at all times. See these highlights in just 4 hours and get the most out of your holiday in Rome.

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What people are saying about Niccoline Chapel

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 476 reviews

We spent only 20 minutes inside the Basilica. It was not enough to watch all the sculptures, paintings and to sit down for a while. But don't worry. Basilica is free, so you can go back again after the tour. Early morning we didn't queue more than 5 minutes. After Basilica you can take photos in the square. Then prepare for a 10-minute walk to get the chapel. It's crowded even early morning. If you are female you have no chance to reach the toilets. We skipped the line (the line was horribly long) Museums and Sistine Chapel are beautiful. You can take photos everywhere except for inside the chapel. I am not able to find words for Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo was a genius. You can stay in the chapel as long as you want because it is at the end of the guided part of the tour. Our guide was perfect. He told us a lot of details and interesting stories.

Well organised and lovely greeting team in the morning. Nicola was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Kept us all very engaged and was clearly passionate about sharing his knowledge of history and art. Your was a good pace, which kept moving bit allowed enough time to experience everything. Kept our 3 children engaged! Thank you.

Absolutely impressive! Touching art and not only in the Sistine Chapel - the Vatican Museums are at least as worthwhile! Our tour guide Raffaele was also great, with his expert explanations he made the tour a learning and enjoyable experience. Mille Grace!

Everything was to be expected, busy of course, but the guide was wonderful! Not quite enough time in the Basilica, though, we had the choice to spend more time there afterwards.

Great tour in early morning slot. Quiet and able to walk around while it’s cool highly recommend