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Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Semi-Private Tour

1. Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Semi-Private Tour

Choose this early entrance and get the best of your Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visit. Your experience will be enhanced by highly educated, professional art historians. Be among the first visitors of the Vatican Museums and get the best of your early start. You will be accompanied on your tour by a knowledgeable guide who will lead you through the numerous rooms of the Vatican Museums and answer your questions. Then spend some time inside the Sistine Chapel, admiring the Last Judgement and Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Your guide will explain its significance and you will come to truly appreciate this masterpiece.  

Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

This tour allows you to enjoy an infinite number of masterpieces like Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Raphael’s “School of Athens”. All this with absolute calm and peace without being stressed out by huge crowds pushing you around during normal visiting hours. Imagine walking through these magnificently adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of bustling tourists, and only 10% of the usual crowds present; It’s almost like having the place to yourself. This is an exclusive service that only a few tour operator companies are able to offer so don't waste time and enjoy the Vatican museums at their full splendor. After the complimentary pick-up from your accommodation, you will skip the long lines, with your early morning admission ticket, and access directly the metal detector control. The tour will begin in a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter’s dome overlooking the Vatican gardens; a great spot for a family picture. Your private guide will then walk you through all the highlights of the museums which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations. You will visit the Pio Clementine museum, you will gasp at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, then, through the Hall of the painted maps, you will enter the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world. The tour ends in St. Peter's square, where you will admire Bernini's colonnade and the stunning façade of the basilica. At last, the tour guide will take you to the official Vatican gift shop and eventually show you the nearest taxi station or subway for transportation back to your hotel.

VIP Private Vatican Museums Night Walking Tour

3. 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.

Vatican City: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

4. Vatican City: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Explore the masterpieces at the Vatican, including Raphael’s Rooms, on a guided walking tour. Don’t waste your precious time waiting in ticket lines, spend it admiring the masterpieces of the Vatican State with the help of a professional guide. Begin at the Vatican Museum. The impressive complex contains galleries, paintings, sculptures, frescoes, tapestries, and classical antiquities of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian origin. Visit Raphael's Rooms, the Pine Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, Pio Clementine Museum, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Then proceed inside the stunning Sistine Chapel where you can admire Michelangelo’s world-famous frescos: "The Last Judgment" and "The Creation of Adam". Do not leave Rome without visiting the famous Vatican Museums. Whether you're a novice or an art veteran, the professional guides will provide a detailed guided tour.

Vatican Early Entrance Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

5. Vatican Early Entrance Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Take a tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line privileges and the intimacy of a small group on a 3-hour experience. Thanks to a new partnership in 2022, you can now enjoy exclusive first entry into the Museums’ doors, reserved for only a handful of other tour operators. Enjoy special access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tours and 1 hour before the general public. Explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel as your guide leads the way. Discover the highlights of the papal palace collections, including Greek statues, rich tapestries, and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Then enter Saint Peter’s Basilica and pay attention as your passionate Vatican guide enlightens you with its fascinating history and little-known stories about the popes. Note that the passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to Covid-19 physical distancing measures. To enter the church, your tour will therefore need to go around the Vatican State walls. Your guide will do their best to include a tour of the basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites. If it's not possible, your guide will you a complete orientation of the basilica before your visit.

Rome: Vatican City, Sistine Chapel & Colosseum Full-Day Tour

6. Rome: Vatican City, Sistine Chapel & Colosseum Full-Day Tour

Start the day with a border crossing into Vatican City, where you’ll breeze past the long lines and through an exclusive Partner Entrance into the ornate Vatican Museums. Over 200 tour operators have skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican, but this Official Partner Tour grants you special access to the Private Partner Entrance, which allows us to enter immediately, saving 3 to 4 hours during peak season and giving you even more time to explore the beauty of the Museums. Once inside, you and your small group will enjoy all the highlights of the Vatican with an expert guide by your side. The tour takes in a treasure trove of artistic wonders, from masterworks like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos and ‘La Pietà’ in St. Peter’s Basilica to the precious relics, paintings and tapestries adorning the Museums’ gilded galleries. Throughout the tour, your expert, English-speaking guide will share fascinating insights only a local could know. After your Vatican tour, enjoy free time to sample some authentic Italian cuisine before meeting your next expert guide for a tour of the historical heart of Ancient Rome. You’ll begin by skipping yet another ticket line to enter the Colosseum immediately. Dominating the center of the Eternal City, this ancient arena puts modern stadiums to shame. And that’s not all. The tour continues to the Palatine Hill, where Rome originated in a battle between two brothers. You’ll then be taken from the origin of ancient Rome to its hub: the Forum, that bustling marketplace where business, politics and religion mixed. No other tour takes you so close to so much of the history, significance and fabulous riches of Rome. At certain times during the year, this tour's itinerary is reversed and guests will visit the Colosseum first, followed by the Vatican Museums. Please check your tour voucher for exact itinerary and meeting points.

Vatican and Sistine Chapel 3-Hour Semi-Private Tour

7. Vatican and Sistine Chapel 3-Hour Semi-Private Tour

On this 3-hour guided tour you’ll visit the top sites in Vatican City, the smallest country in the world! Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the attractions so you can make the best use of your valuable time. Explore the Vatican Museum with a knowledgeable guide, who will take your small group of travelers (12 people maximum) on an unforgettable tour of discovery. The Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps are just a few of the rooms you'll visit in the Vatican Museum. Marvel at the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica and of the Sistine Chapel , which houses some of the most important works by Michelangelo. At the end of the tour you'll stop in St. Peter's Square for views of the stunning basilica from the exterior, and see the balcony where the Pope appears when he speaksto the assembled crowds.

Rome: Tour of the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum

8. Rome: Tour of the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum

Visit 3 of Rome’s most famous attractions on this tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Vatican Museums. Benefit from the knowledge of your guide as you discover some of the most famous sights of the city in one day. Discover the impressive magnitude of the Colosseum on a guided tour in the morning, with fast track access through the Arch of Constantine to the Arena floor. Hear about the fierce gladiator fights and the history of this world-famous monument from your guide. Continue to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum where you will see the Senator House and the Temple of Julius Caesar. In the afternoon, explore the Vatican and see the wonderful treasures of the Vatican Galleries, the Raphael Rooms, and the Borgia apartments. Gaze in awe at the overwhelming majesty of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, with intricate frescoes adorning its ceiling.

Rome: Private Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

9. Rome: Private Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Experience a private tour of the Vatican's extensive collection. Get the full story behind famous works of art as your guide brings the Vatican Museums to life. Discover the masterpieces of the famous Michelangelo. Find out what incredible lengths he went to in finishing the Sistine Chapel. See what his bitter rival was up to in the Raphael Rooms. Check out fantastic St. Peter's Basilica without the lines. Take in one of the most spectacular churches on the planet.

The Vatican: Vatican, Sistine & Raphael Rooms Tours

10. The Vatican: Vatican, Sistine & Raphael Rooms Tours

Discover the incredible treasures of the Vatican Museums with a licensed guide, and enjoy the immense art collection of the Popes with a small group and priority entrance. See some of the most important and beautiful sights the Vatican has to offer, including the Pio Clementino Hall, the Laocoon, Apollo Belvedere, the Maps Gallery, the Candelabra Gallery, and the Tapestries Gallery. Marvel at two of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world: the Sistine Chapel, with the breathtaking frescoes by Michelangelo, and the Raphael Rooms with the School of Athens complex, an icon of the Vatican Museums. End the tour by descending the beautiful double spiral staircase created by the architect Momo.

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What people are saying about Raphael Rooms

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 241 reviews

Our guide (I'm blanking on her name... oh dear! Anna? PhD from the area...? LivTours) was fabulous. She took all the time to share so much, never rushed our group, full of knowledge, positive and patient. Outstanding. I only regret we didn't have more cash to give her a bigger tip. She deserved it!!! The small group tour + first thing in the morning were worth every penny.

Rafaela was great! She was very knowledgeable and showed us all the major stops at the Vatican. She even stayed after the tour to make sure we were able to see the church and explained everything in perfect English. Great tour and I would definitely recommend doing the early skip the line to beat the crowds and see everything.

It has been great! We were lucky to be just the two of us and our guide made us a super interesting and enriching tour! Thank you very much Maria for your explanations and kindness, we really enjoyed it! In addition, I have been there other times and have learned new things that I did not know!

Was a great tour. Almost like a private tour since we were only four people. Stefan made the tour exciting and informative. Highly Recommended

Well worth paying the extra for a small tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and passionate