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Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

1. Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

This tour offers the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums at your own pace with entry before regular opening time. Skip the ticket line and first discover highlights of the Vatican Galleries, with its collection of precious artworks. Your guide will then take you to see the spectacular Sistine Chapel, where you will be able to admire Michelangelo’s work free from the crowds you find during the regular opening hours. Then, get privileged access to the Cabinet of the Masks, which is usually a restricted area of the Vatican. Enjoy a unique experience with your professional and knowledgeable guide and discover one of the Vatican's most precious treasures.

Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

2. Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

Enjoy an exclusive night tour of the Vatican and see one of the richest collections of art in the world without the daytime crowds or Midday heat. Learn about its masterpieces in a quiet, stress-free environment. Included are highlights of the papal palaces, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. Experience a peaceful and much calmer Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will get an orientation tour of the Basilica, and enjoy the rare sight of the square devoid of people. Availability is limited, and tours take place just once a week, departing each Friday at 19:30, so make sure to book early.

Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

3. Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican. Thanks to a new partnership in 2022, you can now be among the first to enter into the Museums, with access reserved for only a handful of other tour operators. Take advantage of exclusive 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 highlights of the papal palace, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the Tapestries and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Tailor your visit to include the aspects of the collections you want to see, whether in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, or St. Peter’s Basilica. Your personal guide will not only enlighten you with the Vatican’s fascinating history, but share bits of papal gossip and little-known stories about the popes and artists represented.

Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

4. 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.

Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

5. Rome: 2-Day Private VIP Immersive Tour

Start at the Arch of Constantine, and begin a private Colosseum tour with a top-rated local guide. Learn about the history of this amazing monument, the violence of the games, and the lives of the gladiators. Take a short walk to explore the breathtaking ruins of the Roman Forum. Next, head to the historic Capitoline Hill and enjoy a break in a bar with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Stop for a hearty lunch in a restaurant recommended by the guide, where you'll sample some delicious local dishes. After lunch, visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Piazza Navona, and Campo de'Fiori. See the Pantheon and Hadrian's Temple. Stroll through the magnificent Piazza Farnese for a memorable end to the first day of your 2-day private tour. Begin the second day with a visit to the Vatican Museums, which boast one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Visit the Belvedere Courtyard, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, one of the artistic wonders of the world. Hear stories about the composition and the extraordinary life of Michelangelo which will give you a deeper understanding of the frescoes. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, continue your Vatican tour to St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the genius of Bernini, who designed the piazza and the immense colonnade. Hear stories and legends of the popes and artists who transformed the Vatican. Lastly, take a short stroll through Borgo Pio, the surviving medieval area of the city. Stop at Castel Sant'Angelo, an imposing fortress that overlooks the Tiber. Climb to the top of the castle for a spectacular view of the river and the Vatican.

VIP Private Vatican Museums Night Walking Tour

6. 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: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Early Access Private Tour

7. Rome: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Early Access Private Tour

The guide and the driver will meet you at your accommodation for a comfortable ride by a full optional air conditioned car or van to the Vatican Museums. By entering at 8 am you'll get 1h head start on the general public. A lovely stroll on almost empty halls, galleries and terraces will make this tour a lifetime experience. Enjoy the heyday of the Renaissance at the Raphael's rooms. When the regular groups are still wandering in the chaotic galleries you'll get to the Sistine Chapel almost alone!

Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

8. Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

This Vatican Private Tour with Cabinet of the Masks will offer a unique experience. You will visit not only the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel but also the exclusive Cabinet of the Masks, a part of the museums which is usually closed to the general public. The visit will start when you meet your private guide in the morning. Begin immediately to explain the history of the Vatican. The guide will expertly guide your group through the Vatican Museums' extensive galleries, to let you take in all the history and art of the works exhibited. With this tour, you will also have the unique chance to visit the Cabinet of the Masks. This constitutes an exclusive area of the galleries, whose name comes from the beautiful Roman mosaics depicting masks that adorn its floor. Your tour will continue with the gem of the Vatican, Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Sistine Chapel. Thanks to the earlier access, you will be able to admire its beauty together with a limited number of visitors and enjoy it as it deserves.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Tour

9. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Tour

Your official Vatican guide will take you on a unique private half-day tour of the highlights of Vatican City. Your itinerary can be customized to ensure that your experience is a memorable one. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. This means entering the Vatican Museums with no hassle and no wait, leaving ample time to appreciate the spectacular Sistine Chapel. You’ll visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the papal tomb (whenever this is possible) and explore vast St. Peter’s Square.

Rome: Private Day-Tour with Colosseum & Sistine Chapel

10. Rome: Private Day-Tour with Colosseum & Sistine Chapel

Your voyage begins at the Colosseum, the most magnificent monument in Rome. The bloody spectacles of the Colosseum are legendary, as slaves, gladiators and wild animals were killed for the entertainment of Rome, on a scale that had never been seen before. You’ll be amazed by stories of violent gladiatorial combat and awe-inspiring naval battles that were staged in the arena, but you’ll also learn about what went on behind the scenes. Your personal guide will help you to separate fact from fiction as you walk through the Colosseum, allowing you to discover what it was like to be a gladiator and how the shows were staged, thanks to ingenious engineering and the labor of the slaves beneath the arena floor. Looking up at the Colosseum from the inside is an unforgettable experience, as the sheer size of the amphitheater never fails to astound. It is only on a private Rome day tour that you can appreciate the Colosseum as an immense architectural achievement, an iconic monument that has endured for 2,000 years. On your tour, you will see another side of Roman history, learning about religious rituals and political power struggles in the buildings where they happened. The mysteries of Roman religion will be revealed when you visit iconic temples such as the Temple of Saturn, or walk through the gardens of the House of the Vestal Virgins, while a tour of the famous courthouses is an opportunity to find out more about the great debates and speeches of Ancient Rome. The Roman Forum is a microcosm of Roman society. A walk across the cobblestones of the Via Sacra, where you can still see the wheel-ruts of ancient carts, takes you to the Arch of Titus, which was built to commemorate the emperor’s military victories. Enjoy a walk through the Roman Forum which offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of the city, covering all levels of Roman society, and bringing you closer to the people of the past. No trip to Rome is complete until you’ve visited the Vatican, the Catholic capital and the location of one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Your day in Rome continues with a visit to the Vatican Museums, where masterpieces include the moving Laocoon - perhaps the most important and influential classical statue of all time - and the breathtaking frescoes of the Raphael Rooms. On this tour, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. The Last Judgement was initially one of Michelangelo’s most controversial works, but it has since been considered one of the greatest works of art of all time. Witness the splendor and grandeur of St Peter’s Basilica as you become acquainted with this awe-inspiring building. As well as showing you the highlights of the basilica, such as the poignant beauty of Michelangelo’s Pietà, your guide will tell you stories of the popes, artists and, architects who transformed the Vatican over the centuries. The beauty and history of Rome are best appreciated in its streets, as you wander through the charming back streets and elegant piazzas of the city center. At the end of your relaxed day in Rome, you will stroll through the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods, where artistic treasures and captivating stories of the past can be found on every street. The Baroque splendor of the Trevi Fountain has to be seen to be believed, while the Pantheon is another highlight, due to its architectural beauty, atmosphere, and history of transformation and survival against the odds. As the sun sets in the enchanting Piazza Navona, gaze into the waters of Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain and savor the atmosphere of the Eternal City at twilight. You will end your tour with a completely new perspective of Rome and its history, having heard stories of emperors, popes, and artists in the places where they lived and worked, transforming Rome over the centuries.

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IMPRESSIVE SO MUCH ART TOGETHER... THE STAIRS IN SNAIL THE PHOTO FROM ABOVE IMPRESSES. THE ROOMS OF MUSEUMS OF SUCH A JEWEL... AND HOW NOT THAT WONDERFUL SISTINE CHAPEL. AND THE GARDENS AND THE MODERN ART OF THE EARTH BALL. BLADES WITH BLADES AND TURNED... AND MATCHED IN SIZE TO THE BALL OF THE DOME OF SAN PEDRO IN THE DISTANCE. AWESOME. THE GUIDE WAS VERY GOOD AND HE EXPLAINED US ALL THE WORKS OF ART AND THE TRAJECTORY... AND THOSE MARBLE MATERIALS FROM EGYPT. THOSE TAPESTRIES THAT WERE BEFORE IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL PLACED BY THE BABYS... IN THE END... WITHOUT WORDS. IT WAS VERY WORTH IT BUT THAT IF THEY ARE MANY HOURS... AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE EVERYTHING IN AN AFTERNOON OF 3 HOURS, YOU MUST CHOOSE. I DIDN'T SEE THE CARS THEN I THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE LOVED SEEING THE POPE MOBILE.

The advantage of this private tour is that we could never have discovered everything that our tour guides have shown us independently, with a tour in a large group you quickly miss a lot because the information that the guide gives is not clearly placed in the right context. Our guides Thomas in Colosseum and old towns of Rome and Caterina Vatican and museum St Peter basilica and sistine chapel, were really great. Lots of knowledge and nice way of telling. Worth every penny for me and my wife

The tour was all we could ask for and more. Our guide, Diego, was fantastic. He has extensive knowledge of the Vatican and all that it contains. We were a group of 11 and he managed the collective interests very well. He took special care of the 5 children, making the tour interesting and engaging. We would book again, especially Diego, without hesitation.

Renata was very friendly and has a great deal of knowledge, which she imparted to us very well. It was very informative. I can recommend it with a clear conscience

Knowledgeable and personable guides, everything worked smoothly. Demanding (a lot of walking) but absolutely recommendable!