VIP tour: Walking up the Vatican

VIP tour: Walking up the Vatican

Experience the Vatican like nobody else on a small-group tour that grants you access to the museum hours before it opens to the public.

Alongside the resident keyholder, you’ll awaken the Vatican’s most iconic rooms, and marvel as the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and the Gallery of Maps are flooded with first light – an extraordinary opportunity usually only reserved for VIPs and Vatican employees. Plus, you’ll avoid the tourist crowds that surge into the Vatican within minutes of opening and enjoy a banquet-style breakfast after your visit.

What You Can Expect: Sistine Chapel Meet your small group limited to 20 people and your guide in central Rome. The Clavigero carries nearly 3,000 keys to the Vatican Museums, and every morning opens the monumental Vatican doors. On this special VIP tour, head inside the rooms and galleries before the museum is even opened to the public, letting you avoid the crazy chaos of the crowds.

With a guide, follow a carefully planned route, visiting the most famous galleries and rooms, such as the Raphael Rooms, and seeing a variety of ancient sculptures, paintings, relics, and medieval maps. Your guide tells you the stories behind them and the Vatican itself. Next, continue on to the world-famous Sistine Chapel to catch sight of Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Enter the chapel and have the rare chance to admire it with only a few other people.

End your experience at the Vatican Museums with a delicious breakfast in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard. Enjoy a huge spread of hot and cold breakfast foods, meats, cheeses, pastries, and pancakes. Your breakfast at the Vatican is relaxed, giving you plenty of time to sit out on the courtyard patio. Your VIP early-entry Vatican tour ends inside the Pinecone Courtyard, so you can spend additional time exploring further, if you’d like.

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