This rare semi-private tour is designed as an opportunity for those who want to visit Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters, outside regular opening hours. Get an exclusive 6-morning entry at the Vatican museums and enjoy the breathtaking view of the “Clavigero” or key keeper of the Museums performing the solemn rite of opening the doors and switching on the lights.
Enjoy the mesmerizing view of museum opening, from the monumental entrance to the sacred door to the Sistine Chapel. The visit will conclude with a hearty breakfast in the bistro of the Courtyard of the Pinecone. Explore the Vatican before it opens to the general public, allowing you a chance to enjoy some of its magic before the crowds really start to arrive.[readmore] You will have the chance to see The Museums (opening of the doors and entry), Atrium of the Four Gates, Simonetti Staircase, Pio Clementino Museum (opening of the doors), Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries (switching on of the lights), Gallery of the Geographical Maps and Raphael Rooms (opening of the doors to the first Room). You will also explore the Saint Pius V Staircase, Sistine Chapel (opening of the doors, switching on of the lights, moment of contemplation and reflection) and the Courtyard of the Pinecone (for breakfast).
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venues
Big bags are not allowed in the tour
Not wheelchair accessible
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Student ID is required and you must be under 26 years of age to qualify for the student rate
Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed at Easter, on December 24 and 31 and other religious holidays,During these times, the 3-hour tour will be offered in other parts of the Vatican Museums
The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events: in this case the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library.