Leave your Rome hotel at 7:15am, and travel into Vatican City. Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums, and start with a quick intro to its key sights and history.
Enter the museum complex at 8am, an hour before the doors open to the general public. Without the crowds that appear later in the day, the halls of the museum are quieter, meaning you’ll catch all the commentary and clearly see the sights.
Learn about the popes who amassed the incredible collection of artwork and antiquities, then step inside the Sistine Chapel. A sacred place of worship, the Sistine Chapel is best known for its Renaissance frescoes that adorn the ceiling and back wall. Gaze in awe at the work of Michelangelo that frames the room, then head into St. Peter’s Basilica via a reserved, skip-the-line passage.
Stroll around the iconic Catholic church, admiring its art and architecture as you go. You’ll then bid your guide goodbye to finish your tour in the heart of the Vatican.
Please note: If you have children in your group, let the local operator know before you travel. A child-friendly guide can be arranged, along with special commentary to keep everyone entertained.