Your LivTours’ Private Early Morning Vatican Museums Tour begins with early morning entrance before the rush of the crowds, giving you an optimal touring experience.
Highlights of the Vatican Museums
Walk the Gallery of Statues and Hall of Busts, which are normally off-limits. Enter the Cabinet of Masks, named after the ancient mosaics inside. See famous statues of Aphrodite and other remarkable treasures in this private collection.
Study the ancient statue of the Trojan Laocoon and the Belvedere Torso, a mysterious fragment of a 5th-century sculpture that inspired Michelangelo. Enjoy the Gallery of Maps without the crowds, a wonderfully decorated gallery of 16th-century maps. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries which hold priceless examples of religious scenes woven with precious silver and gold.
Discover the ornately decorated Raphael Rooms that were once the apartments of Pope Julius II. Among the major artworks is the world-renowned School of Athens, an important example of Renaissance art.
Your guide will brief you before entering the silent Sistine Chapel. Inside you’ll find every inch of this sacred space covered in stunning frescoes of religious stories and pagan figures. Take your time studying the vast ceiling and the wall of the Last Judgment.
Inside St. Peter’s Basilica
After visiting the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter directly into St. Peter’s Basilica. This monumental church is a remarkable example of architecture and art. Inside you will see major highlights like Michelangelo’s highly emotive Pietà and Bernini’s impressive bronze altar canopy.
This Early Morning Vatican Museum Tour offers you an incredible chance to see one of the world’s most expansive galleries, secret rooms, and its most important holy sites ahead of the crowds and with a local expert to be your guide.