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Early Bird Vatican Tour

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Early Bird Vatican Tour

  • Easy Meeting Point
  • Expert Guide
  • Private Tour
  • Skip Lines
  • Tickets Included

St. Peters Square Dusk
Sistine Chapel Vatican
St. Peter's Basilica Interior
Swiss Guards Vatican
Vatican Pinecone Courtyard
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums Entrance
Raphael Painting Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Square

Early Bird Vatican Tour Overview

This Private Early Vatican Tour boasts an early bird entry to get you ahead of the crowds and settles you into the Vatican in the fresh morning air.

Presto’s private tours create are personal touring experience for world travelers. A Presto Guide brings you through the maze of the Vatican City where you will visit St.Peter’s Basilica in the crisp, peaceful morning air.

You get your Private Presto Guide all to yourselves on this 3 hour tour.

Explore the Vatican Museums’ world renowned art collection and Michelangelo’s infamous Sistine Chapel.

Tour Details

  • Tour Duration − 3 Hours
  • Tour Price − See Calendar
  • Days Available − view calendar
  • Meets near Vatican City

Tour Stops

  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Vatican Museums
  • St. Peter’s Square
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Pinecone Courtyard

Tour Features

  • Private Presto Guide (Fully dedicated to your family or group)
  • Early Bird Entry
  • Skip the Lines
  • Photo Hot Spots
  • Pre-Departure Assistance
  • Easy Meeting Point
  • Comfortable Pace
  • Media Enhanced Tour
  • Punctual
  • Restroom Break
  • Outstanding Educator and Presto Guide
  • Price all inclusive of tickets and early bird entry

Special Offers

  • Get 5 % Off Entire Order if you’re traveling with Kids Ages 6-18.  Enter code “prestokids” on the checkout page
  • Kids 5 and Under Tour Free.  (No need to include them in the reservation but do leave us a note to let us know they’ll be joining you 🙂)

Private Early Bird Vatican Tour

At present, the Vatican City boasts a stellar roster of artwork. The core artistry we will visit on this Early Bird Vatican Tour will be by Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini. Along the way, brace yourselves for the stories which you will hear: the historic legends, myths, scandals, and secrets of the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City.

The Catholic Church has been collecting some of the most treasured art for centuries.  The Vatican Museums were founded 500 years ago with a discovery of a sculpture in a vineyard near Rome.  Within a week of finding the sculpture, it officially became the first art piece of the Vatican Museums.  Now it has expanded into 54 galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, and artifacts.

Inside the Vatican Museums, you’ll be surrounded by both ancient masterpieces such as the Belvedere Apollo, a Roman second century copy from a Greek bronze original possibly by Leochares (330-320 B.C.), and Renaissance masterpieces such as the Mass of Bolsena by Raphael. Before silently revelling your senses inside the Sistine Chapel (there is no talking allowed inside this holy site), your Presto guide will recap the Biblical Story of Creation, the Downfall of Humanity, and the Story of Noah, which Michelangelo depicted in his world-renowned frescos. Whilst exploring the making of the Sistine Chapel, we will take a peek into the politics of the Vatican City’s art commissions and get to know the artists’ with the help of your guide’s favorite anecdotes.

Finally we will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, named after St. Peter, the first Pope and the modern day patron saint of Rome. Architect Donato Bramante designed the Basilica with a precise symbolism which according to Arnaldo Bruschi can be “schematised – in accord with an ancient, mostly Byzantine tradition – as a cube (the world) with four extending arms (the four parts of the world), and a dome above it (heaven).” Inside the Basilica we will find another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, his sculpture, the Pieta’, and more.

If you prefer, we also have another option for Early Birds, our Private Vatican Tour & Breakfast option which will get you a head start into the Vatican Museums where you can enjoy breakfast in the Vatican’s own Pinecone Courtyard.

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