Uncover the mysteries of the Vatican with our new special access, VIP tour that opens doors and takes you to parts of the Vatican Museums rarely (if ever!) seen by the public. Our exclusive tour includes not only the classic sites, such as the Pinecone Courtyard, the Apollo Belvedere and the Raphael Rooms – but also unprecedented access to locked-door areas and time to explore the museums after they have closed to the public.
We travel with a Vatican guard who opens doors and lifts ropes for us, giving us the opportunity to glimpse corners and collections that few visitors will ever see. On an average day we’ll see the famous spiral staircase of Scala del Bramante and Cappella Niccolina
– a secret chapel within the walls of the Vatican with frescoes that pre-date Michelangelo’s. But with our tour schedule and stops ever changing and adapting, you never know which rooms you’ll see or which secrets you’ll uncover on your visit.
Our grand finale will be a visit to the world-famous Sistine Chapel. Here you’ll avoid the crowds, gaining access to the chapel after it has closed to the public. The only people inside the room will be your intimate group of 10 people on average* and your guide. What’s more, unlike the usual group tour where guides are not permitted to speak inside the chapel, your guide will have a full 30 minutes to take you through Michelangelo’s masterpiece, pointing out the highlights and explaining the symbology behind one of the world’s great masterpieces.
This is the smallest, most exclusive tour of its type being offered by any operator in the Vatican, with access to more closed areas than any tour before. Join us as we explore the secret rooms of the Vatican and unearth treasures untold. It’s bound to be the highlight of any visit to Rome!
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*While our groups may occasionally encounter a small group accompanied by the clergy or Vatican Officials in the Sistine Chapel, there will never be any other tour groups present.