Meet your guide early at the Vatican Museums, and head inside before the general public. Then, set off to see the Sistine Chapel and the museums, filled with artwork collected by popes and cardinals through the centuries.
After an introduction from your guide, enter the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s frescoes. Admire the magnificent paintings, including The Last Judgment—considered one of the greatest artworks ever created—in a significantly quieter atmosphere than later in the day.
Accompanied by your guide, explore the museums to see the best of their treasures. Marvel at the frescoes of the Raphael Rooms, see classical statues, and admire other highlights, such as the Gallery of Maps.
Finally, enjoy direct entry into St. Peter’s Basilica. Absorb the Renaissance grandeur of the church and view Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s sculpted bronze altar canopy, Baldachin.