On this exclusive after-hours tour, you’ll see the treasures of the Vatican as they were meant to be seen – with no crowds and no interruptions. With no one around, you can take your time to admire the world-class sculptures and frescoes in solace and silence. As your private guide leads you into the empty Sistine Chapel, it’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop.
Your guide will bring you to the Vatican Museums at closing time, just as the last members of the public are leaving. The Vatican security guards will then unlock the doors just for you, for your own private view of one of the world’s most extensive art collections.
Witness the beauty of prominent Renaissance works from Raphael, Michelangelo, Perugino and Botticelli, while your passionate guide unravels their individual stories.
Within the superior galleries you’ll get a close-up view of the majestic Laocoon statue, known as one of the greatest works during the Hellenistic period. Pass through the tranquil Octagonal courtyard before exploring the Gallery of Tapestries, which was inspired by Raphael and features Trompe L’oeil artistry. Relish having the time and space to go at your own pace and ask any questions you wish.
Immerse yourself in the Sistine Chapel where your guide will explain the symbolism of Michelangelo’s world-renowned masterpiece in an environment that historically has only been experienced by Renaissance Masters and clergy. Grasp the majesty of Michelangelo’s creation before ending your exclusive experience in the frescoed halls of the Vatican Library and exiting through the famous double Spiral Staircase by Giuseppe Moro.