Key Details

City: Vatican

Duration: 2 hours

Start Time: 6:00 AM


  • Join the Vatican's Key Master, opening the Vatican Museums for the day
  • Spend a few precious moments alone inside the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy two exclusive hours inside the museums, sharing your time with no more than 20 others
  • Follow an official Vatican guide, revealing context in each of the galleries you visit
  • Spend as much time as you desire inside the museums at the conclusion of your tour

Tour Description

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The most exclusive Vatican experience available

Just before dawn in Vatican City, the Key Master moves from gallery to gallery, unlocking the various sections within the Vatican Museums. For the very first time, officials at the Vatican have invited one company (that's us!) to take part in this incredible morning ritual (that's you!). For two memorable hours, join a small group before any other visitor steps foot inside, as you unlock the galleries (including the Sistine Chapel) for their thousands of daily visitors - none who you will even see.

Enjoy two full hours with an official Vatican guide

Along with the Key Master, an official Vatican guide will join you, adding color and character to these hallowed halls. Along the way, they will introduce you to famed frescos, marble sculptures, and artifacts of grandiose proportions. Void of the daily crowds, you will appreciate the time and space given in one of the world's most revered spaces. Greet world-renowned works of art including Raphael's School of Athens, the celebrated Apollo Belvedere, and Laocoön and His Sons. Float through the most famed galleries such as the Gallery of Maps and Gallery of the Tapestries.

Spend time (truly) alone in the Sistine Chapel

It is with great anticipation you will approach the wooden doors leading into the Sistine Chapel. Here, the Key Master graciously allows our guests a chance to turn the key and pry open the old doors just as cardinals and popes have done for centuries. Beyond the threshold, celestial figures of Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Perugino await your arrival. With great honor you will have time to see the most famous work of art in the world - in unrivaled silence and peace.

  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)
  • Belvedere Courtyard (Pinecone)
  • Octagonal Courtyard (Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön)
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Included
  • Official English-speaking Vatican guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Exclusive entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums
From $438


5-stars from over 72 Customer Reviews


Dec 05, 2022

This was a once in a lifetime experience. I will never forget unlocking these ancient sacred spaces in total darkness, only to be overwhelmed by the amazing treasures within. This experience exceeded our expectations. You will not regret booking this experience.

Important Information

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