Luxury travel experts True Luxury Travel have launched a brand new private tour with exclusive access to the Vatican, allowing travelers to explore the Sistine Chapel all by themselves in the early morning light before the crowds descend.
The incredible new tour not only provides exclusive access to the historic building, but also allows visitors to partake in the iconic ritual of opening the 300 doors of the Vatican museums and switching on the lights of the magnificent Sistine Chapel.
The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous buildings in the world, and this exclusive new tour offers holidaymakers the chance to experience something completely unique: seeing the masterpieces of the chapel in total solitude, before the hustle and bustle of the thousands of tourists who visit every day.
This luxurious, bespoke tour allows guests exclusive access to the Vatican museums at 6am, before the doors are opened to the public. Accompanied by a private art historian guide, they will join the key keeper as he collects his 300 keys and performs the solemn rite of opening the doors to each of the 300 gates of the Vatican museums before switching on the lights of the sacred Sistine Chapel.
Completed in 1512, the Sistine Chapel’s famous ceilings and walls reflect the attitudes of society at the time: from the Renaissance love of the human body, to the tension between wealth and faith, and finally the permeation of religion and the Bible through the daily lives of much of the world. As such, the ceilings in this iconic building are considered to be the embodiment of the peak of Renaissance art, and Michelangelo’s use of bold colors and striking composition still awe viewers today with the sheer emotion conveyed in those simple brush strokes.
Alongside the Sistine Chapel, guests will also experience the other splendid frescoed rooms of the Vatican Museums, joining the keyholder in opening up the Pius-Clementine Museum, the Upper Galleries – which consists of the Candelabra, Tapestries, and Geographical Map rooms – the Raphael Rooms, and the passage through the Immaculate Conception and Sobieski Rooms.
Following the opening of the doors and time to contemplate in the Sistine Chapel alone, guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Courtyard of the Pinecone, before then spending the entire day exploring the Vatican with their private art historian guide – personally authorized by the Vatican City State. The tour also includes a break for 3-course lunch at a first class Italian restaurant before continuing on towards St. Peter’s Basilica and more of the Vatican museums.
True Luxury Travel’s Good Morning Vatican Museums tour, with private access to the Sistine Chapel in the soothing quiet that is deserved of these masterpieces, is a tour not to be missed.
The exclusive tour has been launched as part of True Luxury Travel’s
European collection which is brand new for 2019.
This VIP tour is available on select dates from Mondays to Saturdays, excluding Wednesdays and feast days, starting at 6am.
Prices start from $5,558pp (based on two people).
Those interested in this private tour of the Sistine Chapel are advised to contact True Luxury Travel directly, with pricing and further details available on request.