Make your way to the Vatican Museums at 7:45 for an 8am start time, then walk straight into the Vatican Museums with your guide and small group, skipping the site’s long admission lines. The first stop of the day is the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll have plenty of space and time to enjoy unobstructed views of Michelangelo’s frescoes.
After visiting the Sistine Chapel, continue through the Vatican Museums’ remaining galleries, staying one step ahead of the crowds throughout the morning. See the masterpiece artwork in the Raphael Rooms, the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and Sons, and other museum highlights.
Follow your guide back through the Sistine Chapel, then get skip-the-line admission to St. Peter’s Basilica, walking a special corridor into the remarkable building. See Michelangelo’s moving Pietá sculpture and Bernini’s grandiose altar on a 1-hour guided tour of the basilica. This tour concludes after the tour of St. Peter's Basilica, but you’re free to keep exploring St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you want on your own.