As one of the most-visited museums in the world, the Vatican Museums are understandably crowded, so avoid the masses with a private morning tour before the public arrives. After pickup at your hotel, explore the empty Vatican Museums with your private guide, who tells you about the history of the artwork and can customize the tour to your interests.
Hear about the legends and mysteries behind some of the pieces on display, and learn about the Renaissance masters who created the artwork. You can decide if you want to see the iconic Sistine Chapel first or last—either way, it’s the highlight of any visit with its famous frescoes by Michelangelo. Other treasures inside the museum complex include sculptures, carvings and paintings; your guide will make sure you see the most important masterpieces and interesting rooms and galleries.
Visit the Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps, and then head into St Peter’s Basilica to see more artwork, like Bernini’s Baldachino altar. Your tour ends in St Peter’s Square, home to an Egyptian obelisk around which Bernini designed the square.