Morning Tours for Morning Folks!
Outta bed and ready to go? - Perfect!
The Early Sacred Bird’s Worm is a great way to harness that early morning energy, and get a full-bore Vatican Experience, before they even open the gates! Yep. - As dawn poetically breaks in the east, you’ll be enjoying a breathtaking view of the Sistine Chapel in the early morning light, while it’s virtually empty! ( it’s something special… see for yourself. )
Not to mention that the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter’s Basilica, and plenty of other must-see sights are on the agenda too!
And all that break-of-day vigor will come in handy! … With a guide that makes the Vatican interesting and fun, as well as informative, you can look forward to plenty of opportunities to ask questions or to explore the sights that matter to you!
Book this tour to start early and get the most out of your day in Rome, or just to savor the early morning Sistine. ( worth it itself )
Get ready to explore everything in the light of a new day, and to get the most out of your time at the Vatican! Enjoy!
The Early Bird’s Sacred Worm - Ya know what they say about early birds…
With this tour you are guaranteed specially reserved VIP entrance slots so that you avoid the 1-3 hour wait. This is also why it’s important to be at least 15 minutes early to meet your group.
You will meet your guide at the designated meeting point on your voucher. Your guide will escort you to the security checkpoint. After you will be given headsets (only for groups over 6).
First Stop: Sistine Chapel, where you will have a serene 15-20 minutes to take in this incredible work, without the overcrowding that occurs later throughout the day. Before you enter, your guide will give you the inside scoop, about Michelangelo, some of the special characteristics about these paintings and what to look for while you are in there, because you are not allowed to talk inside of the Sistine Chapel, shhhhhh.
Now it's on to the Museums! During the tour you are encouraged to ask questions about all things Vatican along the way.
Once you have wound your way through the many exhibits, Your guide will take you through a secret door, that leaves you out in front of St Peters. Here you will also skip the line to enter a truly living museum.
Here is where the tour ends but you can continue on exploring St. Peters on your own. You have the option to purchase tickets (at an added cost on site of 2 Euros per person) to climb the dome or go underground to see the Vatican crypts.
Please note that Wednesday morning tours will not visit St.Peter's Basilica, as the church is closed for the weekly Papal Audience at this time. The extra time will be spent exploring the Vatican Museums.
Be prepared to be walking/standing for the length of the tour. You definitely want to wear your most comfortable shoes. The Vatican Museums are vast with some steps and stairways. If you are concerned about the intensity, contact us for more information, or choose the private option where you can go at your own pace.
Most activities are refundable as long as cancellations are made with more than 72 hours notice. There may be a transaction fee of 2.5% to process the refund. Some agencies have stricter policies, these policies will be presented during the booking process, BEFORE payment is requested. Spicy Meatball is very transparent in all of our transactions, feel free to contact our superhero customer support with any questions regarding these policies.
Vatican Tickets are purchased in the name of the guest and are not transferable so they are not refundable. In addition to the 2.5% transaction fee to process the refund, also the tickets (est. 17 euros per ticket) will not be included in the refunded amount.
During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may be closed unexpectedly. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, your guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies. If closed, the time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended. On Wednesday mornings the Pope has his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square so for security reasons, Saint Peter’s Basilica is closed. If you book the 10am tour on a Wednesday we can not guarantee access to the Basilica.
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