New Exclusive VIP Vatican Tours of ‘Secret Rooms’ and Private Sistine Chapel Tours

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Italian Tour Operator Dark Rome Now Offers Three-Hour VIP Vatican Tours of ‘Secret Rooms’ and Private Sistine Chapel Tours.

Vatican Museum Tours Capella Niccolina

The ceiling of the stunning Capella Niccolina seen during Dark Rome's Vatican Museum Tours.

Until now, only celebrities and world dignitaries took VIP Vatican Tours with access to several of the Vatican’s special sites escorted by a Vatican guard.

Until now, only celebrities and world dignitaries took VIP Vatican Tours with access to several of the Vatican’s special sites escorted by a Vatican guard who opens doors to private chambers, intimate rooms and rarely seen collections. For the first time in history, Dark Rome, the largest tour operator in the Vatican, now offers VIP Vatican Tours with unprecedented access to such sites during its three-hour VIP Vatican Tours and Private Sistine Chapel Tours.

For 30 minutes, Dark Rome’s small group of 10 people or less and their guide are the only people inside the Sistine Chapel, giving their expert guide a rare opportunity to provide commentary within the world famous site, during its Private Sistine Chapel Tours. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the Chapel just as the Pope experiences during his private visits.

Under the escort of a Vatican guard with all the keys, Dark Rome has also secured access to locked rooms of the Vatican Museums, like the Niccoline Chapel, a chapel frescoed from top to bottom by Fra Angelico and gilded with some of the first gold brought back from the New World by Christopher Columbus. Another secret room usually visited on the Vatican Museum Tours is the stunning Bramante spiral staircase.

“We are proud to be the first Vatican Museum Tours company to offer this incredible tour of one of the world’s leading visitor attractions,” said Michael Smith, Product Manager of Dark Rome. “In 2011, the Vatican Museums attracted around 5 million visitors, so our ‘skip-the-line’ access became a major benefit to travelers. Plus, since the Vatican is a living museum, the tour schedule and stops are ever changing and adapting, and visitors can repeat the tour with the possibility of enjoying other secret treasures.”

This exclusive three-hour VIP Vatican Tour is offered on Mondays and Saturdays at 3:15 p.m. Prices are 220€ (approximately $290USD) per person and include a ‘skip-the-line’ entrance ticket. For more information, visit http://www.darkrome.com/.

Widely acclaimed throughout the global traveling community, Dark Rome is an innovative company offering tours throughout Italy, including Venice, Florence, Milan and day trips to Tuscany and Pompeii. Its ‘skip-the-line’ offerings and emphasis on small, single language groups have made it a favorite for many travelers seeking more original experiences. Dark Rome also offers private tours.

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