My friend Yasmin told me about this website, where you can sign up for early or after-hours tours of the Vatican in small, exclusive groups. In their own words:
“If you’re really looking to impress, you could do no better than book the exclusive tour of the Sistine Chapel by night, when everyone else has been shepherded out of the awe-inspiring Cappella Sistina. Savour the graceful architecture and contemplate Michelangelo’s breathtaking ceiling in peace; a treat that very few get to enjoy.
Or if you’re an early bird, how about skipping the queues and signing up for the 8am tour, an hour before the Vatican museums usually open? Numbers on these VIP tours are strictly limited and you will relish the opportunity to have the Sistine Chapel almost exclusively to yourself.
Italy With Us offers a number of other tours to help you get under the skin of Rome. From evening walking tours to exploring the ancient underground city, up to 12m below street level, its tour guides want to share their passion and knowledge of the city with you.”