John Miller takes us behind the scenes at the Vatican for a special after-hours experience with Insight Vacations.
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Rome to inaugurate the 2017 spring-summer travel season with Insight Vacations. A few highlights of my trip were meeting this year’s tour directors and taking a walking tour of Trastevere; but nothing topped the incredible experience I had on one of Insights special “Signature Experiences:” an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums.
Signature Experiences with Insight Vacations
Insight offers a unique collection of engaging and authentic Signature Experiences on their award-winning guided tours. These experiences take you to the heart of a culture with up-close encounters and visits led by local experts. You can join a cooking demonstration in Tuscany, learn how to make paella in Spain, meet a dog sled champion in Scandinavia, and much more. In addition to these great Signature Experiences, you can now enjoy an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums, and even a VIP dinner in one of the world’s most sacred sites (click here to learn more). Here’s a look at the highlights from my evening at the Vatican, as well as some perks you’ll experience when traveling with Insight.
‘The Art of Touring in Style’
Touring in style means that every moment in your journey is designed with noteworthy authenticity. It also means that you’ll enjoy a comfortable, hassle-free travel experience every step of your way. We arrived at the Vatican by luxury motor coach, complete with on board WiFi and extended leg room.
As the sun set in the Eternal City, we made our way to the entrance of the Vatican Museums and were promptly ushered inside by our guide; there was no waiting in line.
The Sistine Chapel, Without the Crowds
Being among the first few to gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums meant that we had the Sistine Chapel all to ourselves — those of you who have ever visited the Vatican can probably imagine what a special experience this was. We admired Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling above, got an up-close look at the details of our surroundings, and were able to ask questions to our knowledgeable local guide.
Exploring the Vatican’s Ethnological Museum
A highlight of our Signature Experience was a guided tour of one of Rome’s best kept secrets, the Ethnological Missionary Museum. This fascinating exhibition features thousands of religious artifacts that have been gathered by missionaries from around the world. Pieces in the collection come from as far away as the Easter Islands, South America, and Africa, and represent a number of world religions.
Our group enjoyed listening to the museum curator discuss the significance of the Vatican’s ethnographic artifacts, and we were delighted by a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres in this spectacular setting. We then continued on with our local guide, who was ready to answer questions and offer additional insight before the night came to an end.My evening at the Vatican was one I’ll never forget.
Enjoy this special Signature Experience on the Italian Elegance tour.
VIP access to Vatican Museums is included on the following Insight tours:
- Italian Elegance
- Italian Escapade
- Country Roads of Umbria & Tuscany
- Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily
- Italian Intermezzo
- Easy Pace Italy
- Best of Italy
- Treasures of Italy