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Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour

  • Skip the lines at the Vatican entrance on this early-entry tour
  • Tour the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public 
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
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Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens with a skip-the-line early morning Vatican tour. You’ll not only save precious vacation time, but also avoid daytime crowds and have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before it’s open to the public. A guide will lead you through the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more, and a small group size means plenty of time to ask questions.
What to Expect

Start your tour by meeting your guide near the Vatican Museum’s entrance. Your ticket allows early access to the Sistine Chapel, and you’ll head there first to enjoy it without the daytime crowds. Talking is not allowed in the chapel, so your guide will provide an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes before you enter.

After taking your time to admire Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, you’ll meet back up with your guide and skip the main admission lines for a tour of Vatican Museum highlights, including the Gallery of Maps and the Raphael Rooms. You’ll then head into St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini's baldachin, and the Tomb of Pope Alexander IV.

After your tour ends, you’re free to explore more of the Vatican on your own.

Reviews (99)
1 - 5 of 48 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Could not have hoped for better experience on fast travel timeline, great guide

I booked this early morning tour on a whim. My colleague and I were on a long layover in Rome so we had just a half day to see the Vatican City. I booked this tour, which started at 730 AM, at about 4AM on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sarah A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Memorable tour of The Vatican and Sistine Chapel

Our tour guide Giulia Pagliari was an amazing guide. She made the history of the Vatican come to life in her knowledge and passion about everything she showed us. We spent three hours listening to Gulia explain the history behind everything from tapestries to sculptures...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Deborah1955
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful experience

We booked the tour for the Vatican Museum based on a recommendation of friends and we were not disappointed! Francesca P. was our guide and she made everyone feel welcome and comfortable throughout the tour. She was a very knowledgeable guide, who kept us informed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Iris B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Captivating and intensely informative tour. Outstanding guide!

Luca D. was amazing as our tour guide. He was incredibly educated on all aspects of the history of Rome, and the Vatican. I highly recommend this tour. We beat the lines and gained detailed insight that we simply would not have without Luca. We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank jmkeefer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Absolutely amazing tour! Don’t book anything other than this one.

This tour provides the absolute best possible way to see the Vatican. Skipping the lines as well as entering the Vatican an hour before the general public is a must. It allows you the time and space to view so many things, including the the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank lekanderm
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15 October 2018|
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Response from Captain_Billy2014 | Reviewed this property |
Tour was nearly 3 hours, but worth it. We went 1st thing in morning but still queued for 30 minutes whilst all the early tours were allowed in. It meant we saw the inside of the Basilica before millions of people turned up... More
29 July 2018|
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Response from Sridhar N | Reviewed this property |
The tour guide is takes you through Sistine Chapel, the museums and leaves you at St Peter's Basilica. This takes aroundc2 hours depending on your interest in somerhjng particular. At the Basilica, you are on your own and... More
Thomas K
11 April 2018|
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Response from FonteynM | Reviewed this property |
If you are part of a small group then you can choose what you want to see and the time you want to spend in it.
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