Vatican City, Italy
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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 6 more


Beat the crowds to the Vatican, and explore its famous museum complex before the doors open to the general public. The early morning experience is led by a private guide, just for your group, so you can ask as many questions as you wish while you explore. See the Vatican Museums' treasures, then step inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica to admire some of the world’s finest examples of Renaissance art.
  • 3-hour early access Vatican tour with a private guide
  • Enter the Vatican Museums an hour before the standard opening time
  • See the artwork of the Vatican in all its glory, minus the daytime crowds
  • Walk around the Sistine Chapel to view frescoes by Michelangelo
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica via a skip-the-line entranceway
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with your own private tour guide
Leave your Rome hotel at 7:15am, and travel into Vatican City. Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums, and start with a quick intro to its key sights and history.
Enter the museum complex at 8am, an hour before the doors open to the general public. Without the crowds that appear later in the day, the halls of the museum are quieter, meaning you’ll catch all the commentary and clearly see the sights.
Learn about the popes who amassed the incredible collection of artwork and antiquities, then step inside the Sistine Chapel. A sacred place of worship, the Sistine Chapel is best known for its Renaissance frescoes that adorn the ceiling and back wall. Gaze in awe at the work of Michelangelo that frames the room, then head into St. Peter’s Basilica via a reserved, skip-the-line passage.
Stroll around the iconic Catholic church, admiring its art and architecture as you go. You’ll then bid your guide goodbye to finish your tour in the heart of the Vatican.
Please note: If you have children in your group, let the local operator know before you travel. A child-friendly guide can be arranged, along with special commentary to keep everyone entertained.


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, Nov 2018

After being picked up on time from our hotel by the arranged driver, we met our guide Letizia at the entry to the Vatican Museums. While waiting for the doors to open, she took time to educate and inform us about what we were to see, especially the Sistine Chapel. Letizia expertly guided us through the wonderful masterpieces of the Museums: the Pinecone Courtyard, the staircase, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel - before continuing with us into St. Peter’s Basilica. Letizia was expert, professional, friendly, and informative. What a great and highly recommended tour!!!

, Sep 2017

The tour was well worth the money. Our tour guide was Valentina, she was very knowledgeable, friendly and very approachable. She answered any questions we had in regards to the Museum, Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, I really liked the fact that she used her Tablet to show us pictures of different things that were related to the tour. After the tour she gave us some directions to go to our next destination. Thank Valentina for a wonderful experience.

, Aug 2017

If there were more STARS I would fill the page! The early private tour was the BEST! I did not know what to really expect. We arrived a little early but our guide was there and waiting for us. Grace as her friends called her was amazing! As we waited for the museum to open, our tour guide gave us information on what we would be seeing and a condense history .Condense because I think you could study for years and still learn more. I appreciated that she had her iPad with visuals. Be prepared to walk a lot, so much to see and learn. I would highly recommend this tour and this extremely knowledgeable tour guide!

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