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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

Roma, Italy
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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The Vatican Museums are among the most visited museums in the world and they often have lines to match. This small-group express tour offers early access to the Vatican before the crowds arrive, so you can take in highlights such as the Hall of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps; marvel at the Sistine Chapel; and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica (except Wednesdays, when the Basilica is closed to the public.)
  • Small-group tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip the line and enter early, before the general public
  • All entrance fees included
  • Professional guide ensures you understand the significance of the museums


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Great tour to see highlights and for people that have light walking difficulties.
Erica P
, Apr 2019
My husband had a knee problem so we wanted a tour that could capture the glory of the Vatican and avoid long lines. As many thousands of visitors gather to see this unique sight, this early morning tour makes a lot of sense. Of course until the group is gathered, microphones given and passing through security takes some necessary time but meanwhile an informative account was given by our wonderful guide Simeon. We were shown and explained the main exhibitions with passion and understanding. My husband had a walking stick with a small seat that could open and he could sit on it for a few minutes to rest. There was time to go to the bathroom and sit while she prepared our entrance to the Sistine Chapel. A final highlight to see St. Peters to round off this wonderful tour.
Waited in LINES!
, Jun 2018
We were promised not too wait in lines! And it took us 1 hour and 45 min to get in... It was not very organized.. Once we were in though the actual tour was very nice.She was very informative and the Vatican is gorgeous!!
Well organised tour with an...
Nicholas W
, Nov 2017
Well organised tour with an excellent tour guide. Well worth getting up early and missing the crowd. Definitely pay the extra whilst you are there and climb to the top of the Basilica.
Our guide was exceptional! We've...
Carol E
, Oct 2017
Our guide was exceptional! We've been on many tours with wonderful guides, but this woman was by far the best. Incredible. Easy to find the meeting spot, easy check in. Well planned use of the time. Our guide was so knowledgeable the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Basilica came alive for us in a way we hadn't imagined possible. Simply amazing.

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Truly a great tour. Our tour guide Raff was great, the guards inside seemed to know her and she knew so much historical facts and was excited to share her knowledge. Very pleasant and upbeat and happy. We had early entry and it was so beautiful to be able to walk around inside before the general public. Truly a must see experience. We seen other groups that were quite large and our group was 7 people. Perfect to be able to explore and ask questions and take our time.
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Excellent guide and small group!

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Wonderful tour of the Vatican with Elly! Fun and so knowledgeable. We had a very small group which made it easy to maneuver the museums, ask questions, and get to know our guide. Would recommend this tour and Elly to anyone!
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Christiana is the best

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Wonderful tour of the Vatican with Fabiana!

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Fabi was knowledgeable, funny, an excellent teacher, and knew exactly the most interesting parts and how to explain their significance. Fabi is fabulous!
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Simply amazing

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The tour was on time! Our guide, Luchina (not sure about the spelling), was great! She was so knowledgable that she was able to answer tourists' questions with complete info. She was energetic too. The tour in the Arena Floor gave us enough time to enjoy the view and take pictures without the crowd! we would have wanted more time to take pics in other parts of the colosseum but overall it was great!
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Wonderful guide- so knowledgeable

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Maria was an excellent tour guide for the Vatican museum, Sistine chapel and St Peter's basilica

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I was particularly impressed by Maria's knowledge about the arts and her depth of research into the Vatican and the history, culture and theology of the Christian faith as it pertains to the Pope, Vatican and Rome. We had a great time with Maria and would highly recommend her as a tour guide!
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Great early morning

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Amazing Earle morning tour of the Vatican , the Sistine Chapel, the museums and St. Peter’s. It pays to go early to avoid the crowds.
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Really enjoyed the experience of being able to visit this amazing place, it was a good idea to book an early tour to make sure you beat the huge crowds.
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Great tour and guide

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Fantastic tour, our guide was Maura (excuse spelling) and she was great, very informative and patient and had answers for all questions, would definitely recommend going to the arena floor - one off experience! Thanks again
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