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Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour

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Roma, Italy
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums on this small-group tour. Enter the Sistine Chapel before its opens to the public, and view the frescoes in a calm, crowd-free setting. Then, tour the Vatican Museums, seeing the highlights of the papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of Maps, before checking out the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Early entrance, skip-the-line Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • Admire Michelangelo’s ceiling and wall frescos without the daytime crowds
  • Bypass the main lines to enter the Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy a guided tour of highlights, including the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ and other treasures
  • Small group of six participants or fewer
Meet your guide and small group of no more than six near the Vatican Museums.

Listen to an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes from your guide. Talking inside the chapel is not allowed, so you’ll learn about these Renaissance artworks before entering. Then, head directly inside the pope’s private place of worship. Your ticket gives you early access to the chapel as one of the day’s first visitors, so you can enjoy it without the crowds. 

Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment gracing the back wall of the chapel. Soak in unobstructed views of the works, and enjoy time to inspect them in detail.

When your time in the chapel is up, reconvene with your guide and bypass the main admission lines for a tour of the Vatican Museums’ highlights.

Stroll around the Pinecone Courtyard, and see works like the Belvedere Apollo and Laocoon Priest of Troy statues. Admire the celebrated marble Belvedere Torso, and stroll through the must-see 16th-century Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Raphael Rooms.

Afterward, walk back through the Sistine Chapel — seeing how crowded it is during normal opening hours — and continue through an exclusive exit into St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, let your guide introduce you to the best of the treasures held in the magnificent interior. Admire Michelangelo's glorious Pietà, the marble sculpture depicting Mary holding the dead Jesus, as well as Bernini's Baldacchino altar canopy and Pope Alexander VII monument among other great works.

Your tour concludes inside the church when your guide departs. You’re free to then continue exploring independently, perhaps looking further around the interior to see the papal tombs, climbing the Dome, or strolling around St. Peter’s Square as you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Enter the museums an hour prior to the general public entrance and enjoy much lighter crowds and immediate access to the Sistine Chapel! The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quickly. The best way to get the most of this popular site is to see it in a small group so you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide. Enjoy the luxury of a small group with no more than 6 people per tour, guaranteed so you get the most out of your Vatican experience.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
This early entrance tour guarantees early entrance to the Sistine Chapel! enjoy a thorough explanation of this incredible masterpiece and learn all about it from your professional expert guide.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your comprehensive Vatican tour ends at St Peter's basilica, where you will marvel at the World's largest Church, home of some of the most famous works of art, including Michelangelo's La Pieta'.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour.

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Very highly recommended
Liz_D
, Aug 2020
Really wonderful private tour - Davide is a truly excellent guide. Full of good information and humour. I was nervous about taking my two boys aged 10 and 17 but they both said it was a highlight of our entire stay in Rome. We hope to return to one of his tours again soon! Many thanks for us all.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We can't thank you enough for your great review and recommendation of the Vatican tour you took with Davide but the very best part is that both of your sons said it was the highlight of their stay in Rome. WOW! That's really a super compliment for Davide and we'll be sure to let him know! Thank you once again for taking the time to write and we hope to see you again soon, maybe in one of the other cities (in Italy and in Europe) which we can share with you and your family. All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Amazing!
Mary_A
, Feb 2020
I will be recommending this tour to anyone I know who is going to Rome. The Guide was excellent, such an informative tour. I am so glad we were in at this time in the morning as you could see how busy it was by the time our tour ended. A well organised tour company.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Mary We greatly appreciate your enthusiastic review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and thank you also for mentioning how much better the visit is when one takes the early morning entrance. It's well worth getting up and going early so that you can be in front of the crowds. Thank you once again for writing Angelo and Kristin
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Excellent
Cindy_A
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour. Highly recommend to do an early before the crowds get there tour. Tour guide was very interesting and informative
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Cindy Many thanks for your nice review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Thanks also for recommending to future visitors to take advantage of the early morning entrance. We're sure other people will be happy to know about it. Many thanks, once again Angelo and Kristin
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A great experience
Patricia_B
, Feb 2020
Great tour - it was wonderful getting in to the museum early. Mara was a knowledgeable and professional al guide. Highly recommend this adventure.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Patricia We do appreciate your great review and high rating of the early morning Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Mara. We thank you also for your recommendation of this tour to future visitors. Angelo and Kristin
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Awesome Tour Guide
Trystan_W
, Feb 2020
The tour was really good but what made it special was Donata the guide. Informative and funny! She really made the tour! She knew where to be and at what time for us to get the best from the Vatican
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We're so pleased that you found Donata to be the perfect guide for your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and we thank you for writing such a great review. All best wishes and thanks, once again Angelo and Kristin
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Vatican small group
Judyanne_w
, Feb 2020
Well worth getting up early for Had very little queuing and our guide Dario was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Judy Many thanks for your nice review of the early morning Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Dario. He'll be very pleased to know how much you appreciated his efforts. Thanks, once again Angelo and Kristin
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Vatican splendor
Jennifer_R
, Feb 2020
Our Vatican small tour was incredible! E My husband and I were the only 2 that showed up, so we had a private tour! Marcus our guide was very knowledgeable about everything in the Vatican.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Jennifer We greatly appreciate your nice review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Marcus and are so happy to know that both you and your husband found the experience interesting, fun and memorable. Again, many thanks Angelo and Kristin
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A great tour with a fabulous guide
drleach
, Feb 2020
Davide Was absolutely stupendous. aA man who is knowledgeable about art and architecture and the Catholic church as well as being deeply passionate about relating his understanding to the few of us who were lucky enough to go on this truly intimate tour. I cannot recommend Davide and this company highly enough!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We can't thank you enough for your enthusiastically positive review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour which you took with Davide. He is a great guide and will be thrilled to know how much you enjoyed his tour. Thank you once again Angelo and Kristin
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Excellent
janejohnstone
, Feb 2020
This very small tour of 4 people was excellent. Very clear instructions where to meet. It was Feb and our tour started at 07:30. The doors open at 08:00 however the tour guide talked about the paintings in the Chapel while we waited. Lorenzo was excellent. His knowledge made this tour fantastic. I would recommend going early as it was so busy by 10 am
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Jane Many thanks for your nice review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Lorenzo. Thank you also for mentioning how much better it is to have early access to the museum so that you can experience and appreciate the masterpieces in relative peace. Thank you again and all best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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potterjoel
, Feb 2020
Our Guide Davide was absolutely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would absolutely recommend Livitaly tours to anyone who wants to enjoy a very private and intimate learning experience.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review of the Vatican tour you took with Davide. Thank you also for your endorsement and support of our company. We truly appreciate it Angelo and Kristin

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