Book online or call: (888) 651-9785

Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option

Roma, Italy

From $140.77

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

Reserve Now & Pay Later
Secure your spot while staying flexible
Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
  • Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
  • Skip the long ticket lines
  • Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Private Option of this tour is Available!
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign

Start time

07:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Sistine Chapel

In this Exclusive Early Access to the Vatican you will enter the museums an hour prior to the general public, so you can enjoy much lighter crowds, and be granted immediate entry to the Sistine Chapel! The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly. The best way to get the most of this popular site is to enter early and to see it either in our Semi-Private Group of ONLY 6 people MAX, or in your very own Private Group. Enjoy a thorough explanation of the incredible masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel and learn all about it from your professional expert guide before you actually enter the chapel. As it is a holy place, it is strictly forbidden to speak inside. That is why we guarantee you will learn all about it before you enter. Then, once inside, you will have time to take it all in and admire the breathtaking beauty of this world famous site in contemplative silence.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Vatican Museums

With the luxury of our truly small group size of 6 people max, or in the personalized intimacy of your very own private group, you will be guaranteed to get the very most out of your Vatican experience. This way you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide, ask all the questions you wish, and have the guarantee of a personalized experience. We trust this makes ALL the difference! Walk through the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras and enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries. After you learn about the impressive Gallery of the Maps, continue to the exquisite Raphael Rooms. With your professional expert tour guide, you will be sure to see all the highlights as well as hidden gems! You will not only learn the fantastic history of the powerful Popes but will also delight in the bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour.
  • 2022 NEWS: Thanks to a very special and profound partnership with the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients a very unique and exclusive 8AM first entry into the Museums’ doors, guaranteed to be reserved only to a handful of other collaborating tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to be able to serve such impressive and extraordinary experience and share it with our clients.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Vatican management maintains the right to delay the opening of the Sistine Chapel for religious reasons, in this case the guide will modify the itinerary and extend your visit of the museums to ensure you make the most of your time before access to the Sistine Chapel is permitted.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note St Peter's Basilica is closed on most Wednesday's. If you book during a day in which the Basilica is closed, your tour of the Vatican Museums will be extended to compensate the closure
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

about cancellations.

Traveler Photos

See more

Traveler Tips

Early morning is a great way to beat the crowds and the best way to see the Sistine chapel and the Raphael rooms!
The early morning tour is the best if you want to miss the big crowd.
Highly recommend to do an early before the crowds get there tour.
1,365 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 1,365 reviews
Early bird
Mandi_P, Feb 2023
No crowds! It was amazing to walk through the Vatican Museums with nobody pushing. The guide was cool and showed us a lot of little things that would normally go unnoticed.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A “must see” tour in Roma!
Cindy_B, Feb 2023
Laura aka “Sensei” was a warm, friendly and gracious host! Her knowledge of the Vatican was unbelievable! And being able to “skip the line” was priceless! Worth every Euro.
1 traveler found this review helpful
liv tours is the best!
ruvyala, Jan 2023
Azzura, our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We appreciated her way of sharing her knowledge to us especially to our 5 yr old daughter. She captured our interest including my daughter because of the way she narrated everything about about the tour. She encourages questions and conversation that even my daughter can participate. We also appreciated her assistance to us being tourists asking about transportation, food etc even if its already beyond the tour we are having. She has great communication skills which is very important for all tour guides. Our tour was supposed to be long but we were never bored and did not feel the hours passed by. She was also very kind to take photos of us for our souvenirs. She made sure that the tour will be memorable to us as a family. She was also kind enough to find us taxi for our next destination of the day. I can say that she is not only concern if we enjoy our tour with her but she also wanted to make sure we enjoy our whole Italy trip. She gave us pointers and recommendations how to make the most of out time for our Italy vacation. I think a tour guide that knows how to talk to all kind of people, Nationality or age is the best. Its important that a tour guide takes so much pride and love of her country so that everytime she talks about Italy, we would also feel the greatness of Italy. Azzura is the best making Liv Tours the best we had here In Rome!!! I wish and hope to recommend Liv tours to all tourists!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not worth the money.
Amber_P, Jan 2023
Unfortunately I can't recommend this tour. From the very beginning our guide was unorganized and inefficient. We spent a long time waiting while she sorted out our tickets to get into the Vatican museum. She was difficult to understand because she kept getting her microphone tangled up in her scarf. She rushed us through most of the museum and we spent more time standing outside looking at a picture of the Sistine chapel than we did actually inside the chapel. She did provide some interesting information but it think we would have enjoyed a self guided tour much more.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fantastic tour
Billy_C, Jan 2023
This was a highlight of our visit to Rome. The personal private tour was worth every penny. The early entry was a huge benefit to avoid the crowds.
Don’t go to the Vatican without this tour!
Beth_B, Jan 2023
Claudia was outstanding in providing us with all the information and reviewing what we would be seeing on this tour. I highly recommend this tour option and can’t imagine visiting the Vatican without this tour. It was a perfect size group and we were able to see everything we wanted. Claudia had so much energy and was well prepared. She was the best tour guide I’ve had in a long time! Thanks Claudia!
No crowds
Marnie_B, Jan 2023
This early morning tour was simply amazing. There were times where we were the only group in an area. We felt like we had a private tour of the Vatican. It was unbelievable. Near the end of the tour, the large tours caught up with us. We quickly realized how fortunate we had been for the majority of our tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. If you are going to the Vatican, this tour is wonderful!
Mayra_G, Jan 2023
Laura Sensi (I think that’s how it’s spelled) I am sorry Laura She was sooooo amazing. Great information. Funny, polite, energetic. Great.!! I can listen to her all day
Our tour guide Laura was...
Stephen_W, Jan 2023
Our tour guide Laura was amazing and really customized our visit to meet the needs and interests of our whole family, including three teenagers. It was absolutely incredible
1 traveler found this review helpful
The experience of a lifetime!
Debra_T, Jan 2023
Our guide, Carlotta, made this a truly remarkable experience. She shared her vast knowledge in a fun and interesting manner and took great care to insure we were all seeing this incredible treasure at a pace we were comfortable with. Her engaging personality and entertaining insights made this one of the best tours I've ever been on. I truly feel we got great value for the money and I would recommend this tour whole heartedly. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Incredible experience
st6f4ccfwq, Jan 2023
Luca was a wonderful, energetic and knowledgeable guide. He the trip really worth our while. I highly recommend this trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Incredible memory!
Yvana_R, Jan 2023
Wonderful! Great and unique moment of peace and discoveries! Thanks a lot Liv Tour and SEV, you are an excellent guide and we know what we are talking about, we traveled all around the world :) 300% recommended
Worth every penny to beat the crowds
Monica_C, Jan 2023
Our tour guide Guiseppe was a wealth of knowledge and a master at maneuvering us through the Vatican Museum to avoid the crowds. We did meet him at 7:30 am before the Vatican opened and he gave us a very detailed history of the Sistine Chapel. We also visited the Basilica with him and he pointed out many interesting details. We were there December 31st, the morning Pope Benedict passed away and by the time we left around 10 am there must have been over 1,000 people in line waiting to enter.
Only way to see the Vatican!
Sherry_P, Jan 2023
It was great to be in the Vatican Museum so early and completed most of it before the crowds. Marta was not only knowledgeable, but customized the visit for us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Go with a guide
Jennifer_H, Jan 2023
I can’t imagine touring the Vatican and St Peters without a guide. Rita was knowledgeable, pleasant and friendly, and was able to answer all of our questions. Skipping the line was worth the money, and the punishingly early start time.
Amazing your
David_T, Jan 2023
The tour company was perfect organizing and coordinating our tour. The icing on the cake was our guide, Azzurra. She was attentive, patient and so informative. Can not recommend her enough!
Great Vatican experience
Andrew_S, Dec 2022
Sara was fantastic. The knowledge she shared was wonderful. We highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome.
Unforgettable experience in the Vaticano
Sandra_P, Dec 2022
A wonderful and unforgettable day, our guide make it Worth it definitely wake up we can experience the Vatican for our self most of the time, and we be able to see all the magnificent of everything with out the crowd. Wonderful experience. A special Thank you to our guide Giovanni for make of this a special and ungrateful experience for my teens, he make it interactive and interesting, thank you.
The Sistine Chapel- the...
Sandra_L, Dec 2022
The Sistine Chapel- the guide was hard to understand - the museum was ok but missed doing the finale part of the tour due to it being Wednesday/ that should be on the site for information would have chosen another day to go
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our private experience
Warqaa_A, Dec 2022
I have to write this review because I became very skeptical reading a prior review about the private experience, to the point that i regretted booking it but it was too late to cancel so we went and we were so glad we did. It was everything we r or ted and more , our tour company was Liv tours, we met the guide outside the Vatican museums , she immediately explained that we have to wait for about 20 minutes till the doors open, she pointed to the people who were on their way in already and mentioned the breakfast option that is offered by the vatican themselves , according to our guide that option will get you earlier entry to have breakfast but then all groups will join for the exclusive early entry. We entered through a special entrance , there were no crowds, we enjoyed our time at the vatican museums , our guide was very knowledgeable, she accommodated to our pace and interests . She navigated the halls nicely. It was very informative. When we arrived the sistine chapel we weren’t alone but it wasn’t packed. Before enterance she explained all the arts we were going to see, she is not allowed to talk while at chapel so she made sure we knew what we were looking at. She then said, take your time , look and enjoy and whenever easy come to meet me again. We then went to the Basilica then the underground portion. All in all was. very nice experience and If i chose to do it again I will go with the private option again.


Product code: 6718P17