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See the artistic treasures of the Vatican Museum without the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds with this early entrance tour. Skip the long queues and enter the museum a full hour before it opens to the general public, so you can fully appreciate some of the world’s greatest masterpieces of painting and sculpture. Experience the serenity of the Sistine Chapel before it fills with tourists, and learn the history of other collection highlights from your knowledgeable guide.

Highlights

  • 3-hour early entrance tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Beat the queues with skip-the-line access
  • Enter the museum 1 hour before it officially opens
  • Stand inside the Sistine Chapel before it fills with shoulder-to-shoulder crowds
  • See other highlights of the vast collection with the help of a knowledgeable guide

What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

Lara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Before I review the actual tour, let me just give kudos to this fabulous tour company! Due to one bad thing after another debit card not working, lost on way to train station, missing train by one minute happening, we were late. The paperwork for the tour says to be there at 730am sharp and it was 10 til 8 when we got off the train near the vatican. Someone from the office came and found us and ran us to the entrance and sweet talked our way in because it was after 8am and they didn't have to allow us to enter! This was definitely beyond what they had to do for us! We were so appreciative! Now for the tour itself, our guide Cesare, he was amazing! He was very easy to understand. Also they give you an earphone to hear him even when you are a ways away from him. He quickly walked us to the Sistine chapel before there were too many people there. He left us for 20 minutes or so to absorb and appreciate the beauty of the place! I didn't understand what he meant by later it will be VERY crowded but I did soon enough! So glad he took us to the chapel first! Once we left there, I could appreciate being able to have room to move in the Sistine Chapel! Cesare has a passion for art and the history of this place and knew SO MUCH and was ready for any question! This tour is a lot of walking and there are some stairs...wear your walking shoes for sure! The vatican was amazing and I feel as though I know so much more for having been on this tour! You will see Raphaels rooms, the sistine chapel, the crypt and St Peter's Basilica, you will be ready for a sit down at the end but it will have been well worth it! After the tour is over you can go into the Jubilee area at no cost and even sit in a quiet room that holds John Paul II's remains. The room was supposed to be quiet but not everyone in there respected the rules. This has nothing to do with the tour but it, even with the chatty people, was something I was glad I did! Plus you can rest your feet for a few minutes in the peace of the place!

Lara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Before I review the actual tour, let me just give kudos to this fabulous tour company! Due to one bad thing after another debit card not working, lost on way to train station, missing train by one minute happening, we were late. The paperwork for the tour says to be there at 730am sharp and it was 10 til 8 when we got off the train near the vatican. Someone from the office came and found us and ran us to the entrance and sweet talked our way in because it was after 8am and they didn't have to allow us to enter! This was definitely beyond what they had to do for us! We were so appreciative! Now for the tour itself, our guide Cesare, he was amazing! He was very easy to understand. Also they give you an earphone to hear him even when you are a ways away from him. He quickly walked us to the Sistine chapel before there were too many people there. He left us for 20 minutes or so to absorb and appreciate the beauty of the place! I didn't understand what he meant by later it will be VERY crowded but I did soon enough! So glad he took us to the chapel first! Once we left there, I could appreciate being able to have room to move in the Sistine Chapel! Cesare has a passion for art and the history of this place and knew SO MUCH and was ready for any question! This tour is a lot of walking and there are some stairs...wear your walking shoes for sure! The vatican was amazing and I feel as though I know so much more for having been on this tour! You will see Raphaels rooms, the sistine chapel, the crypt and St Peter's Basilica, you will be ready for a sit down at the end but it will have been well worth it! After the tour is over you can go into the Jubilee area at no cost and even sit in a quiet room that holds John Paul II's remains. The room was supposed to be quiet but not everyone in there respected the rules. This has nothing to do with the tour but it, even with the chatty people, was something I was glad I did! Plus you can rest your feet for a few minutes in the peace of the place!

Katrin T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The guide Erik was the best guide ever!
Excellent tour and so worth it!

Andre D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Tour was outstanding. Really enjoyed our time and it was great to get into the Sistine Chapel before it got too crowded.

carol

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Linda the tour guide was fab and she has great respect from the Vaticn guards as well. it is very apparent when we walk the halls they all acknowledge her. she got us into the chapel very early before the crowds and it was terrific. One thing is that she didnt know about the origin of the Last Supper being a Jewish Passover seder. Please let her know this becasue it is important to the understanding of the art and the chapel. Great guide and very informative about the Vatican and all the paintings. She loves her job and it shows.

M B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was excellent and Sonja was very knowledgeable. Thank you so much!

Deanna R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide was wonderful and full of great knowledge about the Vatican and Sistine chapel.
While waiting in line to get into the Vatican, our tour guide used an ipad to show us pictures of the paintings in the Sistine chapel and gave us a detailed description behind them. Not only did this make the wait time to get into the Vatican feel quicker, but it helped me appreciate the Sistine chapel a lot more because I had a better understanding of the works of art.
The tour is fast paced especially in the beginning, but the reasoning was to get to the Sistine chapel before the rest of the early entrance tours. This gave us plenty of time to see the beauty without the large crowd. I couldn't believe how much our tour guide was able to get in for 3 hours. I felt if I went on my own, I would not only miss out on a lot of things but I wouldn't know the history behind everything.
Definitely recommend this tour.

veena

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The blue badge guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic. Recommend it.

Sheri A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour is a great way to see the Vatican. Seeing the Sistine with only a handful of people in the room was thrilling. We took our time in the Sistine and was able to look from every vantage point or sit on the benches around the perimeter. After going into the gardens to learn more from our guide, we came back into the Sistine but after the general public was allowed to enter. I couldn't imagine waiting in line for hours, only to be shuffled through the crowds, shoulder to shoulder. Our guide was great Cesare and provided us a great deal of interesting info on the Vatican and it's history. I would recommend this tour if your plans involve the Sistine or Vatican Museum.

RWBgold7 .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great experience to the Vatican!

Knowledge and helpful guide on our route through the Vatican City before the general public.
Early start to the morning and a little pricey, but the experience is totally worth it.
Tour guide Linda was awesome and highly recommend her to others wanting fun/informational experience.

Recap:
Met tour guide 1-2 blocks from Vatican entrance 7:30a.
Our tour had two visits to the Sistine chapel with first 15-20 minutes before it fills up with hundreds of people. After that we toured the other top highlights of the vatican with a small lesson of the Sistine Chapel painting hidden secrets. We then returned back to Sistine chapel for another 15-20 minutes with general public viewing shoulder to shoulder to find the hidden secrets.

Tons of history, sculptures, tapestries, and paintings throughout the tour, before our guide released our group to St. Peter's. Perfect amount of information and guided tour for a half day excursion. Saves the afternoon to relax or to head to the next highlight.

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