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Be mesmerized by the artistic treasures of the Vatican in silence and peace before the throngs of daytime visitors arrive. After starting the day with a traditional Italian breakfast (if option selected), enter the Vatican Museums 1 hour before they open to the public. Admire world-famous attractions including the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel while your guide shares the stories behind the art. You’ll also skip the long line to step inside the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica. Tour size is limited for a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Early entrance morning tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Beat the daytime rush with special entry 1 before the museum opens to the general public
  • See collection highlights including the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel
  • Stroll through the world-famous galleries with peace and leisure
  • Learn the legends behind the art from your historian guide
  • Enjoy a typical Italian breakfast before the tour
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience

What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

Sally P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour! Federica was the best guide we could have hoped for. She was passionate about sharing her knowledge with us and having only 4 people in our group made the tour so much more personal. I highly recommend this tour to everyone. You will learn so many things about the Vatican City and museums that are not in the guide books.

Lisa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We thought this was a great tour. We saw what the crowds were like around the middle of the day when we were finishing. We wouldn't want to see the Vatican any other way

Michael

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Really great tour! Terrific information, lots of time to take pictures. There are a lot of tours let in at the same time, so don't expect it to be empty by any means, but the group we were with was small in itself. I wish our guide had been a bit more understanding of the mobility issues of one member of our party, but he was very nice otherwise and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

Cheryl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fabulous day with an extremely knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. Since the other tourists had cancelled, it was just my husband and me and we thoroughly enjoyed our day with her. She answered all our questions and made us feel very welcome. Thank you !

bellygrammie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had an amazing experience! Very pleased with our guide as well! You have to be there to appreciate the vastness of it, pictures will never do it justice. The artisans,architect, etc. is breathtaking, No words can describe it. A must see and important you use a guide! Ours was excellent as with all our viator tours, very satisfied!

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We visited the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the St Peter Basilica on 9/18 and had a great experience. There were only a few of us, so our guide was able to answer all of our questions as they came up and was very knowledgeable. We spent close to 4 hours taking in all we could and kept moving at a great pace. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

joemcdonald14

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

We were a little early for the tour and the tour company was not open yet so had a bit of difficulty finding the meeting place, as it was back a side street. The tour was very good, nice pace and easy to understand . We would do it again.

Francois D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2016

The tour is nice but the guide was not interested and did not put any effort in his job.

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