• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 97.23 View price calendar

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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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Spectacular! So much history and beauty. Our tour guide was great! Did not have to wait in long lines and was able to move through Vatican City easily.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour accommodates up to 24 people but on the date we booked there was only the 4 of us in our party so we ended up with a private tour of the Vatican! Our guide was fabulous, very engaging and knowledgable. Would highly recommend this early tour as the Vatican gets exceptionally busy throughout the day.

Daren D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I am so glad we did this, well worth the money! There is so much to see - it would have been so overwhelming to navigate on our own, and we would have lost so many of the details. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, personable, and entertaining. We had a great time!

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


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 !


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.

Gerald J

4 star rating: Recommended October 2017

My only negative was our guide Guido was a bit grouchy at the end but he had to search for three of our group a couple of times? So maybe that was it?

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