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Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex almost an hour before it opens to the general public on this 3-hour, early-access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.


  • 3-hour, small-group tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Get inside almost an hour before the crowds arrive at 9am
  • Enter through a groups-only doorway to skip the long lines
  • Cover nine miles of museums in the morning when it’s quieter
  • Get context to the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, and masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo
  • This small-group Vatican tour is limited to 12 participants ensuring you can always see and hear the guide
  • Stay and admire St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you want after the tour concludes

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What You Can Expect

Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

Statues inside the Vatican Museums

Meet and greet your guide opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries filled with classical and Renaissance masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Walk inside through a reserved door without any waiting. This access is even faster than the priority lines.

Once inside, there are more than 2,000 rooms and nine miles of art, so follow along with your guide who will point out the highlights and explain the story behind each piece. The small-group nature of your tour allows you to remain close to your guide at all times, but a headset is included to make sure you can always hear the commentary clearly.

Stroll through rooms like the Gallery of Maps, with its golden, vaulted ceiling; the Raphael Rooms, painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; and the stunning Sistine Chapel, considered to be the Pope’s home chapel, with Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. On your early-access tour, you’ll find the galleries to be considerably quieter than they would be later in the day.

Finish with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church ever built and one of the holiest and most important sites in Christendom. Get an overview of its long history from your guide, and get an up-close look at the Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s earlier sculptures that depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.

Your tour ends inside the basilica. After you’ve finished exploring with your group, you can stay as long as you want on your own. It’s the perfect time to head down into the crypts or climb up to the top of St. Peter’s dome (own expense) for uninterrupted views of Rome.

Customer Reviews

Su H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Worth the money to skip the line and be with less people at this popular tourist spot. There is always some crowd but less. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Enjoyed the visit.

mulan03mw United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our guide Julio was very knowledgeable and excellent, enjoyed the tour very much! highly recommend the tour.

Pimmo Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing ............as there was very few people walking the corridors of the museum. We got close up views of all the displays, take photos and move at a leisurely pace without throngs of people pushing and shoving. Our guide was just superb........we were just blown away by everything we heard, saw and experienced. Early access is by far the best time to go. Small group tours are the best.

Scott J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour was terrific and our guide made it so!

Jean G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our guide was lovely, knowledgeable and very mindful of the needs of the group. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the most memoriable experience of these extraordinarily beautiful sites.

Alexandra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Absolutely must-see! Silvia was the best tour guide we could've asked for. She was very attentive and knowledgeable. We are very glad we went with a tour, not just because we got to skip the long lines but because we would have missed out on a lot of important details if we had gone alone. Highly recommend!!

Pilar I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We loved this tour even though it was crowded! Very informative and excellent tour guide. I wish I had seen that I had booked this tour because I would have definitely booked with this company again since I recently came back from Rome.

Terry L United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour. Impossible to see all of Vatican city in a few hours, but our guide Laura made sure we saw and appreciated the highlights. Would have liked to spend more time in the museum, but it probably would have taken days to see everything worth seeing. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica were awesome, and the tour ends in St. Peter's, so you can stay to see more things on your own. After the tour ended, we stayed to climb the dome.

Keith L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great tour guide and lots of interesting history!! Climbing the stairs to the top of St. Peter's is a must in my opinion!! It is a workout and not for the faint of heart!! Worth the view if you can make it to the top.

Gerard W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Well worth it....there is so much to see you really need some-one who knows what they are doing, and ours certainly did.

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