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Enter the Vatican Museums before the general public for an intimate, 3-hour tour with a small group limited to 12. Cover all the highlights of the nine miles' worth of museums, and hear the stories from your guide that bring the art to life. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous 'Creation of Adam' painting; Raphael's Rooms, with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; and the impressive St Peter's Basilica. Stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.

Highlights

  • 3-hour guided Vatican tour, including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • This tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway and we guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
  • See the best of the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds!
  • See esteemed Renaissance artwork, such as Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam
  • Explore Raphael's Rooms and see masterpieces by Raphael
  • Small-group Vatican tour, with a maximum of 12, provides a unique experience with your expert guide

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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 the tour guide outside the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries of classical and Renaissance art masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Walk inside through a special 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 the guide who will point out the highlights and explain the story behind each work of art. A headset is included to hear the guide clearly.

Visit Raphael’s Rooms, four interconnected rooms with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael. Then see the stunning Sistine Chapel, considered to be the Pope’s home chapel, with Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement.

Finally, the last part of the tour visits St Peter’s Basilica, the beautiful domed church that houses the Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s earlier sculptures depicting the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. It is said that this is where St Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried. Learn why this is one of the holiest places in all of Christendom.

The tour ends at St Peter’s Square.

Customer Reviews

Bethany U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was absolutely worth it to pay the steep price for this tour. The other reviewers were correct in their suggestions that the priority lines are just as long as the regular lines now. With our tour guide, though, we were able to walk right in, and she took us into many areas that were not yet crowded with people. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and gave so much background information on the art that we saw. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit the Vatican.

jwoodcrook

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was an amazing tour! Getting started early means the crowds are minimal and the small group tour allowed us to ask more questions and get more information. Our guide was incredibly knowledgable, charismatic and friendly. We have no complaints about this tour, it was AWESOME!

Eugene G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Easy to meet up with guide - and just the right amount of content for our family (3hrs). Had a couple on their honeymoon and another american family in our group of 11. Guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Basically no wait time anywhere.

Marcio M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Emanuelle , the tour guide was amazing . He make us thinking about all the arts , and the history of the vaticano . We have so much fun and and it was an amazing experience . Marcio and JIm Nevins

Pamela W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I cannot stress enough how important it is to utilize early access tours. Our guide was perfect and we were able to view the Vatican minus crowds and hours of waiting.

Mark T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour , our guide was great , she really knew her stuff.
She was also super friendly and very approachable.
We all thought this was the right tour for our family, it even kept 2 teenage boys paying attention.
Highly recommended.

Danilo V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour and excellent tour guide! Highly recommended.

Rachel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Sarah N. is an amazing tour guide. She was enthusiastic and excited about sharing the experience of the Vatican with us. We enjoyed the small group as the museums do get very crowded and we were able to navigate well. It was still very crowded though even though we had early access. Highly recommend.

cmcfinke07

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Simona was a great tour guide! This was a great tour. Very interesting and nice to have a small group.

Bridget C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was amazing! Our guide knew everything about the history art and architecture of the Vatican. She was fantastic Her name was Emmie

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