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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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Be among the first people of the day in all the Vatican with this small-group tour.

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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.


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, Jan 2019

High recommend viator and this tour! Fabulous and interesting guide, v knowledgeable, speedy entrance!

, Jan 2019

We thought January would be quite but it was not. A good guide and a small group worked for us as well as skip the line tickets.

, Jan 2019

Always a good visit. The only thing that was not good this time was the quality of the audio system used. It went on and off for all of the group members. I expected better from this company regarding that area.

, Dec 2018

The tour was excellent!!! The tour guide was excellent. She was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, professional and treated the tour group in a friendly manner. She loves her job and it shows. I highly recommend this tour and this guide.

, Dec 2018

From start to finish our guide Nico "wowed" us with his expertise and guidance as he gave a fabulous tour of the Vatican Museums (did you know it was the second largest museum after the Louvre?), the Chapel and St. Peter's. Be ready to crane your neck in the Chapel. We went early which I hear is better and our day was not very crowded (Monday in mid-December). He provided a few nice opportunities for photos as well. Even with the excellent directions for meeting the tour (we walked), we were confused as to exactly where the steps were so leave yourself plenty of time to arrive.

, Dec 2018

Fabulous tour...,,,great guide and fabulously organized. Everything we expected. Paid through Viiator ahead and everything was as expected. Thanks for a great tour!!!!

, Nov 2018

Great tour. Laura our guide was very knowledgeable as to St. Peters and the Vatican Museum. She was able to answer all questions. The small group made the tour more personal.

, Nov 2018

Good for getting on a shorter line. Because we did other skip the line tours, my husband thought we were meeting someone to take us around. No guide, but again shorter line to access the museums.

, Nov 2018

Elizabeth, an archeologist was the perfect guide, so knowledgeable, and personable. She provided us with so much interesting history of the Vatican, St Peter’s, Michelangelo and other artists. A tour not to miss and ask for Elisabeth.

, Oct 2018

We would not have known what we were looking at or where to go had it not been for our guide Francesca.

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