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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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Entering an hour before the general public (meet at 7:55am sharp) means exploration without the din of the crowds, and headsets are provided so you can always hear your guide clearly throughout the tour. Both men and women must cover knees, shoulders, and torsos when visiting holy sites.
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.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, 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.

, Oct 2018

This was definitely worth the money! The guide was knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions. We also got to stay after the tour was over so we got to be blessed in the Sistine Chapel, attended a mass in St. Peter's Basilica and attended confession also. Tour of a life time!

, Oct 2018

Can't say enough about the day. Best decision I made was viator. They had a great guide and fantastic organisers

, Oct 2018

With over 30,000 visitors a day booking a tour with the skip the line tour is worth every penny. Mondays is always the most busiest day for the Vatican tour. It was a wonderful experience but just be prepared for the vast amount of people that will also be there. I would recommend this tour

, Oct 2018

Our experience was amazing. The Vatican absolutely took my breath away and our tour guide, Daniella, knew so much! She was so knowledgable and made the entire tour such a pleasant opportunity.

, Oct 2018

Early start (8.10am), even so, the Vatican was busy. Our guide, Tatania, was excellent - her English good and her subject knowledge first rate. She was enthusiastic throughout and clearly loves showing people round the wonders of the Vatican, of which there are many. 3 hours flew by - not cheap,but worth it. Thanks.

, Oct 2018

Got us inside the Vatican quickly and then we ditched the tour.

, Oct 2018

Our guide Maria Teresa did great. I can't imagine a more difficult tour to guide. It would take Michael Angelo and Pope Innocent themselves, and an empty Vatican, to do this vast area justice. Every square inch is significant. Read all you can before you go on any where , it will be much more enjoyable.

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