• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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You get to be one of 20 people to enjoy the quiet of the morning at the Vatican before the crowds. This experience is only available through TripAdvisor and Viator.

Not many people can say they've spent time in the Sistine Chapel alone—until now. This first-ever experience, only available through Viator and TripAdvisor, grants you entry into the Vatican Museums with the clavigero (key keeper), a staff member with the privilege of opening the doors to the Vatican Museums and its galleries, at least an hour before standard early access tours. You and your small group get to see the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms as the lights are switched on—something never before witnessed by the public—and enjoy a rare guided visit inside the Sistine Chapel. Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard is an added bonus.


  • VIP early access to the Vatican Museums with the official key keeper
  • Be the first of the day to visit the Raphael’s Rooms and Gallery of the Maps with no crowds
  • Enter the Sistine Chapel with your guide (usually not allowed) before it's open to the public
  • Indulge with a banquet-style breakfast in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard
  • Explore in a small group for unparalleled access to a world-famous landmark

What You Can Expect

Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Opening

Inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Museum
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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Absolutely amazing! One life time experience! Being at the Vatican Museums before the opening was really a unique thing to do in Rome; our guide Francesca showed us all galleries, including Raphael's rooms together with the Vatican guard who was opening all doors and gates. It was impressive to visit the museum without anybody around and see the Sistine Chapel empty! After the visit there is also a nice breakfast in the courtyard where we relaxed looking at all visitors that were entering at that time. Absolutely worth to do this tour and I'd recommend to anybody!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This is a really unique experience. Opening the Vatican Museums with the Clavigero made me feel really special and privileged. I wish we all could witness art and history in the peace of empty rooms, with a knowledgeable and friendly guide like we did. Visiting the Sistine Chapel on our own is invaluable, something I will hardly forget.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

A truly unique experience from beginning to end. There’s a lot of excitement as you walk through the museums with the clavigero, see him open a door at a time, and you walk into those beautiful empty rooms. I loved the tapestry corridor, which was particularly dark and we the guide had to use torches! Being inside the Sistine chapel with no one else around, and having your personal guide explain the paintings right there, is also amazing. The tour finishes with a buffet breakfast at the courtyard café, which was very nice (and they cater for food requirements). It is an early start, but it is totally worth it and you do feel like that the Vatican is waking up as you walk along. I’d recommend to anyone, even those who have visited the Vatican Museums before, as this is a completely unique way of seeing and experiencing the museums.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Walking around the Vatican Museums at 6am in the morning. Empty rooms and galleries... All those treasures were there just to be admired by us in the absolute silence of the building. Such a special atmosphere! I have been to Rome quite a few times, but the memory of this experience will definitely make the difference and stay with me forever ! Watching the Clavigero opening the Sistine Chapel only for us and finally standing right in the middle of an empty Sistine Chapel. We loved the tour from the beginning to the end. Our guide Francesca was great and very engaging. Very nice breakfast in the pinecone yard at the end was the cherry on top! Totally recommended!

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