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
It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unlock the doors and turn on the lights to the rooms which contain some of the most precious and historic! art treasures in the world. The whole experience was fantastic from beginning to end. A huge part of what made this tour so special was our guide Tiffany McIver. She was absolutely outstanding!!! She absolutely knows her stuff, and is absolutely passionate about it. I would love to take many more tours with her.
This was an excellent tour in all respects. Tiffany was a great tour leader, knowledgeable, well informed, and passionate about sharing her expertise. The tour started promptly at 6am, and lasted about two and a half hours followed by an amazing outdoor breakfast. This small group tour is a recent Viator innovation (since summer 2018) and well worth the cost. Good value overall. My husband and I would highly recommend this tour. Thanks again Tiffany! Diane and Michael
Well worth every penny!!! Felt so priveledged!! The incredulousness of this event was especially felt when we went back into the Sistene Chapel and saw how many people were there a mere hour after we had been through! And to have pics unlocking the door to The chapel and gallery of maps will be treasured forever. If you are going to splurge on something in Rome, let it be this tour!!
This is unreal! I took my mother and she has not stopped talking about this weeks later. We were literally standing in the dark with 20 other people at 7:30am in the middle of the Sistine Chapel and then the security guard turned on the lights- unreal. You can take photos, lie down on the floor to see ceiling- all of which are strictly forbidden during normal hours. If you have the means to afford this exclusive tour it is a MUST! The cavigero key keeper were so kind and welcoming! They asked us to help them unlock doors, turn on lights etc. They stated that because we had a paid for this exclusive tour, we were not visitors but special guests. It was very nice to have such a warm welcome.
The breakfast in the courtyard was terrible and not as nice as it sounds. We didn't do the tour for the food, but just know that the breakfast is at a cafeteria with the rest of the tourists after the doors have opened to the public and the food was terrible.
The guide was not only incredibly knowledgeable of the history of the Vatican, she was enthusiastic and excited about sharing that knowledge in a engaging and often funny way. Add to this, the charm and humility of Giovanni, the key master of the Vatican, who was with us every step of the tour, and this was truly the best possible way to see this amazing place. Highly recommended!
The chance to tour the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel away from crowds was life changing. You are with a group of about 15 people and arrive 2 hours before the Vatican opens for other tours. There are several Early Bird Tours but there are still numerous groups all touring at same time. This is just your small group, tour guide (Tiffany was amazing) and the keeper of the keys. I half expected Pope Francis would walk in. The incredible art in the museum was beyond my expectations and then to be in the Sistine Chapel on our own with Michelangelo's masterpiece above without the jostle of hundreds in their with you made this tour the best of my life.
A unique experience, don't miss the chance to do it! A memory of a lifetime. After the tour we stayed on to see some of the other parts of the Vatican, by that time the doors were open to the public. At that moment we realized how truly lucky we have been to experience the Vatican in a small group.