Beat the crowds to the Vatican, and explore its famous museum complex before the doors open to the general public. The early morning experience is led by a private guide, just for your group, so you can ask as many questions as you wish while you explore. See the Vatican Museums' treasures, then step inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica to admire some of the world’s finest examples of Renaissance art.
Early access Vatican tour with a private guide
Enter the Vatican Museums an hour before the standard opening time
See the artwork of the Vatican in all its glory, minus the daytime crowds
Walk around the Sistine Chapel to view frescoes by Michelangelo
Visit St. Peter’s Basilica via a skip-the-line entranceway
Enjoy a personalized experience with your own private tour guide
Professional guide for 3 hours
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Food and drinks
Departure & Return
Vatican Museums, 00120, Vatican City
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
What To Expect
Leave your Rome hotel and travel into Vatican City. Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums, and start with a quick intro to its key sights and history.
Enter the museum complex an hour before the doors open to the general public. Without the crowds that appear later in the day, the halls of the museum are quieter, meaning you’ll catch all the commentary and clearly see the sights.
Learn about the popes who amassed the incredible collection of artwork and antiquities, then step inside the Sistine Chapel. A sacred place of worship, the Sistine Chapel is best known for its Renaissance frescoes that adorn the ceiling and back wall. Gaze in awe at the work of Michelangelo that frames the room, then head into St. Peter’s Basilica via a reserved, skip-the-line passage.
Stroll around the iconic Catholic church, admiring its art and architecture as you go. You’ll then bid your guide goodbye to finish your tour in the heart of the Vatican.
Please note: If you have children in your group, let the local operator know before you travel. A child-friendly guide can be arranged, along with special commentary to keep everyone entertained.
Vatican Museums and Upper Galleries, including the one of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra. The galleries are connecting the north section of the Vatican Palace with the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter’s. The rooms preserved many roman statues discovered during the excavations and many spectacular painted rooms.
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with the Frescoes painted in the 1500s for the Pope Julius II and Paul III; Michelangelo first painted the Ceiling where he represented the Creation of the World, from the Genesis book, and stories of Noah’s life. The Renaissance “Genius” when he was 61 years old he will come back to paint in five years only Last Judgement on the wall behind the altar.
The Basilica was built from the 1506 and it has replaced the Medieval Basilica built under the Emperor Constantine. The Basilica was built in 120 years by many architects including Raphael and Michelangelo. The inside decoration of the Basilica is very Baroque thanks to the “Genius of the Baroque Gian Lorenzo Bernini who projected the “Altar of the Chair of St. Peter” and the Baldachin. Inside the Basilica there is a beautiful chapel where is preserved the Michelangelo’s Pieta. The artists represent this painful moment with the body of Jesus laying on the laps of his mother after the deposition from the Cross.
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
St. Peter's Basilica is a church and, as such, the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend a longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.
A moderate amount of walking is involved, not recommended for customers with limited mobility.
Personal photography is allowed during this tour, except in the Sistine Chapel.
Please be on time in order to enter the Vatican Museums at the time booked and avoid losing the tour.
Your private driver will pick you and drop you off up at your centrally located hotel so please ensure you provide us with all the required information at the time of booking.
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Please note: a limited number of infant seats available, please inform us how many you need.
Please note: in some areas of the Vatican the stroller must be carried by yourself in your arms, due to architectural restrictions.
Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
Please make sure you ask the guide any curiosities you may have during the tour, we want to ensure you have the very best experience!
Please bring comfortable shoes and a refillable water bottle.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
No shorts above the knees, no sleeveless t-shirts are permitted, no big backpacks are allowed, no big umbrellas are permitted, no pointed objects are allowed.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.Learn more about cancellations.
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