Early Entrance Vatican Private Tour with Cabinet of the Masks

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Beat the crowds at the Vatican Museums on this private, early-entry 3.5-hour tour that allows you to get inside before the general public. See the highlights of Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, plus the Cabinet of Masks – a Vatican Museums section that is typically closed to visitors. Families traveling with children will be given a child-friendly guide.
  • 3.5-hour private early-entry Vatican Tour
  • Get into the Vatican Museums 1 hour before the general public
  • See the highlights of the museums plus the Cabinet of Masks
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Enjoy plenty of personalized attention from your private guide

Professional guide for 3.5 hours
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Private tour
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Meet your guide at 7:30am near the entrance of the Vatican Museums to begin your private tour. You'll gain entry into the vast museum at 8:00am, a full hour before the doors open to the general public, giving you a unique opportunity to see the incredible collections without the typical crowds.

Listen as your guide explains the history of the Vatican, including the Vatican Museums. See all the highlights of the collections, plus the Cabinet of Masks. This gallery has gorgeous Roman mosaics on the floor and beautiful statues lining the halls, and it is usually closed to the public.

Finish your Vatican Museums visit with a stop in the exquisite Sistine Chapel, decorated with Michelangelo's famous frescoes. Follow your guide through a skip-the-line walkway between the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica to tour the enormous church. The tour ends in St. Peter's Basilica.
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Your tour will starts at the entrance of Vatican Museums Galleries where you will meet your private guide. The first stop of your private guided tour will be The Vatican Museums, where you will admire several very famous painting and statues such as Laocoon
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
You will enter to the Cabinet of the Masks, one of the most famous part of the vatican Museums. Its name is due to the mosaic you can see in the center of the room. Most part of ther mosaic comes from Hadrinan's Villa at Tivoli.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
You will then approach to the most fanous room of the whole museum: Sistine Chapel: Here you can admire the frescoes of Michelangelo, including the Last Judgement and Creation of the World.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Finally your tour will lead you to the main church of Rome: St. Peter's Basilica. here you can see several very important artworks, such as Pieta of Michelangelo and Bernini's artwork and Papal tombs in the upper Basilica
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • Please be on time to avoid losing entry and thus missing the tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please bring comfortable shoes and a refillable water bottle.
  • 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!
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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