Get an early start to beat the crowds at the Vatican Museums with a 2-hour tour that gives you exclusive morning access to some of Rome’s most popular sightseeing destinations. Skip the lines and get through security quickly so you can take in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. You’ll get great views of the artwork and architecture before they are open to the general public.
Admission tickets and guide included
Insightful commentary shared by the art historian guide
Skip the long lines with an early morning walking tour
Headsets provided to hear the guide clearly (with six or more people)
Headsets to hear the guide clearly (when 6 or more people)
Professional art historian guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Small-group walking tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
What To Expect
As experienced Rome tour guides, we know the Vatican Museums in and out. We know exactly which galleries and works of art you absolutely must see on a visit to Vatican City. After entering at 7:30 am like a champion, walk with your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Admire the ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, the Flemish tapestries created by Raphael’s pupils and the breathtaking topographical depictions of Italy. You’ll learn all about the best of these treasures from your expert guide.
Experience the Sistine Chapel in the best way possible, with only a few other tour groups inside. We are one of the very few companies offering this rare and exclusive early morning entrance. If you’ve ever visited the Sistine Chapel during normal hours, you know what a golden opportunity this is. Fix your eyes heavenward to take in Michelangelo’s Creation of Adamand the hundreds of biblical figures depicted in intricate detail. This Chapel’s wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling frescoes hosts the election of new popes. Reflect on the Chapel’s history and unparalleled beauty in complete solitude.
Experience the marvelous St. Peter’s Basilica, which took 120 years to build. Skip the line and continue your early access Vatican tour through a special door. Experience the sights and sounds of an authentic mass inside one of the world’s most amazing Basilicas.
Experience the most celebrated works of art inside the church, including the statue of St. Peter, La Pieta and the Baldacchino. Bernini’s Baldacchino stands 29 meters tall and is located right below the dome of St. Peter’s above the papal altar. You are then free to visit the Papal Tombs on your own and explore the final resting place of hundreds of popes (and a Swedish queen!).
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings due to the Papal Audience. We still run the tour because it might be your only day in Rome! Instead, we visit some of the most iconic statues in the world and Emperor Nero's enormous marble bathtub.
A: Yes! Enter the museums through the "center lane". Individuals enter through the left lane. Tour operators enter in the right lane. We enter through the center lane for this tour which lets us inside 90 minutes before individuals and 30 minutes before other tour operators.
A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican City closes for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.
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