Visit the Vatican Museums before it opens to the general public on a morning tour to see its large art collection. With a guide, you'll skip the regular ticket line and go in an hour before the usual crowds arrive so you can explore the Sistine Chapel and other rooms and galleries in a less-busy environment. This is a great way to check off one of Rome's top attractions and still have the rest of the day to do other things.
Enter the Vatican Museums with priority access on an early-hours tour
Explore with a guide so you won't miss the top features
Gain insight into the artwork, history, and "secret rooms"
Morning tour doesn't take up your whole day
Official certified guide – Early Morning Vatican Tour
Radio system to hear the guide
Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums & Sistine
Access to St. Peter's Basilica (entry to St. Peter's Dome not included)
Visit to Raphael Rooms
We guarantee "Skip the Line" even during peak season
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Entrance to the cathedral
Food and drinks
Transportation to/ from attractions
We don't Guarantee "Skip the Line" in event of delays or strikes by the Vatican museum management
Departure & Return
Piazza della Città Leonina, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Start your tour as you meet your guide a few minutes away from the museum's entrance early in the morning before the doors are officially opened to the general public. Which means you’ll bypass the usual crowd at the museum, Skip-the-line and pick up a headset to hear the details provided by your guide of one of the world’s greatest collections of art.
Discover some of the most famous and world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes, and paintings as you walk through the Vatican museum. You’ll also stroll through some of the most important rooms and galleries in the museum complex and stop by at the famous Pinecone Courtyard, Raphael’s Room and Sistine Chapel.
Here at the Sistine Chapel admire the priceless frescoes before the crowd arrives. You’ll be stunned at the guide show you and explain the Michelangelo’s masterpiece of Pieta' and Bernini's Baldachin.
From the Sistine Chapel, skip-the-line by using a secret passageway to enter into the St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the museum (not guaranteed during the Jubilee Year as special ceremonies inside the Basilica may lead to its closure). The guide will introduce to the largest and most important church in the Christian faith and also the reasons how it’s known as the home to many Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
Your three-hour tour will end at the grand St. Peter’s square, but before the tour ends the guide will also fascinate you with the story of Michelangelo’s and Bernini’s double colonnade. We guarantee that you’ll never regret the early wake!
Wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, as the Vatican has a strict dress code. You may be refused entry if not properly dressed
St. Peter’s Basilica has an airport-style security check after skipping the long line outside. No liquids, large bags, or sharp items are allowed. On peak days the wait time can be impacted by security checks
"Skip-the-line" access is guaranteed, even during peak season (except in the event of delays or strikes by the Vatican Museum management)
In high season the time allowed inside the Sistine Chapel could be limited by the Vatican Museums security staff
On rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. In this case, the tour will include a 3-hour visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel instead of St. Peter's. The tour operator will not offer refunds
You are not permitted to enter theses attractions with suitcases or large bags. Please note that there is no cloakroom on site
Please note that the tour requires a minimum number of guests to run
Please note that if you arrive after the tour start time you will not be able to join and will not be refunded or have your tour rescheduled
There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, in the event of this occurring you will be offered an alternative or full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.
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