Vatican Museums Early Access Skip The Line Small Group Tour

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Gain access to the Vatican Museums before the masses on this early-hours tour. You'll enter before the doors open to the general public, and can check out all the must-sees—including the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s “Pietà” in St. Peter’s Basilica—without shuffling through crowds. Your guide’s explanations help you fully appreciate the art on show.
  • Get early access to the Vatican Museums on this guided tour
  • See the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more without the crowds
  • Avoid waiting in long lines with fast-track entry
  • Insightful commentary helps you better appreciate the collections

Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Professional guide for 3 hours
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Entry/Admission - Vatican City
Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Any private expenses
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Beat the crowds and join our Early Access Vatican Museums small group tour. You will be able to enjoy the famous Vatican galleries and the Sistine Chapel before they open to the crowd at 9am. We will pre-purchase a special early entrance voucher for your group scheduled for 8am, so that you will be among the first people to enter. You will meet our enthusiastic guide and the rest of your group at 7:30am. Whilst you wait to enter the Vatican Museums at 8am, we will administer you headsets to ensure you can clearly hear your guide. Your guide, an expert in art history, will then explain the Sistine Chapel to you using special images to ensure you're up to speed when you reach that part of the tour (explanations are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel itself) and can admire the beauty of Michelangelo's work. The early entrance will give you the unique opportunity of fully enjoying the precious artworks housed in the Vatican Museums away from the daily crowds of visitors. In this way, the guide can explain what you see in detail and you can enjoy them as they deserve. The Vatican Museums are among the biggest art collections in the world, with paintings and sculptures and artifacts of all kinds. Inside the 5 mile long museums you will be able to enter Raphael Rooms famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. They are considered the highest point of the High Renaissance Art in Rome, together with Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Other interesting Galleries you will visit are the Gallery of the Tapestries, commissioned by Clement VII in the 1500’s and the Gallery of the Candelabra, an 80 meters long gallery with marble candelabra and colored marble columns, inaugurated in the 1700s.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
After Vatican Galleries will reach the Sistine Chapel, where you will be amazed by its breathtaking fresco ceiling and by Michelangelo’s Last Judgement. Originally called the “Cappella Magna”, the “big chapel”, it takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it in the 15th century. Since then, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity and today it is the site of the Papal Conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. Once again, entering before the general opening will allow you to take in the beautiful frescoes and take home with you wonderful memories.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Finally, from the Sistine Chapel you will reach St. Peter’s Basilica through a special door, the most important and holiest Catholic Church in the world. The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican or simply St. Peter’s Basilica, is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as “holding a unique position in the Christian world” and as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom”
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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