Guided tour

Rome: Early Bird Vatican City Tour

4.9 / 5

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Activity provider: Gaudium Travel

Rome: Early Bird Vatican City Tour

Activity provider: Gaudium Travel
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From US$ 81.10 per person

Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums and explore its vast collection of artifacts and artwork on an early-morning tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian
Private or small groups available


  • Enter the Vatican before the general public arrives
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and the famous Raphael Rooms
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and its frescoes
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
Full description

Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Enjoy an early morning tour of Vatican City before the crowds arrive. Your English-speaking guide will take you to the Vatican Museums, to see the Pinecone and Octagonal courtyards before you visit the Room of the Muses, the Round Room, and the Greek Cross Room, the site of the 2 sarcophagi of the Constantine family. Take a walk through the galleries of the Candelabra and the Tapestries, and the private gallery of Pope Gregory XIII, to admire the collection of Italian cartography. Head to the Sistine Chapel and hear about what Michelangelo endured while working on the scaffolding for seemingly endless hours in the Sistine Chapel. It is in this Chapel that all eligible cardinals meet to elect new popes.

  • Skip-the-line ticket
  • Tour Guide for your group
  • Headsets to hear your guide during the tour
  • Entrance to St. Peter's Basilica and guided tour
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens, and St. Peter's Basilica is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (shoulders and knees must be covered and no hats are allowed)
  • No photography or filming is permitted in the Sistine Chapel
  • It is obligatory to deposit suitcases, large backpacks, and umbrellas in the cloakroom
  • St. Peter’s Basilica will be closed on Wednesdays due to the Papal Audience. In this case, you will be offered an extended guided tour of the Vatican Museums. As an active Catholic Church, St. Peter's Basilica is also subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies
  • Groups never exceed 10 people, ensuring a comfortable experience
  • Due to spontaneous changes to local Covid-19 regulations, St. Peter's Basilica could be closed on the day of your visit
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 50 reviews

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The tour was easy to find, easy to get through and the guide was great! We enjoyed the ability to roam around a bit while still listening to the live tour. The size of our group was prefect and the items covered in the tour were wonderful. Value was spot on as well.

August 16, 2021

Martina our guide was perfect throughout the visit! She paced the visit very well, knows absolutely every nook and cranny of the Vatican. She speaks French very well, listens, answers questions and is always trying to find out if you are doing well. We did not see the 2 hours of visit with her and absolutely recommend her!

July 16, 2021

We really enjoyed the guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. What was very informative and we were very enthusiastic. Our guide told us very detailed and interesting about it, without him we would not have learned a lot and also overlooked a lot. Even my 15 year old daughter loved the tour. We would also like to thank you very much that the tour was only carried out for the two of us, despite the fact that we booked a group tour. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 there are still relatively few tourists in Rome.

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July 8, 2021

Product ID: 54786