Guided tour

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

Activity provider: What a Life Tours

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

Activity provider: What a Life Tours

From € 99.06 per person

Skip the ticket lines and explore the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in a small group with an expert tour guide. Enjoy early entrance to St. Peter's Basilica.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Optional audio guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

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  • Enjoy early entrance to St. Peter's Basilica before the crowds
  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Explore the Museums with a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy breakfast (coffee and croissants) before the tour departs for the Vatican
Full description
If you are planning a visit to the Vatican and looking for the ultimate VIP experience, this 3.5-hour tour will provide a personalized experience with the guidance of a passionate tour leader. Whether you’re a first-time visitor wanting to hit all the must-sees or a seasoned Vatican connoisseur in search of hidden gems, you guide will ensure that your Vatican adventure leaves memories that will last a lifetime. Your tour group will not exceed 12 participants so that you can benefit from the personal attention of your guide. The Early Morning Vatican Tour makes it possible for you to take in all the highlights and a few lesser known parts of the Vatican’s big 3: the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Your expert guide has years of experience and knows this cultural complex intimately, making it possible to find the least crowded spots and the most breathtaking masterpieces.
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s
  • Early entrance 1 hour before the crowds
  • Admission and reservation fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

• The tour meets directly at the activity provider's office, which is located only few meters away from the Vatican Museums’ entrance • Remember that Rome’s streets can be confusing, so it is recommended you allow extra time in case you get lost. If you are uncertain about how long it will take you to arrive at the meeting point, don’t hesitate to contact the activity provider for advice, as all tours require a prompt departure

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note:
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • The first portion of the itinerary is quite fast-paced. For this reason, it is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
  • The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica require that all visitors have their knees and shoulders covered.
  • Bags measuring more than 40x35x15 centimeters as well as tripods, large umbrellas, and objects that could be harmful to other visitors or damage works of art in the Museums, are not allowed into the Vatican Museums and must be stored in the cloakroom. Be aware that the cloakroom is a 20-minute walk from the ending point of the tour.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active parish and therefore subject to unforeseen closures for spiritual celebrations. In such cases, if possible, you will be contacted in advance with an alternative tour time or itinerary.
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 739 reviews

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The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel , and St. Peter’s Basilica are amazing but without an enthusiastic and knowledgeable expert like Michelle to explain what you’re looking at you’ll be lost about the history and significance of this incredible place and the stories behind the artists and creators of so much beauty. He really made this tour so worth it and could not recommend him highly enough. The tour was very organized and on time and since we went in early was not very crowded and were able to keep a good pace and take plenty of photos and videos . Best tour we’ve been on in a longtime make sure to ask for Michelle!

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October 28, 2022

We had an incredible tour with Michelle, who is Italian and studied art history in Rome so he was very knowledgable and provided awesome details about everything we saw. Definitely worth the money. I did some other tours in Rome that did not end up being worth it - but this one definitely is! Would recommend booking for sure.

October 20, 2022

Elaine was our tour guide and she was hands-down the absolute best! You could tell that she was patient about the art, the museums, the statues, and the history. She absolutely made the tour entertaining, interesting, and even had a few secrets to share. We would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone interested and would DEFINITELY recommend requesting Elaine.

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October 15, 2022

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