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Rome: Early Access Vatican Tour

Rome: Early Access Vatican Tour

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Take a Vatican tour with early access to the Vatican Museums, before the general public arrives. With an expert guide at your side you’ll take in highlights of the Museums, Raphael Room, and the Sistine Chapel.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive
  • Marvel at the works of art in the Museums and the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn about the Museums from an expert, licensed guide
Full description

Your 3-hour Vatican adventure begins when you meet your guide and the other members. Skip-the-line admission will ensure that you enter the Museums without delay, and before the doors open to the general public. On this tour you’ll see the highlights of the Vatican Museums with your expert guide. Marvel at the spectacular works of art, including those housed in the Tapestry Gallery, the Gallery of Maps, and several rooms dedicated to the works of the great Raphael. Your enthusiastic guide will fascinate you throughout the tour with commentary on art history and the history of the Vatican State. Whether you're a novice or an art veteran, the Sistine Chapel is sure to impress. It is often referred to as the jewel in Michelangelo's crown.

  • Skip-the-line admission
  • Guide
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • 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 who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months
    • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Shorts
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible or for people with walking difficulties
    • Please be aware that in peak season due to the great amount of visitors it might take extra time to go through security check and to collect with your guide the Vatican headsets that are compulsory in the Vatican Museums. 
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 132 reviews

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    Good tour - our guide Frederico was super knowledgeable and answered all questions. Ultimately, despite the early report time, we didn't actually walk over to the Vatican until 8am and even then there were super long lines and waited while our guide got our tickets from the ticket booth. While you do perhaps beat bigger crowds, it's worth knowing that it's not some secret about the early tours so it's still relatively packed across the board as you go into the Vatican.

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    September 26, 2022

    Good tour - recommend avoiding Sat or Mon as they are the busiest days with the Vatican being closed Sunday's . Recommendation that the Tour Operator put a sign on their window so when you arrive early you don't feel you've been dropped in a back alley at the wrong address- tour registration starts at 715 and leaves 730 there are many cafe's to enjoy if you arrive early. The group size is advertised as 10 but we had at least 20 - which made it difficult to have eye contact with the Guide or see her photos. Claudia was very knowlegeable and entertaining. Even through its early its still very busy. You can stay on longer to enjoy the museum if you want. Great experience recommend doing with a guide

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    June 13, 2022

    The guide was lovely! After he did us an amazing tour of the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel he proposed us to do us an extra tour of the St Peter basilica for 2 hours he had a very good knowledge of it and was very sympathic we recommend it !

    June 29, 2021

    Product ID: 59091