Guided tour

Rome: Vatican Museums Pre-Opening Guided Tour

Activity provider: Nicom Tours

Rome: Vatican Museums Pre-Opening Guided Tour

Activity provider: Nicom Tours

From US$ 76.29 per person

See the Vatican without the crowds, visit the Sistine Chapel in peace before it gets too busy, and enjoy a tour of the Vatican Museums with fewer people on this early access guided tour.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Escape the crowds and explore the Vatican in peace
  • See the Sistine Chapel before it's open to the public
  • Admire artwork by famous artists at the Pinacoteca Gallery
  • Visit the Raphael Rooms
  • Learn about the artists and their art from your guide
Full description

Visit the Vatican before the crowds on this early access tour. Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with your guide 1 hour before the Vatican is open to the public.

On this early morning tour, you will be able to marvel at the artistry of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in serenity. Follow your guide through the Vatican Museums, and admire the art that fills the halls. Learn about the history of the artist and their art from your guide.

See art by Caravaggio and Da Vinci in the Pinacoteca Gallery and Picasso and Rodin in the Collection of Modern Religious Art. Travel through Italy in the Gallery of Maps, and visit Julius II’s private residence, also known as the Raphael Rooms, filled with frescoes by the great artist and his students.

  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Guide
  • Headsets for groups of more than 8 people
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • 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

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3 /5

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Very good tour, interesting and with lots of information. The early admission is worthwhile, but there were already a lot of visitors in the museum. The meeting point is divided between two offices, the first address (Via Germanico 8) was for English-language tours. For the German-speaking tour, we therefore had to quickly switch to the other office (Via Vespasiano 46).

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June 16, 2022

I cannot share my pre-opening experience, given that our 8 am reservation was postponed to 9:45 am, because there were only two of us. The interest in being present before the opening to the public has been cancelled. However, our guide Mirko was very interesting and made us spend very good moments of sharing.

May 12, 2022

Product ID: 409794