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 US$ 103 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 line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Audio guide included
Private or small groups available

What customers loved


  • 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
  • Cappuccino
  • Croissant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting Point: Via Santamaura 14B (Office What a Life Tours)

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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

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 755 reviews

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I am so thankful for your company. I was booked on a tour with another company, that canceled the day before, I panicked, it was going to be my last day in Rome. I went on-line and found this tour, booked right away. I was greeted by a friendly gentleman, that confirmed I was on the tour I had just booked the night before. Then to my pleasant surprise, he said a coffee and croissant was complementary while o waited for the tour to start. I was so thankful. Then, promptly at 8:00am, I met our tour guide Elaine. She truly is like a ray of sunshine! She’s so cheerful, energetic and enthusiastic! She was incredibly knowledgeable and she truly is passionate about everything she was explaining. Her knowledge and enthusiasm made my once in a lifetime Vatican tour a memorable one. Thank you Elaine!! :) Thank you so much for everything, I am truly grateful. I will definitely recommend your company (and Elaine) to anyone I know that’s planning on visiting Rome. Kindest regards, Brenda

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January 17, 2023

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our tour - our second visit to Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s. The group was small and it was easy to weave through the slowly thickening crowds with our experienced, entertaining and knowledgeable guide. She had good sense of humor and a personal connection to the breathtaking art collection in the museums. - All in all the tour was very professionally organized.

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January 7, 2023

Great tour with a fantastic guide. Mario was so knowledgeable and funny. The tour was long -- the Vatican is so huge!! -- but Mario kept us engaged while teaching us so much. We learned it would take 25 years to see every piece of art if you only gave each piece 5 seconds so... it's impossible to see everything. But this tour hits all of the highlights. An excellent introduction to Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica. With so much to see I guess we'll have to go back!

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January 2, 2023

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