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

Product ID: 50951
Skip the ticket lines and enter the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public arrives. On this half-day tour you’ll explore the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in a small group and with a top-rated tour guide.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Enter the Vatican Museums one hour before the general public
  • 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.
  • Early entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s
  • Admission and reservation fees
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets (recommended to bring your own if possible)
  • Continental breakfast
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
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.
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 197 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Our guide loves the Vatican and has made it her mission to help tourists explore all of its most famous artwork as well as the back story and details you couldn’t get any other way. Elaine ensured that our group was at the front of the early entry line so we had the Vatican museum almost to ourselves.

6 December 2019

We did the early morning tour of the Vatican, led by Mario of What a Life Tours. There are many Vatican tours to choose from, and this one fit the bill as we did not want to be at the Vatican while it was too crowded. After a quick croissant and coffee, we headed to the Vatican (quite close to the tour office) and Mario gave us an introduction. He was a musical theater major, and intersperses these talents into his timing. He is also quite an expert on art and Roman history, and while not native to Rome, is now a resident and his admiration for the art and culture are evident. We saw several of the gallery rooms leading to the Sistine Chapel (although no time to admire many of the contemporary pieces), the Chapel itself and the Basilica. The artwork and grandeur of the Vatican cannot be rivaled. The Basilica was especially impressive because although massive there was still a warmth to it. Highly recommend this tour and company.

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9 November 2019

The Sistine Chapel was absolutely amazing and was easily our favorite part of the tour. 30 minutes there went by in no time. The museums were interesting as well, but we felt like our guide was stopping us to spend time on some of the mundane pieces and ignored a few of the more interesting pieces and rooms entirely. Overall, we enjoyed our tour, but if we did it over again, would probably opt for skip the line tickets and an audio tour so we could spend our time where we wanted.

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16 October 2019

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Product ID: 50951