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Vatican at Dawn: Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica

Product ID: 203731
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Admire the highlights of all the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica on this incredible morning tour with a professional local guide. Discover the history of the Vatican State and marvel at the beauty of the Sistine Chapel.
About this activity
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
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  • Experience a different side of Rome with an early-morning tour
  • Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour and learn all about the Vatican State
  • Make the most of priority access
Full description
Experience a different side to Rome and the Vatican with this early morning sunrise tour. Your tour will begin as you meet your guide a few minutes away from the museum's entrance, before the doors are officially opened to the general public. Bypass the usual crowd at the museum, and skip the ticket line as you pick up a headset to hear the details provided by your guide.

As you walk through the museums, you will discover some of the most famous and finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes, and paintings. Stroll through some of the most important rooms and galleries in the museum complex, and stop at the famous Pinecone Courtyard, Raphael’s Room and Sistine Chapel.

From the Sistine Chapel, you might have the chance to skip the ticket line by using a secret passageway to enter into the St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the museum. Here, your guide will introduce you to the largest and most important church in the Christian faith, and explain why it is known as the home of many Renaissance and Baroque paintings. Your 3-hour tour will end at the grand St. Peter’s square, after your guide has fascinated you with a final story of Michelangelo’s and Bernini’s double colonnade.
  • Official certified guide for the early morning Vatican tour
  • Radio system to hear the guide
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (except in the event of delays or strikes by the Vatican museum management)
  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica (but entry to St. Peter's Dome is not included)
  • Visit to the Raphael rooms
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entrance to the cathedral
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/ from attractions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet in front of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, located at Piazza della Città Leonina, 9, 00193 Roma RM, Italy.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• Please be arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes before the tour departure time.
• On rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica can close without notice. In this case, the tour will include a 3-hour visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel instead of St. Peter's. The tour operator will not offer refunds.
• You are not permitted to enter these attractions with suitcases or large bags.
• Please note that there is no cloakroom on site.
• If you arrive after the tour start time, you will not be able to join and will not be refunded or have your tour rescheduled.
• There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements; in the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
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Product ID: 203731