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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Vatican Early Entrance Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Product ID: 36484
Skip the line and enter the Vatican early with a 3-hour morning tour in a small group. Follow your guide through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica as you admire the artwork and learn about the Vatican's long history.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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  • Enjoy early, VIP access to the Vatican
  • Tour the museums and see many statues, tapestries, and paintings
  • Visit the famous Raphael Rooms
  • Admire the painting in the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn about the different popes and the history of the buildings
  • See the Renaissance and Baroque architecture of St. Peter's Basilica
Full description
Take a tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line privileges and the intimacy of a small group on a 3-hour experience. As a VIP, you and your group of no more than 6 people will enjoy early entrance to the museum at 08:00 and beat the general crowds.

Explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel as your guide leads the way. Discover the highlights of the papal palace collections, including Greek statues, rich tapestries, and the exquisite Raphael Rooms.

Then enter Saint Peter’s Basilica and pay attention as your passionate Vatican guides enlightens you with its fascinating history and little-known stories about the popes.
  • Entry tickets
  • Reservation fees
  • Tour guide
  • Administration fees
What’s Not Included
  • Meals

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Important information
Know before you go
Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be enjoyed by an extended tour in an alternative area.
• Talking during your visit inside the Sistine Chapel is strictly forbidden
• The Early Entrance Tour begins at 7.30AM, however, the first 30 minutes of the tour is held outside of the Museums in order to give you a comprehensive explanation before entering the chapel
• The tour operator has no control or insight into how busy the museum will be
• Access into the museums a full hour before entry during high season is nevertheless highly recommended considering the immeasurable crowd sizes admitted once the doors open to the public
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Outstanding - so much detail - so many wild and interesting facts!!!!!

The guide was efficient in ensuring we were the first people in the Sistine chapel, so we had the stunning ceiling almost to ourselves. She then went on to provide us with incredible facts and stories about the Vatican, which made the place come alive and will ensure I remember the details for years to come. From Popes with children, to Michelangelo's jokes and poking fun, to the sheet age of many of the artifacts - EXTRAORDINARY

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March 2, 2015

Our guide Guilliano was fantastc! Genuinely passionate and patient!

I was unwell but my husband and i didnt want to cancel. Very glad we didn't, Guilliano always knew where we were and patient, he wanted to know what interested us, took the time we wanted to further explore the Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Guilliano was passionate about his work, highly knowledgable and well travelld himself and shared interesting tid bits about Roman life. The ealy session is a must for a more intimate experience. My husband and I genuiney and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

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October 1, 2014

Amazing visit with Davide, speaks perfect Spanish and has a lot of knowledge and experience besides being extremely friendly. We could not have had less guidance and thanks to him our experience was the best.

September 23, 2019

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