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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome

Vatican Museums: 3.5-Hour Early Morning VIP Access

Product ID: 59288
Immerse yourself in the art and culture of Vatican City on this early morning tour that gives you VIP access to the Vatican Museums and skip-the-line entry to St. Peter’s Basilica. Marvel at the spectacular frescoes by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Gain special access to the Vatican Museums before opening hours
  • Enter St. Peter’s Basilica without waiting in the long lines
  • Marvel at the beauty of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
Full description
This special 3.5-hour group expedition begins at the Vatican Museums, where you’ll have a chance to explore Italian masterpieces of the Baroque, the Renaissance, and the Middle Ages. Your guide will also show you ancient Roman sculptures, mosaics, and of course, stunning frescoes.

Enter the hidden Raphael Rooms, a suite of 4 reception rooms, and admire the frescoes, or mural paintings. Paired with those of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, they are the most famous of the frescoes that mark the High Renaissance period in Rome.

Make your way to the Sistine Chapel, where your guide will tell you about the life, times, and works of Michelangelo and Pope Julius II, the patron of the Chapel. As you enter, you’ll encounter Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, a work of art so vast that it incorporates 9 complete scenes.

Skip the lines and enter St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world, and one of the most recognized works of Renaissance architecture.

Designed by the great artists Bramante, Maderno, Bernini, and Michelangelo, St. Peter’s has a capacity of 20,000 people. Be sure to see the Pietà, the most recognized religious sculpture by Michelangelo.

Beauty and history come together in this privileged access tour. Knowledgeable tour coordinators will guide you through this once-in-a-lifetime Vatican experience.
  • VIP access semi-private tour
  • Skip-the-line admission tickets
  • Professional guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food, there will be a cafe where you can purchase if you need

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At Caffe Vaticano, in front of the entrance to the Vatican, you’ll meet your guide, who will be holding a sign that reads Once in Rome.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
You will receive confirmation within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.

The child rate applies only when sharing with 1 paying adult.

There is a dress code for entering places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered (both men and women). You risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

It sometimes occurs that parts of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica are not accessible to visitors, due to religious ceremonies. The tour operator is not responsible for closures in such instances, as this is a Vatican decision. In these cases the operator will not accept claims for reimbursement.
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Great guide. Really personable and loved all the little things pointed out along the way.

December 3, 2019

October 23, 2019

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