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Early-Access Vatican Tour (Small-Group)

Product ID: 211542
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Join a small-group or private tour, no larger than 12, and enjoy exclusive access to The Vatican Museums an hour before they open to the public. Experience the perfectly peaceful Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, without any of the midday crowds.
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

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  • Enjoy access to the Vatican before it opens to the public
  • Experience the Sistine Chapel while it’s still quiet
  • Encounter the highlights of the Vatican Museums’ astonishing art collection
  • See St. Peter’s Basilica at its most serene
  • Walk through the Courtyard of the Pine
Full description
Join your guide on a journey through the dizzying collection of The Vatican Museums, to the very heart of its treasures. You can admire the classical statuary, including the iconic "Laocoön and His Sons". Later, stroll through grand Renaissance rooms, such as the Raphael Rooms, without being troubled by the day’s crowds.

Traveling onwards, you will venture toward the serene Sistine Chapel to enjoy it in the calm of the morning. There, you’ll see Michelangelo’s great masterpiece, his 12,000 feet of frescoes, including scenes from the Old Testament. Your guide will also illuminate the secret meanings behind famous artworks, such as the Creation of Adam.

Finally, you will visit St. Peter’s Basilica just as it begins to wake up. This iconic building was the brainchild of 3 of the world’s greatest ever architects; Bramante, Bernini and Michelangelo. When you walk inside, it is immediately obvious that it was touched by genius, and it causes many people to simply fall to silence. This Church, the foundational site of Catholicism, is a triumph of human sensibility and a stronghold for faith, and is also the resting place of St. Peter himself.
  • Entrance Fees
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Professional guide
  • 3-hour guided tour through the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Unique early morning experience
  • Headsets (when your group exceeds more than 6 people)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The guide will be waiting for you at Viale Vaticano 100, in front of Caffè Vaticano and hold a sign with the logo of Roma Experience.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • 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.
• This activity is not accessible for wheelchairs or people with walking difficulties.
• A moderate amount of walking involved.
• Backpacks and large bags are not permitted inside the Vatican, there is a cloakroom service located at the beginning of the Vatican Museums.
• Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
• When visiting places of worship please remember shoulders and knees of all visitors must be covered, if not this might resort in you being refused entry.
• The Vatican may close the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s church with or without notice. If this occurs, this occurs, the supplier will offer an alternative itinerary and a partial refund.
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Roma Experience Tours

Product ID: 211542