Rome: Vatican Museums and Gardens Early Access Tour

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Rome: Vatican Museums and Gardens Early Access Tour

From US$ 84.95 per person

Enter the Vatican Museums before the regular opening. Avoid the crowds and visit the Vatican Gardens, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on this Vatican City tour in Rome.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Explore the Vatican’s secluded botanical gardens
  • Marvel at the amazing works of art in the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the lines waiting to enter, leaving more time to enjoy your Vatican visit
  • Gaze up at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy privileged early entrance before the crowds
Full description

This special tour begins in the Vatican's secluded botanical gardens. Explore the grounds and enjoy this peaceful hideaway. Admire its beautiful architecture, fountains and greenery.

Then enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Marvel at one of the world's most important art collections. You’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, one of most revered sites in Rome.

Your expert guide will show you spectacular works of art, including Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment. This is the largest fresco ever painted by a single person.

  • Skip-the-line admission
  • Expert tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Short skirts
  • Backpacks
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note: The Sistine Chapel maintains a strict dress code throughout the year. All visitors must have their shoulders covered and pants/skirts must come to the knee.
  • The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica have strict security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances to most attractions, it is forbidden to bring in the following:
  • Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.)
  • Glass bottles, aerosol sprays and alcohol
  • Bicycles, skates and Segways
  • Luggage
  • Pets
  • If you or any member of your party has difficulty with mobility (uses crutches or a wheelchair, etc.), please contact the tour operator before booking. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Customer reviews

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4.2 /5

based on 5 reviews

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Very interesting and delightful

We enjoyed the tour very much! Either the Vatican Gardens or Vatican Museums were great. Moreover, the services of both your guides were excellent as well (we don’t remember the name of the first lady, but Anna was the one who guided us through the museums). Once again: Many thanks to both of you.

July 5, 2017

The guides themselves were very good on both tours (first: gardens, second: rest), informative and answering all questions. The organization was unfortunately not good, the start times did not match: between 30 and 45 minutes

October 8, 2017

October 29, 2017

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Product ID: 105727