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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Tour | Semi-Private and Private Options

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Roma, Italy

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums on this small-group tour. Enter the Sistine Chapel before its opens to the public, and view the frescoes in a calm, crowd-free setting. Then, tour the Vatican Museums, seeing the highlights of the papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of Maps, before checking out the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Early entrance, skip-the-line Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • Admire Michelangelo’s ceiling and wall frescos without the daytime crowds
  • Bypass the main lines to enter the Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy a guided tour of highlights, including the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ and other treasures
  • Small group of six participants or fewer
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Semi-Private Group Tour of 6 people max
Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums
Skip the ticket line
Professional Local Expert Guide
Private Option Available
Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and small group of no more than six near the Vatican Museums.

Listen to an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes from your guide. Talking inside the chapel is not allowed, so you’ll learn about these Renaissance artworks before entering. Then, head directly inside the pope’s private place of worship. Your ticket gives you early access to the chapel as one of the day’s first visitors, so you can enjoy it without the crowds. 

Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment gracing the back wall of the chapel. Soak in unobstructed views of the works, and enjoy time to inspect them in detail.

When your time in the chapel is up, reconvene with your guide and bypass the main admission lines for a tour of the Vatican Museums’ highlights.

Stroll around the Pinecone Courtyard, and see works like the Belvedere Apollo and Laocoon Priest of Troy statues. Admire the celebrated marble Belvedere Torso, and stroll through the must-see 16th-century Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Raphael Rooms.

Afterward, walk back through the Sistine Chapel — seeing how crowded it is during normal opening hours — and continue through an exclusive exit into St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, let your guide introduce you to the best of the treasures held in the magnificent interior. Admire Michelangelo's glorious Pietà, the marble sculpture depicting Mary holding the dead Jesus, as well as Bernini's Baldacchino altar canopy and Pope Alexander VII monument among other great works.

Your tour concludes inside the church when your guide departs. You’re free to then continue exploring independently, perhaps looking further around the interior to see the papal tombs, climbing the Dome, or strolling around St. Peter’s Square as you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
In this Exclusive Early Access to the Vatican you will enter the museums an hour prior to the general public, enjoy much lighter crowds, and be granted immediate entry to the Sistine Chapel! The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly. The best way to get the most of this popular site is to enter early and to see it either in our Semi-Private Group of ONLY 6 people MAX, or in your very own Private Group. Enjoy a thorough explanation of this incredible masterpiece and learn all about it from your professional expert guide before you actually enter the chapel. As it is a holy place, it is strictly forbidden to speak inside. That is why we guarantee you will learn all about it before you enter. Then, once inside, you will have time to take it all in and admire the breathtaking beauty of this world famous site in contemplative silence.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
With the luxury of our truly small group size of 6 people max, or in the personalized intimacy of your very own private group, you will be guaranteed to get the very most out of your Vatican experience. This way you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide, ask all the questions you wish, and have the guarantee of a personalized experience. We trust this makes ALL the difference! Walk through the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras and enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries. After you learn about the impressive Gallery of the Maps, continue to the exquisite Raphael Rooms. With your professional expert tour guide, you will be sure to see all the highlights as well as hidden gems! You will not only learn the fantastic history of the powerful Popes but will also delight in the bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 made up elsewhere on the tour.
  • Please note: Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 9:30 (til Sept 13) and 8:30 (til Oct 31), rather than 7:30am (which will resume on Nov 1st). Despite the later start, our early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour because we enter when Vatican doors open, which is what makes this tour special. Essentially we get you into the museums first, so you can go directly to the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel before the crowds and enjoy them with as few people as possible before your guide brings you for a thorough exploration of the Vatican museum collection. 
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please Note: due to these unprecedented times and unexpected regulation changes, some areas may not be accessible if the venue can not guarantee social distancing for that part of the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Exclusive Early Access Vatican Tour | Semi-Private and Private Options?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Early Access Vatican Tour | Semi-Private and Private Options.

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  • "Early morning is a great way to beat the crowds and the best way to see the Sistine chapel and the Raphael rooms!" See review
  • "Early entry to the Vatican is the best way to do it." See review
  • "The early morning tour is the best if you want to miss the big crowd." See review

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Excellent tour in every way!
Suzanne_G
, Dec 2020
Our tour for the early morning Vatican visit was beyond our expectation. Our guide was so kind and smart and shared her knowledge with us at every point along the way. We did this tour with our two children, ages 10 and 14, and they loved the experience too. And we got to see the Sistine Chapel and Rafael rooms without standing among throngs of other tourists. We hope to return to Rome again and do this tour again.
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Amazing!
Nicole_K
, Oct 2020
Massimo, was a really good Guide. It was really interesting and was showing us really special treasures. It was amazing, the Vatican museum was really empty.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Vatican tour with Massimo and we thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We will be sure to let Max know how much you appreciated his efforts and felt you had learned lots of new things. Thank you again Angelo and Kristin
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Giulia was awesome!
Joel_B
, Oct 2020
Our guide Giulia was amazing, I would not try to tour the museums without her! Excellent trip and highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Three cheers for Giulia and her tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel and many thanks to you for your very positive and enthusiastic review! All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Rome experience
Paul_S
, Sep 2020
A really fantastic tour. Our guide was Angelo (LivItaly). He was a fountain of knowledge and made the whole experience a pleasure. Showing us the most important artefacts and exhibits on show and provided a fantastic background to them. The highlight of the tour was the Sistine Chapel. Stunning. It was at least 4 hours of hot weather and being on the go with a lot of walking. Make sure you have water and comfortable shoes. We visited in Covid times so it was fairly quiet but it meant gift shops and cafes were shut so please bear that in mind.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you, Paul, for your very nice review of our Vatican tour together. It's great to know that you appreciated the tour and felt that you were able to get lots of information about the works we saw and, at the same time, you had as good a time as I did together with you. Thanks, on behalf of future travelers, for your notes about what to expect. I'm sure your indications will be helpful. All best wishes Angelo (and Kristin)
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Great experience at Vatican!
Andrea_D
, Aug 2020
Great guide and experience. Everything was very well settled, the guide very knowledgeable. Strongly recommended
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Many thanks for your positive review and recommendation of our Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. We’re so glad to hear that your experience was fun, interesting and stress free and, best of all, that you will go home with great memories! Thanks again for your great review! We’ll hope to see you again soon for another fun experience! Angelo and Kristin
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Very highly recommended
Liz_D
, Aug 2020
Really wonderful private tour - Davide is a truly excellent guide. Full of good information and humour. I was nervous about taking my two boys aged 10 and 17 but they both said it was a highlight of our entire stay in Rome. We hope to return to one of his tours again soon! Many thanks for us all.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We can't thank you enough for your great review and recommendation of the Vatican tour you took with Davide but the very best part is that both of your sons said it was the highlight of their stay in Rome. WOW! That's really a super compliment for Davide and we'll be sure to let him know! Thank you once again for taking the time to write and we hope to see you again soon, maybe in one of the other cities (in Italy and in Europe) which we can share with you and your family. All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Amazing!
Mary_A
, Feb 2020
I will be recommending this tour to anyone I know who is going to Rome. The Guide was excellent, such an informative tour. I am so glad we were in at this time in the morning as you could see how busy it was by the time our tour ended. A well organised tour company.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Mary We greatly appreciate your enthusiastic review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and thank you also for mentioning how much better the visit is when one takes the early morning entrance. It's well worth getting up and going early so that you can be in front of the crowds. Thank you once again for writing Angelo and Kristin
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Excellent
Cindy_A
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour. Highly recommend to do an early before the crowds get there tour. Tour guide was very interesting and informative
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Cindy Many thanks for your nice review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Thanks also for recommending to future visitors to take advantage of the early morning entrance. We're sure other people will be happy to know about it. Many thanks, once again Angelo and Kristin
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A great experience
Patricia_B
, Feb 2020
Great tour - it was wonderful getting in to the museum early. Mara was a knowledgeable and professional al guide. Highly recommend this adventure.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Patricia We do appreciate your great review and high rating of the early morning Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Mara. We thank you also for your recommendation of this tour to future visitors. Angelo and Kristin
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Awesome Tour Guide
Trystan_W
, Feb 2020
The tour was really good but what made it special was Donata the guide. Informative and funny! She really made the tour! She knew where to be and at what time for us to get the best from the Vatican
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We're so pleased that you found Donata to be the perfect guide for your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and we thank you for writing such a great review. All best wishes and thanks, once again Angelo and Kristin
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