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Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

4.9 / 5

17 reviews

Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

From US$ 262.62 per person

Skip the long lines and enjoy exclusive early-bird entrance to the Vatican and tour the museums and Sistine Chapel like a VIP. The 3-hour tour will get you access to one of the greatest art collections in the world before the crowds arrive.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums
  • Walk through the Pinecone Courtyard and Garden Terrace
  • Explore the Octagonal Courtyard and Belvedere Palace
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel long before the crowds arrive
  • See one of the greatest art collections in the world, unhindered
  • Admire the Galley of Maps, Raphael Rooms and more
  • Go to St. Peter's Basilica in the soft morning light
Full description
Enjoy an exclusive and private tour of the Vatican, with early entrance to avoid the crowds. The tour starts at 08:00, before the general public are admitted, providing a special opportunity to see the treasures of the Vatican Museums and visit a freshly awakened Sistine Chapel almost unhindered Explore the highlights of the papal palace, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the Tapestries and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Tailor your visit to include the aspects of the collections you want to see, whether in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, or St. Peter’s Basilica. Your personal guide will not only enlighten you with the Vatican’s fascinating history, but share bits of papal gossip and little-known stories about the popes and artists represented.
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • All reservation and administration fees
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    Meeting point

    Meet in front of Cafè Vaticano, Viale Vaticano 100, across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to tour commencement

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Large bags, bigger than 15.7 inch x 13.7 inch x 6 inch (40 cm x 35 cm x 15 cm), and/or an umbrella (if not foldable), must be checked into the wardrobe of the entrance hall. It is recommended to leave these items at home
    • Dress Code: cover knees and shoulders
    • 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
    • Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 8:30 rather than 8:00am. Despite the later start, the early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour. By arriving 30 minutes before Vatican doors open, you enter 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.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 17 reviews

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    Amazing! Just do it!

    Alessandra our guide, was a pearl! Enthused, full of humour, with such a sweet micro Italian accent as she spoke French. The only way to do the Vaticsn in our opinion. Rooms of museums were empty, or almost, and again, Alessandra is THE BEST to drive you through the amazing stories of this place!!! Go for it! Really worth it!

    June 5, 2017

    Simplicité et précision. Le rendez-vous a été parfait et simple.

    L'organisation a été très bien orchestrée. L'heure et le lieu du rendez-vous furent clairs et sans équivoques. Notre guide Madame DRIDI SALOUA a été très professionnelle. Aucun détail n'a été laissé au hasard. La prise en charge est très facile. La conduite de la visite fut bien menée. Débuté et achevée à l'heure prévue.

    June 26, 2017


    Excelente guía

    Pamen nos acompañó en todo momento, informándonos con detalle de todo. Nos llevó directamente a la Capilla Sixtina, para verla antes de que se llenase de gente. Muy conocedora de lo que allí veríamos, de la historia, etc y bastante amena. Recomiendo encarecidamente hacer la visita guiada, de 3 horas, y luego volver a tu ritmo al principio para visitarlo detenidamente. Puedes invertir fácilmente 6 horas de visita

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    April 12, 2017

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