Private tour

Rome: Early Bird Vatican Museums Tour with Pickup Service

Rome: Early Bird Vatican Museums Tour with Pickup Service

From US$ 299.34 per person

Enter the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel one hour before the general public. Those willing to get up early and arrive in time for early bird check-in will enjoy the museums without the usual crowds.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
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 ticket line
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian, German
Pickup included
Pickup from centrally located hotels in Rome (within Aurelian Walls).
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Enjoy the Sistine Chapel one hour before the general public
  • Admire the famous statue of Laocoön, and see the Belvedere Torso
  • Discover maps of the world by ancient cartographers
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art from the papal collections
  • Benefit from the hotel pickup service (from centrally-located hotels)
Full description
After hotel pickup, travel to the Vatican. Enter the museums at 8:00 AM, 1 hour before the doors are open to the general public. Enjoy a fascinating tour and an interactive experience with a passionate tour guide who will animate the history of the magnificent artwork and cater to your personal interests.  During your visit, see one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes, and paintings. Enjoy the impressive Belvedere Courtyard and stroll through the most interesting rooms and galleries of the museum complex. Marvel at the famous Laocoön and the Belvedere Torso, both deeply revered and studied by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists. Explore the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. Be stunned by Michelangelo’s masterpieces inside the Sistine Chapel. Enter the beautiful St. Peter’s Basilica, home to the famous Baldachin by Bernini. End your tour in St. Peter’s Square, home to the famous Egyptian obelisk and the martyrdom of St. Peter, central to Bernini’s design of the piazza. 
  • Early entrance (before the general public)
  • Blue Badge guide
  • Hotel pickup from accommodations within the Aurelian Walls
  • Skip-the-Line Tickets
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Drop-off service
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • 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
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums: no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women, and you may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved — comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Please note that the museums' hours and closures may change due to special events at the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's
  • When booking, please advise if you require a hotel drop-off within the Aurelian Walls (this service has an extra cost)
  • Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair-friendly
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Motivierte, freundliche und kompetente Führerin, sehr empfehlenswert

March 25, 2019

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