Guided tour

Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica: Early Morning Tour

Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica: Early Morning Tour

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Experience for yourself the unparalleled beauty, the ancient history, and the artistic and religious significance of the Vatican. Tour the grounds before the crowds show up and discover a magical world of paintings, sculptures, and architecture.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and the famous Sistine Chapel in the company of just a few others
  • Set off on an exclusive Vatican tour that minimizes stress and maximizes enjoyment
  • Take advantage of this singular opportunity to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica without massive crowds
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
Full description

From its stunning beauty to its ancient history and artistic and religious significance, the Vatican is a one-stop-shop for any traveler. Whether the paintings, sculptures, religious art, architecture, or even the Pontifical Swiss Guards that have protected the Pope since 1506, little else compares to the utter majesty of the Holy See.

Join the more than five million annual visitors of the global heart of the Catholic Faith. Experience the Vatican City, the entirety of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fully with privileged access to the main attractions before the general public arrives.

Start discovering the beauty of the Vatican at 7:30 AM in the absence of crowds. Wander the Vatican Museums, the famous Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica surrounded by very few. Explore the museums at your own pace and leave the rest of the day free to enjoy Italy.

Follow your expert guide into the Museums to discover the world’s most extensive collection of art, including the greatest sculptures and artwork of the Renaissance period. Continue through the Candelabra Gallery, divided into six splendid rooms containing artworks found throughout the country, bringing relics of the Roman Empire into the modern-day.

Then explore the astonishing Gallery of the Tapestries, host to an extensive collection of Raffaello Sanzio’s tapestries depicting different Catholic stories and myths. From there, walk through the Gallery of Maps with your guide, the perfect place for travelers with a taste for the sciences. Check out the global maps created by Roman topographers — a glimpse into what the world was thought to look like centuries ago.

Includes
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Exclusive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry and reservation fees for the Vatican Museums
  • Detailed map of the Sistine Chapel
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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 over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Meeting point

Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Your tour guide will be waiting for you at the exact address.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  This tour will take place rain or shine
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security
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