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Vatican Early Entrance Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Vatican Early Entrance Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

From US$ 117.73 per person

Skip the line and enter the Vatican early with a 3-hour morning tour in a small group. Follow your guide through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica as you admire the artwork and learn about the Vatican's long history.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy early, VIP access to the Vatican
  • Tour the museums and see many statues, tapestries, and paintings
  • Visit the famous Raphael Rooms
  • Admire the painting in the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn about the different popes and the history of the buildings
  • See the Renaissance and Baroque architecture of St. Peter's Basilica
Full description
Take a tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line privileges and the intimacy of a small group on a 3-hour experience. As a VIP, you and your group of no more than 6 people will enjoy early entrance to the museum at 08:00 and beat the general crowds. Explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel as your guide leads the way. Discover the highlights of the papal palace collections, including Greek statues, rich tapestries, and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Then enter Saint Peter’s Basilica and pay attention as your passionate Vatican guides enlightens you with its fascinating history and little-known stories about the popes.
  • Entry tickets
  • Reservation fees
  • Tour guide
  • Administration fees
  • Meals
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

Meeting point: In front of Cafè Vaticano, on Viale Vaticano 100, across the street from the museum entrance. Your guide will be holding a "LivTours" sign.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • 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.
  • Talking during your visit inside the Sistine Chapel is strictly forbidden
  • Access into the museums a full hour before entry during high season is highly recommended considering the immeasurable crowd sizes admitted once the doors open to the public
  • 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 option is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour. By arriving 30 minutes before Vatican doors open, you enter the museums before the crowds/
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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based on 12 reviews

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Outstanding - so much detail - so many wild and interesting facts!!!!!

The guide was efficient in ensuring we were the first people in the Sistine chapel, so we had the stunning ceiling almost to ourselves. She then went on to provide us with incredible facts and stories about the Vatican, which made the place come alive and will ensure I remember the details for years to come. From Popes with children, to Michelangelo's jokes and poking fun, to the sheet age of many of the artifacts - EXTRAORDINARY

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March 2, 2015

Our guide Guilliano was fantastc! Genuinely passionate and patient!

I was unwell but my husband and i didnt want to cancel. Very glad we didn't, Guilliano always knew where we were and patient, he wanted to know what interested us, took the time we wanted to further explore the Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Guilliano was passionate about his work, highly knowledgable and well travelld himself and shared interesting tid bits about Roman life. The ealy session is a must for a more intimate experience. My husband and I genuiney and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

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October 1, 2014

The absolute BEST Vatican Tour (and Guide) possible!

Our Vatican Early Entrance Skip-the-Lines Small Group Tour was definitely all it was stated to be, and then some! What an incredible way to see the Vatican - with only a handful of people there to do the same thing you are - marvel at this amazing place unrushed, unpushed and unshoved, and truly get to take your time breathing it all in! I truly appreciated the light crowds the early entrance afforded us, and Sergio's incredibly helpful educational information and patient nature. Our trip to the Vatican City was made complete with this amazing tour. It truly was a small group - only 5 of us in the tour total. I was pleased to do the early tour, rather than the evening tour - as I found out this truly was less crowded and afforded more of what we were looking for - which included the gardens and afforded better picture-taking! Sergio was extremely helpful with my mother through the tour, finding spots for her to be able to rest and wait. HE WAS AMAZING! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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August 27, 2014

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