Rome: Small-Group Early Bird Vatican Tour

4.9 / 5

15 reviews

Rome: Small-Group Early Bird Vatican Tour

From $65.25 per person

Be among the first to enter the Vatican in the morning on this guided tour. Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums, learn all about the Sistine Chapel, and marvel at the art in St. Peter's Basilica. Enjoy a personalized experience on a small group tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Serbian
Private or small groups available


  • Enter the Vatican before the general public arrives
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and the famous Raphael Rooms
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and its frescoes
  • Skip the line to enter St.Peter's Basilica and enjoy La Pieta, a Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti
Full description
Enjoy a 2.5-hour early morning tour of Vatican City before the crowds arrive. Your English-speaking guide will take you to the Vatican Museums, to see the Pinecone and Octagonal courtyards before you visit the Room of the Muses, the Round Room, and the Greek Cross Room, the site of the 2 sarcophagi of the Constantine family. Take a walk through the galleries of the Candelabra and the Tapestries, and the private gallery of Pope Gregory XIII, to admire the collection of Italian cartography. Head to the Sistine Chapel and hear about what Michelangelo endured while working on the scaffolding for seemingly endless hours in the Sistine Chapel. It is in this Chapel that all eligible cardinals meet to elect new popes. Take a walk across St. Peter’s Piazza, where many exciting moments in history have taken place and admire views of St. Peter’s Basilica. Inside the Basilica, your guide will point out Michelangelo’s Pieta, the masterpieces by Bernini, and Neoclassical work by Antonio Canova, a sculptor appointed by Pope Pius Vll.
  • Private small-group tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica at 8:30 AM
  • Skip-the-line ticket before general opening hours
  • Private Tour Guide for your group
  • Headsets to hear your guide during the tour
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
    • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • Please note:
    • Access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens, and St. Peter's Basilica is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (shoulders and knees must be covered and no hats are allowed)
    • No photography or filming is permitted in the Sistine Chapel
    • It is obligatory to deposit suitcases, large backpacks, and umbrellas in the cloakroom
    • St. Peter’s Basilica will be closed on Wednesdays due to the Papal Audience. In this case you will be offered an extended guided tour of the Vatican Museums. As an active Catholic Church St. Peter's Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies.
    • Groups never exceed 10 people, ensuring a comfortable experience.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 / 5

    based on 15 reviews

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    The tour was excellent. We skipped all the queues and there was minimal waiting time for the tickets at the beginning. The tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate. We felt well treated, would thoroughly recommend this tour. The atmosphere was nice, friendly, small group size. Extremely happy with our experience!

    February 14, 2020

    Amazing Vatican experience

    We were lucky to have Eva as our tour guide. She is very passionate about her job and it shows during the tour. We totally enjoyed the tour because of her and her enthusiasm. I would recommend Eva as a tour guide to anyone who books this tour. She is also great with kids.

    April 4, 2016

    Abbiamo optato per il tour guidato cappella sistina e musei vaticani e ne siamo rimasti veramente entusiasti. Attività partita in orario e non abbiamo fatto tanta fila. Il museo non era pienissimo, causa pandemia, quindi abbiamo potuto godere della bellezza in piena tranquillità nonostante fosse sabato mattina. La nostra guida, Alberto, ci ha accompagnato nella scoperta dell'arte con passione e preparazione. Siamo appassionati di arte e architettura, quindi non si è risparmiato di raccontarci tutto quello che c'era da sapere! Ci siamo sentiti proprio guidati e coccolati tra racconti storici e arte! Consigliatissimo!

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    May 23, 2021

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