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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums on this small-group tour. Enter the Sistine Chapel before its opens to the public, and view the frescoes in a calm, crowd-free setting. Then, tour the Vatican Museums, seeing the highlights of the papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of Maps, before checking out the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Early entrance, skip-the-line Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • Admire Michelangelo’s ceiling and wall frescos without the daytime crowds
  • Bypass the main lines to enter the Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy a guided tour of highlights, including the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ and other treasures
  • Small group of six participants or fewer
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Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
Skip the long ticket lines
Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
Private Option of this tour is Available!
Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and small group of no more than six near the Vatican Museums.

Listen to an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes from your guide. Talking inside the chapel is not allowed, so you’ll learn about these Renaissance artworks before entering. Then, head directly inside the pope’s private place of worship. Your ticket gives you early access to the chapel as one of the day’s first visitors, so you can enjoy it without the crowds. 

Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment gracing the back wall of the chapel. Soak in unobstructed views of the works, and enjoy time to inspect them in detail.

When your time in the chapel is up, reconvene with your guide and bypass the main admission lines for a tour of the Vatican Museums’ highlights.

Stroll around the Pinecone Courtyard, and see works like the Belvedere Apollo and Laocoon Priest of Troy statues. Admire the celebrated marble Belvedere Torso, and stroll through the must-see 16th-century Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Raphael Rooms.

Afterward, walk back through the Sistine Chapel — seeing how crowded it is during normal opening hours — and continue through an exclusive exit into St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, let your guide introduce you to the best of the treasures held in the magnificent interior. Admire Michelangelo's glorious Pietà, the marble sculpture depicting Mary holding the dead Jesus, as well as Bernini's Baldacchino altar canopy and Pope Alexander VII monument among other great works.

Your tour concludes inside the church when your guide departs. You’re free to then continue exploring independently, perhaps looking further around the interior to see the papal tombs, climbing the Dome, or strolling around St. Peter’s Square as you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
In this Exclusive Early Access to the Vatican you will enter the museums an hour prior to the general public, so you can enjoy much lighter crowds, and be granted immediate entry to the Sistine Chapel! The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly. The best way to get the most of this popular site is to enter early and to see it either in our Semi-Private Group of ONLY 6 people MAX, or in your very own Private Group. Enjoy a thorough explanation of the incredible masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel and learn all about it from your professional expert guide before you actually enter the chapel. As it is a holy place, it is strictly forbidden to speak inside. That is why we guarantee you will learn all about it before you enter. Then, once inside, you will have time to take it all in and admire the breathtaking beauty of this world famous site in contemplative silence.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
With the luxury of our truly small group size of 6 people max, or in the personalized intimacy of your very own private group, you will be guaranteed to get the very most out of your Vatican experience. This way you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide, ask all the questions you wish, and have the guarantee of a personalized experience. We trust this makes ALL the difference! Walk through the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras and enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries. After you learn about the impressive Gallery of the Maps, continue to the exquisite Raphael Rooms. With your professional expert tour guide, you will be sure to see all the highlights as well as hidden gems! You will not only learn the fantastic history of the powerful Popes but will also delight in the bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world. Your tour will end in St. Peter's square, one of the most picture perfect places in all of Rome.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 made up elsewhere on the tour.
  • Please Note: due to these unprecedented times and unexpected regulation changes, some areas may not be accessible if the venue can not guarantee social distancing for that part of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 8:30 rather than 8:00am. Despite the later start, our early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour. By arriving 30 minutes before Vatican doors open, we get you into 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.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Traveler Tips


  • "Early morning is a great way to beat the crowds and the best way to see the Sistine chapel and the Raphael rooms!" See review
  • "The early morning tour is the best if you want to miss the big crowd." See review
  • "Highly recommend to do an early before the crowds get there tour." See review

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Best tour in Rome
zoya_p
, Jul 2021
Absolutely fantastic- Francesca was leading the tour. It was my third time in Rome and I learned by far the most about the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican. Also it was incredible to see Vatican museums without huge crowds. A highly trained guide, Francesca was extremely patient with my teenagers and their questions.
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A Golden Thread
Rose_Q
, Jul 2021
We had a truly wonderful tour with our very knowledgeable guide, Luca. He was able to answer all our questions, and we had plenty. The tour of the museums was excellently conceived; there was a “golden thread” leading us through the many centuries, and so despite the sheer numbers of exhibits, we were never over-taxed. Luca is a great tour guide, he is very much attuned to his guests and genuinely loves his work. We whole heartedly recommend this tour, and hope to return. Thank you, Luca.
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Vatican Musuem
Sherry
, Jul 2021
Franco was a fabulous tour guide. Very knowledgeable. Gave us a bit of time to explore on our own. Considerate of our time.
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Best tour!!!
Kristin_W
, Jul 2021
Amazing take this tour. Best guide amazing understanding and consideration. Take this tour and this company if you do anything!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Many thanks for your very enthusiastic review of our Vatican tour and for your many recommendations to future travelers to consider booking with our company. It's wonderful to know how much you enjoyed! Thanks again. Angelo and Kristin
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Great timing
Kenneth_P
, Jul 2021
Our guide David was excellent. From start to end the process was professional and efficient without feeling rushed. We were very lucky to tour early in post COVID lockdown and the day after euro 2020 Italy win so it seemed like we had the Vatican to ourselves.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Davide will be certainly be happy to know that you thought his Vatican tour both professional and enjoyable. We didn't plan it (covid slow-down in crowds or Italy's Euro cup win) but what a great chance you had to have the Vatican all to yourselves! We're glad things worked out so perfectly for you! Thanks again for sharing your enjoyment of the tour. Angelo and Kristin
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. Deborah was def the best/incredibly informed and congenial/she let the group of 4 ask any questions they wanted!
roger_k
, Jul 2021
Too much to choose just one but it was moving to seeing where the cardinal conclave selects a pope and burns their ballots!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for your great review of the tour at the Vatican and Sistine Chapel with Deborah. As you mention, there are just too many "moving" moments to list when visiting the Vatican but we're happy to hear that you have gone home with some very special memories. Thanks again Angelo and Kristin
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Fantastic
David_D
, Jul 2021
It was a fantastic experience with an early access to the Sistine Chapel and one of the best guides I ever had. Thanks for the fantastic half-day!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We're so glad that your experience at the Vatican and Sistine Chapel was such a positive one. Thank you for your lovely words and high rating. All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Excited to be traveling again
ceg2611
, Jul 2021
Marco was our tour guide and the entire experience was fantastic. The early access made visiting the museum & chapel much more enjoyable - we had a front row view of every statue and fresco, without dealing with the crowds. Marco was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about Roman architecture and history, giving a lot of context around the Renaissance artists and historical papal figures. 10/10 would recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for such a fabulous rating of our Early Access Vatican tour and of our guide, Marco. The early access does make a definite difference in one's enjoyment and apprehension of what there is to see. Add in Marco's enthusiasm and the combination really rocks! Thanks again and all best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Wonderful tour
Bridget_K
, Jun 2021
Massimo was wonderful and kind and very knowledgeable. It was a wonderful tour. A note for those who may not know—you will have to exit the Vatican and walk in the heat to St Peter’s due to Covid restrictions. Bring hats, sunglasses, and plenty of water. It is definitely not for people with walking difficulties. Very excellent tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your nice review of the tour at the Vatican you took with Massimo. We're sure that your special note to future travelers will be well appreciated but, despite the summer heat, how can one skip the Vatican? Thanks once again and hope to see you soon. Angelo and Kristin
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Excellent
Jane_G
, Jun 2021
This was an excellent tour. The guide was extremely informative and fun. We learned so much and had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
It's wonderful to hear that you not only learned new things on your tour of the Vatican but that you had a great time as well. What a perfect combination!! Thank you so much for writing and for your high rating. Angelo and Kristin
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