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Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica Private Early-Access Tour

  • Beat the crowds and see the Vatican Museums before they open to the public
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off mean you won’t have to navigate on your own
  • Learn all about the Vatican’s artworks and history from your private guide
Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
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Early Bird Vatican tour. Children under 6 tour for free. Children aged 6-18 only pay tickets. Meet your guide at your Hotel. Hotel Pick up and drop off included.
Early Bird Vatican Tour PRIME
Upgrade your tour with priority access 15 min. ahead of the usual early bird. Enjoy the Museum Galleries as they first come to life and a relaxed Sistine Chapel explanation while comfortably seated.

The Vatican Museums contain one of the world’s most important art collections, and draw crowds to match. But on this private tour, you’ll have special access before the venue opens to the public. Linger in the Sistine Chapel, take in the many masterpieces, and learn all about the Vatican’s history from your guide. Then, you’ll have priority entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to wait in line.

What to Expect

Don’t worry about finding your own way through Rome’s bustling streets: this private tour begins when your guide picks you up directly from your local accommodation. Make your way to the Vatican Museums, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to enter before the landmark is open to the general public.

With time on your side, learn about the many masterpieces on display, as well as the Vatican’s history, from your private guide. See the Sistine Chapel in all its splendor without navigating the crowds, and view other artworks by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Da Vinci. You’ll also visit the Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps.

Next, enjoy skip-the-line privileges when you head directly from the galleries to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to go through the main entrance. Your guide will point out highlights within this landmark—the largest church in the world—and fill you in on its history.

The tour ends when you’re dropped off directly at your accommodation.

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Reviewed 3 days ago
Early Bird Vatican & Colosseum Private Tours with Fabiana

We had two private tours with Fabiana. She came and picked us up at our hotel on time. Took us to hill top to have a great view of Rome. Then got us into the Vatican before the crowds. She gave us an amazing tour....More

Thank Jian L
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Ciao and grazie for the nice review. It was a pleasure touring with you, going to the Colosseum and Vatican, and I'm glad you enjoyed them too! Come again, and we can continue the adventure. Best, Fabiana

Reviewed 4 days ago
Fabulous experience with Marta!

Marta met us at our hotel at 7 am for our visit to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. When we arrived at the Vatican she asked us if we had eaten and we said no so she took us to a place for coffee and...More

Thank Sunshine699086
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Buongiorno my guests! I'm glad I had a chance to show you a real Italian breakfast before the tour- it makes all the difference! I am also happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves on the tour. Thanks for coming, see you again! -Marta

Reviewed 6 days ago
Perfect blend of history and fun!

Rosalba was a fantastic guide, greeting us at our hotel and quickly getting us over to the Vatican City. She explained the process of getting in and skipping the lines and was fantastic with her storytelling - the right blend of both historic details and...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Buongiorno. It was certainly a pleasure to have you with me on this tour! I am happy that I got the right balance of fun and history for you. See you again, Rosalba

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Wonderful Tour!

This tour was beyond my expectations! Our guide, Linda was friendly, personable, & above all very knowledgeable in the history not only of the Vatican but of Italy and Europe. It was great to be able to enter an hour before the general public thereby...More

Thank wndshrk
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Ciao! Grazie for having toured with me, and for the compliments! I am glad everything worked out and you enjoyed yourselves. A presto, Linda

Reviewed 1 week ago

With hotel pickup and knowledgeable tour guides, our tours with Eyes of Rome were phenomenal. If you enjoy history or want someone to bring the buildings and architecture to life. Then eyes of Rome is for you. Our tour guide Rosalba was phenomenal. knew everything...More

Thank alvaro999999999
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Grazie a voi! My tours are nothing without the kind guests (yourselves) who visit and ask lots of great questions! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed our time together- I did too! Do come again and see me and Rome, Rosalba

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Response from jordines1121 | Reviewed this property |
Most tour guide provide headsets. The tour we picked was only the three of us family members and Linda our tour guide without headsets. I found it better and more personal when explaining about the history at the Vatican... More
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Response from RogerDW56 | Reviewed this property |
Pal6860’s description of the Vatican tour is spot-on. Our recent Viking cruise ended in Rome where we stayed a few extra days on our own. We used Viator to arrange transport from the cruise terminal to Hotel Abruzzi (near... More
7 July 2018|
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Response from John R | Reviewed this property |
Eyes of Rome guided tour. Ask for Fabiana. Fantastic (and probably the best way) to see the Vatican, St Peters and the Sistine Chapel. Also recommend “Ancient Rome” which includes the Colosseum and the Roman Forum!