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Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s

Highlights
  • Enter the Vatican Museums an hour before it opens to the general public 
  • Beat lines often in excess of three hours 
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms with far less crowds
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Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s
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Before Hours Vatican - 7:30 AMMost Popular
Walk into the Vatican Museums a whole hour ahead of the regular visitors, and explore the timeless works of art before they are even awaken.
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Before Hours Vatican - 7:45 AM
Walk into the Vatican Museums a whole hour ahead of the regular visitors, and explore the timeless works of art before they are even awaken.
From US$99.00
Overview

The wait times for the Vatican Museums are testament to its status as one of the world’s most well-known monuments. Beat the crowds and enter the Vatican an hour before it officially opens to the public on this early access tour, guaranteed to save you at least three hours of waiting. Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms in a relatively crowd-free environment, and hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset. Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is also included.

What to Expect

Your Vatican tour begins in the early morning. Greet your guide at a designated meeting point, and enter the Vatican through an entrance reserved specially for priority access groups.

Feel like you have the place to yourself as you visit highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes.

Listen to the history of the Vatican and its numerous Popes before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica for a small-group tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you can continue exploring the church independently if you wish.

Reviews (399)
1 - 5 of 228 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Flaminia

Flamainia was amazing, she knew her facts and was comprehensive, made the tour so worth while. She is a local and knows the ins and out of Vatican City. Thanks Flaminia

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Steven P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great tour!

I’ve been to the Vatican before but never did a guided tour. I must say I was extremely impressed with our guide Franco. He was informative and entertaining. If you have the opportunity to go on this tour, I highly recommend it. It’s wonderful when...More

Thank LauraN551
ryantrg, Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your review. Franco is a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable, I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience! I hope you enjoyed your time in Rome and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
More than one can take in.

My wife and I took this before hours tour on the 1st of March. The sheer number of paintings, statues, tapestries, and other artifacts is staggering. There were 11 people in our tour group. There were many other tour groups, but it was not crowded....More

Thank George M
ryantrg, Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your review. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience! I hope you enjoyed your time in Rome and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The best day of my trip

My tour guide was Jad, and I felt very lucky to have been apart of his group. He went at a very good pace giving people time to take photos. He was able to answer everyones questions and the entire group had a great time....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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ryantrg, Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your review. Jad is a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable, I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience! I hope you enjoyed your time in Rome and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Tour!

Dont let the start time of this tour stop you - it was the best way to do it! Julia (or Julie - I'm terrible with remembering names so I apologize) was our tour guide and she was incredible. Very knowledgeable and guided us with...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CMYKrupa
ryantrg, Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ciao! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your review. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience! I hope you enjoyed your time in Rome and we hope to see you again soon!

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18 February 2019|
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Response from lourdesd119 | Reviewed this property |
Once you exit the Sistine Chapel/Museum area and enter the basilica, you cannot go back into the museum. After the tour, you will have an option to stay inside St Peter's Basilica to walk around and/or go up to the dome (you... More
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Response from Patricia C | Reviewed this property |
We did the before open tour which was excellent with The Roman Guy tour company. It wasn't crowded and we moved around easily. Being in the Sistine Chapel with just a small amount of visitors was great as I have been there... More
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16 October 2018|
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Response from mcar658181 | Reviewed this property |
The tour itself was approx 3.5 hours (8:00-11:30 am) but they told us we had to arrive at 7:00 am at the meeting point. We met at 7 and checked-in then we went for cappuccinos at a nearby cafe until about 7:20, then our tour... More
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