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Skip-the-Line: Early Entrance Vatican Tour with Secret Rooms and St Peter's Church

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Get the Vatican all to yourself on an early-entry tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: a hassle-free way to enter the landmark an hour before it opens to the general public. Priority access means you’ll have space to appreciate the Sistine Chapel without having to jostle crowds and strain to hear your guide. Plus, this small-group tour is limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate atmosphere.
  • Get the Vatican all to yourself on a skip-the-line, priority-access tour
  • Enter the landmark one hour before it opens to the general public 
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel without being jostled by large crowds
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people for an intimate experience 
What to Expect
Greet your guide at a designated meeting point near the Vatican in the early morning. With your priority admission ticket, you’ll enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site an hour before it opens to the general public and head straight to the Sistine Chapel. Admire Michelangelo's iconic frescoes without standing shoulder-to-shoulder with large crowds and discover little-known info from your guide. After ticking off highlights such as the Gallery of Maps and Raphael's Rooms, you’ll continue to St. Peter’s Basilica for a guided tour of the cathedral. Bid your guide farewell here and continue to explore independently if you please.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Main office, Via Vespasiano
Departure Time
7:30 AM
  • Blue Badge guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Professional guide
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica (if option selected)
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • During the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016 St. Peter's basilica is an active religious centre and is subject to sudden closures for Jubilee ceremonies. The closures might occur without previous notice, we are therefore not responsible for this inconvenience. This does not affect the tour of the Vatican museums
  • To apply Youth fares you need to provide a student ID card
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Having time before in the Vatican before all the main tours got in was priceless. We had the best guide and ended up going through the Sistine Chapel twice during our time. It was amazing.
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We had an overall good experience on this tour. There is more to see in the Vatican Museum than you could possibly do in the allotted time. So choices have to be made. Our guide, Daniel was very helpful and informative. He was a little difficult to understand at times,
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I booked the early Vatican/Sistine Chapel tour and the Colosseum & Rome History Tour 2 months ago for our weekend trip to Rome. Three days before leaving for Rome i received an email stating due to unforeseen circumstances the company had to cancel our tour & that I would get a
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Response from ItalyWithUs, Guest Relations Manager at Skip-the-Line: Early Entrance Vatican Tour with Secret Rooms and St Peter's Church
Responded 20 Mar 2019
refund has been duly processed on feb 4th. our valuable customer understood the serious problem we had to face in that situation. Her comprehension was much appreciated.
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We had a fantastic experience on this tour. Our tour guide, Margherita, was so knowledgeable and very entertaining. We are so glad we had her taking us through! Everything was easy and we entered the Sistine Chapel before the crowds got overwhelming.
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We booked the day before and were so so happy with our guide Jeanette. Her knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and humour were the best we have experienced in Rome. Wonderful and highly recommend.
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