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Overview
Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens with a skip-the-line early morning Vatican tour. You’ll not only save precious vacation time, but also avoid daytime crowds and have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before it’s open to the public. A guide will lead you through the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more, and a small group size means plenty of time to ask questions.
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You'll start at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
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Highlights
  • Skip the lines at the Vatican entrance on this early-entry tour
  • Tour the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public 
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • A small group tour of six or less ensures a more personalized experience 
What to Expect
Start your tour by meeting your guide near the Vatican Museum’s entrance. Your ticket allows early access to the Sistine Chapel, and you’ll head there first to enjoy it without the daytime crowds. Talking is not allowed in the chapel, so your guide will provide an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes before you enter. After taking your time to admire Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, you’ll meet back up with your guide and skip the main admission lines for a tour of Vatican Museum highlights, including the Gallery of Maps and the Raphael Rooms. You’ll then head into St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini's baldachin, and the Tomb of Pope Alexander IV. After your tour ends, you’re free to explore more of the Vatican on your own.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Small-group tour (max 6 people)
  • Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please note: Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 9:30am rather than 7:30am. Despite the later start, our early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour because we enter when Vatican doors open, which is what makes this tour special. Essentially 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 before your guide brings you for a thorough exploration of the Vatican museum collection. 
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Paulette wrote a review 10 Jul
Bordeaux Saint Clair, France4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our guide was Annalise, very kind and imformative. The tour was perfect, we learned a lot. The moment in Saint Peter was very exciting. I will be recommending this tour to anyone I know who is going to Rome.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you so much for your great review and recommendation of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Annalisa. She'll be thrilled to hear that you felt the tour "perfect" -- can't get much better than that!! Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with all of us! All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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SpinQueen wrote a review 8 Jul
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The guide Annalisa was the best!! She had lots of patience with me. And we had fun! I can tell you all that I probably would be thé only one who can live to tell that I have seen Sistine Chapel alone!!! Nobody was there!! Once in a lifetime!! Preparing for the tour Angelo did
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Yes, you are probably right: you are one of very few people who have had the opportunity to see the Sistine Chapel alone! What a great experience -- even if the reason (covid travel restrictions) is less than a happy one! Just the same, we're so pleased that you enjoyed the entire Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Annalisa and we'll be sure to tell her about your great review! Thanks once again Angelo and Kristin
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Katie H wrote a review 5 Jul
Amsterdam, The Netherlands11 contributions11 helpful votes
Chiara did a wonderful job escorting us through the Vatican museum. Prior to entering the museum she gave us a very knowledgeable and interesting overview of what we should look out for in the Sistine Chapel, since you are not allowed to talk or take photographs while inside.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 1 week ago
It sounds like Chiara did a fantastic job on your tour of the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel and we'll be sure to let her know about your great review! You are right about the advantages of the special early morning entrance into the museum. Being able to see all of those masterpieces without the crowds and heat and then having the rest of the day to do what you want, does make getting up and going at an early hour definitely worth it! Thank you for your great review. We hope you have enjoyed the rest of your stay in this fabulous city. Angelo and Kristin
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Bill G wrote a review 3 Jul
Monte Di Procida, Italy2 contributions
Great experience touring the Vatican and Sistene Chapel with Massimo! His preparation, knowledge, communication (English), and his passion for the history and explanation of the artifacts in the Vatican and Sistene Chapel was incredible. He took time to answer all of my
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for such a great review!! We will be sure to let Massimo know how much you enjoyed his tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel and all of your wonderful priase! The best compliment you can give is that you intend to book again with us when other members of your family are visiting. The is the highest recommendation you could give us and we are extremely grateful. We will look forward to seeing you again soon and thank you, once again, for your lovely review! Angelo and Kristin
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DCTraveler002 wrote a review Mar 2020
Washington, DC13 contributions11 helpful votes
My husband, 12 year old son, and I took this tour during February 2020 with Laura. She was fantastic, knowledgable and kept my son engaged throughout the entire tour. Even though it is low season, there were big crowds, lines, and large tour groups coming through as we were
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 22 Mar 2020
We're so pleased that you enjoyed the Vatican tour with Laura but especially happy to know that your son had a fun time too. Museums and art galleries can be taxing for young people so it is great to hear that Laura was able to keep your son engaged and interested throughout the tour. Hopefully he has gone home with new interests and stories to share with his friends! Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your enthusiasm with us! Angelo and Kristin
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