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Itinerary
Your early morning tour begins at the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. Meet your guide and small group and enter the museums. Walk through the main galleries, including the Room of the Candelabra, Hall of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Maps.

Before reaching the Sistine Chapel, receive a reference map you can use once inside, a useful resource since visitors to the chapel are expected to be silent. Spend around 20 minutes in the room with Michelangelo’s masterpieces.

After exiting the chapel from a side door head straight to St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping security lines. Your guide takes you to see the baroque Baldacchino, La Pieta, and other masterworks.

The last stop is underneath the main floor of the basilica, where hundreds of Popes are buried.

Finish the tour in front of the Basilica.
Locations visited
Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica
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Overview
The Vatican Museums are among the most crowded in the world, sometimes having as many 20,000 visitors every day. With this tour, see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the relative peace of early morning, entering the museums an hour before they are open to the public—when you enter the Sistine Chapel, it will still be mostly empty. A small-group size means plenty of personal attention.
Highlights
  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds
  • Travel with a guide and small group for a more intimate, educational tour
  • Bypass security lines at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • All entrance fees are included
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent Vatican Early Morning Skip the Line Tour

So glad we booked this tour. Very early start and even though we began before the museum opens to the general public, it was still quite a large crowd of tour groups. I cannot imagine the crowds at mid-day! Our guide was amazing and we...More

2  Thank NRZYZ3
Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your generous review. The express tour is a great way to see the Vatican Museums without the crowds or spending too much time! Going to the Vatican early is definitely the best way to go, and we're glad you agree! We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Basilica

Marzia was an AMAZING guide that made this tour excellent. It was The Roman Guy’s employees decision to make us wait for people who were late not her decision, and very frustrating because we got up early and made our way there an hour before...More

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Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao Lamont! Grazie mille for your review. We are so glad that Marzia's tour was engaging and educational! While waiting for other guests is not ideal, we always look to accommodate as many people as possible, so that they can enjoy the wonders of Rome....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Far from the first in for the Sistine chapel

To start with, the tour and guide were great. My main complaint is with the marketing. We chose this tour through Headout based on their marketing that you enter the Sistine chapel 15 mins before any other tour group and 1hr before the public. This...More

5  Thank Matthew H
Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ciao Matthew! Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your Vatican tour. We appreciate you bringing this marketing issue to our attention--it is something that is being worked on, and we have updated our website since then...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Nice and quick tour

This was a nice and quick tour. I didn’t waste the whole day, yet got to see everything. Our group was small and our guide Gia was excellent. There was a ton of lines and it would have been confusing if we did not have...More

1  Thank Steve L
Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Ciao Steve! Grazie mile for your review. We are thrilled to hear that Gia helped you navigate the area and provide a great tour to you and your group. We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Vatican group-English

Our guide, Becky, was informative, deeply knowledgeable, and within a religious context was quite humorous. Just before leaving the museum segment, 3 of us in our group were cut off from our guide. We shortly joined a new guide, Livy, who took us in her...More

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Nailah M
14 July 2018|
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Response from Debbie M | Reviewed this property |
Our guide asked us 3 times if we needed a break. We had a small group and she did head counts all the time so as not to lose anyone.
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Wonderer247
2 July 2018|
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Response from pa32dude | Reviewed this property |
The Roman Guy tour leaves you in the basilica when it completes. For the Scavi office you need to go through a separate security checkpoint on the south (right when exiting the basilica) side of the colonnade, so allow time... More
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annefed
18 April 2018|
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Response from Francesca T | Property representative |
Ciao Anne. The express tour is an hour shorter, therefore 2,5 hours as opposed to the 3,5 hour Vatican tour. On the express tour you don't visit The Raphael Rooms. If you have any more questions or need a hand in choosing... More
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