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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

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If you have a lot to see in Rome in a short amount of time, this Vatican Highlights Tour is one of the best Rome tours for you. See the best galleries, tour St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel in less time.
  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds
  • Travel with a guide and small group for a more intimate, educational tour
  • Bypass lines at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • All entrance fees are included
What to Expect
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 the 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2h 30m
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Professional and passionate local guide
  • Small-group tour size to guarantee a great experience
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
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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
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks, luggage, and tripods cannot be brought into the Vatican Museums. There is a coat-check at the museum entrance; however, the end point of the tour is far from the museum entrance and it will take about 20 minutes to walk back to pick up your belongings. Leaving large items at your hotel is highly recommended
  • Please note: in the event there are unexpected closings or an area usually covered on the tour is unavailable, your guide will still provide explanations of that area from the outside. You will also be shown an extra site or gallery to compensate the closed area
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed today via mobile

We were very pleased with this tour by The Roman Guy. It was 3.5 hours and gave us a well rounded view. It was just enough time. Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable, very patient and took good care of our group of 12 as we...More

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We did two tours with the Roman Guy and one with another operator. The Roman Guy was far superior in the knowledge and quality of their service and guides. I would thoroughly recommend them to everyone. Julia and Adele were fantastic...well informed and eager to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Brilliant tour with Yamuna! Very engaged, energetic, passionate and knowledgeable. Your in depth interpretation of some of the more famous Vatican works, made this tour so insightful and interesting. You actively engaged everyone of us with calm and warmth, in such a hectic environment. Thank...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Chapmelbourne
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Patrize was an excellent guide. She was thorough yet concise in her explanations and her knowledge was outstanding. I would certainly recommend her and Roman Guys to anybody. Meeting location was east to find and email instructions were accurate.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank fberton520
Reviewed 5 days ago

So this tour was the very earliest entry to the Vatican museum (7.30am, meet 7.10am) followed by a trip round St Peter's. It worked really well. I've found The Roman Guy to be very professional & well staffed with excellent guides. For this one we...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JSBachEastMolesey
Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour at the Vatican with Raffa. We strive to create organized and informative itineraries, and the early access Vatican tours definitely allow for an exceptional experience. We hope to...More

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14 September 2019|
Response from Mary H |
HI. They offered many different languages. I am sure Spanish would be available.
Vaughan S
24 June 2019|
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Response from OnlyOneBobP | Reviewed this property |
We were at the meeting point at 7.30am.
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