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

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
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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
From US$83.00
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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
From US$83.00
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.
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 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.
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Reviewed yesterday
Good tour - too many people

This tour went well and our guide met us exactly where they told us to be. Our guide was Rafaela who was excellent. For a tour that says "Beat the Line" to avoid the crowds, it sure was a busy morning. We got in early...More

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent Tour, 100% recommend!

The Vatican is really really really really busy during the summer, so if you decide to visit, getting a tour by the Roman Guy is a must do because they will take you in before the general public and therefore you will experience the Vatican...More

Thank Evan Y
Francesca T, Client Communications at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ciao Evan. Grazie for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your Vatican tour! Entering before the general public definitely makes the experience much more pleasant. We hope you had a wonderful time in Rome and hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent tour

It was an excellent tour. The host was knowledgeable and friendly. We all learned a lot. I recommend this our.

1  Thank James L
Francesca T, Client Communications at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ciao James. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and that you learned a lot! We hope you had a wonderful vacation and hope to welcome you back to Rome in the future.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent Experience - great guide

Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, very sweet, and she really knew how to navigate the crowds to maximize the time we had. She even went above and beyond to help negotiate the purchase of a leg cover-up for my wife from a street vendor the...More

Thank Brian T
Francesca T, Client relations at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded today

Ciao Brian. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad you had a wonderful experience on your recent tour with us. We are sorry you were not aware that knees and shoulders have to be covered, we do mention this on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Outstanding Tour

Maria led the tour and was outstanding. Her knowledge of the Vatican and its art work was excellent. She was very pleasant and clearly enjoyed telling the group about the background behind the many paintings and the Vatican. The group was not too large which...More

1  Thank Terry W
Francesca T, Client Relations at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Ciao Terry. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad you enjoyed your Vatican tour with Maria. Early morning is the way to go as it only gets busier as the day goes on. We hope you had a fab 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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