Enter the Museums one hour before the general opening with our special reservation, visit the Vatican Museums, the stunning Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in 3 hours with a top guide and a group of max 20 people.
Beat the crowds and join our Early Access Vatican Museums small group tour. You will be able to enjoy the famous Vatican galleries and the Sistine Chapel before they open to the crowd at 9am. We will pre-purchase a special early entrance voucher for your group scheduled for 8am, so that you will be among the first people to enter. You will meet our enthusiastic guide and the rest of your group at 7:30am. Whilst you wait to enter the Vatican Museums at 8am, we will adminster you headsets to ensure you can clearly hear your guide. Your guide, an expert in art history, will then explain the Sistine Chapel to you using special images to ensure you're up to speed when you reach that part of the tour (explanations are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel itself) and can admire the beauty of Michelangelo's work.
The early entrance will give you the unique opportunity of fully enjoying the precious artworks housed in the Vatican Museums away from the daily crowds of visitors. In this way, the guide can explain what you see in detail and you can enjoy them as they deserve.
The Vatican Museums are among the biggest art collections in the world, with paintings and sculptures and artifacts of all kinds. Inside the 5 mile long museums you will be able to enter Raphael Rooms famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. They are considered the highest point of the High Renaissance Art in Rome, together with Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Other interesting Galleries you will visit are the Gallery of the Tapestries, commissioned by Clement VII in the 1500’s and the Gallery of the Candelabra, an 80 meters long gallery with marble candelabra and colored marble columns, inaugurated in the 1700s.
You will then reach the Sistine Chapel, where you will be amazed by its breathtaking fresco ceiling and by Michelangelo’s Last Judgement. Originally called the “Cappella Magna”, the “big chapel”, it takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it in the 15th century. Since then, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity and today it is the site of the Papal Conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. Once again, entering before the general opening will allow you to take in the beautiful frescos and take home with you wonderful memories. Finally, from the Sistine Chapel you will reach St. Peter’s Basilica through a special door, the most important and holiest Catholic Church in the world.
You will meet your guide in our office located in Via Vespasiano, 28
Please wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Remember to follow the dresscode for the Vatican: you must be able to cover your shoulder and knees.
PLEASE NOTE: in case St Peter's Basilica is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.
Please note that in certain periods of summer time, or when the Vatican Museums reopen its doors after bank holidays, the museums might be busier than usual.
This tour is not suitable for people with hearing disability. People with hearing disabilities can contact us and we will be happy to customize a private tour.
Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.