Our early entrance private tour of the Vatican Galleries, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica is designed to help you beat the crowds- before the Vatican opens its doors to the general public!
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Our Early Access Tour of the Vatican Museums offers you the fabulous opportunity to tour at your own pace and to visit the Vatican museums before the regular opening time. You will be accompanied for a 3 hour tour by an expert private guide just for you. Your guide is fully licensed and knows everything there is to know about the Vatican, both its history and the extensive works of art housed inside.
You will meet your private guide bright and early at 7:30am to ensure you are among the first ready and raring to enter the Vatican with special early access at 8am. As explanation is not permitted inside the Sistine Chapel, your guide will use this half an hour to introduce you the Sistine Chapel using photos or the iPad to explain Michelangelo’s fantastic masterpiece. The Vatican is the most visited attraction in Rome and early entrance to the Vatican gives you a chance to beat the main crowds and, in the summer, avoid the heat of the day. First during your early access tour of the Vatican you will visit the highlights of the Vatican galleries with their precious artworks. The Vatican galleries stretch for miles and your private guide will focus on what interests you most, making sure you don’t miss any of the absolute highlights of the Vatican Museums!
Your private guide will then take you to the spectacular Sistine Chapel, where you will be able to admire Michelangelo’s work free from the hoards of tourists you find during the regular opening hours. Stop and take it all in, as you admire Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. You won’t be able to believe you’re really there! You will then gain privileged entrance from the Sistine Chapel into St Peter’s Basilica. This Early Access tour of the Vatican is a truly unique experience, a memory that will last forever. With our private friendly and knowledgeable guide and the special early entrance to the Vatican, this is the ultimate way to tour the Vatican without stress.
In front of the entrance to the Vatican Museums, by the marble arch at the bottom of the steps.
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.
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.