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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums on this small-group tour. Enter the Sistine Chapel before its opens to the public, and view the frescoes in a calm, crowd-free setting. Then, tour the Vatican Museums, seeing the highlights of the papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of Maps, before checking out the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Early entrance, skip-the-line Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • Admire Michelangelo’s ceiling and wall frescos without the daytime crowds
  • Bypass the main lines to enter the Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy a guided tour of highlights, including the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ and other treasures
  • Small group of six participants or fewer
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Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
Skip the long ticket lines
Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
Private Option of this tour is Available!
Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and small group of no more than six near the Vatican Museums.

Listen to an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes from your guide. Talking inside the chapel is not allowed, so you’ll learn about these Renaissance artworks before entering. Then, head directly inside the pope’s private place of worship. Your ticket gives you early access to the chapel as one of the day’s first visitors, so you can enjoy it without the crowds. 

Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment gracing the back wall of the chapel. Soak in unobstructed views of the works, and enjoy time to inspect them in detail.

When your time in the chapel is up, reconvene with your guide and bypass the main admission lines for a tour of the Vatican Museums’ highlights.

Stroll around the Pinecone Courtyard, and see works like the Belvedere Apollo and Laocoon Priest of Troy statues. Admire the celebrated marble Belvedere Torso, and stroll through the must-see 16th-century Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Raphael Rooms.

Afterward, walk back through the Sistine Chapel — seeing how crowded it is during normal opening hours — and continue through an exclusive exit into St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, let your guide introduce you to the best of the treasures held in the magnificent interior. Admire Michelangelo's glorious Pietà, the marble sculpture depicting Mary holding the dead Jesus, as well as Bernini's Baldacchino altar canopy and Pope Alexander VII monument among other great works.

Your tour concludes inside the church when your guide departs. You’re free to then continue exploring independently, perhaps looking further around the interior to see the papal tombs, climbing the Dome, or strolling around St. Peter’s Square as you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
In this Exclusive Early Access to the Vatican you will enter the museums an hour prior to the general public, so you can enjoy much lighter crowds, and be granted immediate entry to the Sistine Chapel! The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly. The best way to get the most of this popular site is to enter early and to see it either in our Semi-Private Group of ONLY 6 people MAX, or in your very own Private Group. Enjoy a thorough explanation of the incredible masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel and learn all about it from your professional expert guide before you actually enter the chapel. As it is a holy place, it is strictly forbidden to speak inside. That is why we guarantee you will learn all about it before you enter. Then, once inside, you will have time to take it all in and admire the breathtaking beauty of this world famous site in contemplative silence.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
With the luxury of our truly small group size of 6 people max, or in the personalized intimacy of your very own private group, you will be guaranteed to get the very most out of your Vatican experience. This way you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide, ask all the questions you wish, and have the guarantee of a personalized experience. We trust this makes ALL the difference! Walk through the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras and enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries. After you learn about the impressive Gallery of the Maps, continue to the exquisite Raphael Rooms. With your professional expert tour guide, you will be sure to see all the highlights as well as hidden gems! You will not only learn the fantastic history of the powerful Popes but will also delight in the bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world. Your tour will end in St. Peter's square, one of the most picture perfect places in all of Rome.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour.
  • Please Note: due to these unprecedented times and unexpected regulation changes, some areas may not be accessible if the venue can not guarantee social distancing for that part of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 8:30 rather than 8:00am. Despite the later start, our early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour. By arriving 30 minutes before Vatican doors open, we get you into the museums first, so you can go directly to the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel before the crowds and enjoy them with as few people as possible.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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  • "Early morning is a great way to beat the crowds and the best way to see the Sistine chapel and the Raphael rooms!" See review
  • "The early morning tour is the best if you want to miss the big crowd." See review
  • "Highly recommend to do an early before the crowds get there tour." See review

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Vatican Tour.
Karen_H
, Oct 2021
The warmth and vast amount of knowledge and passion Deborah shared with us. It was the highlight of our first week. I can't say enough wonderful things about it.
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amazing tour
datsmith233
, Oct 2021
We had an amazing visit thanks to our excellent guide Sara. There is so much to see in the Vatican museum and without a guide it can be overwhelming. Sara made sure we saw the most important pieces and her archeology background added a depth of knowledge you can only get with a quality tour guide. I would not have learned as much going through the museum on my own. There is a lot of walking on this tour so those with mobility issues should consider that factor. Thank you again Sara for a wonderful experience!
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Amazing Tour Highly Recommend
Laurie_B
, Oct 2021
Giulia P was an amazing tour guide, she knew how to prioritize and share a wealth of information. Her enthusiasm and passion was evident throughout the tour!!
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Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and energetic guide
gretchie
, Oct 2021
Even though I had been to the Vatican several times in the past, this was the first time taking a tour. Our guide, Alessandro, provided so much interesting information and moved at a good/fast pace so we were able to cover a lot of ground. He was very knowledgeable, checked that we were doing OK, took pictures of us on our cameras, and maintained enthusiasm and high energy the entire time (almost 4 hours!). Grazie ancora Alessandro! Hope to do another tour with you again on our next trip to Roma!
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Vatican tour
David_G
, Oct 2021
Our guide Rafaela (RAF) was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Her twenty plus years of guiding at the Vatican really shows through. This was our second time there and we feel we know so much more given our time with her.
star-5
A great tour I recommend it!
MChristina_S
, Oct 2021
Anna Liza was our tour guide she spoke perfect English and was so knowledgeable and friendly. We even stopped in the middle of our tour to sit down and have free cappuccino, coffee and pastries to relax. She explained in detail to everyone we had a small group. We were the first ones to walk in the Vatican that morning and everyone knew her. My adult daughter and I felt like we really learned and saw a lot. Well worth the money!!
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Great way to see the Vatican
Chad_D
, Sep 2021
Started off the morning by visiting the Vatican museums. Even though I’m not an art buff, it was incredible to see these pieces. We hit the high points including the map room and Raphael Rooms. Visited the Sistine Chapel for about 15-20 mins, unfortunate that photography isn’t allowed. Before heading to St. Peter’s Square and Basilica we stopped at the museum coffee shop for a coffee and pastry stop. St. Peter’s Basilica was beautiful sight to see. After the tour ended we remained and bought a ticket to go to the top of the dome to get brilliant views of the square and Rome (highly recommend doing this before you leave the Basilica, although it is quite a climb!). Our tour guide Dario was amazing and made this tour great! Highly recommend doing this if you want to explore the Vatican!
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Wonderful Tour
David_G
, Sep 2021
Our guide Alicia was wonderful and very informative we truly enjoyed the time we spent with her and the information was wonderful as it was my husbands first visit
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An incredible tour, highly recommend!
Erin_L
, Sep 2021
Our guide, Frederica, was incredible! So knowledgeable & with only 4 in our group we felt like we were on a private tour. Don’t attempt The Vatican on your own, a guide adds so much to the experience. Book this tour & thank me later, we’ve honestly loved our Viator experiences.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We're so pleased that your experience on our Early Access Vatican tour was a great one and that you really enjoyed our guide, Federica. Your remarks to future travelers about the advantages of visiting the Vatican with a guide as opposed to "on your own" are very pertinent and we especially appreciate your recommendation to book our tour! Thank you. Angelo and Kristin
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Yes book the tour!
Holly_B
, Sep 2021
Excellent tour! We would have had no clue what to see or how to get about without a tour guide. It takes 88 days to view the whole collection we got to see a lot in 4 hours. We were very happy and enjoyed the whole trip. Giovanni was wonderful!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We love reading that you feel you received a good representative viewing of the vast collection at the Vatican museums and that you enjoyed the guide and the pace of the tour. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and for your recommendation of our tour. Angelo and Kristin

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