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Rome: Early-Entrance Vatican Museums Experience

Product ID: 336026
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Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel before the general-public entry. You'll travel with a professional and friendly "PhD guide", who will have a masters degree or PhD in art history and archaeology.
About this activity
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Mobile ticketing
Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Skip the lines to enter the museums before the crowds
  • Marvel at the centuries-old frescoes of the Sistine Chapel
  • Travel with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide
Full description
Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel before the general public gain entry. You'll tour with a professional and friendly "PhD guide" who will have a masters degree or PhD in art history and archaeology. Each one of these guides know how to make a tour entertaining and enjoyable for participants of every age.

Knowing that there is a huge offer of Vatican tours online, by booking this tour you can get the best education together with the most friendly attitude and the most practical entrance time.

Your skip-the-line and small-group tour will be conducted in a group of no more than 10 for a more personal and direct experience. Alternatively, book a completely private tour which will provide you with your own private guide to better learn about the museums and their displays.
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • PhD professional guide
  • Early-entrance skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Departure Point: The meeting point with your guide is on Via Vaticano n.100, in front of the Caffè Vaticano (opposite the Vatican Museums entrance gate). Look for a guide with a "JOY OF ROME" sign. You must be there at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time (so be there at 7:15AM). Address: Viale Vaticano n.100, Rome Directions: You can easily get there by taxi (please be sure the driver will drop you at the right spot, in front of the entrance of the Vatican Museums, and not nearby St.Peter's square, that is at least 15 minutes walking from the right meeting point). You can also reach the meeting point by Metro (use the Red-Line to reach the stop "Ottaviano" and walk 5-10 minutes to the meeting point).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• St. Peter’s Basilica and Square may not be included in the tour according to last-minute events (such as Holy Year’s celebrations and special Pope’s Masses)
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• This tour will take place rain or shine
• You will walk for 3.5 kilometers throughout this tour (there are no elevators)

From £111.09 per person

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Joy of Rome Tours

Product ID: 336026