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Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

Rome: Vatican Early Entrance Private Tour

From US$ 250.53 per person

Skip the long lines and enjoy exclusive early-bird entrance to the Vatican and tour the museums and Sistine Chapel like a VIP. The 3-hour tour will get you access to one of the greatest art collections in the world before the crowds arrive.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums
  • Walk through the Pinecone Courtyard and Garden Terrace
  • Explore the Octagonal Courtyard and Belvedere Palace
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel long before the crowds arrive
  • See one of the greatest art collections in the world, unhindered
  • Admire the Galley of Maps, Raphael Rooms and more
  • Go to St. Peter's Basilica in the soft morning light
Full description

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican. Thanks to a new partnership in 2022, you can now be among the first to enter into the Museums, with access reserved for only a handful of other tour operators.

Take advantage of exclusive access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tours and 1 hour before the general public. Explore the highlights of the papal palace, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the Tapestries and the exquisite Raphael Rooms. Tailor your visit to include the aspects of the collections you want to see, whether in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, or St. Peter’s Basilica. Your personal guide will not only enlighten you with the Vatican’s fascinating history, but share bits of papal gossip and little-known stories about the popes and artists represented.

  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • All reservation and administration fees

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    Meeting point

    Meet in front of Cafè Vaticano, Viale Vaticano 100, across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to tour commencement

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Large bags, bigger than 15.7 inch x 13.7 inch x 6 inch (40 cm x 35 cm x 15 cm), and/or an umbrella (if not foldable), must be checked into the wardrobe of the entrance hall. It is recommended to leave these items at home
    • Dress Code: cover knees and shoulders
    • 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 enjoyed by an extended tour in an alternative area
    • Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 8:30 rather than 8:00am. Despite the later start, the early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour. By arriving 30 minutes before Vatican doors open, you enter 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.
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    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 25 reviews

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    With Uta we had the perfect tour guide! An extremely extensive, professional knowledge, coupled with a lot of entertaining information and anecdotes, have aroused real enthusiasm in us. She made the Vatican State with the museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica a highlight for us. She always responded to our requests and questions. Getting up early because we wanted to experience these places before the big rush was definitely worth it. A big thank you to Uta. We would like to recommend them and this tour without reservation and hope that many guests can enjoy this.

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    August 24, 2022

    Amazing! Just do it!

    Alessandra our guide, was a pearl! Enthused, full of humour, with such a sweet micro Italian accent as she spoke French. The only way to do the Vaticsn in our opinion. Rooms of museums were empty, or almost, and again, Alessandra is THE BEST to drive you through the amazing stories of this place!!! Go for it! Really worth it!

    June 5, 2017

    excellent guide

    Pamen accompanied us at all times, informing us in detail about everything. He took us straight to the Sistine Chapel, to see it before it got crowded. Very knowledgeable about what we would see there, about the history, etc. and quite enjoyable. I highly recommend doing the guided tour, 3 hours, and then going back to your own pace at the beginning to visit it carefully. You can easily spend 6 hours visiting

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    April 12, 2017

    Product ID: 36489