Guided tour

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Early Entry Tour

4.6 / 5

7 reviews

Activity provider: Florencetown

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Early Entry Tour

Activity provider: Florencetown

From US$ 128.82 per person

Discover the history and masterpieces behind Vatican City on a walking tour with early entry privileges. Enjoy breakfast in the Vatican Museums.

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Duration 4 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums with an exclusive early access tour
  • Visit the major highlights of the Vatican museums with a professional art history guide
  • Discover Michelangelo's masterpieces in the world-renowned Sistine Chapel
  • Learn interesting information about the city and it's history from an insider perspective
  • Enjoy having a personalized small group tour
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Be led behind the doors of Catholicism in the holy Vatican City on an early entry walking tour. Avoid crowds and lines and experience the Vatican with the comfort of a very small group. Go on a journey made of mesmerizing history, breath-taking masterpieces, and mysticism led by an expert in art and religion.

Begin your tour with a special organized VIP breakfast at Corte dei Papi, surrounded by the enchanting Cortile della Pigna, before your early access to the Vatican Museum.

Then, visit the Vatican Museum, a chest of countless masterpieces including the astonishing gallery of statues, the interesting gallery of maps, the gallery of tapestries, and the Raphaels rooms. Learn about the great artists who helped to intricately embellish one of the most fascinating sovereign states in the world. Enter the Sistine Chapel and lift your head up to one of the most admired ceilings in the world. Immerse yourself in The Last Judgment, the seemingly never-ending fresco magnificently adorned by Michelangelo’s life-like, potent figures of Adam, God, and many saints. Try to spot the artist’s self-portrait on the torso of Saint Peter. Explore the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica. Marvel at the incredible mosaics, Michelangelo’s Pietà, and Bernini’s Baldachin in all their glory.

  • Walking tour with licensed English-speaking guide.
  • Skip the line tickets to Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the statue of Raphael and Michelangelo at the Viale Vaticano entrance. Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starting time.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drinks

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  • This activity will take place rain or shine
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

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Our guide was fantastic. I believe her name was Romini and she was so knowledgeable about the art and history of the Vatican. We learned so much and we ended up with a private tour for our family of four because no one else signed up. We went early which was a good idea and she knew her way around very well. The only thing I would warn for those interested is that this breakfast was not in the main courtyard like other tours and it was only a croissant and coffee or juice. It wasn’t a big deal for us and we really liked our guide but if you are comparing tours and interested in the one in the courtyard, you should know this one is not.

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August 13, 2022

We really enjoyed this tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Our guide was warm, friendly and knowledgeable; just wonderful. I've visited the Vatican before and there is just so much to take in that you could spend days there, so having a guide to highlight some of the most important art works and artefacts was fantastic. It is well worth getting up early to beat the crowds; even with that, there were lots of people (but a lot less than if we had gone on a later tour). Highly recommended!

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July 28, 2022

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