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Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour

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Get early access into the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's amazing frescoes one hour before the general public. Together with a small group of max 6 participants and a passionate English-speaking guide, you will be able to avoid the crowds and quietly enjoy the wonderful masterpiece. The tour continues with the greatest highlights of the Papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Saint Peter's Basilica.
You'll start at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivItaly Tours sign
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Skip the lines at the Vatican entrance on this early-entry tour
  • Tour the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public 
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • A small group tour of six or less ensures a more personalized experience 
What to Expect
Start your tour by meeting your guide near the Vatican Museum’s entrance. Your ticket allows early access to the Sistine Chapel, and you’ll head there first to enjoy it without the daytime crowds. Talking is not allowed in the chapel, so your guide will provide an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes before you enter. After taking your time to admire Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, you’ll meet back up with your guide and skip the main admission lines for a tour of Vatican Museum highlights, including the Gallery of Maps and the Raphael Rooms. You’ll then head into St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini's baldachin, and the Tomb of Pope Alexander IV. After your tour ends, you’re free to explore more of the Vatican on your own.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
7:30 AM
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Small-group tour (max 6 people)
  • Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Taking the early morning tour to the Vatican in a small group proved to be an excellent idea. Flitting through the Vatican Museums as the doors open at 08:00, we arrived via theRaphael Rooms and the fascinating Borgia apartments in the Sistine Chapel with just a handful of
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Marco was an amazing guide! He expertly moved our group of 3 through the 3 hours sharing great facts, stories and jokes. This is the only way to see these sights! My photos in the gallery of maps show maybe 2 people down the length of the hallway. I think we were alone in
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Wow! This company goes over and above all of the others! We met Davide early across from the Vatican entrance and what a nice guy he was. It was a tiny group and you can feel Davide's passion for art. We learned so much (but were not bored)! The timing of this tour is like a
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I am so happy that we did the early morning small group tour. When we were done, the crowds were pretty large. Our guide Sara was simply outstanding. She helped us navigate through the essentials and gave us plenty of time at important spots. She was a fountain of knowledge and
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Just wish we had time in Vatican museum’s gift shop instead of going to st peters’s gift shop in the end. Everything else is great.
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About the operator
By: LivItaly Tours
4,245 reviews
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Tony S
Five Stars for Lucia!
Taking the early morning tour to the Vatican in a small group proved to be an excellent idea. Flitting through the
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Rome, Italy
Early entrance Vatican Small Group Tour!
This was an incredible experience and our guide, Luciana, made the experience extraordinary. This company is
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Davide worth his weight...
Our tour guide, David, was phenomenal. He was entertainingly informative, thoroughly insightful and somehow
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Highly informative a truely great tour
We have been to the Colosseum a couple of times over the years but decided to take this guided tour with our a
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We did this small group tour with our Guide Debrah. She was as exceptional as the magnificent rooms and
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Great tour!
Santi, the tour guide, was amazing. He was very knowledgeable. The tour was an express tour but pretty much
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Fantastic and Educational Tour
Luca P was out guide for this great tour of the Vatican including the museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's
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Excellent Tour!
This was an outstanding tour! It was both informative and enjoyable. Our guide David had a great depth of
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William T
Tour with Tonya!
Tonya was an amazing guide! Answered all of our questions and could tell she really loved being a tour guide.
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Fantastic Tour
Deborah was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and kept us engaged all the way through. Even at low season it is
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Private Tour of the Coliseum including the Ancient City
My tour with Andrea of LivItaly was amazing! We covered much more than the Coliseum and he was so knowledgeable!
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Amazing sites
My sons, 16 & 21 and myself really enjoyed our small group tour. There were 7 of us. Four were kids(including my
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Dennis S
Memorable Day!
We enjoyed the tour very much. Marta was an excellent guide: very professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant. We
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Loved our tour!
Thank you so much for the fabulous tour! Marzia was a wonderful tour guide! She made the tour interesting for all
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London, United Kingdom
Wonderful tour with highly knowledgeable guide
A really high quality tour with a highly knowledgeable and professional guide, Marco. There were only 7 of us in
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  • Duration: 3h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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