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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
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Overview

Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex before it opens to the general public on this early access tour that’s limited to just 10 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
  • Be one of the first visitors of the day to enter the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive
  • Enter through a groups-only doorway to skip the long lines
  • Get context to the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, and masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo
  • This tour is limited to 10 participants ensuring you can always see and hear the guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Be among the first people of the day in all the Vatican on this small-group tour.
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Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
Reserved Access to the Sistine Chapel
Semi-private groups of no larger than 10 people
English-speaking art historian guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
St. Peter's Basilica is not accessible due to current regulations
Via Tunisi, 4 , Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani). Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station: Exit the turnstiles – walk straight to the back end of the station and go to the left side exit. Once you’ve reached the left side exit – exit at V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Exit Station and walk down V.le G. Cesare to street light, cross the street and take left on Via Leone IV. Take right on Via Sebastiano Veniero and go 1 ½ blocks.

St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Meet and greet your guide opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries filled with classical and Renaissance masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Walk inside through a reserved door without any waiting. This access is even faster than the priority lines.

Once inside, there are more than 2,000 rooms and nine miles of art, so follow along with your guide who points out the highlights and explains the story behind each piece. The small-group nature of your tour allows you to remain close to your guide at all times, but a headset is included to make sure you can always hear the commentary clearly.

Stroll through rooms like the Gallery of Maps, with its golden, vaulted ceiling; the Raphael Rooms, painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; and the stunning Sistine Chapel, considered to be the Pope’s home chapel, with Michelangelo’s 'Creation of Adam' and
'The Last Judgement.' On your early-access tour, you find the galleries to be considerably quieter than they would be later in the day.

Finish with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church ever built and one of the holiest and most important sites in Christendom. Get an overview of its long history from your guide, and get an up-close look at 'La Pietà,' one of Michelangelo’s earlier sculptures that depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.

Your tour ends inside the basilica. After you’ve finished exploring with your group, you can stay as long as you want on your own. It’s the perfect time to head down into the crypts or climb up to the top of St. Peter’s dome (own expense) for uninterrupted views of Rome.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican City
Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel before the crowds on this early-access small-group tour that’s limited to just 10 participants.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Stroll through rooms like the Gallery of Maps, with its golden, vaulted ceiling; the Raphael Rooms, painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; and the stunning Sistine Chapel, considered to be the Pope’s home chapel, with Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. On your early-access tour, you’ll find the galleries to be considerably quieter than they would be later in the day.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Meet and greet your guide opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries filled with classical and Renaissance masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Walk inside through a reserved door without any waiting. This access is even faster than the priority lines. Once inside, there are more than 2,000 rooms and nine miles of art, so follow along with your guide who will point out the highlights and explain the story behind each piece. The small-group nature of your tour allows you to remain close to your guide at all times, but a headset is included to make sure you can always hear the commentary clearly.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Finish with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church ever built and one of the holiest and most important sites in Christendom. Get an overview of its long history from your guide, and get an up-close look at the Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s earlier sculptures that depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Your tour ends inside the basilica. After you’ve finished exploring with your group, you can stay as long as you want on your own. It’s the perfect time to head down into the crypts or climb up to the top of St. Peter’s dome (own expense) for uninterrupted views of Rome.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring your own mask on the tour. The wearing of mask is compulsory in order to comply with health & Safety regulations. Our guide will be wearing mask during the tour as well.
  • At the meeting point there will be social distancing taking place. Our guide will organize the group upon your arrival, but we kindly ask yourself to be conscience in taking social distance at all the time from others.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venues
  • Only small bags are allowed in the venue
  • Please note that, due to the current Covid restrictions inside the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica is not included until further notice
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s.

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  • "Getting into the grounds early is also key as it still fills up and gets crowded really fast." See review
  • "Starts early but still doesn't avoid a lot of crowds." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Thank you Maria Laura
Vance_V
, May 2022
Maria Laura was our guide. She was excellent! Very knowledgeable, sweet and so organized. She did a great job leading the group and respectful of the other groups. Which was awesome as most of the leaders of the other groups were aggressive snd not very respectful. We definitely were blessed with a great leader!
star-5
Guide ( sorry forgot her...
Michael_T
, May 2022
Guide ( sorry forgot her name ) was very friendly and knowledgeable. Doing the early morning trip was worth it, as the crowds just kept getting bigger during the day. Learned a lot on the tour.
star-1
Rude & Robbed
Marcus_H
, May 2022
Please note that you need to arrive at least 20mins prior. There was no communication with the tour guide or company. There are also other companies nearby that can accommodate and provide a tour. Very disappointed and did not receive a refund.
star-4
overall good tour, value and representation 6/10
Debra_W
, May 2022
good tour but seemed a bit rushed through the contemporary art collection just before the Sistene Chapel, I would have liked some commentary and a few minutes to look through otherwise a good tour although you advertise St Peter's and the guide did not take us there and the line was over an hour long so I'm not sure that you should advertise that it includes the Basilica if there is in actual effect no tour there.
star-5
Our tour was great. Early...
Gurn_S
, May 2022
Our tour was great. Early entrance was great, no waiting lines. The guide, Alberto was wonderful, he really knows how to make the experience off visiting the Vatican perfect👌
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Good guide, too many in tour
Susanna_M
, May 2022
Guide was good, but NOT acceptable 12 persons in tour when sold as no more than 10 would be in group. A lot to see in 3 hours
star-5
An eye opening experience
Feron_E
, May 2022
This is the 3rd time I've taken this tour and Paulina has been the best guide I've had. She was kind, polite, and very knowledgeable about the history behind many of the art pieces. On previous tours, I've felt rushed as if the guide was trying to get us in and out. Paulina took her time giving us relevant facts about many of the most stunning and iconic art pieces and took us on a journey that was truly enlightening and inspirational. It was a fantastic day and I hope she is rewarded for her hard work. Thank you so much!
star-1
Poor organization and customer service.
David_L
, May 2022
Very difficult to locate tour guide. When we arrived just two minutes late, we were told the tour had left and we could not join them. We were told on site that a refund would be available, but when I applied for the refund online, the refund was declined.
star-5
Started just on time. Our...
Arnaldo_R
, May 2022
Started just on time. Our guide was great, very knowledgeable, made sure all of our questions were answered.
star-4
We really enjoyed the...
Richard_T
, May 2022
We really enjoyed the tour but actually found the Sistine chapel a bit of a let down after the glorious corridors we had already been down! The tour guide was good but her fast commentary with a strong Italian accent was hard to follow. However to be fair the mask wearing at the moment makes it hard for both the guides and the listener.

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