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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

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Roma, Italy

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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.
  • Visit the Vatican Museums before it opens to the general public
  • 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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Small group of 10 people max
Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the lines
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
St. Peter's Basilica is not accessible due to current regulations

Departure Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

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 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
  • Please note that access to St. Peter's Basilica is not included until October due to new regulations in the venue.
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venues
  • Only small bags are allowed in the venue
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 Small-Group 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 Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group 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 Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You have to keep moving in the Sistine Chapel so take your photos quickly or else you will miss it." See review
  • "Getting into the grounds early is also key as it still fills up and gets crowded really fast." See review

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The Sistine Chapel and the very knowledgable guide.
Peter_A
, Sep 2020
The early access started at 11:30! The group was mixed with the crowds. Due to COVID these were thankfully less than normal.
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Vatican Museum tour
Joanne_O
, Sep 2020
Fantastic knowledgeable guide and a great tour. Despite it being quieter at the moment is was worthwhile booking ahead and jumping the queue.
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Amazing!
Deuderit_C
, Jul 2020
Amazing! The tour guide, Alexandra, knew so much and not just about the Vatican bout about Rome. I will definitely guarantee it for my friends.
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Brilliant experience
Diane_G
, Feb 2020
Fantastic experience with fabulous tour guide - amazing and worth going when quieter. Loved it! Amazing
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Great Tour
smyblue85
, Feb 2020
This tour was the highlight of my trip. Maria-Laura was a great guide who explained the highlights of the museum but didn’t spend too much time with boring stuff. we got to skip the line and went into the museum about an hour before it opened to the general public. Only thing I noticed is they guarantee no more than 12 per tour and we had 14....not a big deal but just saying...
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A must
spgleason17
, Feb 2020
Federica was an amazing guide. She brought the history to life and was completely engaging with our tour group. I know my Vatican experience would have not have been the same had it not been for her knowledge and awesome presentation Amazing experience
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Best "Tour Guide" every for the vatican
timmmer14
, Feb 2020
The tour guide was the best and very educated about the Vatican. The tour was also very educational.
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Would highly recommend
jenniferstrange39
, Jan 2020
Francesca was a very knowledgeable guide who obviously loves her work . Having just 12 in the group added to the experience as you felt you were being spoken to directly . Would highly recommend
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Excellent- no crowds, wonderful guide!
rachelleiterman
, Jan 2020
Fantastic tour with such a lovely knowledgeable personable guide named Laura. Enchanting being amongst the splendour without any crowds and being guided to the magic ‘greatest hits’ and not feeling overwhelmed. Well worth the extra money for such a special tour. I highly suggest going to the dome of St. Peter’s after the tour (extra 8 euros - lots of steps but the view is amazing !!
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Vatican Museums
tania
, Jan 2020
A really great introduction and feel for the Vatican. 30 mins in Sistene Chapel a bit long. Maybe half that time and remind tourists to refer to leaflet and silence required.
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