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Don’t worry about finding your own way through Rome’s bustling streets: this private tour begins when your guide picks you up directly from your local accommodation. Make your way to the Vatican Museums, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to enter before the landmark is open to the general public.

With time on your side, learn about the many masterpieces on display, as well as the Vatican’s history, from your private guide. See the Sistine Chapel in all its splendor without navigating the crowds, and view other artworks by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Da Vinci. You’ll also visit the Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps.

Next, enjoy skip-the-line privileges when you head directly from the galleries to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to go through the main entrance. Your guide will point out highlights within this landmark—the largest church in the world—and fill you in on its history.

The tour ends when you’re dropped off directly at your accommodation.

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Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)
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The Vatican Museums contain one of the world’s most important art collections, and draw crowds to match. But on this private tour, you’ll have special access before the venue opens to the public. Linger in the Sistine Chapel, take in the many masterpieces, and learn all about the Vatican’s history from your guide. Then, you’ll have priority entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to wait in line.

  • Beat the crowds and see the Vatican Museums before they open to the public
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off mean you won’t have to navigate on your own
  • Learn all about the Vatican’s artworks and history from your private guide
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica next door
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Rosalba - just want to say thank you for the perfect tour and all the valuable information and more you provided to us during our tour. We could not ask for a better guide. We are happy that we chose the early bird - skip...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago
Excellent Private Tours with Giuliano of Vatican and Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine

Giuliano was on time, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly, and helpful. He provided us with valuable information for both tours (and his “before and after” books were very helpful). Our mom walks slowly with a cane and was in physical pain, but Giuliano was patient and...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Buongiorno and many thanks for your feedback! One important thing for my tours is making sure that ALL of my guests feel comfortable and taken care of, so I am very happy to hear your mother felt so. With the amount of walking involved in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Francesco made our trip to the Vatican City with two teen-agers interesting, engaging and worth the money to skip the lines! He is incredibly well educated on the details of the the Vatican City and can answer any question you may have, including some inside...More

Thank Laura S
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Ciao guys, answering all questions and knowing a few secrets is why I love what I do- sharing all I know with my guests and leaving them in awe is the best. So happy to hear you had a blast, I did too! Take care,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Worth every penny to skip the lines!

Francesco was our guide and we can't say enough great things about him! He was fun, informative, energetic, and great with our 3 kids! Highly recommend Eyes of Rome and Francesco!

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Ciao guys! So happy to hear that the tour was to your liking and the kids had fun. Thanks for the recommendation and see you soon in Rome (I hope!) -Francesco

Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent, Interesting & Fun Vatican tour with Maria Linda!

Maria Linda was a fantastic tour guide from start to finish and made our Private, Early Bird Vatican tour one of our most memorable experiences in Rome! From the moment she met us at our residence, Maria Linda was friendly, energetic and full of rich...More

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EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Buongiorno! Very happy to hear that the tour was everything you hoped for (and more!) you enjoyed the view from the 'Cupola' and the drinks afterwards. And as a guide I rely so much on the office to take care of everything behind the scenes...More

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Response from John R | Reviewed this property |
Eyes of Rome guided tour. Ask for Fabiana. Fantastic (and probably the best way) to see the Vatican, St Peters and the Sistine Chapel. Also recommend “Ancient Rome” which includes the Colosseum and the Roman Forum!
27 May 2018|
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Response from Rebecca L | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can take in a camera. We both carried small backpacks.
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Response from Rockitalian | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was five hours that included the pick up time 7:00-12:00
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