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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
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Tour snapshot
Enter the Vatican Museums before it opens to the general public 
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
14
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
The wait times for the Vatican Museums are a testament to its status as one of the world’s most well-known monuments. Beat the crowds and enter the Vatican before it officially opens to the public on this early access tour, guaranteed to save you hours of waiting. Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms in a relatively crowd-free environment, and hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset. Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is also included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Beat hours-long lines with priority, early-bird admission
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms with far less crowds
  • Hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset 
What to expect
Your Vatican tour begins in the early morning. Greet your guide at a designated meeting point, and enter the Vatican through an entrance reserved specially for priority access groups. Feel like you have the place to yourself as you visit highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes. Listen to the history of the Vatican and its numerous Popes before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica for a small-group tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you can continue exploring the church independently if you wish.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Beat hours-long lines with priority, early-bird admission
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms with far less crowds
  • Hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset 
What to expect
Your Vatican tour begins in the early morning. Greet your guide at a designated meeting point, and enter the Vatican through an entrance reserved specially for priority access groups. Feel like you have the place to yourself as you visit highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes. Listen to the history of the Vatican and its numerous Popes before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica for a small-group tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you can continue exploring the church independently if you wish.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 24338P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Maximum group size of 14
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica until Further Notice Due to Covid Restrictions
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.” We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start.   •  Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops.  •  Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk.  •  Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.  •  Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase! Dates: Daily except Sunday ad Wednesday Return point: The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays).
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A specific 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.
  • A fair amount of walking is involved, and there will be stairs between different levels. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly recommend considering a private tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Inclusions
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Maximum group size of 14
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica until Further Notice Due to Covid Restrictions
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.” We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start.   •  Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops.  •  Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk.  •  Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.  •  Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase! Dates: Daily except Sunday ad Wednesday Return point: The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays).
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays when we finish inside the Vatican Museums).
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A specific 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.
  • A fair amount of walking is involved, and there will be stairs between different levels. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly recommend considering a private tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 2 Nov 2020
A note from Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Our number 1 priority is for our customers to feel 100% safe during their experience with us. This is why we have implemented: -reduced group sizes, -enforce social distancing - masks are mandatory for both customers and guides - guides bring hand sanitizer with them for our customers
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.” We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start.   •  Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops.  •  Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk.  •  Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.  •  Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase! Dates: Daily except Sunday ad Wednesday Return point: The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays).
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  • 1
    Vatican City
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays when we finish inside the Vatican Museums).
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395 reviews
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Nanu G
1 contribution
It was an amazing tour, and Faby was the best tour guide to have. She helped navigate with Vatican security and get us to the Sistine chapel with next to no people in it. She then took us around the exhibits and explained much of the highlights in great detail. She was very responsive to questions and extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend this experience to any of my friends, and they would be extremely lucky to get a guide as amazing as Faby.

Later in the day, we saw Faby at Castel Sant’Angelo, she came to say hello and helped us find where to buy tickets without a reservation. She truly is amazing.
Written 16 February 2022
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The Roman G
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a great review! We strive to always offer the best guides and service and we are delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience with Fabiola on our Vatican tour! We hope to welcome you again soon on one of our tours! Thanks The Tour Guy Team
Written 20 February 2022
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Nick M
1 contribution
The tour was lovely and informative. Our guide, Laura S., was wonderful, not only because she was knowledgeable but also because she was hospitable and kind throughout the tour of the Vatican museums and St. Peter's Basilica. It was supposed to be a 3 hour early access tour but ended up at 4 due to delays, but we truly didn't mind. Laura was a brisk guide to the extent permitted by the Vatican's own rules due to Covid restrictions, so we never felt like our time was being wasted in a queue. She was great!

The only 2 things to be aware of: First, we were unsure when the actual start time of the tour was because The Roman Guy's webpage stated 7:30 AM for the tour, but our voucher stated 8:30 AM. We got there an hour too early because it wasn't clear which one was correct. The voucher is correct. Check your email!

Second, bring a full bottle of water with you. There is a lot of walking and not so many opportunities to quench your thirst. On a hot summer day, you're going to need it!
Written 4 August 2021
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The Roman G
Ciao Nick! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and for your feedback! We're glad Laura took good care of you with both knowledge and hospitality! We're glad you made it and we've done our best to make the start time clearer for everyone! And yes, always check the time on your voucher! Thanks for the tips and for joining us. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Written 11 August 2021
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Allen L
3 contributions
Even with COVID restrictions this tour was amazing. Our second time in the museum, Sistine Chapel and St.Peters and our guide, Cristiana Ventura, was very detailed and through showing us things we didn't see on previous tours. Have to admit having the Sistine Chapel to ourselves, basically, was really exciting.
Written 19 July 2021
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Cindy Salcedo
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Our tour guide ‘Marzia’ made sure that we enjoyed every moment inside the vatican museum and sistine chapel.
She was really knowledgeable, fun and a good storyteller that will stimulate your imagination. Also,you can really feel how passionate she was when she’s telling us the history of the Vatican Museum.
We’d definitely repeat this experience over and over again whenever we’ll visit Rome.
Written 9 January 2022
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The Roman G
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a great review! We strive to always offer the best guides and service and we are delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience with Marzia on our Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel! We hope to welcome you again soon on one of our tours! Thanks The Roman Guy Team
Written 17 January 2022
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R. Hal B
York, PA17 contributions
We'd rate this one of the lower of the 10+ tours we've done around Europe. Got into all the sites, but despite it being the second week of January it was packed with hundreds in the Sistine Chapel. Raffy, our tour guide, tried hard, but between the sound equipment and her accent, She seemed to have lesser command of the topic areas than our tourguide by the same company the next day at the Colosseum, who was excellent. I had trouble following her commentary and several other members were very lost. You do get in and around much more quickly, so the entrance worked. We got to all the sites.
Written 12 January 2020
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Dear Rhalb, We can only apologize that on this occasion we didn’t meet our standard and thank you for telling us, we always want to hear feedback, good or bad. Your business means a lot to us, so if you ever have additional feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at marco@thetourguy.com or call our Dedicated Customer Service team at +1 888 290 5595. Again, thank you for your feedback! Best regards, Marco
Written 15 January 2020
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Sherrell B
1 contribution
A wonderful experience. It was almost as good as being there in person. Not only did I get to see all the amazing painting, sculptures & architecture, but the guide also gave me background stories that were fascinating. I highly recommend this experience & look forward to doing more tours myself.
Written 6 July 2021
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Muttluvr4
Charlotte, NC29 contributions
We did not get to see St. Peter's Basilica due to a 'surprise' visit by the Pope. Pretended it was a surprise at 10:00. But it wasn't. On a Colliseum tour earlier that week some people we met said their tour operator would not offer tickets until 1:00 due to a planned papal activity. We walked around the same space A LOT to take up the tour time. The guide was knowledgeable and we could hear fine. But feel like they knew we would only see the Sistine Chapel well ahead of time.

I will say the time spent in the Sistine Chapel was nice, it was early and was not too crowded.

I would rate this as the lowest tour I have taken with Trip Advisor.
Written 24 January 2020
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Hello Muttluvr4, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is noted that there had been aspects of your tour which had given you cause for disappointment or inconvenience, which is most regrettable, and for this we would like to extend our sincere apologies. We would appreciate if you could contact our Dedicated Customer Service Team by calling +1 888 290 5595 to speak with a Customer Service Representative about your recent experience; alternatively, email me directly at marco@thetourguy.com. We would love to make things right if you give us another chance. Thank you, Marco
Written 25 January 2020
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Tyler S
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
We had a great tour with Isabetta! After a late evening arrival, this was our first activity in Rome. A detailed walk through the highlights of the Vatican museum and the Sistine chapel, that even a jet lagged brain could follow.

Would absolutely recommend this tour.
Written 18 May 2022
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Adam L
2 contributions
Raffa was an amazing guide. The Vatican museum has so much to see that it can be overwhelming. Luckily we had Raffa there to talk us through the history, and we had an incredible time. She was easy to understand, very knowledgeable, and great with the kids. We will definitely take a tour with her again if we are ever back in Rome.
Written 20 June 2022
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Marizanne Maritz
Bellville, South Africa8 contributions
Couples
Lucina from The Roman Guy was amazing - very passionate, friendly and informative. Would have liked a headset however as it was at times difficult to hear even in a small group. Loved that she explained to us before entering what to expect, what to look out for and the significance of those. Allowed us to have a better experience. Appreciated the fact that she was one of very few guides that respected the instruction to be silent in the Sistine Chapel - a holy, sacred place should be treated as such.
Written 3 January 2020
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Dear Marizannemaritz, We’re incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. Our company values put customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to our customers; it’s customers like you that make our job wonderful! We won't miss to thank Lucina for looking after you so well and giving you a memorable experience. See you soon, Marco
Written 11 January 2020
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