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Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Make the most out of your time in Rome with an early access tour of the Vatican. You’ll skip the lines to see the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica before the regular crowds arrive. Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide, who will tell about each sight along the way.
  • You'll start at
    V.le Vaticano/Musei Vaticani
    00192 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
    Please note that the guide will waits you across the Vatican Museums entrance, at the bottom of the steps in front of Vatican Museum entrance, opposite to Viale Vaticano 100. By Metro, (Line A), get off at Ottaviano. Ottaviano metro stop is only 10 minutes walk to the Vatican Museum only entrance and you will meet us right across the street with a sign.  Please note: St. Peter's square is not the Vatican Museums meeting point.
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  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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  • Enjoy a guided private tour of the Vatican before it opens to the public
  • Save hours standing in line outside of the Vatican with an early access tour
  • Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before the crowds
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums highlights
What to Expect
Early in the morning, meet your private guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. You’ll pass right by any lines for a head start before the Vatican opens to the public. See highlights of the Vatican galleries as your guide provides commentary about their history and vast collections of artwork. You’ll then head to the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll have the unique experience of admiring Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece without the daytime crowds. Next, gain stress-free access to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you can view some of the world’s most famous mosaics and see the the tomb of St. Peter. After your tour ends, you’re free to explore the Vatican further on your own.
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Important Information
Departure Point
V.le Vaticano/Musei Vaticani, 00192 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Professional guide for 3 hours
  • Private tour
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • St. Peter's Basilica is a church and, as such, the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend a longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, not recommended for customers with limited mobility.
  • Personal photography is allowed during this tour, except in the Sistine Chapel
  • If you arrive late you might loose the entrance at the Vatican
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will 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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Tom Scott wrote a review Oct 2019
Princeton, New Jersey2 contributions3 helpful votes
Our guide was the best I've ever encountered. She was a highly educated local resident with a degree in Archaelogy. She was attentive to our every need, especially the need for my mother in law to sit down occasionally and my need to eat before we entered the Sistine Chapel.
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Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from 734741, Owner at Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance
Responded 15 Oct 2019
Hello, Tom! We carefully choose our guides and they all have degrees in either Art or Archeology. It's lovely to read about your experience so thank you for sharing it and most of all thank you for booking with us!
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Joe wrote a review Jun 2019
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Our private Vatican tour with Arianna was absolutely the highlight of our Rome vacation. The depth of her knowledge and expertise on the Vatican, its art and history, was staggering. She expertly navigated the crowds, to get us the best views of all the highlights, and catered
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Date of experience: June 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from 734741, Owner at Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance
Responded 24 Jun 2019
Thank you, Joe, for this beautifully written review!
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prairiedawn67 wrote a review May 2019
McAlester, Oklahoma1 contribution
Simona was wonderful! Very kind and very knowledgeable!!! We loved it !!! It was everything I had hoped for !!
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Date of experience: May 2019
Response from 734741, Owner at Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance
Responded 11 Jun 2019
Thank you for enjoying your tour with Simona!
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PaulGJr wrote a review Nov 2018
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions14 helpful votes
Well organized tour... we were greeted warmly right on schedule. The private tour is a great way to go... we had 6 adults and went at our own pace. Letizia was wonderful... very knowledgeable and fun. There is more to see than 2.5 hours allows... but if you want to see as
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Date of experience: November 2018
rusty0103 wrote a review Sep 2018
USA36 contributions9 helpful votes
I majored in art history and also have a masters in art and education. It had been my life long dream to see the Sistine Chapel. We booked the skip the line, early entrance so that I could possibly see the Chapel without the huge crowds. Gulia met us right on time and shared the
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Date of experience: August 2018
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By: Colosseum and Vatican Tours by Italy Wonders
Would highly recommend!
Azzurra was a fantastic tour guide, incredibly knowledgable and friendly. As a solo traveller, she made me feel ver
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Irene R
Great experience
Guide was so passionate that it added to the whole experience. Worthwhile getting ticket with access to palantine
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5 Star
An amazing day and a great tour guide, very detailed, we learned some interesting facts, would recommend!
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Feeling like in the Roman Empire time
Our tour guide Dennis was very good, clear and he was able to let us feel in the Roman Empire time. We enjoyed the
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Colosseum tour.
We needed headphones. Although only a small group of 7 it was very difficult to hear the guide against the traffic
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Information packed tour
We skipped the lines and got an information packed tour. The guide spoken English well and was attentive to our yo
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Very good tour
Very educational it was like having a history lesson. The views and ruins were amazing! 100% Definitely recommend t
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Interesting and knowledgeable guide - a great tour!
David was a fantastic guide. Knowledgeable and really interesting. Forum Romanum is always worth a visit, but becam
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Great Tour of the Vatican
Fantastic tour with our guide Marcius. who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject which made the
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Amazing tour experience
Azzura as our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. She was really knowledgeable and really passionate about the are
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Fantastic tour
This was a very well organised programme starting at the forum, up to Palatine and ending in the spectacular coloss
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Great tour with Matt
Our guide, Matt, was definitely the highlight of the tour! He was obviously passionate about the history of the Col
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Great Tour
We had a fantastic time yesterday. Tour was well organised and felt safe and supported. Matt was very knowledgeabl
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Best purchase of the trip!
This tour was so much fun. Our guide, Matt, was so funny and interesting. You could see his passion for the history
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Exceptional tour with Dennis!
Our guide Dennis was outstanding and really made our tour exceptional and special. He was so knowledgeable and prov
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