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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open

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  • Waking up the Vatican tour only offered on TripAdvisor 
  • Enter the Vatican an hour before anyone else, including standard early access groups
  • Clavigero opens the doors of the Vatican and its galleries to you from a set of 3,000 keys
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open
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Overview
This first-of-its-kind experience gets you inside the Vatican Museums a full hour before all other early access and VIP tours. A guide and your small group are the only ones there to follow the clavigero (key keeper) as he unlocks doors and flips on lights to the galleries that attract some 25,000 people a day. Walk the empty halls, passing staff members as they prepare for the day, and be the first to see Raphael’s Rooms and the Gallery of Maps, among other rooms. Another distinct difference from other Vatican tours: Your guide provides commentary inside the Sistine Chapel—a rare perk as talking is usually prohibited. End with breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard as other visitors are just starting to arrive.
What to Expect
This tour takes you to one of the busiest tour locations in the world, and it allows you to follow a Vatican clavigero (key keeper) inside the iconic landmark an hour or more before other early access tours.

Along with 20 people (or fewer), your guide leads you through the main areas of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, and the Gallery of Maps. Be one of the first that day to enter each room right as the clavigero finds the right key and switches on the lights.

Because of the size of your group and the early start time, you can enjoy a quiet walk through religious areas for more spiritual experience. Plus, this is the only Vatican Museums tour where a guide goes inside the Sistine Chapel to provide commentary up close to Michelangelo’s artwork to your group. It's an experience that has never before been offered to the public, and you will only find it through TripAdvisor.

Afterward, head to the Pinecone Courtyard for breakfast, where you will see all the early access groups starting their tours for the day. Once you wrap up your meal, you’ll be able to stay in the museums as long as you like.
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Best travel experience we've ever had, worth every penny

Booked this tour with my family and we were all absolutely floored by it. Opening the doors and being in the Vatican museums with so few people was even more special than we'd imagined. Our tour guide Francesca was wonderful and provided great commentary throughout,...More

Thank mobu2016
Reviewed 2 days ago
Must See

We went to Vatican very early (7 am ) with tour,we got to see Sistine Chapel,and museum before crowds,then did the rest of Vatican ourselfs.Highly Recommened.

Thank susanstewart2009
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Best Tour in Rome!!!

My family and I did this tour and it was far more than we expected. I had read many reviews and knew it would be a great experience but didn’t realize how special this tour is! Being able to take pictures and see the beautiful...More

3  Thank 783alexandria
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Once in a lifetime experience

My sixteen year old daughter and I were able to do the Waking Up the Vatican: VIP small group tour. I was really hesitant to spend the high cost for this tour, but after reading other reviews and realizing how much this experience is actually...More

3  Thank Erika B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vatican Tour

We were on a Private Tour of the Vatican! We did more and saw more. This was my fourth time. I was there in February 1982, then twice more before this. It never ceases to amaze me. A must see if you are in Rome....More

2  Thank clkpink
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