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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

Highlights
  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds
  • Travel with a guide and small group for a more intimate, educational tour
  • Bypass security lines at St. Peter’s Basilica
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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
From US$83.00
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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
From US$83.00
Overview
The Vatican Museums are among the most crowded in the world, sometimes having as many 20,000 visitors every day. With this tour, see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the relative peace of early morning, entering the museums an hour before they are open to the public. By the time you reach the Sistine Chapel, it will still be mostly empty.
What to Expect
Your early-morning tour begins between 7:30 and 7:45 in the morning at the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. Meet your guide and small group and enter the museums.

Walk through the main galleries, including the Room of the Candelabra, Hall of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Maps.

Before reaching the Sistine Chapel, receive a reference map you can use once inside; it is useful since the chapel is a place of worship where speaking is forbidden. Spend around 20 minutes in the room with Michelangelo’s masterpieces.

After exiting the chapel from a side door head straight to St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping security lines. Your guide takes you to see the baroque Baldacchino, La Pieta, and other masterworks.

The last stop is underneath the main floor of the basilica, where hundreds of Popes are buried.

Finish the tour in front of the Basilica.
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Greata Roma

We had a wonderful time with Raffa today. This tour just left you breathless! Raffa was fun, informative and was great at getting around the crowds. Happy day.

Thank mrm0ran
Reviewed 4 days ago
Great Tour

After researching visits to the Vatican, I learned that it was extremely important to have skip-the-line tickets. When I booked this tour, however, I did not expect to enter the Vatican as a group 1 hour prior to the public opening. This allowed for our...More

Thank Tyler C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Awesome

We had Franco as our guide and he was amazing! So knowledgeable, experienced and kind! The crowds can be very overwhelming, but he was sure to point out many little things as well as interesting details! Thank you Franco for a tour that I will...More

Thank Patti H
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fun and Professional Tour Guides

We took the express Vatican tour as well as the Colosseum upper tiers tour. Both of our tour guides were fun and professional. Fun because they both were easy going with all members of the tour and professional because they knew their stuff. Over the...More

Thank JamezVA
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing tour, worth it.

Took this tour with just Four of us in the group. The Early access was very much worth the price. Our guide was "Sarah" she was amazing, very knowledgeable. Thank you very much.

Thank Rowena I
Francesca T, Client relations at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Ciao Rowena. Thank you for your review. We're glad you had a great early access Vatican tour with Sarah and hope you had an unforgettable vacation! Until next time! :)

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annefed
18 April 2018|
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Response from Francesca T | Property representative |
Ciao Anne. The express tour is an hour shorter, therefore 2,5 hours as opposed to the 3,5 hour Vatican tour. On the express tour you don't visit The Raphael Rooms. If you have any more questions or need a hand in choosing... More
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