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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
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Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums on this small-group tour. Enter the Sistine Chapel before its opens to the public, and view the frescoes in a calm, crowd-free setting. Then, tour the Vatican Museums, seeing the highlights of the papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of Maps, before checking out the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Early entrance, skip-the-line Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • Admire Michelangelo’s ceiling and wall frescos without the daytime crowds
  • Bypass the main lines to enter the Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy a guided tour of highlights, including the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ and other treasures
  • Small group of six participants or fewer
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Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
Skip the long ticket lines
Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
Private Option of this tour is Available!
Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)
Viale Vaticano, 100 , Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign

7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide and small group of no more than six near the Vatican Museums.

Listen to an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes from your guide. Talking inside the chapel is not allowed, so you’ll learn about these Renaissance artworks before entering. Then, head directly inside the pope’s private place of worship. Your ticket gives you early access to the chapel as one of the day’s first visitors, so you can enjoy it without the crowds. 

Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment gracing the back wall of the chapel. Soak in unobstructed views of the works, and enjoy time to inspect them in detail.

When your time in the chapel is up, reconvene with your guide and bypass the main admission lines for a tour of the Vatican Museums’ highlights.

Stroll around the Pinecone Courtyard, and see works like the Belvedere Apollo and Laocoon Priest of Troy statues. Admire the celebrated marble Belvedere Torso, and stroll through the must-see 16th-century Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Raphael Rooms.

Afterward, walk back through the Sistine Chapel — seeing how crowded it is during normal opening hours — and continue through an exclusive exit into St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, let your guide introduce you to the best of the treasures held in the magnificent interior. Admire Michelangelo's glorious Pietà, the marble sculpture depicting Mary holding the dead Jesus, as well as Bernini's Baldacchino altar canopy and Pope Alexander VII monument among other great works.

Your tour concludes inside the church when your guide departs. You’re free to then continue exploring independently, perhaps looking further around the interior to see the papal tombs, climbing the Dome, or strolling around St. Peter’s Square as you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
In this Exclusive Early Access to the Vatican you will enter the museums an hour prior to the general public, so you can enjoy much lighter crowds, and be granted immediate entry to the Sistine Chapel! The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly. The best way to get the most of this popular site is to enter early and to see it either in our Semi-Private Group of ONLY 6 people MAX, or in your very own Private Group. Enjoy a thorough explanation of the incredible masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel and learn all about it from your professional expert guide before you actually enter the chapel. As it is a holy place, it is strictly forbidden to speak inside. That is why we guarantee you will learn all about it before you enter. Then, once inside, you will have time to take it all in and admire the breathtaking beauty of this world famous site in contemplative silence.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
With the luxury of our truly small group size of 6 people max, or in the personalized intimacy of your very own private group, you will be guaranteed to get the very most out of your Vatican experience. This way you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide, ask all the questions you wish, and have the guarantee of a personalized experience. We trust this makes ALL the difference! Walk through the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras and enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries. After you learn about the impressive Gallery of the Maps, continue to the exquisite Raphael Rooms. With your professional expert tour guide, you will be sure to see all the highlights as well as hidden gems! You will not only learn the fantastic history of the powerful Popes but will also delight in the bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world. NOTE: The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. we will do our best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites and the security line. In the event, this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour.
  • Please Note: due to these unprecedented times and unexpected regulation changes, some areas may not be accessible if the venue can not guarantee social distancing for that part of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 2022 NEWS: Thanks to a very special and profound partnership with the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients a very unique and exclusive 8AM first entry into the Museums’ doors, guaranteed to be reserved only to a handful of other collaborating tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to be able to serve such impressive and extraordinary experience and share it with our clients.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. Our top-rated guides will do their best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites. In the eventuality this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit. Please be aware that this alert may have expired by the date of your tour.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Early morning is a great way to beat the crowds and the best way to see the Sistine chapel and the Raphael rooms!" See review
  • "The early morning tour is the best if you want to miss the big crowd." See review
  • "Highly recommend to do an early before the crowds get there tour." See review

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Perfect Day!
Susan_G
, Jun 2022
One of the best days of my life! I checked off so many bucket list items on the tour! Being among some of the greatest art and Archie ever created and in such a holy place was an unforgettable experience. Our guide, Rita, was wonderful! I loved being the first tour through the door in the morning! I highly recommend this tour.
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Do the Vatican with English Julia!
Gary_m
, Jun 2022
English Julia (surname Charity?) was our guide, and I am quite positive we would not have enjoyed the tour half as much were it not for her. Her knowledge and passion was infectious and we couldn’t wait to hear what was next. Amidst the crowds in the Vatican, Julia made it feel like we had a behind the scenes private tour. Three hours flew by and we were sad to see the tour come to an end, but we left with so much new knowledge #weloverafael!
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Don't Miss Out!
Sara_V
, Jun 2022
Absolutely phenomenal experience! Well worth the additional cost for everything that we learned. We were able to go in early and get a true, small tour. We loved it!
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The BEST way to see the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica!
Kimberly_A
, Jun 2022
This was our favorite tour in Rome and was the perfect way to see the Vatican Museums! Our guide Paola (Paula? spelling) was great and we learned so much from her during our tour. She had a wonderful style of presenting the information in an entertaining way that kept us engaged and pointing out hidden "secrets" we'd otherwise have never noticed! The Sistene Chapel was breathtaking, as was much of the museums! Our group was just 6 people, which made it easy to navigate as the museums got more crowded. After the museum tour, we were able to get to St. Peter's Square and into the Basilica and Paola gave us a tour of the Basilica as well! The only thing that could have been a bit more clear is the meeting spot. "Across" from the Vatican Cafe meant something different to us than where the actual meeting spot was. If you are considering a Vatican Museum tour, I highly recommend the small group early entry tour.
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Font of knowledge at our fingertips
Katherine_K
, Jun 2022
Sylvia was a font of knowledge and she took a lot of time with our family. It made it so much more meaningful and interesting
star-5
Wonderful tour guide!
Jennifer_P
, Jun 2022
Wonderful opportunity for a fabulous tour guide. She was amazing, patient, helpful and polite. One couple left early cuz not feeling well, another couple went to restroom and she still found everyone and continued!! Total cluster meeting the different tour guides in the beginning with over 200 people trying to find the key tour person they needed. Then we stood in line and waited 30 min. So bring a phone/book. It’s also, piled w/ trash. They had janitor at 830 picking up stuff. Guess they need more outside trash cans. During tour, Everyone is hearing the same thing. So, we did have to wait from one location to the other and make sure we were out of the way. Glad we got in! Just be prepared for the cluster!
star-5
Great visit to the Vatican
Jessica_C
, Jun 2022
Massimo lead in amazing tour! He was so knowledgeable, and it was clear that all the other tour guides knew and looked up to him. Massimo had a great sense of humor, and made the tour both fun and knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Great family tour!
Alisa_A
, Jun 2022
Massimo was very knowledgeable and helpful in navigating this vast space. Having someone to point out relics and put things in perspective gave the experience a more personal feel!
star-5
Great Tour!
Yarissa_M
, Jun 2022
This tour was AMAZING! Totally worth the early start, it wasn't crowded when we visited the Vatican museums. Also, Raffy, our tour guide was great (5 stars!), she was very knowledgeable!
star-5
Great way to see vatican
Laura_R
, Jun 2022
Giovanna did a great job explaining things and weaving our way through the groups. Great tour. She had great explanations.
star-5
No crowds! Highly recommend
Nikki_F
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very informative. She gave great information and made our experience well worth it. It was great being able to get in before it got crowded. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel.
Harry_A
, Jun 2022
Awesome tour and great education. Really awesome guide very informative. Would definitely recommend this. skip the line is awesome.
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Take this tour it’s terrific!
Joy_C
, Jun 2022
Guilia was one of the best guides I have ever had. She was so deeply knowledgeable on Italian history, art, Vatican info etc… she gave us an amazing tour. She was beyond charming and made our day so much fun. Getting in before the crowds was so worth it
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Molto Bene!!
Michael_M
, Jun 2022
St. Peter’s Basilica was wonderful. Our guide was just the best. The Sistine Chapel amazing. The entire event went so well.
star-5
Rosanna was such an...
Leon_M
, Jun 2022
Rosanna was such an excellent guide. Very personable and knowledgeable. Really enhanced the experience for us.
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Definitely need a tour guide
Lynne_S
, Jun 2022
Great! Our tour guide was fantastic!! Worth the extra money to have a small group experience. The storytelling of the history made the tour.
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A truly amazing experience
cmazuera
, Jun 2022
Being the first visitors at the museum was priceless! And almost no people at the Sistine Chapel made it possible to appreciate it so much more…
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Outstanding Tour with Knowledgable Guide
Seth_M
, Jun 2022
We had an outstanding tour with Massimo. He knew all the highlights plus a number of cool details other guides were missing. He was funny and engaging and knew his way around the large buildings. Highly recommend taking this tour!
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Must do
Enio_N
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was very good, she was very knowledgeable about the Vatican and its surrounding. Great experience.
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Our guide Barbara is an...
Nancy_M
, Jun 2022
Our guide Barbara is an archeologist and was incredibly knowledgeable which allowed us to appreciate and understand what we were seeing. There are lot of stairs which can be difficult for some!

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