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Roma, Italy
Early bird Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

  • Early morning tour of the Vatican Museums first entry
  • See an overwhelming number of mind-blowing works of art
  • Listen to a professional guide describe Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Professional guide
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Priority early access
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Tips for the Guide
Via Vespasiano, 28 , Via Vespasiano, 28, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

7:15 am Meet your guide in our office in Via Vespasiano 28

7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • For booking with kids, kindly bring with you a copy of the ID or passport otherwise the kid tickets cannot be provided and the new ticket should be paid directly on site.
  • This group is up to 20 travelers or less.
  • Please note: if you arrive late you mights loose the entrance
  • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 years old as a proof of their age.
  • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY VIVICOS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SRL
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early bird Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Early bird Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Early bird Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Also, early access to the Vatican is undoubtedly worth it to enjoy it without many people." See review
  • "Since you meet at 7:30 am, you get into the queue quite handy for the 8:00 am opening." See review

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star-5
Early entry Vatican
Vishtasp_N
, Jul 2022
Great tour. George was awesome and very knowledgeable. He was a former teacher which helped the tour. Well organized. We were not close to being the first ones in as many tours had this time but we didn’t feel crowded or rushed and had plenty of time in the Sistine Chapel. Bring water with you.
star-2
Do not recommend.
Emily_B
, Oct 2021
I wouldn’t recommend this tour. We booked the 7:30am tour, but they changed it to the 10:45 am tour. They didn’t call or text - just sent a note through Viator 36 hrs prior to our original departure time. We didn’t see it, so we arrived at 7:30am to no one. In addition - Viator tickets said 7:30 am the night before. So really just a lazy company. The tour guide was good, but spent too long talking before we got to Vatican. We were over an hour into the tour before we even arrived to security. For a 3 hour tour, that is a lot of time wasted. Overall, find a different tour. Vivicos is the direct company - would avoid at all costs.
star-5
Moving experience
Daric_M
, Oct 2021
We really enjoyed our trip through the Vatican. Our guide Azule was very personable and knowledgeable. I wish we had more time to spend with her in this spiritual place, especially in a smaller group and earlier in the day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience with knowledgeable guide
Giulia_N
, Aug 2021
Our guide Matteo was very knowledgeable and friendly. He spent an extra 40 minutes of his own time to go more in depth with the tour and to give us a better experience. Absolutely recommended!
star-4
Bad start but good finish
David_J
, Jul 2021
viator sent us and another couple to the wrong meeting point to start the tour and the phone number provided did not work. After about 15 or 20 minutes, contact was made and we and the other couple met the tour guide and rest of the group at the entrance to the Vatican Museum. The guide as great with a Lott of knowledge and very attentive to the group. During our wait somebody tried to contact me but having a USA number I did not receive it till later.
star-4
Informative.
AnaCarla_B
, Jan 2020
Informative and covered all of the most important museums / rooms. Easy meeting point. Guide was informative and explained important highlights with sufficient detail. Told your starts at 7:30 but had to wait outside till 8. Was freezing cold.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dead Carla0020, Thank you for taking the time to leave such kind words! We work hard to satisfy our customer's needs and we're happy we were able to hit the mark with you! We hope to see you soon again :)
star-5
Great guide
Explore276822
, Dec 2019
Our tour of the Vatican was great thanks to our guide Diego. He was kind, knowledgeable, and entertaining. I wouldn’t hesitate to book a tour with this company or this guide again.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Explorer, Thank you for such a wonderful review! We work very hard to meet our customer's expectations and we are happy that we hit the mark with you! Diego will be very pleased to read your kind words. Thank you for choosing our services and we hope to see you soon!
star-5
Great way to see.
Sheil_M
, Nov 2019
Highly recommended the early tour. So many people but if your with tour they let them in first. Having a tour guide help a lot
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for booking our Early Access Vatican Tour!
star-5
Vatican tour
fbroadhurst79
, Nov 2019
We had a brilliant day , the tour was very informative our tour guide was lovely , we were a group of 9 and we all enjoyed this tour
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for this brilliant review! The Early Access Vatican Tour is a great experience to be shared in group, I am happy to know you fully enjoyed it.
star-5
Perfect
Carl_UK_Preston
, Nov 2019
Really enjoyed this tour. The host Giulio was energetic, enthusiastic and came away with so many facts - I felt like I could tour others! Thanks so much.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you, Carl, for choosing to book our Early Access Vatican Tour!
star-5
When In Rome...see the Vatican
Christopher_W
, Oct 2019
Amazing place--bucket list sights...must see. Tour tickets state 7:30am; we met tour guide at 7:15am and stood in line until 8am before going through security check. Guide spent a lot of time talking about Roman/Vatican history...which was great, but we thought we'd be in at 7:30. Be prepared to wait. The tour itself seems VERY LONG...3 hours on your feet. The guide was a charming and highly educated lady. She spoke in deep detail about everything we saw. Although she is a true professional I personally believe the tour should be 45 minutes shorter (and I'm a history buff). It is surprising how many people are inside at this hour of the morning. It is not until you exit into St. Peter's Square and see the LONG, LONG lines that you realize this tour option was the best choice.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you, Chris, for this in-depth review of your Early Access Vatican Tour experience. Choosing this type of tour does indeed save your hours of time and allows you to tour in a more intimate, privileged setting. Thank you for choosing to book with us!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Value
Brendan S
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide was wonderful. She crafted a very meaningful and natural narrative as we walked from place to place. The Vatican can easily be overwhelming, so this tour is a perfect introduction to whet the taste buds for future trips. Plus, you see the iconic Vatican stops on this tour. For the casual museum goer, this tour is perfect.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
It's lovely to read your guide created a meaningful, engaging narrative. Thank you for kindly taking the time ro review our services.
star-5
Early Vatican tour
Michael_F
, Oct 2019
By far the best time to visit the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel is before the crowds are let in. You don't get exclusive entry since there are other groups with early entry, but a lot less groups than throughout the day. Since you meet at 7:30 am, you get into the queue quite handy for the 8:00 am opening. Julio (hope the spelling is correct) our guide, was amazing!! He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the museums, his Italian history and the Sistine chapel. This was great for a person like me with very little historical knowledge! I came away enlightened and amazed at the sights I saw in the 2 hour tour. St Peters was a different story, very very busy, but again out host made light of the crowds and we had a great 1 hour tour. The tour was very well organised and the guide was terrific! Also, don;t be fooled October is still very busy in Rome!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you, Michael, for beautifully expressing your experience of out tour. Giulio is indeed a fantastic guide and we are very happy you got to tour with him during your Vatican visit.
star-5
Michael angelo rocks!
ANTHONY_F
, Sep 2019
I didn't want to give this 4 stars , but it was closer to 5 in my mind. The guide Julius , not sure of his spelling, gave his all and had a driving passion for this tour. My headset kept craping.out and it was the second one that I tried. When we saw the lines at the end that we avoided , we were grateful for taking this tour. It was also a bit strenuous for us over 75 folks. A lot of steps And uphill walks. It should have been pointed out to us. Not sorry, we needed to see this, last time in Rome we missed it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Tony, thank you for choosing our tours. We are sorry to learn you had issues with your Vatican assigned ear piece. Skipping the lines is indeed an ideal experience as it allows you to save hours of time.
star-4
Great tour!
Elise J
, Sep 2019
This tour was wonderful, our guide was extremely knowledgable, which made all the difference to know the significance of the many and varied things we looked at. The entrance to the Vatican doesn't open until 8am, so meeting at 7.30am is so the guide can give information about the Sistine Chapel... because whilst in the Sistine Chapel, there is no talking. I would recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you, Elise! No talking is allowed within the Sistine Chapel because it is Holy Ground but while waiting in line for the security check the guide will always fill you in on everything and provide you with a visual guide image that you can analyze while inside the chapel. I am very happy your enjoyed your Early Access Vatican Tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth the money
NyCourtRptr
, Sep 2019
Even though it was early access, there were so many groups that had early access, but it was worth it because we didn't wait long. We were among the first of the groups to go in. Our tour guide was fantastic. She kept us all interested and she was very knowledgeable. One of the best tours on our trip.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for choosing our Early Access Vatican Tour!
star-5
Early access tour
Iain_H
, Aug 2019
Thoroughly enjoyable tour in a group of 10 people. Thank you to our guide who never stopped giving us information from the moment we met her to when we went our separate ways in the Basilica. It was worth the extra cost to go in the early morning. Even though there are actually a large number of tour groups going in an hour before the public once you are inside there is lots of room and actually in some galleries we were the only group. Once you have completed the tour of the three areas if you are not scared of heights or claustrophobic it is worth paying the extra 8E to climb to the top of the dome what a fantastico view. One thing you may want to check out is whether there is an earlier time slot as I did notice a few groups going in 1.5 hours before the public. That would mean that the galleries would be really quiet.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you very much for enjoying our tour and for taking the time to rate us. The dome is indeed a beautiful experience as well! We wish you all the best!
star-5
Awesome! Highly recommend it
Christine L
, Jul 2019
Matteo, our tour guide, was simply amazing. What a great guy who has such a passion for communicating all the great history. He really made the tour fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you very much for this fantastic review!
star-4
Great trip to the Vatican
Inspire648874
, Jul 2019
Easy to organise and well run. Early access was well worth the extra cost, and Our guide (Grace) was amazing and really help make this an wonderful experience - thank you
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience of the Early Access Vatican Tour!
star-5
Vital Vatican Experience
Nancy_S
, Jul 2019
Vital Vatican Visit After some slight confusion in finding our tour, Chiara met us and guided us throughout the Vatican Museum, the incredible Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. She thoroughly explained with great knowledge the ceiling and The Last Judgement prior to our entering the buildings. What a wise use of time. Her gentle, intelligent manner added to a once in a lifetime experience for us, and we are so grateful for this spectacular experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for beautifully writing about your Early Access Vatican Tour experience. We look forward to seeing you again on our other tours!

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