Early Bird Private Vatican Tour - Rome

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM
  • Return Details :
    Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This 3-hour private tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to enter the Vatican museums ahead of the opening to the general public. You will meet your private friendly and enthusiastic guide right in front of the Marble door of the Vatican Museums and enjoy immediately a wonderful explanation of the Sistine Chapel, you will enter the Museums before the daily crowd and be immerse by the beauty of the Vatican Collection. If you choose the option with the driver , our driver will pick you up at your hotel in the center of Rome. Together with your professional guide, you will see the Vatican away from the crowds of the day, visiting the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.


Skip the line

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Vatican Museums and Upper Galleries, including the one of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra. The galleries are connecting the north section of the Vatican palace with the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peters. The rooms preserved many roman statues discovered during the excavations and many spectacular painted rooms.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Raphael Rooms are part of the apartment of Pope Julius II, while the young Raphael was painting the Room of the Signatura Michelangelo was painting the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel . The two artists were rivalry but Raphael will recognize the talent of Michelangelo in the School of Athens, you will see also the Parnassus and the Dispute over the Sacrament

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Borgia Rooms, the apartment was painted by Pinturicchio and his school and it was commissioned by the spanish Pope Alexander VI Borgia. They are inside the oldest section of the Apostolic Palace. You will see the main rooms of it that preserves also part of the art works from modern and contemporary art.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Modern art and contemporary galleries creating was creating thanks to the several donations in honor of Pope Paul VI that during a special Speech inside the Sistine Chapel he called back to the Church the modern and contemporary artists recreating the link between art and church. Many donations arrived from United States and other countries. You will see Matisse, Chagall, Dal, Bacon

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with the Frescoes painted in the 1500s for the Pope Julius II and Paul III; Michelangelo first painted the Ceiling where he represented the Creation of the World, from the Genesis book, and stories of Noahs life. The Renaissance Genius when he was 61 years old he will come back to paint in five years only Last Judgement on the wall behind the altar.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Lazio

The Basilica was built from the 1506 and it has replaced the Medieval Basilica built under the Emperor Constantine. The Basilica was built in 120 years by many architects including Raphael and Michelangelo. The inside decoration of the Basilica is very Baroque thanks to the Genius of the Baroque Gian Lorenzo Bernini who projected the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter and the Baldachin. Inside the Basilica there is a beautiful chapel where is preserved the Michelangelos Pieta. The artists represent this painful moment with the body of Jesus laying on the laps of his mother after the deposition from the Cross.

Duration: 30 minutes


Professional guide for 3 hours

Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Private tour

Hotel pickup for private transfer with private vehicle to the Vatican Museums (if option selected)

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Guaranteed to skip the lines



Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

Please be on time in order to enter the Vatican Museums at the time booked

Please specify name and address of your hotel that is needed for the option with driver. Pick up is included only for hotels in city center

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Please note: wheelchair to access in car/minivan must be a foldable wheelchair only

Please note: a limited number of infant seats available, please inform us how many you need

Please note: the Vatican tour on wheelchair will take more time than the usual, so please contact us in order to create a customized itinerary for you

Please note: in some areas of the Vatican the stroller must be carried by yourself in your arms, due to architectural restrictions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 14-Oct-2019

    I can't imagine a better way to see the Vatican. We were hardly the only tour with early access (8 am instead of the general opening of 9 am) but the undivided attention of one guide for 2 people can't be beat. Our guide was Chiara and she was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and we had some great discussions. Hotel pick up went very smoothly - we took a taxi back.

  • 02-May-2019

    Our driver was at the hotel early. He took us to meet our guide at the Vatican and did not leave until he was sure we were where we were supposed to be. Our guide at the Vatican got us right through the line and was very knowledgable. We were traveling with my 82 year old mother and our guide was amazing at getting her around the area in a wheelchair.

  • 28-Nov-2018

    After being picked up on time from our hotel by the arranged driver, we met our guide Letizia at the entry to the Vatican Museums. While waiting for the doors to open, she took time to educate and inform us about what we were to see, especially the Sistine Chapel. Letizia expertly guided us through the wonderful masterpieces of the Museums: the Pinecone Courtyard, the staircase, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel - before continuing with us into St. Peter’s Basilica. Letizia was expert, professional, friendly, and informative. What a great and highly recommended tour!!!

  • 14-Sep-2017

    The tour was well worth the money. Our tour guide was Valentina, she was very knowledgeable, friendly and very approachable. She answered any questions we had in regards to the Museum, Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, I really liked the fact that she used her Tablet to show us pictures of different things that were related to the tour. After the tour she gave us some directions to go to our next destination. Thank Valentina for a wonderful experience.

  • 15-Aug-2017

    If there were more STARS I would fill the page! The early private tour was the BEST! I did not know what to really expect. We arrived a little early but our guide was there and waiting for us. Grace as her friends called her was amazing! As we waited for the museum to open, our tour guide gave us information on what we would be seeing and a condense history .Condense because I think you could study for years and still learn more. I appreciated that she had her iPad with visuals. Be prepared to walk a lot, so much to see and learn. I would highly recommend this tour and this extremely knowledgeable tour guide!