Early Vatican Semi-Private Tour - Rome

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy anexclusive semi-private tour of the Vatican with early entrance, you will access 1 hour ahead of the e general opening. You will meet our team and passionate Vatican guide and right after you will be in the priority line ready to fast enter at 8:00 am. We aim to show you the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel before the daily crowd could enter. Our storytelling guide will point out the main art works of the galleries, guide you in the Raphael's Rooms & tells you stories hidden behind the art-works. You will access the Sistine chapel,discover Michelangelo's talent and find out in his frescoes several characters painted as a response for being criticized. Fast entrance to St Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta. Privileged entrance1 hour ahead of the general public, you will enjoy Vatican city in a much less crowded environment. Touring in a semi private group your experience will be personal & you will be able to interact to your guide. Personal headsets provided.


Skip the line

Small group ensures personal service

All entrance fees included

Informative, friendly and professional guide

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

You will see Vatican Museums upper galleries and the Raphael Rooms. The Raphael Rooms were the apartment of Julius II, you will see the Raphael's famous School of Athens

Duration: 2 hours

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 painted first the ceiling with the Creation of the World and then the wall behind the altar with the Last Judgement.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Fast entry saving 30 minutes walking to the Basilica of St. Peter's where inside there is the "Pieta" by Michelangelo and the art works by Bernini

Duration: 30 minutes


Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Professional guide for 3 hours

Guaranteed to skip-the-long lines

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Guaranteed to skip the lines



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

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

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 longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.

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.

Please note: if you arrive late you might loose the entrance.

Near public transportation

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-May-2019

    Make up your mind to see the Vatican once and then have done with it.
    The crowds are horrendous even at this early hour. The bureaucracy involved in even entering the buildings is frustrating to say the least. Viator's guides do their best and are extremely knowledgeable but there is simply so much 'stuff' on view that it is utterly impossible to do any one, single piece of art proper and respectable justice. Our tour lasted from 0730 until 1030. Our guide was so nice that with all the leaky bladders he had in his group needing what Americans call 'the bathroom', that we finished at around 1100. Out of those three hours we were permitted a mere 10 minutes in the Sistine Chapel amidst the most horrendous and disrespectful mob of pushing and shoving crowds, obscuring the vies of others around them with their obsessive photography of every blue bottle ion the place; totally unable to observe the rule of silence in this church. Do NOT bring your kids to witness this show of self-interest and bad manners.
    I have a much better idea for families - take yourselves out to Casa Andrea and go on the Villa d'Este and the next day, go see the gardens and house, Villa Borghese. Viator do wonderful tours of these gorgeous places. If you must do churches, try San Clemente next the Colosseum or Santa Maria Maggiore up on Via Cavour. Even better - try a cup of tea in Babbingtons' Tea Rooms, foot of the Spanish Steps, a quick visit to Keats' House also Spanish Steps and if peace and reflection is your thing, then out to Pyramidi on the B Line to the Non-Catholic Cemetery and see where Keats and Shelley and a host of other foreign notables lie buried.
    Have you tried coffee in Cafe Greco in Via Condotti? Put it at the top of your list!

  • 26-Nov-2018

    Small group tour was great! Out guide Gulio was very knowledgeable and passionate about the information he presented. Easy to find the group and tour was wonderful!

  • 18-Jul-2018

    Informative, well organized tour. Our guide, Julia, was knowledgeable, spoke English very well and it was obvious she enjoyed giving this tour and presenting the story of the history and art of the Vatican. This would not have been as pleasant a memory if we had waited in the long lines and rented a headset!

  • 31-Oct-2017

    Excellent way to see the highlights of the Vatican. There are so many amazing things to digest it was very helpful having a knowledgeable guide to point out the highlights. The Vatican is always packed but early morning makes the crowds much more manageable and enjoyable. We only had 8 people in the tour which was fantastic. Highly recommend.

  • 30-Oct-2017

    Received so much info while waiting in line for the Vatican to open for the early entry. If you anticipate entering the Sistine Chapel with fewer people in it you may be disappointed. Still a wonderful guide Ressella ? (Scarlet) made for a very enjoyable morning. So much wealth and opulence??

  • 16-Oct-2017

    Claudia took us into the Vatican and gave us so much information! You can tell she is passionate about this place and wanted to make sure that we were also. The small group was amazing, and the fact that we were in the Sistine Chapel with only a few other people was once in a lifetime. I would highly recommend this tour.

  • 25-Sep-2017

    Excellent tour guide, Fe who sure knows every little fact about the Vatican! it was all so magnificent and we treasured every minute being there and learning so much from Fe.

  • 27-Aug-2017

    Great way to see the vatican museum, Sistine chapel and St Peters early before it gets so busy. It would have been a five but lots of problems with the mice and headphones not working well. Some people didn't follow meeting instructions and we had to wait/find them before proceeding.

  • 24-Aug-2017

    Excellent tour. As advertised it is indeed semi private as a number of other tour companies do go in early, but it certainly avoids the massive queues that can develop. The tour guide, Felicity, was very knowledgeable and the tour was a good three hours, in both the Vatican museum and St Peter's Basilica. Well worth it.

  • 21-Aug-2017

    This tour was amazing!

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