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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Updated 01/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Exclusive Early Access Vatican Tour | Semi-Private and Private Options
LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and has always been sustainable. We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, especially in this time. Due to Covid-19 safety regulations, sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age
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Updated 01/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens with a skip-the-line early morning Vatican tour. You’ll not only save precious vacation time, but also avoid daytime crowds and have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before it’s open to the public. A guide will lead you through the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more, and a small group size means plenty of time to ask questions.
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You'll start at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
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Highlights
  • Skip the lines at the Vatican entrance on this early-entry tour
  • Tour the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public 
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • A small group tour of six or less ensures a more personalized experience 
What to Expect
Start your tour by meeting your guide near the Vatican Museum’s entrance. Your ticket allows early access to the Sistine Chapel, and you’ll head there first to enjoy it without the daytime crowds. Talking is not allowed in the chapel, so your guide will provide an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes before you enter. After taking your time to admire Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, you’ll meet back up with your guide and skip the main admission lines for a tour of Vatican Museum highlights, including the Gallery of Maps and the Raphael Rooms. You’ll then head into St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini's baldachin, and the Tomb of Pope Alexander IV. After your tour ends, you’re free to explore more of the Vatican on your own.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Semi-Private Group Tour of 6 people max
  • Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Private Option Available
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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Additional Info
  • 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 new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 9:30 (til Sept 13) and 8:30 (til Oct 31), rather than 7:30am (which will resume on Nov 1st). Despite the later start, our early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour because we enter when Vatican doors open, which is what makes this tour special. Essentially we get you into the museums first, so you can go directly to the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel before the crowds and enjoy them with as few people as possible before your guide brings you for a thorough exploration of the Vatican museum collection. 
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Delyth S wrote a review 13 Sep
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Davide the guide with VIS tours was amazing, so few people, So many treasures one of the best experiences of our lives!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from livitalytours, Owner at Exclusive Early Access Vatican Tour | Semi-Private and Private Options
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your enthusiastic review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your Early Access Vatican tour with Davide. There aren't the regular crowds now (due to Covid) so you were able to really get up close to all those masterpieces. We love to hear that Davide made it even more special for you! Thank you for writing Angelo and Kristin p.s. we are not VIS but you did take the tour with us!!
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Shane O wrote a review 12 Sep
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Had the pleasure of a Vatican tour with Davide - he was fantastic and it was an incredible experience! It’s a must book tour if you’re visiting Rome!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from livitalytours, Owner at Exclusive Early Access Vatican Tour | Semi-Private and Private Options
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your positive review and high rating of the Early access Vatican tour which you took with Davide. Thank you also for suggesting to future travelers that booking a guided visit to the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel is well worth it. The museum holds so many masterpieces and is so gigantic, it can be an overwhelming experience. Someone to help you navigate the galleries and point out the best things to see as well as give you a sense of Vatican history and culture does indeed make all the difference in the world! Thank you again for your review and great comments. Angelo and Kristin
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Delyth Smith wrote a review 11 Sep
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Davide our guide made my mums dream 81st birthday come true! We were first in! It was magical. His knowledge and humour made it so perfect in every way. I’d recommend to everyone!
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Amar H wrote a review 11 Sep
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I had a tour with Annalisa for the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. I was extremely fortunate to be the only one on the tour and there were pretty much no crowds (odd moment to thank COVID-19!). Annalisa was an absolute delight and extremely
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from livitalytours, Owner at Exclusive Early Access Vatican Tour | Semi-Private and Private Options
Responded 2 weeks ago
We heartily thank you for your enthusiastic review and recommendation of our Vatican tour and of our guide, Annalisa. You are right in "thanking" COVID for the fact that you had such a private tour and no crowds but we are, in any event, dedicated to offering uniquely intimate small group tours so that, even in "normal" situations, our clients can feel just as pampered and assured of having an amazingly personal experience as you had! We can't tell you how happy your review makes us! Thank you!! Angelo and Kristin
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Owen K wrote a review Aug 2020
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Terrific tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide Davide. From the beginning he was so friendly and full of facts. The tour was very intimate with just 5 of us and Davide took the time to make sure it was a great safe experience for us all. I would highly recommend this tour,
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Exclusive Early Access Vatican Tour | Semi-Private and Private Options
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your very positive review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Davide. Davide will be so pleased to hear about your praise and appreciation of not just his ability as a guide but also for the extra efforts he (always) makes to assure that you have a fabulous experience. Thank you once again and all best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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