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Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance provided by Colosseum and Vatican Tours by Italy Wonders

Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance

Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance
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Tour snapshot
Enjoy a guided private tour of the Vatican before it opens to the public
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Make the most out of your time in Rome with an early access tour of the Vatican. You’ll skip the lines to see the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica before the regular crowds arrive. Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide, who will tell about each sight along the way.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Russian, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Save hours standing in line outside of the Vatican with an early access tour
  • Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before the crowds
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums highlights
What to expect
Early in the morning, meet your private guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. You’ll pass right by any lines for a head start before the Vatican opens to the public. See highlights of the Vatican galleries as your guide provides commentary about their history and vast collections of artwork. You’ll then head to the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll have the unique experience of admiring Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece without the daytime crowds. Next, gain stress-free access to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you can view some of the world’s most famous mosaics and see the the tomb of St. Peter. After your tour ends, you’re free to explore the Vatican further on your own.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Russian, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Save hours standing in line outside of the Vatican with an early access tour
  • Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before the crowds
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums highlights
What to expect
Early in the morning, meet your private guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. You’ll pass right by any lines for a head start before the Vatican opens to the public. See highlights of the Vatican galleries as your guide provides commentary about their history and vast collections of artwork. You’ll then head to the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll have the unique experience of admiring Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece without the daytime crowds. Next, gain stress-free access to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you can view some of the world’s most famous mosaics and see the the tomb of St. Peter. After your tour ends, you’re free to explore the Vatican further on your own.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 41348P7
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Professional guide for 3 hours
  • Private tour
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Under the marble door of Vatican Museums, by the steps, viale vaticano 100: your guide will be waiting fo you holding a sign with your family name
  • Sistine Chapel, 00120, Vatican City
Additional information
  • 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
  • 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
  • If you arrive late you might loose the entrance at the Vatican
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Professional guide for 3 hours
  • Private tour
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Under the marble door of Vatican Museums, by the steps, viale vaticano 100: your guide will be waiting fo you holding a sign with your family name
  • Sistine Chapel, 00120, Vatican City
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Sistine Chapel, 00120, Vatican City
Additional information
  • 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
  • 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
  • If you arrive late you might loose the entrance at the Vatican
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 6 Apr 2022
A note from Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance
Green Pass, proof of vaccine or PCR test required
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Under the marble door of Vatican Museums, by the steps, viale vaticano 100: your guide will be waiting fo you holding a sign with your family name
    See address & details
  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Vatican City
  • You'll end at
    Sistine Chapel
    00120, Vatican City
    See address & details
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Jason G
Granard, Ireland1 contribution
Nov 2021
My girlfriend and I were in awe after this tour. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in history or art because I genuinely don't think we would of gotten as much from our visit without our tour guide Matteo Ippoliti. Matteo was excellent, full of knowledge and enthusiasm. This tour was a genuine highlight of our trip but I would recommend having an easy afternoon planed after it, we both physically and mentally tired after walking and learning so much. When, not if, we return to Rome we will be booking another tour and requesting Matteo.
Written 9 March 2022
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734741
Thank you so much for your feedback, we're glad you enjoyed the tour and liked our guide. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 12 March 2022
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Joe
5 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Our private Vatican tour with Arianna was absolutely the highlight of our Rome vacation. The depth of her knowledge and expertise on the Vatican, its art and history, was staggering. She expertly navigated the crowds, to get us the best views of all the highlights, and catered the tour to our particular interests.

A word about "private" vs. "small group" tours: Private is absolutely the way to go for this massive, crowded site. We passed many larger groups of tourists who were at a standstill, because their guides had to keep everyone together, which is no easy task in this space. Also, because we had Arianna all to ourselves, we felt like we were on a tour with a friend. She was extremely personable, and made our tour of the Vatican the highlight of our Rome trip. Definitely worth the price.
Written 22 June 2019
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734741
Thank you, Joe, for this beautifully written review!
Written 24 June 2019
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Tom Scott
Princeton, NJ2 contributions
Oct 2019
Our guide was the best I've ever encountered. She was a highly educated local resident with a degree in Archaelogy. She was attentive to our every need, especially the need for my mother in law to sit down occasionally and my need to eat before we entered the Sistine Chapel. She stayed with us for an entire five hours and refused to accept a tip at the end. By the time we entered the Sistine Chapel, she had educated us on every panel of the frescos so that we knew what we were looking at amid the chaos. The 7:30 am tour is definitely worth the extra expense especially if you get this guide.
Written 13 October 2019
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734741
Hello, Tom! We carefully choose our guides and they all have degrees in either Art or Archeology. It's lovely to read about your experience so thank you for sharing it and most of all thank you for booking with us!
Written 15 October 2019
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Philip B
Massachusetts4 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
We had a very good tour guide and enjoyed having a private tour. It was only the four of us. Very informative and flexible to adjust to our interests. The only pain point was the guide was a little late meeting us and we had a longer line through security. But after that, everything was great.
Written 15 August 2018
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PaulGJr
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Well organized tour... we were greeted warmly right on schedule. The private tour is a great way to go... we had 6 adults and went at our own pace. Letizia was wonderful... very knowledgeable and fun. There is more to see than 2.5 hours allows... but if you want to see as much as possible (Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peters Basilica), this is a great tour.
Written 20 November 2018
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Alexgran63
London, England, United Kingdom44 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Our charming guide , Claudia, was knowledgable and informative and able to answer any questions we threw at her. The Tour gets busy at peak times later on but the early entry is really necessary. Highly recommended.
Written 6 April 2018
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prairiedawn67
McAlester, OK1 contribution
May 2019 • Couples
Simona was wonderful! Very kind and very knowledgeable!!! We loved it !!! It was everything I had hoped for !!
Written 9 May 2019
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734741
Thank you for enjoying your tour with Simona!
Written 11 June 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rusty0103
USA36 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
I majored in art history and also have a masters in art and education. It had been my life long dream to see the Sistine Chapel. We booked the skip the line, early entrance so that I could possibly see the Chapel without the huge crowds. Gulia met us right on time and shared the layout of the Vatican museum and Chapel while we waited to go through security. I was excited and nervous. We made a decision that I would walk very quickly, without stopping through the vatican museum to the Chapel and my husband and Gulia would follow me. We would then see the museum after. Well as soon as I entered, I sprinted for the Sistine Chapel. I got there and was one of approx 25 people in the room. I laid down on the bench so I could look up, I spent as much time as I wanted and the room filled, but I had a good 20 mins without many people. It was truly a dream come true. Gulia was amazing and I got to see so much of what I had studied. It will be something I never forget.
Written 8 September 2018
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J_GTucson_Arizona
Tucson, AZ282 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
While getting up early to try to avoid some of the crowds at the Vatican was a little challenging, but having our our personal tour guide to educate us and lead us through our tour was a great investment. Arienna was an excellent guide. We had no difficulty finding her at the entrance and she provided a lot of information right from the start as we waited to enter the Vatican Museums. I could not imagine having the same experience in the larger groups with guides speaking into microphones and listening through headsets. For the four of us, this was a perfect way to navigate through the museums with pauses to learn more about what we were seeing.We even took a tour through the grotto below the St. Phillips on our way out, which was a great way to avoid the crowds in the main basilica. Highly recommend doing this private tour!
Written 24 March 2018
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conlangirl
Berrien Springs, MI16 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
My husband and I took the tour on February 12, 2018. Laura was our guide and she was both delightful and knowledgeable. Laura also made sure to guide us to a small family run restaurant for lunch near the Vatican after the tour as we were famished due to the early start. Laura: you were right, a perfect place for lunch. I can't say enough about how enjoyable this tour was. We have toured the Vatican on our own previously and although awe-inspiring, we did not have the knowledge base to get the most out of it and the crowds are always a problem, especially in the Sistine Chapel where you barely get a chance to look up as they usher you through and out. The early entrance allowed us plenty of time to sit along the sides while Laura pointed out and pointed out explained many of the frescoes. Totally fascinating! All in all, totally worth it and a highlight of our week in Rome. As for Laura, you won't regret it.
Written 26 February 2018
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