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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour provided by The Roman Guy

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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
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The Vatican Museums are among the most crowded in the world, sometimes having as many 20,000 visitors in a day. On this tour, see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica (note: the Basilica is closed to the public on Wednesdays) in the relative peace of early morning, entering the museums well before they are open to the public—when you enter the Sistine Chapel, it is mostly empty. A small-group size means plenty of personal attention.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • 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
English
Highlights
  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds with early-bird admission
  • Travel with a guide and small group for a more intimate, educational tour
  • Bypass lines at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • All entrance fees are included
What to expect
  • Your early morning tour begins at the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. Meet your guide and small group and enter the museums. Walk through the main galleries, including the Room of the Candelabra, Hall of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Maps. Before reaching the Sistine Chapel, receive a reference map you can use once inside, a useful resource since visitors to the chapel are expected to be silent as they observe Michelangelo’s masterpieces. After exiting the chapel from a side door head straight to St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping the lines. Your guide takes you to see the baroque Baldacchino, La Pieta, and other masterworks. The last stop is underneath the main floor of the basilica, where hundreds of Popes are buried. Finish the tour in front of the Basilica.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds with early-bird admission
  • Travel with a guide and small group for a more intimate, educational tour
  • Bypass lines at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • All entrance fees are included
What to expect
  • Your early morning tour begins at the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. Meet your guide and small group and enter the museums. Walk through the main galleries, including the Room of the Candelabra, Hall of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Maps. Before reaching the Sistine Chapel, receive a reference map you can use once inside, a useful resource since visitors to the chapel are expected to be silent as they observe Michelangelo’s masterpieces. After exiting the chapel from a side door head straight to St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping the lines. Your guide takes you to see the baroque Baldacchino, La Pieta, and other masterworks. The last stop is underneath the main floor of the basilica, where hundreds of Popes are buried. Finish the tour in front of the Basilica.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional and passionate local guide
  • Small-group tour size to guarantee a great experience
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start. • Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops. • Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk. • Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè. • Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase!
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City Tour ends in front of St. Peter's Basilica, except on Wednesdays when, due to Papal Audience, we will not be able to access the Basilica. The tour will end inside the Vatican Museums.
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
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks, luggage, and tripods cannot be brought into the Vatican Museums. There is a coat-check at the museum entrance; however, the end point of the tour is far from the museum entrance and it will take about 20 minutes to walk back to pick up your belongings. Leaving large items at your hotel is highly recommended
  • Please note: in the event there are unexpected closings or an area usually covered on the tour is unavailable, your guide will still provide explanations of that area from the outside. You will also be shown an extra site or gallery to compensate the closed area
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional and passionate local guide
  • Small-group tour size to guarantee a great experience
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start. • Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops. • Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk. • Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè. • Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase!
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City Tour ends in front of St. Peter's Basilica, except on Wednesdays when, due to Papal Audience, we will not be able to access the Basilica. The tour will end inside the Vatican Museums.
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City Tour ends in front of St. Peter's Basilica, except on Wednesdays when, due to Papal Audience, we will not be able to access the Basilica. The tour will end inside the Vatican Museums.
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
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks, luggage, and tripods cannot be brought into the Vatican Museums. There is a coat-check at the museum entrance; however, the end point of the tour is far from the museum entrance and it will take about 20 minutes to walk back to pick up your belongings. Leaving large items at your hotel is highly recommended
  • Please note: in the event there are unexpected closings or an area usually covered on the tour is unavailable, your guide will still provide explanations of that area from the outside. You will also be shown an extra site or gallery to compensate the closed area
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 2 Nov 2020
A note from Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
Our number 1 priority is for our customers to feel 100% safe during their experience with us. This is why we have implemented: -reduced group sizes, -enforce social distancing - masks are mandatory for both customers and guides - guides bring hand sanitizer with them for our customers
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Alison F
1 contribution
Knowledgeable & to the point 🇻🇦
Oct 2021 • Couples
We had the best time, visiting the sistine Chapel and vatican museum. Our tour guide, Giovanni, was hilarious and to the point. From start to finished, he had the whole group laughing. What a lovely man. He showed us all the best spots to get pictures. Overall, it was a great tour. 100% recommend it 😊
Written 8 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

John B
4 contributions
Best view of Vatican artwork
Sep 2021 • Friends
On this tour, there was a fraction of the tourists than what you would encounter normally. For example, we were able to see the complete tapestries in that long hallway without anyone standing in front of us.

Our guide, Lucina, had an expert knowledge of art history. Her explaination of different styles and concepts made more sense than in any art history class I have taken. I learned a lot on this tour. She also had a great sense of humor. If you are lucky, you will get her as a guide.

One thing to consider is, you might want to bring your own earpiece or headset for the tour as the ones provided by the Vatican can be uncomfortable and not work very well.
Written 12 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AnnSum
1 contribution
Vatican collections and the Sistine Chapel
Aug 2021 • Solo
Great selection of art and architecture. Perfectly paced tour of the rooms giving overview of artists, the sculptures and paintings, Popes contributions to the Vatican collection.
Written 29 August 2021
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Cynthia C
Deep Gap, NC8 contributions
Marvelous experience with Raff
Feb 2020
We toured the breathtaking Vatican City. With Tour Guy, we were able to enter the City an hour earlier than general admission. Our guide, Raff, wasted no time as she gave us a crash course in Vatican history while we waited to be let inside. Throughout the two-hour tour, Raff provided engaging and in-depth exposition and answers to the endless questions about the city. The tour was well-paced, with invitations to stay longer in places like the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica. An unforgettable experience, brought to life thanks to Raff and Roman Tour Guy.
Written 25 March 2020
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Peter S
1 contribution
Super tour with Raf
Mar 2020
There is so much to see in the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's, it makes sense to have a tour guide take you around so that you can make sense of what you at looking at. Raf our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She was happy to answer our questions and took us around at a good pace. It's worth getting the early tour as it's not as crowded and you have the rest of the day to eat drink and be merry.
Written 3 March 2020
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Hello PetersU7191KA, What a pleasure to read your excellent feedback about your Vatican tour and most importantly the service delivered by Raf; she really is friendly and knowledgeable, and she would make any place come alive with her enthusiasm. We’ll be delighted to pass your kind words. Thank you, a presto! Marco
Written 11 March 2020
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DANIE B
Welkom, South Africa1 contribution
Rafa the tour guide was so friendly and organized .She must be the best Tour guide ever!!
Rafa the tour guide was so friendly and organized .She must be the best Tour guide ever!! She was just excited and you can sense her love for the Vatican
Written 22 February 2020
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Ciao DANIE B, Thank you very much for your 5* review. We're really happy that you thought that Rafa was friendly and organized as we do our best to properly vet the tour guides that we use and make sure they have the same values as us! We won't miss thanking her for giving you a memorable experience. We hope to welcome you back in the future! All the best, Marco
Written 25 February 2020
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Edwin O
3 contributions
Not too busy in Februrary
Feb 2020
Faby, our guide, was excellent. The tour did not originally include the Rafael apartments in the Vatican, but she made time to show us them. (They are unmissable and you should make sure that your tour includes them if you are interested in Rafael) it was easy to hear her at all times with the ear bud provided and she was very knowledgeable, telling us the personal stories of the artists and their rivalries, as well as the significance of their art.
Written 18 February 2020
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Ciao Edwin O, Thank you for your feedback. We're delighted to see that you enjoyed your time with us and that you had awarded the Tour Guy five stars, which is a source of great encouragement to the team, and we look forward to welcoming you to Rome again when your travels next bring you back in Europe! A presto, Marco
Written 18 February 2020
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Alannah T
5 contributions
Highlight of the trip
Dec 2019
Absolutely amazing tour of a beautiful place. Our guide was very informative and friendly which made the experience much greater. Very much worth the early morning to have a far less crowded view of the Sistine Chapel. You also have the option to stick around and explore more if you would like which is good
Written 3 February 2020
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Ciao 371alannaht, Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear you had a great day at the Vatican with The Tour Guy and the guide! We hope to welcome you back in the near future! A presto, Marco
Written 4 February 2020
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mbatraveler888
Honolulu, HI24 contributions
Great experience with a great local tour guide
We toured with Raffa (I really hope I spelled her name right and apologies if I didn’t) and she was great. She’s a local and had a wealth of knowledge and insights that made the tour really fun. We had two little ones with us. She was friendly with the kids and made them feel inclusive. The tour is long, we clocked in over 10k steps. Overall the experience was great and we are doing another tour with the Roman Guy.
Written 29 January 2020
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Hello Mbatraveler888, Many thanks for your review. We're glad to read that you and the little ones had a day full of history and fun with The Tour Guy and Raffa (well done on the spelling). Raffa will be happy to see what you wrote. Should you need any assistance prior to your next tour with us, don't hesitate to reach out! We're here for you anytime! Grazie ancora, Marco
Written 31 January 2020
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Rita&Rich, DixHills,NY
Commack, NY3 contributions
Great tour with Eleanora
Jan 2020
This was a very comprehensive and enjoyable tour. We had been to the Vatican and St Peter's many times but learned new things with Leonora. She loves her City and loves sharing her knowledge and perspective. Time very well spent.
Written 19 January 2020
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Hello Tonkinesecat, We're so thrilled to receive another 5* review from you! Thank you! We really appreciate you being a loyal customer and helping to share the word about us; Eleonora will be happy to read what you wrote. We’re here for you anytime! A presto, Marco
Written 21 January 2020
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