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Before Opening Vatican Experience: VIP Access for a True Small-group Tour provided by Eyes Of Rome

Before Opening Vatican Experience: VIP Access for a True Small-group Tour

Before Opening Vatican Experience: VIP Access for a True Small-group Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    8
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Are you planning your once in a life time Vatican experience? This is hands down the best Vatican Tour! Don’t miss your opportunity to enter the Vatican Museums with a small-group tour, no waiting time at all. Secure your access almost one and a half hours prior to the official Vatican opening hours, skipping any possible line with a special ticket, available only for less than ten tour operators in the world! With our Prime Tour, we get you inside the Museums before the regular Early Morning crowds, bypassing those already waiting in line for the Vatican doors to open. You'll really feel like the Popes Special Guest as you stroll right past everyone who has a standard early morning vatican tour.
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
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 20163P55
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Priority Access (before the regular Early Morning Crowd)
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica with direct access
  • Small-group Tour (max. 8 people)
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Breakfast
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Giuly's Café, Via Santamaura, 3, 00192 Roma RM, Italy You will meet your English Speaking guide at the Giuly's Café, located a few meters away from the Vatican Museums main entrance
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City The tour will end in Saint Peter's Square
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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 - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Priority Access (before the regular Early Morning Crowd)
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica with direct access
  • Small-group Tour (max. 8 people)
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Breakfast
Departure details
  • Giuly's Café, Via Santamaura, 3, 00192 Roma RM, Italy You will meet your English Speaking guide at the Giuly's Café, located a few meters away from the Vatican Museums main entrance
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City The tour will end in Saint Peter's Square
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City The tour will end in Saint Peter's Square
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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 - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 1 Dec 2021
A note from Before Opening Vatican Experience: VIP Access for a True Small-group Tour
From December, a so-called Super Green Pass, a certificate valid only for people who have been fully vaccinated against or who have recovered from Covid, is required to enter archeological sites, museums, bar, cafes, restaurants and other indoor places. This also applies to those aged 12 and above.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Giuly's Café
    Via Santamaura, 3, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    You will meet your English Speaking guide at the Giuly's Café, located a few meters away from the Vatican Museums main entrance
    See address & details
  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 70 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    La Pieta
  • 5
    St. Peter's Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    The tour will end in Saint Peter's Square
    See address & details
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Heather K
Austin, TX5 contributions
Dec 2019
Stefania did it again!!! After an unforgettable visit in June of 2019, we returned to Rome for Christmas/New Years. Stefania chose tours based on our interest, and this was just one of the days we spent with her. We had been to the Vatican on our previous trip, so we were interested in seeing different things and spending more time in the less crowded Sistine Chapel. Her schedule worked perfectly, and she gave us plenty of time in the Chapel. Many guides have rushed us out due to their schedules or time of day and the crowds being too large. We were able to get there when we could sit, reflect and pray. She even had a guide for our son to see the different parts of the painting and what to look for when he went inside. Her knowledge of the map room was quite impressive!
Written 29 June 2020
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PMGCheng
Little Rock, AR5 contributions
Loved the tour, and each and every sight. Stefania Pistone was a great guide, who gave us an awesome Italian welcome.
A breathable walk-through of the Vatican, from the treasures to the Basilica, was one of the best introductions to a city we’ve ever had. We will definitely head back there. We miss Italy,
Eyes of Rome tour and most specially Stefania! Sending our love from Little Rock, Arkansas USA. (Visited April 2017)
Written 12 April 2020
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Susie
1 contribution
Feb 2019 • Family
We were super happy with the amazing tour and personal experience we had for the Vatican tour with Francesco. He was super great with our 8year old and kept us all engaged throughout the entire day. He was the best. Highly recommend him!!!!
Written 1 January 2020
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Buongiorno! I still remember very well the experience and the time together. You were such incredible family and your 8 year old was great and curious. I enjoyed the time together and I am happy you brought such good memories at home. A presto, Francesco
Written 2 January 2020
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ekk
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Fabiana was an excellent host for our early bird tour of the Vatican. We skipped all the lines and went in through “closed” entrances. Her knowledge of the Vatican and its history was superb. We loved all the small anecdotes and stories she told us. Fabiana was terrific and the entire Eyes of Rome booking experience was easy. Highly recommended. Thank you.

The King Family
December 2019
Written 27 December 2019
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Ciao beautiful family!!!! :-) The time spent together was really great and I enjoyed every single moment of our tour. You are right, the early entrance to avoid the crowds is the best way to see the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. We, in Eyes of Rome, always try to make our offer very clear from the start, that's why booking with us is easy. I hope to see you again. Ciao, Fabiana
Written 31 December 2019
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jackski5
Toronto52 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
I'm not sure what else there is for Stefania to show us in Rome, but she can be sure that we'll call her again for our next trip...
This was our second tour with Stefania and she is really great. We did the Vatican tour and it was super interesting. Earlier in the week, we had visited other art museums, and we passed through quickly, as we normally do (we're not art experts). With Stefania, the Vatican was infinitely more interesting - she explained the context, the significance, and the history of art. It really made the experience so much more rich. Also, the Eyes of Rome early tour was fantastic for skipping lines and avoiding crowds :)

After the Vatican, we were supposed to do a walking tour but neither my husband nor I was super hungry. Stefania did introduce us to a fantastic little street food spot, and then we explored some of Rome's best walking neighbourhoods together. She pointed out some shops and restaurants and each of the spots we returned to later was excellent!
Written 22 October 2019
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Ciao, thanks for leaving such a nice review. There are still many sites in the Eternal City that I would love to share with you on your next trip to Rome :-) I enjoyed the time spent together. I always try to do my best, but If there are such interested and beautiful people with me, It’s just easy. I am so glad that you enjoyed the time with me and I’d like to say thank you for your company, time and smiles. Ciao, Stefania
Written 29 October 2019
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monty w
Rome, Italy2 contributions
Sep 2019
The knowledge and access were well worth the expense. Highly recommended. Good combination of history and art, and when we expressed an interest in mosaics the depth of our guides knowledge shone through
Written 3 September 2019
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Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your nice comment here on TripAdvisor! Our guides are true gems, knowledgeable and entertaining! We are happy to read that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to meet you again in the future in Rome or one of the many other destinations in Italy where we provide our services. A presto! Eyes of Rome Team
Written 17 September 2019
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KellersGeorgia
50 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
My husband and I had never been to Rome and we only had two days to see as much as we could. Katie with Eyes of Rome was recommended to us through a local FB group. We booked three tours with Katie - Ancient Rome and Colosseum, City Walking Tour and Early Bird VIP Vatican Tour. Katie was an amazing tour guide - she met us at our hotel and was so friendly and accommodating! We learned so much and really made the most our of our two days. Katie makes history and Rome come to life. We had a great time and have already recommended her tours to friends.
Written 29 July 2019
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Dear Guests, Thank you fro your thoughtful review, it was my pleasure to welcome you in Rome and share the stunning experiences the city has to offer. I will look forward to meeting you and your friends soon, either with the must-do tours or the amazing off-the-beaten-path ones. You have friends in Rome! Katie
Written 9 August 2019
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Bridgetjones1968
8 contributions
Booking something online and overseas can be a crap shoot. I’m so glad we found this company. We booked the Prime VIP early morning Vatican tour. At 7:20 am it was already hot and the lines were long. We walked right in. Our guide, Maria, was incredibly knowledgeable and would gauge our interests and spend more or less time accordingly. She knew the best photo spots and navigated around other groups. When we got into St Peter’s, a small mass was being held in the very front. I said I would like to participate, so she asked the guard and he let me in! An amazing and unexpected experience! She directed my husband on climbing the dome, so he did that while I was in mass. Because it was the day before a holy day, they were preparing the basilica and so the crypts were closed. Maria called the office to make sure we weren’t charged the $40 for the crypt tour. Our guide was terrific, emails with instructions were clear. This company has their stuff together.
Written 30 June 2019
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Dear friend, Thank you for sharing your lovely comment here on TripAdvisor... I am truly happy to read your words and your satisfaction! Having a tour guide and a VIP entry to the Vatican Museums ensures a great experience, especially during the high season when crowds of visitors access the Museums. I would be pleased to be your tour guide again, in the future! Yours, Maria
Written 8 July 2019
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Pat W
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Family
We were referred by friends to take private tours through Eyes of Rome to get the most out of our time in Rome. They also strongly suggested that we try to book our tours with Katie Farrar! We booked a Before the Vatican is Open tour, a Catacomb tour and the Colosseum & Forum tour. We were thrilled to learn Katie would be with us for all 3 tours (2 days!) Katie met us at our hotel both mornings and made our tours personal, informative, lively and fun! She has an art history background, originally from CA and has spent the past 10 years in Italy. We had our 18 &19 year olds with us and they loved hearing all the history, special facts, some fiction that we would have never known without Katie! She was a true delight and also guided us to some wonderful restaurants and neighborhoods off the beaten path for shopping and more sights! When in Rome call Eyes of Rome for your tours and be sure to ask for Katie!!!
Written 21 June 2019
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Dear friend, Grazie mille for your lovely feedback and for recommending Eyes of Rome! I was extremely pleased to be your Private tour guide for all 3 tours and I am glad to read that you are satisfied with your experiences. I love to customize my tours because every day becomes different ..the people I meet are the ones who make the difference! Grazie e a presto, Katie
Written 8 July 2019
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rcjcough
Walpole, NH136 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
This was our second tour with Eyes of Rome and it was fantastic. We traveled with friends who were in Italy for the first time and they really wanted a tour of the Vatican. Because we had such a great experience with them a few years ago, we did not hesitate to reach out to them and booked a tour with Luisa, who was our guide on the first tour as well. We were upgraded to the before Vatican opening tour, which was incredible. Luisa is so knowledgeable and tailored the tour to our interests. It was definitely one of the highlights of our 6 week Italy vacation. Highly recommended!
Written 19 June 2019
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Ciao! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am so happy to read that you consider the experience we had together the highlight of your Italian vacation :) I really hope to meet you again for a new adventure together, there's still a lot to be seen! A presto! Luisa
Written 2 July 2019
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