Tours and Tickets

Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off provided by Eyes of Rome

Reserve Now & Pay Later

Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this experience is taking.Read more
Select Date and Travellers
(Price varies by group size)
2 adults
Select tour language
Reserve Now & Pay Later
Low Price Guarantee
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
Hands must be washed frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based gel Do not share food or drinks
Read more
Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The Vatican Museums contain one of the world’s most important art collections, and draw crowds to match. On this private tour, you have special access before the venue opens to the public. Linger in the Sistine Chapel, view Renaissance masterpieces, and discover the Vatican’s history. Enjoy priority entry to St. Peter’s Basilica without having to wait in line. Upgrade for even earlier admission including access to the Raphael Rooms. 
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Cortile della Pigna
    Stanze di Raffaello
  • 2
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    La Pieta
  • 3
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    St. Peter's Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • Beat the crowds and see the Vatican Museums before they open to the public
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off mean you won’t have to navigate on your own
  • Learn all about the Vatican’s artworks and history from your private guide
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica next door
What to Expect
This private tour begins when your guide picks you up directly from your local accommodation. Head to the Vatican Museums, where you have the rare opportunity to enter before the landmark is open to the general public. If you wish, upgrade from standard early-morning admission to a “prime tour” option and be treated like a VIP. Arrive earlier to enjoy priority entry without any lines, and gain access to the Raphael Rooms to admire Raphael's most famous frescoes. Take your time, learning about the many masterpieces on display, as well as the Vatican’s history, from your guide. See the Sistine Chapel in all its splendor without navigating the crowds, and view other artworks by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Da Vinci. You also visit the Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps. Next, enjoy skip-the-line privileges when you head directly from the galleries to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to go through the main entrance. Your guide points out highlights within this landmark—the largest church in the world—and fills you in on its history. The tour ends with drop-off back at your accommodation.
Show More
Important Information
  • Meet and greet service at your hotel/accommodation
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Hotel pickup & drop-off with Sanitized Vehicle (centrally located hotels. Within Aurelian Walls)
  • Priority Access (before the regular Early Morning Crowd - if Prime Option selected)
  • Private walking tour
  • Raphael Rooms (if Prime option selected)
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica with direct access
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Food and drinks
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Wheelchair partly accessible: the tour is only available if the person in the wheelchair can do 6 flights of stairs without the wheelchair.
  • Please advise if anyone in your group has mobility issues
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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.
Traveller rating
  • 232
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
Traveller type
Time of year
Popular mentions
TravelingThru wrote a review May 2020
Danville, California48 contributions14 helpful votes
I've taken 3 private tours with Eyes of Rome on two separate trips (2018, 2019). We thought it was a must-do that when I returned a year later with my Mom, the first thing I booked was two tours with Eyes of Rome; both with Serena. I've read nothing but amazing review of all the
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
Bonnie wrote a review Apr 2020
Alpharetta, Georgia1 contribution
If you go to Rome and want a tour/tour guide, this is the way to do it for sure. Absolutely, without a doubt, 100% worth every cent. I would do it again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend Stefania. She is very knowledgeable, personable and you can tell she is
Read more
Date of experience: June 2019
Sightsee710278 wrote a review Apr 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Stefania Pistone made our first trip to Rome totally delightful. She is truly a Renaissance woman with her breadth and depth of knowledge about Rome. We did the Early Bird Vatican/Sistine Chapel and the Ancient Rome (Colosseum, Forum tour) with her. We quickly knew we had
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
1 Helpful vote
Joeysparadise wrote a review Apr 2020
Rocca Santo Stefano, Italy6 contributions
We did Vatican, colosseum, Roman Forum, and tour around the city with Stefania. She was amazing, so kind, funny, and most of all knowledgeable! She could answer every question down to the small holes in the colosseum! We are thankful for her time and our newfound friendship. You
Read more
Nathalie V wrote a review Mar 2020
Paris, France4 contributions
We have been waiting for this day for a long time and it was a magical experience. Serena came to our hotel and guided us along this fabulous discovery of the Vatican. It was as expected a great favor to discover the place with a limited number of visitors around us. The must
Read more
Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Eyes of Rome
An amazing discovery journey through the Vatican!
Most fascinating private tour through the Vatican with Francesco, captivating the attention of my eleven year old t
Read more
Perfect intro to Rome
Informative and interesting tour; perfect combination of historical detail and art. Great suggestions for other pl
Read more
Experiencing Magnificent Rome as a local
Rosalba (Rosie) hosted us the past two days during our visit to both ‘Ancient Rome/Colosseum and The Vatican/Secret
Read more
An absolutely fantastic tour.
First time visit to Rome and wanted that little bit extra so our hotel booked a private tour quite to the Colosseu
Read more
Great experience
Great service. Very polite and careful driver And very nice and knowledgeable guide we were very happy with the wh
Read more
Fantastic experience -1st class
We had Kate who was an arts major from California. Really helped to add to our experience of Rome in a way that a
Read more
My amazing tour of Rome
Rosalba was a fantastic guide who showed me the colliseum & the Vatican during my stay in Rome. Her knowledge was e
Read more
Jill S
Great touring!
Our family used Stefania in Rome and she was excellent! We learned so much more with her and enjoyed our tours with
Read more
Azzurra Della Seta - the best guide.
Rome is open, and it is awesome (without the crowds). If you can make it — book a tour with Azzura. Incredible de
Read more
Wonderful private city walk
We spend a long weekend visiting Rome (just after Corona shut-down, which by the way was outstanding with hardly an
Read more
Already Planning Next Trip
We were scheduled to visit Italy in April, but sadly everything was cancelled. If you have never been to Italy, sta
Read more
Unforgettable Experience
Alessandro Cali was our guide and this was an experience we will remember the rest of our lives! Alessandro’s knowl
Read more
Getting to know you - Trastevere
Our guide was Katie Farrar, whom we have used several times before. This time we had Katie do a private walking tou
Read more
William T
An Incredible Day
It was our fortune to meet Rosalba, our terrific guide, during our Eyes of Rome private tour of the most beautiful
Read more
Best tour of Rome
This was our third time booking a tour with Eyes of Rome and second tour with Katie as our guide. Katie created a f
Read more
Key Details
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Why Book on Tripadvisor?
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:+44 12 2492 8241

Travellers also viewed

Frequently Asked Questions about Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off