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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option provided by LivItaly Tours

Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option

Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
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Tour snapshot
Skip the lines at the Vatican entrance on this early-entry tour
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 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
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 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
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6718P17
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
  • Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
  • Skip the long ticket lines
  • Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Private Option of this tour is 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)
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
Additional information
  • 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 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 2022 NEWS: Thanks to a very special and profound partnership with the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients a very unique and exclusive 8AM first entry into the Museums’ doors, guaranteed to be reserved only to a handful of other collaborating tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to be able to serve such impressive and extraordinary experience and share it with our clients.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
  • Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
  • Skip the long ticket lines
  • Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Private Option of this tour is 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)
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 2022 NEWS: Thanks to a very special and profound partnership with the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients a very unique and exclusive 8AM first entry into the Museums’ doors, guaranteed to be reserved only to a handful of other collaborating tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to be able to serve such impressive and extraordinary experience and share it with our clients.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 13 Jan 2022
A note from Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
For all indoor sites and transportation it's compulsory to present a covid-19 vaccination accompanied by your personal ID to the local authorities for all travelers over the age of 12.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
    See address & details
  • 1
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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James M SJ
Los Angeles, CA28 contributions
We had the whole Vatican to ourselves! Since we were on a tour, we were able to get in earlier than the public and, we literally, did not see anyone outside of the staff for the most of the tour. It was fantastic!
Dario was an amazing guide, he said ask him anything and walked us through the museum at our own pace. He was so accommodating and hospitable. Highly recommend him for this and other tours.
Written 21 January 2022
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PBEdmunds
Atlantic Beach, FL5 contributions
We did the early morning tour with Davide and two other people. Getting there early was absolutely worth it- even with a two year old! Davide was exceptional, knowledgeable, funny, kind and engaging. We went places and saw art that was incredible before the crowds! I highly recommend this tour and this company!
Written 17 January 2022
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Tamara
Reno, NV26 contributions
Dec 2021
Massimo added knowledge, humor, enthusiasm, and fun to our amazing tour through the Vatican. We were offered an upgrade to the early access semi-private Vatican Tour; I would highly recommend the early access. We were able to see the Sistine chapel without others, and during the tour, there were rarely others, so the opportunity for pictures was amazing. All of that said, it was Massimo that made the tour a once-in-a-lifetime experience, that will always be cherished.
Written 14 January 2022
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kwidene
Seneca, SC1 contribution
Massimo was a great guide. My grandson and his girlfriend, my husband and I, were in a group that included one other couple. Massimo learned our names snd ensured everyone in the group was included. He asked you questions to keep you on your toes and we were able to see the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica through his eyes. He made the history come alive. My grandson said that his favorite part of the tour was the guide! I highly recommend this tour and hope you get Massimo.
Written 9 January 2022
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Sara B
2 contributions
This was our second visit to the Vatican. Our first time was miserable (it was crowded and hot), but we really wanted our daughter to see it, so we booked with LivTours and crossed our fingers. I’m so glad we did! Our early access tour with Franco was incredible. Not only did we have space to really experience and enjoy the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, but Franco was an incredible guide. He is so knowledgeable and grounds everything in history, and this tour was the highlight of a two week trip to Paris, Florence,and Rome for us and our daughter. I cannot recommend this company and Franco highly enough. Bonus: Franco loves Whitney Houston as much as we do, so we were sold just on that alone :) You will not regret booking this tour. It is the only way to see the Vatican.
Written 7 January 2022
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Julie G
8 contributions
Great visit, it was amazing to be almost alone in this gorgeous museum, the guide explained very well and we learnt many things. Highly recomy the semi- private tour early in the morning
Written 4 January 2022
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TravelMommySF
San Francisco, CA18 contributions
Dec 2021
Wow, what a special morning at the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The tour was during the week before Christmas. With COVID-19, being slightly off-season, and early in the morning, our tour group had the place to ourselves. The galleries, chapel, and basilica were so quiet and hushed. It all felt reverent in a way not experienced in my prior visits. We also saw the Raphael rooms which was a huge bonus.

Our guide, Donata, was fantastic - very knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. I've been to the Vatican Museum several times in years past but this was by far the best visit due to a top-notch guide, small tour group, and no crowds. My expectations were surpassed for sure!
Written 1 January 2022
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Madison E
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
Our tour was the highlight of our first trip to Rome! Our tour guide, Massimo, was phenomenal so engaging and he even kindly offered to take some photos in prime locations on the tour. We learned so much in a few short hours and had a ton of laughs along the way! Highly recommend this experience and make sure you ask for Massimo!
Written 1 January 2022
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Precious Fe
Clemson, SC1 contribution
He kept us engaged for the whole tour and would always refer to us by our names which made it more personal. He was also really charming, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. We highly recommend him!!
Written 29 December 2021
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kahnfeldt
1 contribution
Our family of 5 really enjoyed our tour with Jade. She was great at hitting the highlights of the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's, while keeping the kids engaged. She was very knowledgeable too. Thanks for the great tour!
Written 29 December 2021
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