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

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If you have a lot to see in Rome in a short amount of time, this Vatican Highlights Tour is one of the best Rome tours for you. See the best galleries, tour St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel in less time.
  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds
  • 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. Spend around 20 minutes in the room with 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
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2h 30m
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This tour was exhausting. We met at 7:30 and didn't enter until after 8:15 - this is a lot of standing around before the tour even starts! The tour was supposed to head straight to the Sistine Chapel, but instead we made many stops along...More

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank Kim F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Skipped the line and the tour people pointed us in a direction and said to wait there. After 10 or 15 minutes we just went off on our own. Having been there before we really just wanted to see the Basilica again and didn't need...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank juglide
Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. We are thrilled that despite losing your guide, you enjoyed seeing the sights in the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. If you have any feedback about your tour experience, please contact our customer service department as we are always...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour in the sense that you got straight into the Vatican with no queuing. Once inside the tour was great and our guide knowledgeable and helpful. We were amazed at the tens of thousands going through at the same time with you. Overall great.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Justin S
Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Ciao Justin! Grazie mille for your review. We are thrilled that your tour experience at the Vatican was stress-free, engaging and informative. We hope to welcome you back to Italy in the future!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stay away from this type of early morning tours, period! They advistized no crowd but the reality is that it's packed with people with long lines anyways. You better off just book the tickets at $17 a piece yourself and go through the normal line....More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Lynn c
BRANDONSHAW, Owner at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Lynn c, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Did you reach out to our Dedicated Customer Service team after your experience with us? When you reach out right away, we have a better chance to make it up to you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful experience with our guide. She was very helpful and eager show us through the Vatican. She’s a wealth of knowledge. We will definitely use The Roman Guys again.

Thank dspunch
Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. We are thrilled that your tour experience with Raffa was engaging, informative, and interesting. She has a great way of sharing the history and stories of the Vatican. We hope to welcome you back to Italy in the future!

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13 September 2019|
Response from Mary H |
HI. They offered many different languages. I am sure Spanish would be available.
Vaughan S
24 June 2019|
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Response from OnlyOneBobP | Reviewed this property |
We were at the meeting point at 7.30am.
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