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Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica Morning Tour

  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds
  • Travel with a guide and small group for a more intimate, educational tour
  • Bypass security lines at St. Peter’s Basilica
Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
The Vatican Museums are among the most crowded in the world, sometimes having as many 20,000 visitors every day. With this tour, see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the relative peace of early morning, entering the museums an hour before they are open to the public—when you enter the Sistine Chapel, it will still be mostly empty. A small-group size means plenty of personal attention.
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 security 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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Thumbs up!!

It was hard to to choose a good tour company in Rome but we kinda liked what we read about the Roman Guy so we booked the Vatican tour. Our guide Laura turned out to be very knowledgeable and kept the group interested and amused...More

Thank DavidSKFong
Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ciao David! Grazie mille for your review. Navigating through the Vatican during high season can be a challenge, but we're pleased to hear that Laura conquered the crowds! We hope you enjoyed your Colosseum tour as well. We hope to welcome you back to Rome...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
We loved our tour!

Our trip to Rome was last minute and we really wanted to see some of the must-see sights. The Roman Guy was so friendly and accommodating to get us on one their tours and we're so glad they did. The express tour allowed us to...More

Thank Allison D
Vania B, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ciao Allison! Grazie mille for your kind review, we are so happy you enjoyed all your tour with us. When your time in Rome is limited, it's important to be strategic with your sightseeing. We hope to see you back in Rome soon for a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
The Roman Guy - Vatican Tour!

Took the early morning tour with Federica from The Roman Guy today and I have to admit it was beyond amazing. She was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. She was very informative about each and every part of the tour, including other areas that were...More

Thank Vanessa C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The only way to go if you want to see the Sistine Chapel

Great tour, worth the early entry, and the only way to see the Sistine Chapel. The only drawback is the very early start time. The whole group was obviously a little slow for the first 45 minutes or so, but the tour picked up its...More

1  Thank Vince T
Vania B, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ciao Vince! Grazie mille for your review! We're glad you were able to join us on an early morning Vatican tour. Waking up early is tough, but we think it's worth it to experience the Sistine Chapel the way it was meant to be enjoyed....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Federica B.

It was a great tour experience. Our tour guide was really good and making us feel comfy despite of crowded people, the heat and lots of walking. So whenever you are planning to get a tour guide around Rome, Like Vatican Museums and Sintine Chapel,...More

2  Thank Bella B
Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Ciao Bella! Grazie mille for your very kind review! We are very happy to hear about your great experience with Federica. She's a great guide with lots of great information to impart on travelers! Thanks for recommending our tours, and we hope to welcome you...More

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5 September 2018|
Response from Janice V | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Debbie M | Reviewed this property |
Our guide asked us 3 times if we needed a break. We had a small group and she did head counts all the time so as not to lose anyone.
2 July 2018|
Response from pa32dude | Reviewed this property |
The Roman Guy tour leaves you in the basilica when it completes. For the Scavi office you need to go through a separate security checkpoint on the south (right when exiting the basilica) side of the colonnade, so allow time... More