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Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel

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Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public on this exclusive 4-hour Vatican group tour, accompanied by a top-rated local guide. After enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of the chapel and admiring Michelangelo’s masterpiece, you’ll visit the Vatican Museums - arguably the best collection of art in the world, seeing highlights such as the Laocoon and the Apollo Belvedere as well as some other hidden treasures. This Vatican tour also includes St Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll see Michelangelo’s Pietà and learn about art, history and religion. Groups are limited to 13 people, and hotel pickup/drop-off are is not included.
  • Beat the crowds on an early-access Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour
  • See the Sistine Chapel in a quieter-than-normal setting, before the public
  • View Vatican treasures, such as the Raphael Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entry and personalized feel with a group limited to eight
What to Expect
Meet your guide early at the Vatican Museums, and head inside before the general public. Then, set off to see the Sistine Chapel and the museums, filled with artwork collected by popes and cardinals through the centuries. After an introduction from your guide, enter the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s frescoes. Admire the magnificent paintings, including The Last Judgment—considered one of the greatest artworks ever created—in a significantly quieter atmosphere than later in the day. Accompanied by your guide, explore the museums to see the best of their treasures. Marvel at the frescoes of the Raphael Rooms, see classical statues, and admire other highlights, such as the Gallery of Maps. Finally, enjoy direct entry into St. Peter’s Basilica. Absorb the Renaissance grandeur of the church and view Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s sculpted bronze altar canopy, Baldachin.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Leone IV, Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 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 4 weeks ago via mobile

The early morning skip the line tour is well worth it. Our tour guide, Val, was exceptional. She is a proud Roman with extensive knowledge and she was fun to be around. We highly recommend her.More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Derek T
Through Eternit... T, Manager at Through Eternity Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It was so lovely to hear what an amazing time you had with mama Val, isn't she just adorable!? I call her my little jar of dynamite, endless energy and enthusiasm so we only allow the top of the jar to be opened in small...More

Reviewed 31 August 2019

Our tour guide Cinzia and Through Eternity exceeded expectations. My wife and I joined the "The Early Morning Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel". Great performance on all aspects. Cons: None. Pros: - Sign-up process. I was able to sign us up 12 months in advance....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank JeffB4706
Through Eternit... T, Office Staff at Through Eternity Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2019

Dear JeffB4706, Thank you so much for such a wonderful and detailed review, we are so grateful that you took the time of writing it: grazie di cuore! This is very helpful for us, your list of all the pros you get with our tours...More

Reviewed 27 August 2019 via mobile

Simply outstanding. Traveling with a teen, preteen and my 70+ Mother and we all enjoyed this top notch tour. Federica is an incredible guide - deeply knowledgeable and passionate, charming, fantastic story teller, effortlessly guided us through the museum, exhibits & basilica like a pro....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Through Eternit... T, Office Staff at Through Eternity Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2019

Dear Janice, Thank you so much for your excellent review, grazie mille! We are delighted to read that you had such a great time with our brilliant Federica. She is indeed an amazing guide: she is extremely knowledgeable and has a very solid background (she...More

Reviewed 25 August 2019

We had a wonderful tour. One of the great benefits of a private tour is you learn so much more than you could ever on your own. Much more personalized than a large group tour. Our tour guide Eugenia D\'Andreaon was very patient and took...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Through Eternit... T, Office Staff at Through Eternity Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2019

Dear Michael, Thank you very much for your excellent feedback! We are really happy to read that you had a wonderful time with our brilliant guide Eugenia. She is indeed an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and also very personable and friendly, always ready to go...More

Reviewed 10 August 2019 via mobile

We had Enrica as our guide. She was very passionate and informative. She did a lot of explaining while we were in line to enter. It was still very busy early in the morning, but that is expected. We saw a lot of highlights in...More

Thank ylc25
ThroughEternityTours, Assistant Manager at Through Eternity Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2019

Hello Ylc25, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are proud to read that you had such a great time with Enrica on her tour. She is a super star and being born and raised in Rome gives her wealth of knowledge about...More

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23 April 2019|
Response from NogaG3 | Reviewed this property |
Not before, but first in line. We didn't stand in line at the Basilica because we came from the Sistine Chapel.
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