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Super Early Vatican Gold Tour With Sistine Chapel

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    What to Expect
    Do you want to visit Michelangelo's jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel at most the serene time of the day? Do you want to skip the line and go right inside the Vatican Museums like a rockstar? If your answer is " YES!", then this is the best Vatican tour for you. This skip the line tour guarantees the shortest security line of all Vatican tours. Enter the museums at 7:30 a.m., an entire hour and a half before the doors open to the public. This is the most exclusive early access Vatican tour available to you without spending thousands of dollars. 

    Things to See at the Vatican Museums

    After entering at 7:30 a.m. like a celebrity, follow your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Admire the ancient Roman and Greek statues, the Flemish tapestries created by Raphael's students and the gorgeous topographical depictions of Italy. These main galleries of the Vatican Museums are included on the tour for a reason - they offer some of the best collections and works of art on display.

    Sistine Chapel with No Crowds!

    If you've ever seen the Sistine Chapel during normal hours, then you know how challenging the crowds are. As one of the few tour operators in Rome with access to these super early access tickets, you get the rare chance to experience the breathtaking frescoes when the chapel is at it's most serene and quiet. As you turn your eyes toward the heavens, take in the hundreds of biblical figures depicted in restored and colorful detail. Keep in mind that the Sistine Chapel is also where new popes are elected. Not only is it one of the world's greatest wonders, but also an important site of religious observance for Catholics.

    The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.

    Bernini's Baldacchino in St. Peter's

    St. Peter's Basilica took 120 years to build and stretches out over the size of two American football fields. Skip the line and enter the basilica through a special entrance reserved for tour operators. Here's where this Vatican City tour gets even better! Contrary to other tours, this exclusive tour allows you to see how the chapel sounds and looks when it's time for mass. The Vatican Gold Tour enters at a time when mass often takes place. If your tour occurs when mass is taking place, your guide will explain the art outside, before you enter.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Near the Vatican Museums entrance.
    Departure Time
    7:10 AM
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Near St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays)
    Inclusions
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (when 6 or more people)
    • Professional art historian guide
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Small-group walking tour
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings due to the Papal Audience. We still run the tour because it might be your only day in Rome! Instead, we visit some of the most iconic statues in the world and Emperor Nero's enormous marble bathtub.
    • A: Yes! Enter the museums through the "center lane". Individuals enter through the left lane. Tour operators enter in the right lane. We enter through the center lane for this tour which lets us inside 90 minutes before individuals and 30 minutes before other tour operators.
    • A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican City closes for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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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    Going on the early morning tour was the best thing we ever did!!!! Even though it was early, there was a slight crowd, we was able to see everything without being rushed!!!! St. Peter’s Basilica is mind blowing!!!! Our tour guide, sorry forgot her name. She was awesome, so
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    Response from Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at Super Early Vatican Gold Tour With Sistine Chapel
    Responded 4 days ago
    Ciao! Grazie mille for your review! We are so happy that your pre-opening tour experience at the Vatican allowed you to skip ahead of the crowds and that your guide provided you with a wealth of new information about the treasures and history inside. We hope to welcome you back to Italy in the future!
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    It was well worth the extra cost for the super early tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Our group size was very small and our guide Andrea led us away from the larger early morning groups. When the tour was finished and the area was open for the public it became very
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    Response from Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at Super Early Vatican Gold Tour With Sistine Chapel
    Responded 5 days ago
    Ciao Diana! Grazie mille for your review. We are so happy that your pre-opening tour experience with Andrea at the Vatican allowed you to experience the collections and exhibits without the dense crowds. We hope to welcome you back to Italy in the future!
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    We had Raf as our guide. She was amazing. This is my third visit to the Vatican but first guided tour. Highly recommend going before Vatican opens to the Public. RAF had so much knowledge. Enjoyed every minute. Do it worth every cent.
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    Response from Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at Super Early Vatican Gold Tour With Sistine Chapel
    Responded 5 days ago
    Ciao Kathy! Grazie mille for your review. We are so happy that your pre-opening tour experience with Raf at the Vatican was informative, clear, and interesting. We hope to welcome you back to Italy in the future!
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    Organization and tour was great until we got into the Basilica. Beating the line is the only way to go. Our guide Sarah was very good all the way through Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel ( where we had 20 minutes to digest the magnitude of it all). Onto the Basilica. After
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    Wow. We loved our Roman Guy tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Our guide, Chiara Antonelli, brought the experience to life with her vast art history knowledge. I’m so glad we had Chiara with us. We learned so much more in our small group than if we had attempted to tour on
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    Response from Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at Super Early Vatican Gold Tour With Sistine Chapel
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour with Chiara at the Vatican. We strive to hire knowledgable guides who can share their expertise in an engaging and entertaining way. We hope to welcome you back to Italy in the future!
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