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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off provided by Eyes of Rome

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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

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The Vatican Museums contain one of the world’s most important art collections, and draw crowds to match. On this private tour, you have special access before the venue opens to the public. Linger in the Sistine Chapel, view Renaissance masterpieces, and discover the Vatican’s history. Enjoy priority entry to St. Peter’s Basilica without having to wait in line. Upgrade for even earlier admission including access to the Raphael Rooms. 
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  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Cortile della Pigna
    Pass by Stanze di Raffaello
  • 2
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by La Pieta
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    St. Peter's Square
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • Beat the crowds and see the Vatican Museums before they open to the public
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off mean you won’t have to navigate on your own
  • Learn all about the Vatican’s artworks and history from your private guide
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica next door
What to Expect
This private tour begins when your guide picks you up directly from your local accommodation. Head to the Vatican Museums, where you have the rare opportunity to enter before the landmark is open to the general public. If you wish, upgrade from standard early-morning admission to a “prime tour” option and be treated like a VIP. Arrive earlier to enjoy priority entry without any lines, and gain access to the Raphael Rooms to admire Raphael's most famous frescoes. Take your time, learning about the many masterpieces on display, as well as the Vatican’s history, from your guide. See the Sistine Chapel in all its splendor without navigating the crowds, and view other artworks by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Da Vinci. You also visit the Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps. Next, enjoy skip-the-line privileges when you head directly from the galleries to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to go through the main entrance. Your guide points out highlights within this landmark—the largest church in the world—and fills you in on its history. The tour ends with drop-off back at your accommodation.
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Important Information
  • Meet and greet service at your hotel/accommodation
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Hotel pickup & drop-off with Sanitized Vehicle (centrally located hotels. Within Aurelian Walls)
  • Priority Access (before the regular Early Morning Crowd - if Prime Option selected)
  • Private walking tour
  • Raphael Rooms (if Prime option selected)
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica with direct access
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Wheelchair partly accessible: the tour is only available if the person in the wheelchair can do 6 flights of stairs without the wheelchair.
  • Please advise if anyone in your group has mobility issues
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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TravelingThru wrote a review May 2020
Danville, California49 contributions14 helpful votes
I've taken 3 private tours with Eyes of Rome on two separate trips (2018, 2019). We thought it was a must-do that when I returned a year later with my Mom, the first thing I booked was two tours with Eyes of Rome; both with Serena. I've read nothing but amazing review of all the
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Date of experience: October 2019
Bonnie wrote a review Apr. 2020
Alpharetta, Georgia1 contribution
If you go to Rome and want a tour/tour guide, this is the way to do it for sure. Absolutely, without a doubt, 100% worth every cent. I would do it again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend Stefania. She is very knowledgeable, personable and you can tell she is
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Date of experience: June 2019
Sightsee710278 wrote a review Apr. 2020
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Stefania Pistone made our first trip to Rome totally delightful. She is truly a Renaissance woman with her breadth and depth of knowledge about Rome. We did the Early Bird Vatican/Sistine Chapel and the Ancient Rome (Colosseum, Forum tour) with her. We quickly knew we had
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Date of experience: September 2019
Joeysparadise wrote a review Apr. 2020
Rocca Santo Stefano, Italy6 contributions
We did Vatican, colosseum, Roman Forum, and tour around the city with Stefania. She was amazing, so kind, funny, and most of all knowledgeable! She could answer every question down to the small holes in the colosseum! We are thankful for her time and our newfound friendship. You
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Nathalie V wrote a review Mar. 2020
Paris, France4 contributions
We have been waiting for this day for a long time and it was a magical experience. Serena came to our hotel and guided us along this fabulous discovery of the Vatican. It was as expected a great favor to discover the place with a limited number of visitors around us. The must
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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