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Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour

  • Skip the lines at the Vatican entrance on this early-entry tour
  • Tour the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public 
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
From US$115.01
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Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
From US$115.01
Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens with a skip-the-line early morning Vatican tour. You’ll not only save precious vacation time, but also avoid daytime crowds and have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before it’s open to the public. A guide will lead you through the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more, and a small group size means plenty of time to ask questions.
What to Expect

Start your tour by meeting your guide near the Vatican Museum’s entrance. Your ticket allows early access to the Sistine Chapel, and you’ll head there first to enjoy it without the daytime crowds. Talking is not allowed in the chapel, so your guide will provide an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes before you enter.

After taking your time to admire Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, you’ll meet back up with your guide and skip the main admission lines for a tour of Vatican Museum highlights, including the Gallery of Maps and the Raphael Rooms. You’ll then head into St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini's baldachin, and the Tomb of Pope Alexander IV.

After your tour ends, you’re free to explore more of the Vatican on your own.

Reviews (96)
1 - 5 of 45 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
Captivating and intensely informative tour. Outstanding guide!

Luca D. was amazing as our tour guide. He was incredibly educated on all aspects of the history of Rome, and the Vatican. I highly recommend this tour. We beat the lines and gained detailed insight that we simply would not have without Luca. We...More

Thank jmkeefer
Reviewed 5 days ago
Absolutely amazing tour! Don’t book anything other than this one.

This tour provides the absolute best possible way to see the Vatican. Skipping the lines as well as entering the Vatican an hour before the general public is a must. It allows you the time and space to view so many things, including the the...More

Thank lekanderm
Reviewed 1 week ago
One of the highlights of our trip to Italy

We have just returned from our first trip to Italy. This tour was definitely one of the highlights. We had Luca as a tour guide, who was fantastic. The opportunity to have early morning access to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel is definitely worth...More

Thank Betsy D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Francesca was brilliant

My husband and I just finished our tour of the Vatican museum this morning. Francesca was our guide and we loved her. She gave us some Vatican backstory the short time we waited in line to enter the museum. Her in depth knowledge of the...More

Thank Molly A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Early Morning Vatican Tour

Positively Valentina was very good and informative even while we waiting to get inside for the early morning small group tour. My only complaint was that though we got inside the Sistine Chapel before hours, we could have easily entered St Peters through the side...More

Thank ken45g
Angelo C, Owner at LivItaly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Ken45g, thank you so much for taking the time in sharing your review. While it is always exciting to read positive feedback from our clients, it is when not-so-positive ones come in that we must take a moment to read and comprehend how we...More

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October 15, 2018|
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Response from Heather H | Reviewed this property |
Hi. It is 3 hours long. Just go to their website and choose the tour that suits you. Livitaly tours. Our’s was the 6 person tour. But there are other options.
July 28, 2018|
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Response from Sridhar N | Reviewed this property |
The tour guide is takes you through Sistine Chapel, the museums and leaves you at St Peter's Basilica. This takes aroundc2 hours depending on your interest in somerhjng particular. At the Basilica, you are on your own and... More
Thomas K
April 10, 2018|
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Response from FonteynM | Reviewed this property |
If you are part of a small group then you can choose what you want to see and the time you want to spend in it.
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