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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option provided by LivItaly Tours

Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option

Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
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from C$161.95 per adult (price varies by group size)
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Last updated: Sep. 1, 2020
A note from Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and has always been sustainable. We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, especially in this time. Due to Covid-19 safety regulations, sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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
A small group tour of six or less ensures a more personalized experience 
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6718P17
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED • Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public • Skip the long ticket lines • Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide • Private Option of this tour is Available! • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities (optional)
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
Inclusions
Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED • Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public • Skip the long ticket lines • Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide • Private Option of this tour is Available! • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities (optional)
Departure details
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour.
Please Note: due to these unprecedented times and unexpected regulation changes, some areas may not be accessible if the venue can not guarantee social distancing for that part of the tour.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
Please note: Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 8:30 rather than 8:00am. Despite the later start, our early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour. By arriving 30 minutes before Vatican doors open, we get you into the museums first, so you can go directly to the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel before the crowds and enjoy them with as few people as possible.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
    See address & details
  • 1
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
    See address & details
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Milwaukee, WI16 contributions
Great way to see Sistine Chapel with no crowd!
We had very good tour today. Even with Covid related restrictions, Massimo managed to make our tour smooth and exiting. On top of regular tour information he was happy to answer all questions, tell a lot of interesting stories. Thank you Massimo!
Written June 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

FDR
1 contribution
Spectacular tour of the Vatican
Jun. 2021
David is amazing. This tour was the best part of my Italy trip. David is exceptionally knowledgeable, experienced, organized, funny, well spoken, and has a passion for history that really enhanced my experience. It wasn't just a tour, it was an experience! I'm sure it's not hard for anyone to fall in love with the Vatican at first sight, but I strongly feel that the way he curated the tour, managed the pace and delivered the information, heavily contributed to that. I learned so much. Felt very comfortable with David - like I was touring with a friend, not rushed or going through the motions like some tours can be. And we were practically the first group inside! Absolutely delivered on the promise of early access. This is the right way to do the Vatican Museums. Do it now, before the crowds come back! It's a once in a lifetime chance. After the tour, David recommended other things nearby that were also excellent (a restaurant, climbing St. Peter's dome) and gave clear information on how to get to everything, which made things very convenient for me as I was traveling alone. I will recommend this tour to everyone. Based on my experience, I would book other LivItaly tours without hesitation as well. If you do one tour, do this one!!
Written June 17, 2021
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Chris
Anchorage, AK3 contributions
Perfect and worth every penny.
Our Liv Tours guide Davide Falaska was absolutely amazing. We have done many tours all across Italy and he proved himself to be absolutely amazing. A brilliant blend of enthusiasm, humor, and history. He recommended local food options which turned out to also be amazing. I will be recommending the company, and specifically Davide, to everyone. Ciao from Alaska!
Written June 17, 2021
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JackinDenver
Denver, CO332 contributions
Recommend highly!
David is a fantastic guide! Funny and knowledgeable, he entertained by teenage son who doesn't like art!! The tour allowed us to access the museum and chap early, only had 4 people w is in sistine chapel! Would highly recommend the tour company and David!
Written June 4, 2021
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avs11054
Phoenix, AZ4 contributions
Great Tour of the Vatican
Jun. 2021 • Couples
David was our tour guide for this tour. I received an email with the starting time a few days before the tour. The start time was actually 30 minutes before the Vatican museum opened, which David would tell us was so we could be first in line to enter. We were literally the first people to enter the Vatican.

David took us through the rooms of the museum explaining all of the history of the displays, the paintings, and the Vatican. He was able to provide thorough answers to any questions we had, and it was great having conversations with him about life in general as we were walking between rooms and to St. Peter's Basilica.

We had a great time, and I would highly recommend Livtours and David!
Written June 2, 2021
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DocwendyB
Anna Maria Island, FL84 contributions
Great Vatican Experience
Dario was concerned he might be rusty with this being his first tour in English of 2021. He did an excellent job sharing lots of information and fun facts about the Vatican, it’s museums, and St Peter’s Basilica. We were even interviewed by a Norwegian television station as Dario speaks Norwegian as well as Spanish, Italian, Danish, and English. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written May 29, 2021
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livitalytours
Yes, Dario really rocks -- in any language!!! We're so glad you enjoyed his Vatican tour and we thank you for your great review. We'll be sure to let him know how impressed you were!! Thanks again Angelo and Kristin
Written June 1, 2021
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Tymka
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Amazing tour in Vatican!
We had today our tour with Davide through Vatican. We were the only couple in the semi-private tour, hence, the tour was like a private one. Davide was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable and very passionate about history and art of Vatican. Davide showed us some amazing hidden objects and told lots of fun stories. All in all, a great tour with a great guide, we left with lots of memories. I can absolutely recommend this tour and Davide as a guide.
Written May 25, 2021
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livitalytours
Thank you so much for your great review and recommendation of our Vatican tour and our guide, Davide. He is indeed a fantastic guide and we love hearing that you really enjoyed your time with him seeing all that unbelievable art! Thank you again for taking the time to write and all best wishes to you Angelo and Kristin
Written June 1, 2021
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Prabs J
Singapore52 contributions
Excellent experience and one that we strongly recommend
May 2021
Amazing experience!
We booked the semi private Vatican tour and got extremely lucky. First, the group was only 2 of us. We usually do not like it this private and all the attention that comes with it, but in this case it was excellent. Second, the main reason why it was so positive - our guide Davide (also known as Luca Modric ;)). He just made the "tour" special and a great personal experience. His deep knowledge, passion for the subjects (Vatican and art history) and his great sense of humour made the time disappear. He enlightened us and enlivened things, filling our minds with things ranging from mundane facts to his educated opinions and sprinkled with many insider facts / tips. The tour was more than worth what we paid. We cannot imagine having walked through ourselves (we had done that 20+ years ago as tenagers).

Anyway, we highly recommend this and especially Davide.
Written May 22, 2021
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livitalytours
We so appreciate your high rating and hearty recommendation of the Vatican tour you took with Davide. He will be thrilled to read about how much you enjoyed his tour and appreciated his efforts to make it a fantastic experience for you. Thanks again for writing such a great review! Angelo and Kristin
Written May 23, 2021
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Jennifer H
3 contributions
Must do! Vatican tour with Massimo
May 2021
This tour was amazing! If you’re going to the Vatican you definitely need a tour guide. There is so much history and details that are easy to overlook if you’re just walking through on your own. We learned so much and it made our experience a lot more enjoyable than if we went on our own. You could definitely tell Massimo loves his job! From all the knowledge he had to the little jokes he threw in he made it such an enjoyable tour. Our families are coming to visit in a few months and we will be booking this tour again so they can have the same experience.
Written May 10, 2021
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livitalytours
Thanks so much for your great review and especially for your desire to book with us again. It sounds like Max knew just how to make the Vatican museum tour a fun and fascinating experience for you. We couldn't be more pleased and he'll love hearing how much you appreciated his efforts. Thank you once again for your enthusiastic review and for your continued support of our company and our guides. Angelo and Kristin
Written May 11, 2021
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Escape09836803293
Tallinn, Estonia2 contributions
Vatican Tour
Well organized, friendly and knowledgeable guide, magic Vatican. Special thank to David for pointing at little things and details in art which I'm sure we'll remember forever!
Written October 22, 2020
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livitalytours
How great it is for us to hear that, thanks to Davide, your Vatican tour was especially interesting and memorable. Thank you for sharing this with us! We'll be sure to let Davide know how much you appreciated his expertise and his special efforts and insights! All best wishes and again, thank you. Angelo and Kristin
Written October 23, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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