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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open

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You get to be one of 20 people to enjoy the quiet of the morning at the Vatican before the crowds. This experience is only available through TripAdvisor and Viator.
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  • Waking up the Vatican tour only offered on TripAdvisor 
  • Enter the Vatican an hour before anyone else, including standard early access groups
  • Clavigero opens the doors of the Vatican and its galleries to you from a set of 3,000 keys
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open
US$374.03
Overview
This first-of-its-kind experience gets you inside the Vatican Museums a full hour before all other early access and VIP tours. A guide and your small group are the only ones there to follow the clavigero (key keeper) as he unlocks doors and flips on lights to the galleries that attract some 25,000 people a day. Walk the empty halls, passing staff members as they prepare for the day, and be the first to see Raphael’s Rooms and the Gallery of Maps, among other rooms. Another distinct difference from other Vatican tours: Your guide provides commentary inside the Sistine Chapel—a rare perk as talking is usually prohibited. End with breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard as other visitors are just starting to arrive.
What to Expect
This tour takes you to one of the busiest tour locations in the world, and it allows you to follow a Vatican clavigero (key keeper) inside the iconic landmark an hour or more before other early access tours.

Along with 20 people (or fewer), your guide leads you through the main areas of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, and the Gallery of Maps. Be one of the first that day to enter each room right as the clavigero finds the right key and switches on the lights.

Because of the size of your group and the early start time, you can enjoy a quiet walk through religious areas for more spiritual experience. Plus, this is the only Vatican Museums tour where a guide goes inside the Sistine Chapel to provide commentary up close to Michelangelo’s artwork to your group. It's an experience that has never before been offered to the public, and you will only find it through TripAdvisor.

Afterward, head to the Pinecone Courtyard for breakfast, where you will see all the early access groups starting their tours for the day. Once you wrap up your meal, you’ll be able to stay in the museums as long as you like.
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Reviewed yesterday
Connoisseurs Choice

If you are looking for a relaxed, well paced tour of key elements of the Vatican and in particular the Sistine Chapel then this is a must. Very knowledgeable and honest guide (Tio??) and well supported by the excellent staff from the Museum (i.e. the...More

Thank Pwillholme
Reviewed yesterday
Expensive but...

Booked the tour pretty late, cause I was struggling with the price. Let's face it: 314 EUR for 2.5hs, that is a lot of money. Met early morning in front of the locked door and entered the museum with just 17 people. Only one word:...More

Thank MarcDfromF
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Amazing!!!! Absolutely worth it!

I visited the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel for the first time two years ago and though I was super impressed and in awe of it all it was extremely packed and rather uncomfortable to get through certain areas. That's why this time around...More

Thank Elba S
Reviewed 5 days ago
The let me open the door of the Sistine Chaple

I decided to take this tour at the last minute while in Rome for business. It was well worth the price! A group of just 6 people entered the Museums at 6am in the morning, the Clavigero ( keeper of the Vatican keys) opened the...More

1  Thank Synthdoc
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic lace,

Lying on the floor and looking up at the ceiling paintings, seeing historical works and absorbing history. This was a majestic visit. Went in the summer and there were lines. Expect them. Dress appropriately and respect church traditions. We did and were thanked profusely.

1  Thank gladysc215
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Sue P
July 15, 2018|
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Response from alan639barb | Reviewed this property |
The cost of the ticket which includes breakfast gives you access to the museums as well so you do not have to go back in line you are already inside the Vatican.
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Yanti S
July 6, 2018|
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Response from Alessia R | Reviewed this property |
I think this the max number of people for this tour should be 20. You are good to go :) it is an amazing one! Enjoy it!
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PJCTravel
June 30, 2018|
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Response from MarcDfromF | Reviewed this property |
You are ahead of everyone else. You go first, then at 08:00 the early tours start (which is already masses of people) and then at 09:00 the stampede of tourists enters.
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