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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up & down stairs.
Enter the Vatican Museums a full hour and a half before the general public.
Capture the incredible detail of ancient Greek and Roman Statues.
Admire handmade tapestries from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Discover the ancient maps that depict what Romans thought the world looked like centuries ago.
Marvel at the amazing galleries in the early morning before all the crowds settle in.
Enjoy the wonders of the Sistine Chapel moments after it opens for the day.
Access St. Peter's Basilica through a special entrance without having to wait in line.
Enter the largest church in the entire world and admire its intricacies.
Explore the final resting place of many popes to date.
Experience Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel at its most serene. Skip the line like a true VIP and breeze on inside the Vatican Museums. If all of this sounds great, then we have the best Vatican tour for you. This special tour’s early start time guarantees the shortest security wait time of all Vatican Museum tours. Join our Vatican Gold tour and access the museums at 7:30 am, an hour and a half before doors open to the general public. Why spend thousands of dollars to avoid the crowds? This is the most exclusive early access Vatican tour available to you!
As experienced Rome tour guides, we know the Vatican Museums in and out. We know exactly which galleries and works of art you absolutely must see on a visit to Vatican City. After entering at 7:30 am like a champion, walk with your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Admire the ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, the Flemish tapestries created by Raphael’s pupils and the breathtaking topographical depictions of Italy. You’ll learn all about the best of these treasures from your expert guide.
Experience the Sistine Chapel in the best way possible, with almost no one else around. We are one of the very few companies offering this rare and exclusive early morning entrance. If you’ve ever visited the Sistine Chapel during normal hours, you know what a golden opportunity this is. Fix your eyes heavenward to take in Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and the hundreds of biblical figures depicted in intricate detail. This Chapel’s wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling frescoes hosts the election of new popes. Reflect on the Chapel’s history and unparalleled beauty in complete solitude.
As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is not permitted. Since our guide is unable to explain the frescoes once inside, we will provide you with a reference map and explain the Chapel in advance before you enter. Men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered before entering. As the summertime in Rome gets hot, consider bringing a scarf or shawl to cover up with before entering.
Experience the marvelous St. Peter’s Basilica, which took 120 years to build. Skip the line and continue your early access Vatican tour through a special door. Experience the sights and sounds of an authentic mass inside one of the world’s most amazing Basilicas.
Guides are not permitted to speak inside the Basilica during mass. Your guide will describe the history of St. Peter’s Basilica & the Papal Tombs to the group before entering. You will then explore the Basilica’s many wonders described by your guide. St. Peter’s is the largest church in the world, designed by Renaissance architects including Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo and Donato Bramante.
Experience the most celebrated works of art inside the church, including the statue of St. Peter, La Pieta and the Baldacchino. Bernini’s Baldacchino stands 29 meters tall and is located right below the dome of St. Peter’s above the papal altar. You are then free to visit the Papal Tombs and explore the final resting place of hundreds of popes (and a Swedish queen!).
If your Vatican tour lands on a Wednesday, St. Peter’s will be closed to tours due to the weekly Papal Audience. In this instance, your guide will take you to visit even more masterpieces and hidden gems inside the Vatican Museums.
Important: Remember, it is not possible to return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time to explore the museums, you must forgo the visit to St Peter’s Basilica. Also, if you’d like to stay in St. Peter’s Basilica longer, don’t leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. Because the security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended, we suggest that you spend at least 30 minutes inside St. Peter’s and explore on your own after the tour concludes on the terrace outside.
Q: Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?
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.
Q: Does the tour go inside at 7:30 am without waiting in any lines?
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.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be canceled or the Vatican will close something.
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.
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a private Vatican tour.
Child (5 & under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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Everything about this tour was beautiful! I would say I would take it again but I would rather look into taking another Roman Guy Tour!!!!!!
I'd like to say that the best part about this tour were the museums themselves but if I'm being honest, it was early access that really got me! ViewinI'd like to say that the best part about this tour were the museums themselves but if I'm being honest, it was early access that really got me! Viewing the museums with no crowds was amazing and I am so glad that I decided on this particular tour! Thank you, Roman Guy!..more
Prior to trip, reviewed many tours claiming early access. Booked this one hoping to get access without the crowds. We were NOT Disappointed. When wPrior to trip, reviewed many tours claiming early access. Booked this one hoping to get access without the crowds. We were NOT Disappointed. When we arrived, our guide (Raffa) had us at the front of the line and gave a great presentation prior to entry, especially of the Sistine Chapel. We were the first to enter into the museum, and after hitting the highlights of the Vatican Museum, had us in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds. IT was an awesome experience. Not only we we able to skip the line; but, we also skipped the crowds. This is worth every penny. And, Raffa made the experience so much better because the knowledge she imparted on us prior to entry into the Sistine Chapel enhanced the experience. Great job, Raffa!!... We would highly recommend this tour ..more
Taking this tour makes me wish that every line ever had a 'skip the line' alternative! So convenient! Definitely recommend this tour!
We could not have asked for a better tour with Anna. Starting off with the Sistine Chapel as the first part of the tour was a once in a lifetime experWe could not have asked for a better tour with Anna. Starting off with the Sistine Chapel as the first part of the tour was a once in a lifetime experience. Even on the way we could walk down the halls of tapestries and maps without anyone else there. Anna was passionate and gave us valuable details throughout the tour. What a magical experience!..more