Early Access Vatican Gold Tour
The Earliest of All Early Access Vatican Tours
Only a select few tour providers can enter the Vatican Museums a full 90 minutes before the general public. As one of the first to enter the Sistine Chapel that day, enjoy the Vatican with almost no crowds at all.
What you will see on this tour
- Super early 7:30AM entry time
- Candelabra Gallery
- Gallery of the Tapestries
- Gallery of Maps
- Without the crowds
- One of the first to enter the Sistine Chapel
- Skip the line to the Basilica
- St. Peter's Basilica
- Papal Tombs
Highlights of the Vatican Museums
Enjoy the Sistine Chapel with NO CROWDS
St. Peter's Basilica and Bernini's Baldacchino
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
Wear comfortable shoes because you'll be on your feet for the length of the tour. Also if you're wearing summer clothes because it's hot in Rome, bring something to wrap around yourself before you enter the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's Basilica.
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.
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Carolina was amazing guide for early morning Vatican tour. She was passionate and knowledgeable about all things Roman. Fluent in English, well organized. She even took a minute from her time off after tour to snap a photo of me in front of the Vatican. The best tour guide I had from all my tours in Rome. Thank you, Carolina, for a Vatican educational and fun experience!
Raffa was a great guide and we enjoyed seeing these sights before the crowds. Very helpful to have the additional information provided and helped us to appreciate what we were seeing.
Just book it!!
We were so glad we booked this tour. The thought of an early start was well forgotten as we started the tour. Raffa was a great tour guide, and the whole tour is great. Accessing the Sistine chapel with very few people in is an opportunity not to be missed. we had approx 20 mins to look around it, and as the crowds were not there yet, plenty of space to sit wherever we wanted and move around freely. We were so glad we'd booked this when the entry queues to the Vatican were long when we had finished the tour. The advice from the Roman Guy on chat was great, helping us plan the tours to see everything we wanted to see on our visit to Rome.