Early Morning Vatican Gold Tour with Sistine Chapel

The Earliest of All Early Access Vatican Tours

4.8 / 5 See All 38 Reviews · 2.0h 13 max · Rome, Italy

Enjoy the magic of the Sistine Chapel as one of the first groups to enter. Access the Vatican Museums a full 90 minutes before the general public, when only a few other groups are inside.

Itinerary

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

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!

Want to skip the line at the Vatican without having a guided tour? Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

Highlights of the Vatican Museums

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.

Enjoy the Sistine Chapel with NO CROWDS

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 andexclusive 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.

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.

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.

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.

Q: Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

A: Of course. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

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9/8/2019
Anita T.
Short, quick, and to the point!

My husband and I recently did the Early Morning Vatican Gold Tour with Sistine Chapel with Jad. It was a quick 2 hour tour, of all the essentials, Vatican Museum, Hall of Maps, Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica. Jad was very knowledgeable, funny and catered the tour to our specific interests! We were the first ones through the doors as it opened at 7:30am and it was worth it, as upon our exit at 9:30 the crowds were already very long. It is important to mention that the tours grants you access to St Peters Basilica, but you do not walk through as a group. You do, however have unlimited time to explore the Basilica and the tombs beneath, as well as climb the steps to the top of the dome! Overall great experience!

9/6/2019
Victoria P.
Great tour, great timing and an amazing guide Raf

Let me start by saying this was the first time I've gone with a tour during my vacation, ever! Not to mention the first time I took the call based off a YouTube video. Pleasantly surprised. I was pretty skeptical about the entire tour and kept cross-checking all the claims made on the website. I was traveling with my parents, both over 65, with my mom having developed a small injury recently in her right knee. One of the biggest reasons for me to book this trip was it was close to 2 hours long and I was taking parents along. Highly recommend it for groups with similar situation. Our guide, Raf was absolutely lovely and engaging. She was knowledgeable, kept in mind the time, was encouraging us all to ask questions and finally, was very mindful of the group. She made it a point to connect with everyone and was also mindful of my mom's walking (without me saying so). She noticed my mom sitting often, and started giving specific timelines for the next time where seating would be available which was super helpful. Thanks a ton Raf! I recommend this tour, not just for the informative guide, but also the timing. By the time you're done with the tour, it's close to 9.15am, following which you have time by yourself, to go down the tombs, then take the elevator up the dome, and you're fully done by 10am. At 10am, we saw a massive line snaking through the square for entry.

8/30/2019
Vipin
Amazing tour, great timing, lovely guide Raf!

Let me start by saying this was the first time I've gone with a tour during my vacation, ever! Not to mention the first time I took the call based off a YouTube video. Pleasantly surprised. I was pretty skeptical about the entire tour and kept cross-checking all the claims made on the website. I was travelling with my parents, both over 65, with my mom having developed a small injury recently in her right knee. One of the biggest reasons for me to book this trip was it was close to 2 hours long and I was taking parents along. Highly recommend it for groups with similar situation. 1) The claim that TheRomanGuy tour is one of the earliest through the door and has a separate entrance is true. While we were waiting in line outside the entrance, there was only one other group ahead of us but as we snaked our way towards the metal detectors, Raf, our lovely guide, takes a tiny detour to a different route. Eventually, we mingle again, but it's not a situation where you're jostling. 2) Perfect timeliness - We were asked to assemble at 7.10. We headed towards the queues outside the entrance at around 7.15, we entered at around 7.25am. By the time we got done, it was 9.10am. Chronological order of the tour: 1) Entry & ticketing - Begins at 7.25am. Restroom available here. 2) Walk upto a portico which gives you a view of the Sistine chapel from the outside (seating available here for 5 mins) 3) Separate entry to the museum 4) Quick look at Nero's bath (from a distance) 5) Vatican museums 6) Tapestry hall 7) Hall of Maps 8) Sistine Chapel - 20 mins. We entered the hall at around 8.15am and were given time to ourselves till 8.35am. Restroom available. 9) Intro to the 25 year Jubilee door 10) Enter St Peter's basilica - no seating in here. Our guide, Raf - Was absolutely lovely and engaging. She was knowledgeable, kept in mind the time, was encouraging us all to ask questions and finally, was very mindful of the group. She made it a point to connect with everyone and was also mindful of my mom's walking (without me saying so). She noticed my mom sitting often, and started giving specific timelines for the next time where seating would be available which was super helpful. Thanks a ton Raf! I recommend this tour, not just for the informative guide, but also the timing. By the time you're done with the tour, it's close to 9.15am, following which you have time by yourself, to go down the tombs, then take the elevator up the dome, and you're fully done by 10am. At 10am, we saw a massive line snaking through the square for entry.

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