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Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s

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  • Enter the Vatican Museums an hour before it opens to the general public 
  • Beat lines often in excess of three hours 
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms with far less crowds
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Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s
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Walk into the Vatican Museums a whole hour ahead of the regular visitors, and explore the timeless works of art before they are even awaken.
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Walk into the Vatican Museums a whole hour ahead of the regular visitors, and explore the timeless works of art before they are even awaken.
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Overview

The wait times for the Vatican Museums are testament to its status as one of the world’s most well-known monuments. Beat the crowds and enter the Vatican an hour before it officially opens to the public on this early access tour, guaranteed to save you at least three hours of waiting. Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms in a relatively crowd-free environment, and hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset. Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is also included.

What to Expect

Your Vatican tour begins in the early morning. Greet your guide at a designated meeting point, and enter the Vatican through an entrance reserved specially for priority access groups.

Feel like you have the place to yourself as you visit highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes.

Listen to the history of the Vatican and its numerous Popes before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica for a small-group tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you can continue exploring the church independently if you wish.

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Reviewed yesterday
MUST SEE

But still very crowded, rushed, too overwhelming. And there was an interesting contemporary section we wern't allowed to stop or even slow down and enjoy

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Bryan W
Reviewed 2 days ago
Fantastic tour with amazing tour guide

We visited Rome as part of our honeymoon in December 2018 and had the privilege of having Fabby as our tour guide. She was absolutely fantastic, providing a wealth of information about the Vatican Museums, background on the Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica and overall...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kinselpa
kaylaschorr, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. Fabi is a wonderful guide. When it comes to touring the Vatican, an engaging guide is a must! We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Great experience with an expert guide!

Raf was a great guide - knowledgeable and entertaining, and brought lots of materials with her - especially on her iPad - to explain absolutely everything. This was especially helpful during the lead-in to the Sistine Chapel, so we could understand the significance of all...More

Thank Chris C
kaylaschorr, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Ciao Chris! Grazie mille for your review. Raf is an awesome guide! We're so glad you enjoyed your Vatican tour with us. Touring the Vatican in the morning is definitely the best way to beat the crowds. We hope to welcome you back to Rome...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
The Vatican Museum before hours

This is a must if you are going to the Vatican! Our guide was brilliant. I did not ask but I would assume she was an art history major. It was early in the morning so we were literally the only people in the Sistine...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nursedoctor
kaylaschorr, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. Wow! Only people in the Sistine Chapel! That must have been an extremely beautiful moment. We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent private tour!

We purchased the transportation from Roman Guy for the Private Vatican Tour including St. Peters Basilica. Our driver arrived on time and was very kind and professional. He dropped us off where we met our guide, Jad, who gave a wonderful tour an hour before...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Colleen L, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao! Thank you so much for your review! We're so pleased to hear your driver and guide both did a wonderful job. Jad is definitely a favorite among visitors. We hope you can come back to Rome one day and take another tour with us!

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Bob C
October 15, 2018|
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The tour itself was approx 3.5 hours (8:00-11:30 am) but they told us we had to arrive at 7:00 am at the meeting point. We met at 7 and checked-in then we went for cappuccinos at a nearby cafe until about 7:20, then our tour... More
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Dale B
June 19, 2018|
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Also, on the before hours tour, our guide showed pictures and gave some history and things to watch for while we waited to get in since there is no talking in the chapel. He rushed through part of the museum to get to the... More
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