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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Updated 06/15/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been sustainable, especially during this post-pandemic time. Due to Covid-19 regulations, the museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while in the site. Please bring a mask for every participant over 6 years of age.
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Updated 06/15/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens with a skip-the-line early morning Vatican tour. You’ll not only save precious vacation time, but also avoid daytime crowds and have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before it’s open to the public. A guide will lead you through the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more, and a small group size means plenty of time to ask questions.
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You'll start at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign
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Highlights
  • Skip the lines at the Vatican entrance on this early-entry tour
  • Tour the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public 
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • A small group tour of six or less ensures a more personalized experience 
What to Expect
Start your tour by meeting your guide near the Vatican Museum’s entrance. Your ticket allows early access to the Sistine Chapel, and you’ll head there first to enjoy it without the daytime crowds. Talking is not allowed in the chapel, so your guide will provide an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes before you enter. After taking your time to admire Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, you’ll meet back up with your guide and skip the main admission lines for a tour of Vatican Museum highlights, including the Gallery of Maps and the Raphael Rooms. You’ll then head into St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini's baldachin, and the Tomb of Pope Alexander IV. After your tour ends, you’re free to explore more of the Vatican on your own.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Small-group tour (max 6 people)
  • Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 9:30am rather than 7:30am. Despite the later start, our early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30am tour because we enter when Vatican doors open, which is what makes this tour special. Essentially we get you into the museums first, so you can go directly to the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel before the crowds and enjoy them with as few people as possible before your guide brings you for a thorough exploration of the Vatican museum collection. 
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Brenda Friedman wrote a review Aug 2
Los Angeles, California2 contributions
On my way back home from the splendid city of Rome, the memories of my visit to the Vatican Museums will remain unforgettable. My boyfriend and I booked a Semi-Private early morning Vatican Tour, welcoming us was our guide named Davide, I couldn't ask for anyone better to
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Your review is just lovely! Thank you!! We love to hear that you enjoyed Davide's tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel but it's especially great to know that you felt the time was well organized and that Davide was attentive to your needs, comfort and safety. Thank you for letting us share this fabulous site with you and we'll look forward to seeing you again on a future visit. Angelo and Kristin
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Farhaa Usmani wrote a review Jul 2020
Batley, United Kingdom1 contribution
We visited the Vatican City with Luca - what an incredible tour this was! To say we only arrived late Friday night we were very impressed to be able to book a full tour on Saturday for the very same day. We viewed the St Peters square/basilica, Vatican Museum and the beautiful
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Your fantastic review is so very much appreciated! Thank you!! It's great for us to hear how much you enjoyed the Vatican city tour with Luca and he will be thrilled to hear all of your compliments and praise. We can "thank" the current Covid crisis that you didn't have any trouble with crowds but we do try, even in the more busy seasons, to make your experience (whether here in Italy or in any of the other European cities that we serve) fun, enjoyable and stress-free. It's wonderful for us to hear that you loved your visit to Rome and we really do appreciate that you felt we were instrumental to making it such a positive experience! We'll look forward to your future visits and wish you all the best. Thanks again! Angelo and Kristin
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Randy wrote a review Jul 2020
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Our guide Davide was excellent. Gave us a briefing of what we were going to see before entering the museum and Sistine chapel, and explaining the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel helped understand what it was about. Walking thru the museum Davide gave us the
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your great review of Davide's Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Thanks also for mentioning how much better it is to be able to have a guide (a great one like Davide, no less!) help you navigate the huge museum and really be able to appreciate what you are seeing. We'll be sure to let him know about your praise. Thank you once again and all best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Paulette wrote a review Jul 2020
Bordeaux Saint Clair, France7 contributions2 helpful votes
Our guide was Annalise, very kind and imformative. The tour was perfect, we learned a lot. The moment in Saint Peter was very exciting. I will be recommending this tour to anyone I know who is going to Rome.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your great review and recommendation of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Annalisa. She'll be thrilled to hear that you felt the tour "perfect" -- can't get much better than that!! Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with all of us! All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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SpinQueen wrote a review Jul 2020
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The guide Annalisa was the best!! She had lots of patience with me. And we had fun! I can tell you all that I probably would be thé only one who can live to tell that I have seen Sistine Chapel alone!!! Nobody was there!! Once in a lifetime!! Preparing for the tour Angelo did
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Response from DayTrip21676561081, Owner at Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour
Responded Jul 8, 2020
Yes, you are probably right: you are one of very few people who have had the opportunity to see the Sistine Chapel alone! What a great experience -- even if the reason (covid travel restrictions) is less than a happy one! Just the same, we're so pleased that you enjoyed the entire Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Annalisa and we'll be sure to tell her about your great review! Thanks once again Angelo and Kristin
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