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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
About 25,000 visitors pass through Rome’s Sistine Chapel daily, so it’s usually packed with people. This early-access, small-group tour lets you inside before the general public, giving you a head start on the crowds. Enter via a dedicated doorway, tour the best of the Vatican Museums without any long waits and with a guide to provide vital context and background. Finish with a walk inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Via Leone IV
    Via Leone IV, Roma RM, Italy
    By the flower stand on the corner of Viale Giulio Cesare and Via Leone IV Directions: The easiest way to reach the meeting point is via the metro on the A line, and we recommend getting off at the stop "Ottaviano". Climb the stairs up to the station and take the last exit on the left. Go up the stairs to the street. Stay on the left-hand side of the road and walk past the news-stand towards Via Leone IV, approximately 2 blocks. The flower stand is located on the corner of Viale Giulio Cesare and Via Leone IV. There is a Burger King directly across the street from the flower stand.
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 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: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    La Pieta
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Cortile della Pigna
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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Highlights
  • Beat the crowds on an early-access Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour
  • See the Sistine Chapel in a quieter-than-normal setting, before the public
  • View Vatican treasures, such as the Raphael Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entry and personalized feel with a group limited to eight
What to Expect
Meet your guide early at the Vatican Museums, and head inside before the general public. Then, set off to see the Sistine Chapel and the museums, filled with artwork collected by popes and cardinals through the centuries. After an introduction from your guide, enter the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s frescoes. Admire the magnificent paintings, including 'The Last Judgment'—considered one of the greatest artworks ever created—in a significantly quieter atmosphere than later in the day. Accompanied by your guide, explore the museums to see the best of their treasures. Marvel at the frescoes of the Raphael Rooms, see classical statues, and admire other highlights, such as the Gallery of Maps. Finally, enjoy direct entry into St. Peter’s Basilica. Absorb the Renaissance grandeur of the church and view Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s sculpted bronze altar canopy, Baldachin.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Leone IV, Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - La Pieta
  • Entry/Admission - Cortile della Pigna
  • Entry/Admission - Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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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Resort514256 wrote a review Jan 2020
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We loved this tour, in spite of the freezing cold morning! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made the history unfold like a good story (which it is). She explained the art and the techniques used, the history behind it, and the people throughout - like people one might
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Through Eternit... T, Office staff at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded Jan 6, 2020
Ciao Resort514256, Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful review, grazie mille! We are delighted to read that you had such a beautiful experience with our guide at the Vatican: we are very happy that you appreciated the style of our guide, and that she was able to create an engaging story about the art, history, techniques and society of the time, that's exactly the kind of experience we aim to provide! Looking forward to have you back on our tours, Francesca
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Safari77949 wrote a review Dec 2019
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The tour was great. Enrica, the guide, was there on time and ready to go. She was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would highly recommend Through Eternity Tours for this early morning tour of the Vatican and St. Peter's. It is worth doing as you avoid
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Through Eternit... T, Office Staff at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded Dec 30, 2019
Dear Safari77949, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We are delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your tour with our brilliant Enrica. She is indeed an amazing guide, with lots of knowledge to share (she studied Archaeology at the university!) and a genuine passion for her subject. We are really happy that you enjoyed our Early Entrance Vatican Tour, like you said it is really worth it to wake up so early to beat the crowds! Thank you for sharing your beautiful impressions with us, we hope to have you soon back on our tours. A presto, Francesca
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Jane Strausbaugh wrote a review Nov 2019
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The tour was a wonderful introduction to the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Our guide, Federica, was knowledgeable, informative, open to questions, and full of stories that brought the vast, rich Vatican to life.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Through Eternit... T, Office staff at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded Nov 25, 2019
Dear jtrav1225, Thank you so much for your beautiful review! Yes the Vatican is, just like you said, vast and rich, a never ending treasure trove full of beautiful artwork, religion, history and spirituality: it can be overwhelming sometimes, but with a guide like Federica you really hit the jackpot! She is sweet, very knowledgeable and loves her job. So we are glad to read that you were able to see many areas of the Vatican and appreciated the passion and knowledge of your guide. Grazie mille! We hope to see you soon again in Rome! Best regards, Francesca
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Derek T wrote a review Sep 2019
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The early morning skip the line tour is well worth it. Our tour guide, Val, was exceptional. She is a proud Roman with extensive knowledge and she was fun to be around. We highly recommend her.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Through Eternit... T, Manager at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded Sep 17, 2019
It was so lovely to hear what an amazing time you had with mama Val, isn't she just adorable!? I call her my little jar of dynamite, endless energy and enthusiasm so we only allow the top of the jar to be opened in small doses or risk being bowled over completely! She loves Rome and her passion is absolutely contagious. She has spent many a season taking guests through the Vatican Museums and loves nothing more than spending her days among these masterpieces and artefacts, she really is the perfect companion. Thank you for your 5-star review and I will be sure Valeria sees it, she will be delighted! Pips
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Jeff B wrote a review Aug 2019
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Our tour guide Cinzia and Through Eternity exceeded expectations. My wife and I joined the "The Early Morning Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel". Great performance on all aspects. Cons: None. Pros: - Sign-up process. I was able to sign us up 12 months in advance. (If you sign
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Through Eternit... T, Office Staff at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded Sep 2, 2019
Dear JeffB4706, Thank you so much for such a wonderful and detailed review, we are so grateful that you took the time of writing it: grazie di cuore! This is very helpful for us, your list of all the pros you get with our tours is phenomenal, because it explains very clearly the points of strength that we have been working so hard to build in the last 20 years of activity in the field. We are so happy that you noticed and appreciated all the little but crucial details that contribute to the success of a tour. We believe that starting early is very important in order to be among the first groups to enter the museums and avoid the large crowds. Also, we are convinced that the small size of the groups is very important, because it facilitates the communication between the guide and our guests, as well as between clients. Cinzia is indeed a wonderful guide, extremely knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, very attentive to her guests' needs and always ready to go the extra mile for her guests. We are so happy that you had a wonderful time on Cinzia's tour! We would be very happy to welcome you back on our tours very soon, Arrivederci! Francesca
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