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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open

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  • Enter the Vatican an hour before anyone else, including standard early access groups
  • Clavigero opens the doors of the Vatican and its galleries to you from a set of 3,000 keys
Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open
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This first-of-its-kind experience gets you inside the Vatican Museums a full hour before all other early access and VIP tours. A guide and your small group are the only ones there to follow the clavigero (key keeper) as he unlocks doors and flips on lights to the galleries that attract some 25,000 people a day. Walk the empty halls, passing staff members as they prepare for the day, and be the first to see Raphael’s Rooms and the Gallery of Maps, among other rooms. Another distinct difference from other Vatican tours: Your guide provides commentary inside the Sistine Chapel—a rare perk as talking is usually prohibited. End with breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard as other visitors are just starting to arrive.
What to Expect
This tour takes you to one of the busiest tour locations in the world, and it allows you to follow a Vatican clavigero (key keeper) inside the iconic landmark an hour or more before other early access tours.

Along with 20 people (or fewer), your guide leads you through the main areas of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, and the Gallery of Maps. Be one of the first that day to enter each room right as the clavigero finds the right key and switches on the lights.

Because of the size of your group and the early start time, you can enjoy a quiet walk through religious areas for more spiritual experience. Plus, this is the only Vatican Museums tour where a guide goes inside the Sistine Chapel to provide commentary up close to Michelangelo’s artwork to your group. It's an experience that has never before been offered to the public, and you will only find it through TripAdvisor.

Afterward, head to the Pinecone Courtyard for breakfast, where you will see all the early access groups starting their tours for the day. Once you wrap up your meal, you’ll be able to stay in the museums as long as you like.
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Reviewed 5 days ago
Waking Up the Vatican Review

Unreal experience, we had the Vatican Museum to ourselves. They limit the tour to 20 and along with the guide and the two key keepers that's it. We turned on the lights in the Hall of Maps, Tapestries and had the Raphael Rooms to admire,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank wagn0194-usa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Incredible Experience !! Highly recommend

Worth the price!! To be able to walk into dark rooms that one of us had unlocked while the key keeper turns the lights on, watch the sunrise thru a window just being unlocked & take photos without another person in it was such a...More

Thank DoolinTrip2014
Reviewed 1 week ago
Incredible, simply incredible!!!

This tour was AMAZING, it is on the pricey side but you won't regret it. Our tour guide Tiffany was amazing as well,and no crowds to drown out her voice so her faultless knowledge was shared. The Bramante Staircase, the Gallery of Maps, the tapestries,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tinselcake
Reviewed 1 week ago
Bucket List Tour

If you are in Rome, you HAVE to do this tour. There are no words to describe how amazing it was! Tiffany and Alessio were amazing to do the tour with. It was WELL worth the money. Do not hesitate to do this!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lex525
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Our first Vatican visit

What an amazing experience to be the first people in this sacred place before the gates opened. We actually opened the gates and doors. We took pictures and roamed around areas that are roped off to others. As we were leaving the areas were filling...More

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December 15, 2018|
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Response from Barbara Y | Reviewed this property |
I would contact Viator directly. This tour was just started this in 2018.
December 10, 2018|
Response from DoolinTrip2014 | Reviewed this property |
I booked months in advance in early July for this past November, no problem. Strange that now Viator's site appears to stop reservations in January. Maybe its considered "off season" in Italy. . .
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