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Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel

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USD 99.70
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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.
  • 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
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • 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 13 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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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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Response from Through Eternit... T, Manager at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded 16 Sep. 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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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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Response from Through Eternit... T, Office Staff at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded 1 Sep. 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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Simply outstanding. Traveling with a teen, preteen and my 70+ Mother and we all enjoyed this top notch tour. Federica is an incredible guide - deeply knowledgeable and passionate, charming, fantastic story teller, effortlessly guided us through the museum, exhibits & basilica
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Response from Through Eternit... T, Office Staff at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded 26 Aug. 2019
Dear Janice, Thank you so much for your excellent review, grazie mille! We are delighted to read that you had such a great time with our brilliant Federica. She is indeed an amazing guide: she is extremely knowledgeable and has a very solid background (she is an Art Historian!). She is genuinely passionate about her subject and her enthusiasm is contagious! We are so happy and proud to read that you consider your tour with Federica as the highlight of your trip! We hope to see you again soon on our tours! Arrivederci, Francesca
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We had a wonderful tour. One of the great benefits of a private tour is you learn so much more than you could ever on your own. Much more personalized than a large group tour. Our tour guide Eugenia D\'Andreaon was very patient and took the time to answer all our questions and
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Response from Through Eternit... T, Office Staff at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded 25 Aug. 2019
Dear Michael, Thank you very much for your excellent feedback! We are really happy to read that you had a wonderful time with our brilliant guide Eugenia. She is indeed an amazing guide, very knowledgeable and also very personable and friendly, always ready to go the extra mile for her guests. You are absolutely right! With a private tour you can learn a lot and you get to have a more personalised experience. We hope to see you soon back on our tours to discover many other incredible sites in our beautiful country! A presto, Francesca
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We had Enrica as our guide. She was very passionate and informative. She did a lot of explaining while we were in line to enter. It was still very busy early in the morning, but that is expected. We saw a lot of highlights in the museum and Basilica. Sistine Chapel was
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Response from ThroughEternityTours, Assistant Manager at Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel
Responded 10 Aug. 2019
Hello Ylc25, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are proud to read that you had such a great time with Enrica on her tour. She is a super star and being born and raised in Rome gives her wealth of knowledge about the Eternal City. The Vatican is indeed getting busier and luckily you enjoyed the area's early in the morning. We hope to welcome you on our tours again. *Desiree*
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