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

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  • Waking up the Vatican tour only offered on TripAdvisor 
  • 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
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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
From USD 514.35
Overview
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.
Reviews (105)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
A++++++++++++ ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED

This was my first trip to the Vatican and one that will never be able to be outdone. This tour is one of the best Trip Advisor tours in any location in all of the world. Tiffany was our tour guide and she was originally...More

2  Thank gunther311
Reviewed 1 week ago
Sistine Chapel is very impressive place - this have been created 5 centuries ago from the grate painter

The paintings in the Sistine Chapel are unique, but not only this is the dignity of this great museum - it is worthwhile to go and go back many centuries back and enjoy the creation made I have been several time there but not in...More

Thank Curiosity104813
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Once in a Lifetime Experience

This was a once in a lifetime experience!!! This truly was a great experience!!! Tiffany our guide was amazing!!! Our pictures are awesome and it truly was a beautiful tour and to be able to take pictures in the Cistine Chapel was amazing!!! I highly...More

Thank mefaulkenberry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Amazing!

What a great way to see the Vatican! The value of unlocking/opening the doors, turning on the lights and no lines makes this trip worth every penny. Tiffany our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly and helped us to appreciate our tour even more. Thank...More

Thank maconm575
Reviewed 1 week ago
Once in a lifetime experience

I was hesitant about booking this tour because of the price. I have no regrets. It was truly special. You are actually opening the museums and turning on the lights. The guides are amazing and knowledgeable, the clavigeros are like secret service guys, friendly yet...More

2  Thank Barbara Y
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543barbaras
6 November 2018|
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I called the customer service number listed on the tour information about two months ago to ask when 2019 dates would be published. I was told the early part of November. Nothing updated yet but I will call again soon and... More
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