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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour provided by The Roman Guy

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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

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Overview
The Vatican Museums are among the most crowded in the world, sometimes having as many 20,000 visitors in a day. On this tour, see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica (note: the Basilica is closed to the public on Wednesdays) in the relative peace of early morning, entering the museums well before they are open to the public—when you enter the Sistine Chapel, it is mostly empty. A small-group size means plenty of personal attention.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start. • Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops. • Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk. • Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè. • Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase!
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    Vatican City
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    Tour ends in front of St. Peter's Basilica, except on Wednesdays when, due to Papal Audience, we will not be able to access the Basilica. The tour will end inside the Vatican Museums.
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Highlights
  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds with early-bird admission
  • Travel with a guide and small group for a more intimate, educational tour
  • Bypass lines at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • All entrance fees are included
What to Expect
Your early morning tour begins at the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. Meet your guide and small group and enter the museums. Walk through the main galleries, including the Room of the Candelabra, Hall of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Maps. Before reaching the Sistine Chapel, receive a reference map you can use once inside, a useful resource since visitors to the chapel are expected to be silent as they observe Michelangelo’s masterpieces. After exiting the chapel from a side door head straight to St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping the lines. Your guide takes you to see the baroque Baldacchino, La Pieta, and other masterworks. The last stop is underneath the main floor of the basilica, where hundreds of Popes are buried. Finish the tour in front of the Basilica.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Professional and passionate local guide
  • Small-group tour size to guarantee a great experience
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks, luggage, and tripods cannot be brought into the Vatican Museums. There is a coat-check at the museum entrance; however, the end point of the tour is far from the museum entrance and it will take about 20 minutes to walk back to pick up your belongings. Leaving large items at your hotel is highly recommended
  • Please note: in the event there are unexpected closings or an area usually covered on the tour is unavailable, your guide will still provide explanations of that area from the outside. You will also be shown an extra site or gallery to compensate the closed area
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Cynthia C wrote a review Mar 2020
Deep Gap, North Carolina7 contributions2 helpful votes
We toured the breathtaking Vatican City. With Tour Guy, we were able to enter the City an hour earlier than general admission. Our guide, Raff, wasted no time as she gave us a crash course in Vatican history while we waited to be let inside. Throughout the two-hour tour, Raff
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Peter S wrote a review Mar 2020
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There is so much to see in the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's, it makes sense to have a tour guide take you around so that you can make sense of what you at looking at. Raf our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She was happy to answer our
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
Responded 11 Mar 2020
Hello PetersU7191KA, What a pleasure to read your excellent feedback about your Vatican tour and most importantly the service delivered by Raf; she really is friendly and knowledgeable, and she would make any place come alive with her enthusiasm. We’ll be delighted to pass your kind words. Thank you, a presto! Marco
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DANIE B wrote a review Feb 2020
Welkom, South Africa1 contribution
Rafa the tour guide was so friendly and organized .She must be the best Tour guide ever!! She was just excited and you can sense her love for the Vatican
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Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
Responded 25 Feb 2020
Ciao DANIE B, Thank you very much for your 5* review. We're really happy that you thought that Rafa was friendly and organized as we do our best to properly vet the tour guides that we use and make sure they have the same values as us! We won't miss thanking her for giving you a memorable experience. We hope to welcome you back in the future! All the best, Marco
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Edwin O wrote a review Feb 2020
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Faby, our guide, was excellent. The tour did not originally include the Rafael apartments in the Vatican, but she made time to show us them. (They are unmissable and you should make sure that your tour includes them if you are interested in Rafael) it was easy to hear her at all
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
Responded 18 Feb 2020
Ciao Edwin O, Thank you for your feedback. We're delighted to see that you enjoyed your time with us and that you had awarded the Tour Guy five stars, which is a source of great encouragement to the team, and we look forward to welcoming you to Rome again when your travels next bring you back in Europe! A presto, Marco
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Alannah T wrote a review Feb 2020
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Absolutely amazing tour of a beautiful place. Our guide was very informative and friendly which made the experience much greater. Very much worth the early morning to have a far less crowded view of the Sistine Chapel. You also have the option to stick around and explore more if
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
Responded 4 Feb 2020
Ciao 371alannaht, Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear you had a great day at the Vatican with The Tour Guy and the guide! We hope to welcome you back in the near future! A presto, Marco
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