Pre-Opening Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Private Tour
Skip the Line on Private Vatican Tour
Witness the renowned collections of the Vatican on this early access skip the line private Vatican tour. Experience the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with a private guide with expertise in art history. Ask all the questions you want.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- Sistine Chapel
- MIchelangelo's Masterpiece
- Vatican Museums
- Gallery of the Candelabra
- Gallery of the Tapestries
- Gallery of Maps
- Immaculate Conception
- Raphael Rooms
- Borgia Apartments
- St. Peter's Basilica
- La Pietà by Michelangelo
- Baldacchino by Bernini
Michelangelo’s Restored Sistine Chapel
The Main Galleries of the Vatican Museums
Raphael Rooms - The School of Athens
Private St. Peter’s Basilica Tour
Octagonal Courtyard and Pio-Clementino Museum
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
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.
What to bring?
Cover your knees and shoulders, there's no need to dress like the people who live in Vatican City, just avoid short pants, dresses and tank tops. If you're a woman and you are wearing something that bares your shoulders, bring a long a shall or sweater. Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.
Q: Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings due to the papal audience. We still run the tour bc it might be your only day in Rome! Instead, we visit some of the most iconic statues in the world and Emperor Nero's enormous marble bathtub.
Q: Does the tour go inside at 7:30 am without waiting in any lines?
A: As an accredited tour operator we do not have to wait in the ticket line, but we still have to wait in a security line. For this reason, we leave the meeting point as early as possible and get in the security line reserved for tour operators. The doors open for us at 8:00 am, an hour before the general public.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be canceled or the Vatican will close something.
A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican City closes for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, this is your best bet for a Vatican tour. Private Vatican tours are more easily customized to the needs of people with reduced mobility.
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Pre-Opening Vatican Tour - amazing!
I am not at all a morning person but this tour CANNOT be missed. Not only did we get to see the Vatican before all the crowds went in, but as it was a private tour our guide gave us a truly personal experience. It felt like we were the only people there! I cannot recommend this enough.
Actually no lines
As we entered I saw the large line of people waiting. So happy we booked this private tour. Our guide was able to make us feel like we were the only ones in there even though there were some other groups.
AWESOME! Private 4-person Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's
Our Roman Guy tour guide, Fabiola, was FABULOUS! Her high level knowledge of art and history of the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica was brought to life with her explanations, passion and personality. For our family tour, we spent a little extra money on a private Roman Guy tour to skip the line and ditch the headset - it was worth every dollar/euro. Super tour; I highly recommend our guide and this tour to others. PS: Plan to visit in January or February when there are no crowds and you can actually enjoy all the wonders in Roma!