Early Morning Vatican Gold Tour with Sistine Chapel

The Earliest of All Early Access Vatican Tours

4.8 / 5 See All 40 Reviews · 2.0h 13 max · Rome, Italy

Only a select few tour providers can enter the Vatican Museums a full 90 minutes before the general public. As one of the first to enter the Sistine Chapel that day, enjoy the Vatican with only a few other groups inside.

Tour Details
  • Super early 7:30AM entry time
  • Candelabra Gallery
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Without the crowds
  • One of the first to enter the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the line to the Basilica
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Papal Tombs

The start time of this special tour guarantees the shortest security wait time of all Vatican tours. Joining the Vatican Gold tour gets you early access to the museums at 7:30 am, an hour and a half before the doors open to the public. This is the most exclusive early morning Vatican tour available. This 2-hour tour includes:

  • Skip the line Vatican tickets
  • A highlights visit to the museum's three main galleries
  • Exclusive Sistine Chapel tour
  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica & Papal Tombs
  • A hand-picked and professional English-speaking Guide

Want to skip the line at the Vatican without having a guided tour? Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

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Highlights of the Vatican Museums

Enter at 7:30 am and cruise past thee Vatican ticket office, as the VIP you are. Follow your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Admire the ancient Roman and Greek statues, the Flemish tapestries created by Raphael's students and the gorgeous topographical depictions of Italy. You'll hear all about the best of these treasures from your expert guide.

Sistine Chapel at its Least Crowded Time

Tour the Sistine Chapel at its finest, only a few other tours groups inside. Since we are one of the very few companies to be granted this rare and exclusive early morning entrance, you get to visit the Sistine Chapel in total peace and serenity. If you've ever seen the Sistine Chapel during normal hours, then you know what an incredible opportunity this is.

Please note: The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.

St. Peter's Basilica and Bernini's Baldacchino

Did you know St. Peter's Basilica took 120 years to build? Now's your chance to skip the line and enter through a special door to continue your ultimate VIP Vatican tour. Contrary to other Vatican tours, this exclusive tour allows you to see how the chapel sounds and looks when mass is taking place.

This is because the Vatican Gold Tour enters at a time when mass often takes place. In order to respect those taking part in mass, it's not possible for guides to speak inside the Basilica at this time of the morning. Because of this, your guide will explain St. Peter's Basilica and the Papal Tombs before the group enters the church.

If your Vatican tour lands on a Wednesday, St. Peter's is not open for tours due to the weekly Papal Audience. On this occasion, your guide will take you to visit even more masterpieces and hidden gems inside the Vatican Museums.

Important: Remember, it isn’t possible to return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the visit to St Peter's Basilica. Also, if you’d like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. Because the security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended, we suggest you spend at least 30 minutes inside St. Peter’s and explore on your own after the tour concludes on the terrace outside.

What you get with this tour
English-speaking guide
Vatican tickets included
Early access
Skip the line
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10/8/2019
Hope you get Raf as a tour guide!

I ponied up the extra money to get into the museums and St. Peter's before the crowds. Raf, (short for Raphael), is an extremely knowledgeable energizer bunny. Chances are you will see the Vatican museums and the Basilica only once in your life, so beat the burgeoning crowds crushing you with their selfie sticks and take this tour. Hopefully, you will get Raf. She is delightful.

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Reviewed by
Suzanne Black
9/28/2019
Worth every penny

Wow. We loved our Roman Guy tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Our guide, Chiara Antonelli, brought the experience to life with her vast art history knowledge. I’m so glad we had Chiara with us. We learned so much more in our small group than if we had attempted to tour on our own. We aren’t huge art lovers, but this was the perfect two hour tour and Chiara kept us engaged.

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Reviewed by
DJ Ploughman
9/8/2019
Short, quick, and to the point!

My husband and I recently did the Early Morning Vatican Gold Tour with Sistine Chapel with Jad. It was a quick 2 hour tour, of all the essentials, Vatican Museum, Hall of Maps, Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica. Jad was very knowledgeable, funny and catered the tour to our specific interests! We were the first ones through the doors as it opened at 7:30am and it was worth it, as upon our exit at 9:30 the crowds were already very long. It is important to mention that the tours grants you access to St Peters Basilica, but you do not walk through as a group. You do, however have unlimited time to explore the Basilica and the tombs beneath, as well as climb the steps to the top of the dome! Overall great experience!

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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?

Wear comfortable shoes because you'll be on your feet for the length of the tour. Also if you're wearing summer clothes because it's hot in Rome, bring something to wrap around yourself before you enter the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's Basilica.

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 because 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: Yes! Enter the museums through the "center lane".  Individuals enter through the left lane.  Tour operators enter in the right lane. We enter through the center lane for this tour which lets us inside 90 minutes before individuals and 30 minutes before other tour operators.

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, we strongly suggest you take a private Vatican tour.

Q: Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

A: Of course. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

Q: Does this tour always visit every artwork listed?

Often artwork undergoes restorations or is loaned to another museum as an exhibit. Our itinerary will include the stop if it is open to be seen. If not, we will add a substitute.

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