Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option

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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Roma, Italy
  • Product code: 6718P17
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Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

In this Exclusive Early Access to the Vatican you will enter the museums an hour prior to the general public, so you can enjoy much lighter crowds, and be granted immediate entry to the Sistine Chapel!
The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly.
The best way to get the most of this popular site is to enter early and to see it either in our Semi-Private Group of ONLY 6 people MAX, or in your very own Private Group.
Enjoy a thorough explanation of the incredible masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel and learn all about it from your professional expert guide before you actually enter the chapel. As it is a holy place, it is strictly forbidden to speak inside. That is why we guarantee you will learn all about it before you enter. Then, once inside, you will have time to take it all in and admire the breathtaking beauty of this world famous site in contemplative silence.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

With the luxury of our truly small group size of 6 people max, or in the personalized intimacy of your very own private group, you will be guaranteed to get the very most out of your Vatican experience. This way you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide, ask all the questions you wish, and have the guarantee of a personalized experience. We trust this makes ALL the difference!

Walk through the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras and enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries. After you learn about the impressive Gallery of the Maps, continue to the exquisite Raphael Rooms. With your professional expert tour guide, you will be sure to see all the highlights as well as hidden gems! You will not only learn the fantastic history of the powerful Popes but will also delight in the bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world.

NOTE: The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. we will do our best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites and the security line. In the event, this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit.

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
  • Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
  • Skip the long ticket lines
  • Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Private Option of this tour is Available!
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Schedule Details

Departure Dates:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30.

Departure Point:

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure time

07:30 AM


3 hours 30 minutes(approx.)

Return details

Returns to original departure point

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour.

2022 NEWS: Thanks to a very special and profound partnership with the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients a very unique and exclusive 8AM first entry into the Museums’ doors, guaranteed to be reserved only to a handful of other collaborating tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to be able to serve such impressive and extraordinary experience and share it with our clients.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Vatican management maintains the right to delay the opening of the Sistine Chapel for religious reasons, in this case the guide will modify the itinerary and extend your visit of the museums to ensure you make the most of your time before access to the Sistine Chapel is permitted.

Most travelers can participate

Please note St Peter's Basilica is closed on most Wednesday's. If you book during a day in which the Basilica is closed, your tour of the Vatican Museums will be extended to compensate the closure

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

This tour operates within current local COVID-19 protocol. We are not responsible for any persons who do not adhere to regulations, and in said circumstances will result in loss of the tour without refund.

Posted By : PhilL936
Annalisa was an expert in Vatican Art, and she made the art come alive for us with her understanding of what the frescos depicted as well as the story behind the fresco- the issues the artists faced, their relationships with the pope at the time, and what the popes were trying to achieve. The sheer size of tue Vatican museums and the volume of art you see would have been a blur without her knowledge and passion for the art and the Vatican. This was a private tour, so we were able to go at our own pace, which helped immensely where we wanted to linger or had questions. This was the highlight of our trip to Rome, and I recommend Annalisa wholeheartedly.
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Posted On : 2022-12-05

Posted By : Kathleen_V
First time using this company and very disappointed. Have used prior companies that were very helpful. Not this company. Hard to find them. Then you have to go to their office to get tickets. They then don’t tell you how to get into the coliseum. Then they literally cuss at you when you express frustration. Avoid these people.
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Posted On : 2022-12-03

Posted By : JCGKGGG
Did three tours with this company. The Colosseum, Vatican and a day trip to Tuscany. Our tour guide was Rita for the first two, Emiliano was our guide in Tuscany. Trip of a lifetime and this company and its employees are amazing, informative, and fun. Highly recommend.
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Posted On : 2022-12-02

Posted By : CAnna_K
Massimo was a fantastic guide during our trip to the Vatican museums and St Peter's Basillica. It's good to note that while you meet at 7:30, this tour does not give access until 8am (still early), but the day we were there in late November was cold. It was chilly waiting outside for 30 minutes but Massimo used the time to educate us about the Sistine Chapel. We were able to use a special walkway to the Basilica which I have not been offered on previous guided tours. That was great and the lines were skipped! Going this early and in this season meant we had the place to ourselves which was so lovely. Definitely able to enjoy the experience more. I would book a tour with Massimo again!
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Posted On : 2022-11-30

Posted By : margaret d
Not only does Laura Sensi know everything about the Vatican and it’s history, she shares this information with clarity and humor. Laura made our tour of the Vatican incredible. I especially love how appreciative and respectful Laura was of our surroundings. LivTours delivered everything promised in the tour description and more.
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Posted On : 2022-11-29

Posted By : Brian_L
My husband and I went to Italy for our honeymoon and this is one of the excursions that we did and it was by far one of the best experiences of our trip! I'm not a morning person and am so glad we did the early access tour because it was so unique being able to tour with it not being so crowded. Our tour guide, Luisa, was one of the reasons our tour was so amazing. She was high energy, engaging, welcoming and extremely knowledgeable throughout our whole experience. I can't imagine going through the tour with anyone else. Not only was she fantastic but at the end, she gave us a recommendation of where to eat and it was our favorite spot in Rome. This tour is an absolute must and ask for Luisa!
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Posted On : 2022-11-28

Posted By : heathermchmn
This was money well spent. We had a wonderful guide, Emmanuella, who was the perfect combination of an academic with a sense of humor and who was in tune with what our small group wanted to do. She picked up on where we wanted to linger and was so knowledgeable about steering us away from the crowds.
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Posted On : 2022-11-27

Posted By : romyyandres
Our two kids, 7 and 9, say this Vatican tour has been the best part of their Rome trip (technically not Rome). Alex was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and always kept the kids engaged with interesting facts, games and answering all their questions. Five stars!
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Posted On : 2022-11-26

Posted By : Adam_C
Paola was an incredibly knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. Finding the group was simple. The ability to get up early and get into the Musuem, view the masterpieces before the horde and getting into the basilica without waiting in line was worth its weight in gold. It might seem expensive but on a trip of a lifetime buying time not spent in line is invaluable. The information and history Paola added to experience to paint of picture of how these great works made their way into the vatican made the tour go by pleasantly. Money well spent. I would recommend this to anyone. Get up early, spend the money, you will not regret it for a second.
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Posted On : 2022-11-24

Posted By : Laura S
The early tour was fabulous! Our guide Gia was full of enthusiasm and extremely knowledgeable. She made the history come alive for us. We'd highly recommend going early and getting in ahead of the crowd. We had time and space to really enjoy our visit, particularly in the Sistine Chapel.
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Posted On : 2022-11-23