Rome: Early-Morning Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

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Embark on an early morning walking tour of the Vatican Museums and avoid the busy crowds. Discover the history from your guide, explore the Sistine Chapel, and skip the lines at St. Peter's Basilica.


  • Visit the stunning Sistine Chapel before the daytime crowds.
  • Explore the Vatican Museums at the quietest time of day.
  • Skip the line at St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Gaze upon masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo, & Bernini.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring Raphael Rooms.


Beat the crowds and see historic masterpieces up close on this guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. See the stunning Raphael Rooms, marvel at the artwork in the Sistine Chapel, and visit the impressive Vatican Museums with a guide. Enter the Vatican Museums right as they open for the day for a complete guided tour of this stunning space. Enjoy the masterpieces without the bustling crowds as you follow your guide through the Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of Maps, the four Raphael Rooms, and more. Learn from your guide where Raphael worked the faces of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo into his frescoes. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel. Arrive just as the doors first open to groups and visit at the most peaceful time of day. Get a full run-down of Michelangelo's frescoes, including a detailed handout, from your guide before heading in. Finish your tour by going to St. Peter's Basilica via a special secret passage, bypassing the long lines outside. End your morning with a full tour of this sacred space and gaze upon Michelangelo's moving Pietà, Bernini's grandiose altarpiece and learn the stories and legends behind the art.


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Important Information

  • All guests (including children) must bring ID on the day of their tour
  • The special access passage between the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesdays and is subject to other unexpected closures during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. On such days the magnificent Pinacoteca Gallery is explored instead
  • Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this group tour. The group route utilizes staircases where elevator access is not easily accessible. Those with wheelchairs and limited mobility can contact the activity provider so the visit can be arranged
  • Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at to make alternative arrangements.
  • Walks / Devour complies with all local government regulations. Please refer to local government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.

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