Rome: Private Early Morning Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour

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Enter the Vatican before it opens to the general public and enjoy a morning tour. Explore the highlights of the galleries before entering the breathtaking Sistine Chapel when it's at its quietest.


  • Explore the Vatican Museums before they open to the public
  • Meet the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel
  • Explore the courts of the Italian Renaissance in the Raphael Rooms
  • Come face to face with the masterpieces of the Vatican without the crowds


Enjoy the Sistine Chapel as Popes and princes did: early in the morning. This private tour offers the perfect environment to explore the Sistine Chapel and other works of incomparable beauty in the Vatican Museums. Your personal guide will help you visualize the cultural context in which such works arose, immersing you in the climate of the Renaissance. This exclusive Vatican private tour will take you to discover this season of human history when the flowering of the arts was accompanied by the evolution of science, together laying the foundations for much of our modern world. Some of the the most important works that you will discover, such as timeless Greek masterpieces like the Laocoon, the Belvedere Torso and the Apollo Belvedere, were excavated at the time of Michelangelo and Raphael, who studied and admired them in the same architectural context in which they are preserved today. The artworks that they created are the fruit of their careful study. And so you too will pass through the Pinecone courtyard, the Belvedere courtyard and the tapestry galleries on your Vatican private tour, discovering a selection of masterpieces with a guide capable of recreating the climate of the epoch, helping you to appreciate the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel in their historical context. Please note, the Basilica of St.Peter's may be subject to unscheduled closings and late openings for religious ceremonies. Because these are often last-minute for security reasons, guests will not be notified in advance. Instead, you will be provided with a complete experience by exploring the Vatican Museums in more detail.


All fees and taxes Early access to the Vatican Museums Skip-the-line tickets Expert, English-speaking private guide Headsets (for groups of 6 or more)

Important Information

  • Each traveler must present a valid passport or government issued photo ID that matches the name provided at the time of booking for successful entry to the Vatican Museums. Keep in mind that the Vatican Museums provide free entrance for visitors who are (according to the requirements stated by the Vatican City) at least 74% disabled by presenting the appropriate certification and, if one needs assistance from another person, that person also receives a free entrance Please inform the activity provider if you fit into these requirements and they will remove the entry tickets fee from the price of the tour The Basilica of St. Peter's may be subject to unscheduled closings and late openings for religious ceremonies. Because these are often last minute for security reasons, the activity provider may not have time to notify guests. In that event, they will provide you with a complete experience by exploring the Vatican Museums in more detail

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