Guided tour

Vatican City: Early Entrance Vatican Museums Guided Tour

4.7 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Brastours

Vatican City: Early Entrance Vatican Museums Guided Tour

Activity provider: Brastours
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From US$ 106.87 per person

Likely to sell out

Enter the legendary Vatican Museums on a guided tour with exclusive early entrance before the other visitors. Pass through the halls of historic treasures and admire Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Skip the line with with exclusive early entrance tickets
  • Enjoy a guided tour of maximum 10 participants
  • Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums
  • Explore the Vatican Galleries and the Sistine Chapel
  • Admire the masterpieces of St. Peter's Basilica
Full description
With an exclusive entrance before the general opening to the public and a very small group of maximum 10 people, this guided tour will be your chance to discover without crowds the immense art collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries. The itinerary includes Pio Clementino Hall, Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, Maps Gallery, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the most celebrated Michelangelo’s masterpiece: the Sistine Chapel! After exploring the Vatican Museums, the tour will continue directly and without line into St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world and symbol of the Catholic religion, where it will be possible to admire iconic masterpieces such as La Pietà by Michelangelo and the huge Baldacchino by Bernini. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola and surrounded by the famous Bernini’s double Colonnade.
  • Exclusive early skip the line entrance tickets
  • Professional licensed guide
  • Official Vatican headsets
  • Sistine Chapel illustrated factsheet
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts. No refunds will be issued to customers who are late and miss the tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children
  • Face mask or protective covering
  • FFP2 mask

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Should St. Peter’s Basilica be closed or not accessible within the scheduled time, the tour will include the Raphael's Rooms or the explanation of the Basilica from outside.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

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Agency highly recommended. Friendly reception in an office near the Vatican. Small group of 8-9 people for the early tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Surprisingly, there was also a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica, including a quick connection. We were there early and saw a few things on our own, but there are a lot of tours on the road that offer the same thing - at the time we got to the Sistine Chapel it was packed... next time it's better to invest in the VIP tour, where with the key person in charge of the Vatican you really are the first to get everywhere... but the guide Angelo was very good and highly recommended - very friendly and nice, explained things in an understandable and memorable way. In general I would recommend the tour and the provider

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May 28, 2022

Loved loved loved this tour! Our guide Barbara was so knowledgeable in all aspects of the Vatican and answered all my questions for me. Since it was an early access tour we got in before the onslaught of crowds and it was great. Not too crowded that you can’t move anywhere. The tour is shorter and was over for us by 11 but there was also only 2 of us that day so probably helped a lot. I wish the tour was longer but it gives you the opportunity to explore other aspects of the city with plenty of time. Even book another tour!

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May 10, 2022

Our guide, Sabrina was excellent. She had an intimate knowledge of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica and was very well organized in conducting the tour. Highly recommend Sabrina!

July 2, 2022

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