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Early Access Vatican Tour

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Roma, Italy
Early Access Vatican Tour

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Get an early start to your sightseeing at the Vatican Museums with admission before opening hours. Follow an expert guide through the complex before the general public and avoid the crowds during your tour. Marvel at Michelangelo's world-renowned works at the Sistine Chapel and enjoy privileged, skip-the-line access to the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Early morning tour of the Vatican Museums before opening hours
  • See an overwhelming number of mind-blowing works of art
  • Listen to a professional guide describe Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
  • Gain skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world
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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Professional guide for 3 hours
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Via Vespasiano, 26, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide in our office in Via Vespasiano, 26.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • St Peter's Basilica is a church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.
  • For booking with kids, kindly bring with you a copy of the ID or passport otherwise the kid tickets cannot be provided and the new ticket should be paid directly on site.
  • This group is up to 22 travelers or less.
  • Please note: if you arrive late you mights loose the entrance
  • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 years old as a proof of their age.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Access Vatican Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Vatican Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Early Access Vatican Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Vatican Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Early Access Vatican Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Early Access Vatican Tour.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Also, early access to the Vatican is undoubtedly worth it to enjoy it without many people." See review
  • "Since you meet at 7:30 am, you get into the queue quite handy for the 8:00 am opening." See review


69 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Do not recommend.
, Oct 2021
I wouldn’t recommend this tour. We booked the 7:30am tour, but they changed it to the 10:45 am tour. They didn’t call or text - just sent a note through Viator 36 hrs prior to our original departure time. We didn’t see it, so we arrived at 7:30am to no one. In addition - Viator tickets said 7:30 am the night before. So really just a lazy company. The tour guide was good, but spent too long talking before we got to Vatican. We were over an hour into the tour before we even arrived to security. For a 3 hour tour, that is a lot of time wasted. Overall, find a different tour. Vivicos is the direct company - would avoid at all costs.
Moving experience
, Oct 2021
We really enjoyed our trip through the Vatican. Our guide Azule was very personable and knowledgeable. I wish we had more time to spend with her in this spiritual place, especially in a smaller group and earlier in the day.
Great experience with knowledgeable guide
, Aug 2021
Our guide Matteo was very knowledgeable and friendly. He spent an extra 40 minutes of his own time to go more in depth with the tour and to give us a better experience. Absolutely recommended!
Bad start but good finish
, Jul 2021
viator sent us and another couple to the wrong meeting point to start the tour and the phone number provided did not work. After about 15 or 20 minutes, contact was made and we and the other couple met the tour guide and rest of the group at the entrance to the Vatican Museum. The guide as great with a Lott of knowledge and very attentive to the group. During our wait somebody tried to contact me but having a USA number I did not receive it till later.
, Jan 2020
Informative and covered all of the most important museums / rooms. Easy meeting point. Guide was informative and explained important highlights with sufficient detail. Told your starts at 7:30 but had to wait outside till 8. Was freezing cold.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dead Carla0020, Thank you for taking the time to leave such kind words! We work hard to satisfy our customer's needs and we're happy we were able to hit the mark with you! We hope to see you soon again :)
Great guide
, Dec 2019
Our tour of the Vatican was great thanks to our guide Diego. He was kind, knowledgeable, and entertaining. I wouldn’t hesitate to book a tour with this company or this guide again.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Explorer, Thank you for such a wonderful review! We work very hard to meet our customer's expectations and we are happy that we hit the mark with you! Diego will be very pleased to read your kind words. Thank you for choosing our services and we hope to see you soon!
Great way to see.
, Nov 2019
Highly recommended the early tour. So many people but if your with tour they let them in first. Having a tour guide help a lot
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for booking our Early Access Vatican Tour!
Vatican tour
, Nov 2019
We had a brilliant day , the tour was very informative our tour guide was lovely , we were a group of 9 and we all enjoyed this tour
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for this brilliant review! The Early Access Vatican Tour is a great experience to be shared in group, I am happy to know you fully enjoyed it.
, Nov 2019
Really enjoyed this tour. The host Giulio was energetic, enthusiastic and came away with so many facts - I felt like I could tour others! Thanks so much.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you, Carl, for choosing to book our Early Access Vatican Tour!
When In Rome...see the Vatican
, Oct 2019
Amazing place--bucket list sights...must see. Tour tickets state 7:30am; we met tour guide at 7:15am and stood in line until 8am before going through security check. Guide spent a lot of time talking about Roman/Vatican history...which was great, but we thought we'd be in at 7:30. Be prepared to wait. The tour itself seems VERY LONG...3 hours on your feet. The guide was a charming and highly educated lady. She spoke in deep detail about everything we saw. Although she is a true professional I personally believe the tour should be 45 minutes shorter (and I'm a history buff). It is surprising how many people are inside at this hour of the morning. It is not until you exit into St. Peter's Square and see the LONG, LONG lines that you realize this tour option was the best choice.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you, Chris, for this in-depth review of your Early Access Vatican Tour experience. Choosing this type of tour does indeed save your hours of time and allows you to tour in a more intimate, privileged setting. Thank you for choosing to book with us!
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