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Early Bird Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Price from: $330
Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)

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Enter the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel before the general public!!

Those willing to get up early and arrive in time for early bird check-in will enjoy the Vatican without the usual crowds.

Meet your guide at your hotel (7:00AM highly recommended) and then travel together to the Vatican well ahead of opening time (8:00AM), so you can be among the first to enter the museums. Enjoy direct entrance to the much less crowded museum complex before it is open to the general public (9:00AM). Not only will you get a fascinating tour, but also enjoy an interactive experience with your passionate tour guide who will animate the history of the magnificent artwork and cater to your personal interests. Your personal story-teller will uncover the legends and mysteries behind the art and enlighten you to the genius of the Renaissance masters expressed through their world-renowned masterpieces.

Discover the benefits of being on a private tour - customize your tour to your needs. Decide with your guide whether you want to see the Sistine Chapel first, or enjoy the regular itinerary - including the famous Raphael Rooms - with the Sistine being last part of your journey through the museum.

During your visit, you will have a chance to see one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes, and paintings. Your guide will focus your attention on the most important masterpieces and on making this experience easy and unforgettable. Enjoy the impressive Belvedere Courtyard and then stroll through the most interesting rooms and galleries of the museum complex. Marvel at the famous Laocoon and the Belvedere Torso - both deeply revered and studied by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists. Explore the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. Be stunned by Michelangelo’s masterpieces inside the Sistine Chapel.

Enter beautiful St. Peter’s Basilica, where the famous Baldachin by Bernini is located. End your tour in St. Peter’s Square, home to the famous Egyptian obelisk that was witness to the martyrdom of St. Peter and was central to Bernini’s design of the piazza. The view will fill you with wonder and awe and bring to completion the life-changing experience of visiting the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.

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  • Recommended tour Extensions: 
    Extra Hour Catacombs | Secret Rooms

  • Included: 
    Exclusive Early Entrance (before the general public) Blue Badge Qualified Guide Admission Tickets | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation Private Tour Guaranteed to skip the long lines

  • Not Included: 
    Transfer to the site via Taxi (our guide can arrange this) Private Driver (can be arranged upon request)

Approximately 4 hours Tickets needed Partial access for wheelchairs
Kid-friendly tour Suggested starting time 7:30AM (Nov-Mar) / 7:00AM (Apr-Oct) Not available on Sunday. Not recommended on Wednesday

Standard itinerary

Vatican Museums
Raphael Rooms
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica

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Additional Information

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your Eyes of Rome booking. 


Info about your Early Bird Eyes of Rome Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 4 hours. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: 7:30AM (Nov-Mar) or 7:00AM (Apr-Oct). 
  • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price. We will provide your fast line tickets access to the sites, however if you do hold already a reservation please be in touch with us before finalizing your booking and we will adjust your final cost.
  • Photos: Photos and Video are permitted with the exception of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. However reduced tickets are required for children aged between 6 and 17. Kids between 0 and 5 do not require a ticket.
  • Dress Code: Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
  • Personal ID: You do NOT need a passport to enter the Vatican.
  • Personal Items: Large bags and large umbrellas are NOT allowed in the museum, retrieving checked items could effect your ability to cover the entire suggested itinerary. 
Our complete Terms and Conditions can be found by following this link: https://www.eyesofrome.com/terms-and-conditions

PAYMENTS

Eyes of Rome® prices are in US Dollars - $. If you prefer to be billed in another currency (including EUR/GBP/CAD/AUS) please get in touch with our office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eyes of Rome® bookings require full or partial payments in advance depending on the selected services. Payment can be made online through our website, by phone, by invoice or via email. We accept PayPal, Bank Transfers and all major Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). In the event of any remaining balance at the end of your tour, payment can be made cash in Euros (EUR - €) to your guide or charged to your Credit Card in Dollars (USD - $).

You can choose between two payment options at the time of your reservation:

1. PAY A DEPOSIT

A down payment is only available for selected services purchased with Credit Card at least 3 days before the tour date. If you prefer to pay a deposit, then your remaining balance can be paid on the day of your tour. You can decide between a Cash payment (Euros only) or Credit Card payment (US Dollars):

(i) Cash payment. Eyes of Rome® will calculate the remaining amount in Euros as per Google Currency Converter - https://www.google.com/finance/converter. We require a 24-hours’ notice for this option. The amount can be paid directly to your guide/driver at the end of your tour.

(ii) Credit Card payment. The remaining balance will be charged on the same Credit Card provided during your booking in US Dollars on the day of your tour.

2. PAY FULL AMOUNT

If you prefer to pay the entire amount at the time of your booking, you will be charged the amount in US Dollars right away. Tours purchased with less than 72-hours’ notice, or selected tours that require special openings can only be reserved by paying in full.

REFUNDS & CANCELLATION

Eyes of Rome® charges no Cancellation Fee for most tours cancelled with more than 24 hours' notice.

We operate a Full Refund Policy of the amount paid during the booking for cancellations made with 24-hours’ minimum notice. However, for selected tours that require advance booking of tickets, Eyes of Rome® reserves the right to keep the amount spent on tickets and reservations purchased in advance on your behalf. Nevertheless we assure you that we will make every effort to resell tickets and reservations purchased on your behalf in order to avoid you having to pay for them- our main priority is to ensure your satisfaction.

For client No-shows or tours cancelled with less than 24-hours’ notice, we reserve the right to charge the full price of the package.

In order to provide the highest level of service with our top guides and guaranteed tour schedules, amendments or changes require 24-hours’ minimum notice. Eyes of Rome® will make every effort to accommodate your request whenever possible, with no Cancellation Fee. In the event that tickets have been already purchased in your name and can not be moved to a different date or time, please be aware that we might need to purchase new admission tickets for you and the new cost will be added to your bill. Depending on the circumstances we will make every effort to find the most economic solution for you.
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