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

The Ideal Vatican Experience - Embrace The Art Without The Congestion

Category: Vatican Special
History
Art
Religion

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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Summary
  • Approximately 4 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    7:30AM (Nov-Mar)
    7:00AM (Apr-Oct)
  • Not available on Sundays & Not recommended on Wednesdays
  • 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)
Standard itinerary
Vatican Museums
Raphael Rooms
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica
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Extra Hour

US$60

Give yourself the freedom to take it easy- add an extra hour to your tour. With a private guide, you set the pace! If you prefer to spend some extra time to learn more, see more, take more photos, or if you have a large group, adding an extra hour ensures a leisurely tour without rushing to fit everything you want to see into the normal 3 hours.

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Make it a Full Day - Create your own Tour!

US$180

Book your tour and create your personal experience by making it a full day, adding 3 extra hours! You can tell us in advance your favorite sites to visit or your personal guide will make suggestions based on your interests and energy level - you set the pace and see what you want to see. Please make a note on your booking if you have specific requests so we can ensure that reservations are made when needed.

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Colosseum

US$90** Entrance to the site is optional - Admission tickets will be charged at € 17.00 per person.

No time to do a full Colosseum tour? Make it quick! Marvel at this epic engineering feat of the ancient Romans, one of the most amazing attractions of the Ancient World, and a highlight of any trip to Rome. Your guide will bring to life the stories of this iconic monument, its famed gladiators and the emperors who made it all happen.

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Kid-friendly

US$0

Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.

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Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day (up to 4 people)

US$240

Just a few steps from Piazza Navona, in the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will experience one of the activities you have heard about from your guide, in the workshop of an Italian artist. You will learn how to make a fresco or a mosaic. Choose a subject, prepare the surface with the plaster, the drawing, and you will use your brush to give life to the images; or make your own mosaic with a natural glue (water and flour) and fasten the marble or the glass pieces (tesserae) on a wooden support, creating your small masterpiece. And take it home, to make your Roman holidays even more memorable! Fun for the whole family, give life to your own Roman creation.

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Smile and Tour

US$0

Request for a funny and entertaining Tour Guide. Your laughs come at no extra cost.

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Pinacoteca - Picture Gallery

US$30

Take in the best of the Vatican’s painting collection with works from the 12th to the 19th century including Giotto, Perugino, Raphael, da Vinci, and Caravaggio. Highlights include Raphael’s Transfiguration and Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished St. Jerome.

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Secret Rooms

US$100

Escape from the crowds by visiting one of the Vatican rooms off the beaten path where you will be able to enjoy for a few minutes peace and silence experienced only by few selected people.

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Request a Wheelchair

US$30

Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.

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Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary

US$150

Transform your standard Vatican tour to a unique Jewish experience. Unlock the hidden symbols with a new perspective with your professional tour guide. Enrich your tour by visiting the Hebrew Lapidary containing ancient Jewish grave markers with inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The Lapidary was established in 1910 after it was discovered during the excavation of the Jewish catacomb of Monteverde in Rome.

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Castel St. Angelo

US$120** Please note: That admission tickets are not included and will be charged separately.

As you exit St. Peter’s Square, your guide will lead you along a quiet street that follows ‘Il Passetto’, the passageway connecting the Vatican to Castel Sant’ Angelo, the Pope’s fortress. You can opt to visit the castle for breathtaking views of the city or cross over Bernini’s famous bridge of angels for scenic views of the river. A beautiful addition to the Vatican Tour, Castel Sant' Angelo is a great bookend to your day.

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St.Peter's Dome

US$60

Climb the most famous Dome in the world designed by Michelangelo and learn its secrets! You can take 320 steps to reach the roof level or you can take the elevator. If you feel you have some energy left you can keep take more steps to reach the dome for an astonishing view of the eternal city. The entrance cost is 7 Euros for elevator, 5 Euros for stairs.

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Gelato Class (up to 4 people)

US$330

Enjoy a short walk in the city center before heading to your gelato class. Reach a typical roman "gelateria", an artisanal workshop that has recently been renovated. Engage in a funny, entertaining activity and learn how italian people prepare the famous gelato. Make your own ice cream following the traditional Italian techniques and recipes and enjoy it! Extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Crypt of the Popes

US$30

The Crypt of the Popes, also known as the Vatican Grottos, are positioned just below St. Peter's Basilica and above Constantine’s 4th century basilica. The grottos contain chapels dedicated to various saints and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century. The holiest place is Peter’s tomb, containing the "memory", built in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine, on the spot were the Apostle’s tomb was venerated.

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Religious Perspective

US$0

Request for a Tour Guide with strong religious background at no extra cost. Your experience will enrich in spirituality.

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Catacombs

US$90**Please note: That admission tickets are not included and will be purchased on site. Prices may vary.

The quiet tunnels will come to life as your guide tells you the stories and legends of early Christianity during the days of Roman persecution. The catacombs were the underground burial places of the Christian and Jewish communities from the second century AD. Although you will no longer find bones within the tombs, you will discover the secrets of Christianity's earliest proponents - the saints who helped Christianity survive during the persecution from Rome's pagan emperors. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested. Tickets can be purchased on site.

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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.