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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

Highlights
  • Skip the Vatican’s unmatched crowds
  • Travel with a guide and small group for a more intimate, educational tour
  • Bypass security lines at St. Peter’s Basilica
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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour
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Overview
The Vatican Museums are among the most crowded in the world, sometimes having as many 20,000 visitors every day. With this tour, see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the relative peace of early morning, entering the museums an hour before they are open to the public—when you enter the Sistine Chapel, it will still be mostly empty. A small-group size means plenty of personal attention.
What to Expect
Your early morning tour begins at the main entrance to the Vatican Museums. Meet your guide and small group and enter the museums. Walk through the main galleries, including the Room of the Candelabra, Hall of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Maps.

Before reaching the Sistine Chapel, receive a reference map you can use once inside, a useful resource since visitors to the chapel are expected to be silent. Spend around 20 minutes in the room with Michelangelo’s masterpieces.

After exiting the chapel from a side door head straight to St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping security lines. Your guide takes you to see the baroque Baldacchino, La Pieta, and other masterworks.

The last stop is underneath the main floor of the basilica, where hundreds of Popes are buried.

Finish the tour in front of the Basilica.
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Reviews (70)
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Reviewed today
Frederica M made this tour come alive

The Roman Guy early morning express tour is the only way to go for the insider's view of these wonderful sights. Our guide, Frederica M, was energetic, knowledgeable, and strategic in moving us around to stay apart from the crowds. She responded to all questions...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jennifer v
Reviewed yesterday
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's

Great tour guide from Rome Guy. The Vatican Museums and Sistine were amazing, but St. Peter's was bizarre. More of a shrine to Pope's than a church. There is a Pope's mausoleum on top of St. Peter's tomb!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jwatches
kaylaschorr, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded today

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. St. Peter's is quite a spectacle! We're very glad to hear that you were amazed by the museums and the Sistine Chapel. We hope to welcome you back to Rome soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great for those on a time crunch

We took the express tour. Absolutely worth getting up early in the morning to get in line and beat some of the madness. Tour guide, Sabrina, was helpful and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the Hall of Maps most. Absolutely take the time to climb the Cupola...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MDollar85
Colleen L, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. Sabrina is a lovely guide, and we're glad you had a nice time with her at the Vatican. We definitely share in your frustration about the talking in the Sistine Chapel - we wish everyone could soak in all...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour with Jad

What a great tour. Even in the "off season", theres still lines to get into the Vatican; including the tours we took. However, it moved quit quickly. Jad was fun, lively, and informative. We highly recommend The Roman Guy and Jad if you have the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank matteo303
Colleen L, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao, Matteo! Grazie infinite for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Vatican tour with Jad. He definitely makes the museums come to life. Please let us know the next time you're in the Eternal City - we'd love to see you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

Absolutely worth it. To walk the halls of the museum almost by ourselves, then sit in the sistine chapel with maybe another 50 people was in itself worth the money. Add to it the wonderful Fabiola , our guide, who was very engaging, knowledgeable, warm...More

Thank FredericW44
kaylaschorr, Public Relations Manager at The Roman Guy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ciao Frederic! Grazie mille for your review. Seeing the Sistine Chapel without the crowds is hands down the best segment of this tour. We hope to welcome you back on tour soon!

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6 October 2018|
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Response from mrm0ran | Reviewed this property |
Hiya, We used Roman Guys in Rome through the Vatican and they were terrific. Headsets were no problem unless you got too far from the guide - which was a fair distance. Raffi our guide was constantly doing head checks though.
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Response from Debbie M | Reviewed this property |
Our guide asked us 3 times if we needed a break. We had a small group and she did head counts all the time so as not to lose anyone.
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