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Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option
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Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums on this small-group tour. Enter the Sistine Chapel before its opens to the public, and view the frescoes in a calm, crowd-free setting. Then, tour the Vatican Museums, seeing the highlights of the papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of Maps, before checking out the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Early entrance, skip-the-line Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • Admire Michelangelo’s ceiling and wall frescos without the daytime crowds
  • Bypass the main lines to enter the Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy a guided tour of highlights, including the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and more
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ and other treasures
  • Small group of six participants or fewer
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Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
Skip the long ticket lines
Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
Private Option of this tour is Available!
Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)
Viale Vaticano, 100 , Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

In front of Cafè Vaticano, right across the street from the Vatican Museum's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign

7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide and small group of no more than six near the Vatican Museums.

Listen to an introduction to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes from your guide. Talking inside the chapel is not allowed, so you’ll learn about these Renaissance artworks before entering. Then, head directly inside the pope’s private place of worship. Your ticket gives you early access to the chapel as one of the day’s first visitors, so you can enjoy it without the crowds. 

Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment gracing the back wall of the chapel. Soak in unobstructed views of the works, and enjoy time to inspect them in detail.

When your time in the chapel is up, reconvene with your guide and bypass the main admission lines for a tour of the Vatican Museums’ highlights.

Stroll around the Pinecone Courtyard, and see works like the Belvedere Apollo and Laocoon Priest of Troy statues. Admire the celebrated marble Belvedere Torso, and stroll through the must-see 16th-century Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Raphael Rooms.

Afterward, walk back through the Sistine Chapel — seeing how crowded it is during normal opening hours — and continue through an exclusive exit into St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, let your guide introduce you to the best of the treasures held in the magnificent interior. Admire Michelangelo's glorious Pietà, the marble sculpture depicting Mary holding the dead Jesus, as well as Bernini's Baldacchino altar canopy and Pope Alexander VII monument among other great works.

Your tour concludes inside the church when your guide departs. You’re free to then continue exploring independently, perhaps looking further around the interior to see the papal tombs, climbing the Dome, or strolling around St. Peter’s Square as you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
In this Exclusive Early Access to the Vatican you will enter the museums an hour prior to the general public, so you can enjoy much lighter crowds, and be granted immediate entry to the Sistine Chapel! The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly. The best way to get the most of this popular site is to enter early and to see it either in our Semi-Private Group of ONLY 6 people MAX, or in your very own Private Group. Enjoy a thorough explanation of the incredible masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel and learn all about it from your professional expert guide before you actually enter the chapel. As it is a holy place, it is strictly forbidden to speak inside. That is why we guarantee you will learn all about it before you enter. Then, once inside, you will have time to take it all in and admire the breathtaking beauty of this world famous site in contemplative silence.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
With the luxury of our truly small group size of 6 people max, or in the personalized intimacy of your very own private group, you will be guaranteed to get the very most out of your Vatican experience. This way you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide, ask all the questions you wish, and have the guarantee of a personalized experience. We trust this makes ALL the difference! Walk through the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras and enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries. After you learn about the impressive Gallery of the Maps, continue to the exquisite Raphael Rooms. With your professional expert tour guide, you will be sure to see all the highlights as well as hidden gems! You will not only learn the fantastic history of the powerful Popes but will also delight in the bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world. NOTE: The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. we will do our best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites and the security line. In the event, this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour.
  • Please Note: due to these unprecedented times and unexpected regulation changes, some areas may not be accessible if the venue can not guarantee social distancing for that part of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 2022 NEWS: Thanks to a very special and profound partnership with the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients a very unique and exclusive 8AM first entry into the Museums’ doors, guaranteed to be reserved only to a handful of other collaborating tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to be able to serve such impressive and extraordinary experience and share it with our clients.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. Our top-rated guides will do their best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites. In the eventuality this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit. Please be aware that this alert may have expired by the date of your tour.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
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.

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  • "Early morning is a great way to beat the crowds and the best way to see the Sistine chapel and the Raphael rooms!" See review
  • "The early morning tour is the best if you want to miss the big crowd." See review
  • "Highly recommend to do an early before the crowds get there tour." See review

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star-5
Worth paying for!
Erin_A
, Aug 2022
What a great experience! I have been to the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s many times but was bringing my family this time and wanted something better than my previous “skip the line” tours. The early access is actually worth paying for and our guide, Donata, was fantastic! I know quite a bit about the museums and the Vatican, but she managed to teach me things that I had never heard before that made me look at everything differently. She does a fabulous job determining exactly how much to share from her vast knowledge. This was much better than my previous visits and the crowd was certainly thinner in the morning. Fantastically done tour and a highlight of my family’s time in Rome! Thanks, Donata and Liv Tours!
star-1
NOT WORTH THE $$$
Yvonne_S
, Aug 2022
Misleading - it says "semi-private" EARLY ACCESS. There is no early access. We went in as soon as the place opened. So there's no early access. The guide was rude. I could have toured this myself and saved $605.00. Money wasted!!!!
star-5
Super nice and entertaining would recommend
KAREN_A
, Aug 2022
Elle was a wonderful guide. She is has a lot of knowledge and adapted herself to provide our family a great experience. In this very busy time of year, she knew where to give an interesting and engaging description to both to ourselves, our teens and our 10 year old so we were all involved. Her comments were on point and knowledgeable. Congratulations. Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to sacrifice a few minutes of sleep on their vacation in order to have a less crowded experience in the summer
star-5
Best ever Vatican visit
Mary_G
, Aug 2022
Alessandro knows the subject very well . Made time for photos, toilets if needed. Our group was 5 fun people and made easier the logistics. Still have to wait in line but nothing to compare with the regular line. The Sistine Chapel was very crowded but again, not as bad as I seen it before. I wish we dedicated more time to the papal rooms instead of the sculptures but not sure if those are open to the normal people. At the end of the tour, Alessandro provided recommendations for restaurants, directions, etc. Overall, time and money very well spent. Thanks Alessandro
star-5
Awesome!
Robert_D
, Aug 2022
Great experience and Luciana was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and friendly and made an effort to get to know each member of the group
star-5
Exceptional tour
Lori_K
, Aug 2022
Sara was amazing! She was knowledgable, enthusiastic, and delightful! Great tour with our teenage kids. Absolutely worth it!!
star-5
Semi private tour
marcusfranke
, Aug 2022
Sara was so great! A very nice and friendly person. We really believe that she loves her job. She can smile with her eyes. The tour was very interesting and informative.
star-5
Astounding experience.
Russell_K
, Aug 2022
Barbara was absolutely wonderful - knowledgeable, enthusiastic, professional and caring. We could not have had a better experience.
star-5
Excellent and memorable tour
Donna_R
, Aug 2022
This semi private tour was well worth the money. We were a group of 6. My family of 4 plus another couple. Our tour guide was Anneleisa and she was excellent. Very relaxed and very considerate to group members. Lots of useful information. I felt as if I walked into virtually every room and went ‘wow’. There was the benefit of access to extra rooms that others did not have access too which was great also. When asked our guide showed is the way to the ticket entrance to the top of the dome which was excellent experience also (10 euro extra each).
star-5
Great!
William_M
, Aug 2022
We loved this tour and our guide Giusy. We would definitely book this tour again from LivTours. She was so knowledgeable. Thank you!
star-5
Perfect Tour!
David_C
, Aug 2022
This was our first trip to Europe and our Travel Agent recommended that we book as many tours as we could with Viator. We used them for our tours in Rome, Turkey and Greece. We also used them for our transfers to and from Rome to the cruise port. It was a great recommendation! We had a fantastic time and learned so much. Highly recommend!!
star-5
Early admission is a must!
Eileen_c
, Jul 2022
The Vatican is a must see and the early entrance was absolutely the way to go! Rita was very knowledgeable and added interesting anecdotes.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must-Do tour!
ajsfolks
, Jul 2022
Laura Serna was a spectacular guide! She made an already great tour much better with her tips and knowledge. If you want to see the Vatican, this is the best way to do it!
star-5
Best Tour Guide in Linda!
Martha_G
, Jul 2022
Linda was absolutely the BEST tour guide we've ever had. She was witty, funny, full of historical knowledge and great with the kids as well. This semi-private tour with early access was absolutely the best decision to avoid the droves of people that typically go visit the Vatican. We were SO happy we skipped the line and got a more intimate experience. We think she was the BEST and absolutely think Liv Tours did an outstanding job making this a memory we won't soon forget. Thank you.
star-5
HIGHLY Recommend!!!
Blair_T
, Jul 2022
Tour was fantastic and this group of 6 people is the perfect size. Dario, our guide, was very engaging and knowledgeable. We are thankful to have had him! Highly recommend using this tour, it’s a great value for your money, perfect length and you get in before the crowds (and heat) make your visit untenable.
star-5
Made our tour wonderful
Bonnie_S
, Jul 2022
Deborah was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. We were lucky to have her show us monumental works of art, especially the Sistine Chapel.
star-5
The whole experience was...
Trevor_R
, Jul 2022
The whole experience was great and really enjoyed the st Peter’s Cathedral. The guide, Claudia was so knowledgeable. Just great.
star-5
Wonderful!
Kasey_A
, Jul 2022
This was a great tour! We really enjoyed being able to sit in the Sistine Chapel with very little crowd...definitely worth getting up early! Our tour guide Francesco was wonderful as well!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
PERFECTION
Bryan_G
, Jul 2022
If you're considering doing this tour, do it. Donata, our guide was honestly the best guide we've ever had. She was funny, so knowledgeable and easy to understand. She made the trip for us. We even tried to book her for a different tour but she was already full. Great experience and a perfect small group way to experience the Vatican.
star-5
Great tour of the Vatican...
veronica_t
, Jul 2022
Great tour of the Vatican and very knowledgeable guide - learnt heaps of new info. Would highly recommend the early morning tour

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