early morning vatican tour

The Best Early Morning Vatican Tour 2024

€ 89
2.5 hours
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About Early Morning Vatican Tour

Explore the Vatican City with privileged early entrance to the main attractions before the general public arrives. Follow your tour guide into the Vatican Museums and discover the world’s most extensive collection of art, including the incredible sculptures and artworks of the Renaissance period. Depending on your preference, you can choose a shared group or a private tour.


Early Morning Vatican Tour

The early morning Vatican Tour will give you an opportunity to experience the Vatican City fully with direct access to the main attractions before the crowds arrive. Arrive at the arranged tour meeting point and start discovering the beauty of the Vatican at 8 AM in the absence of crowds.

Wander through the St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, and the famous Sistine Chapel, surrounded by very few people. Accompanied by your expert guide, you will be able to discover the world’s most extensive collection of art inside the Vatican Museums.

After that, you will head to the Candelabra Gallery, which is divided into six rooms containing artworks found throughout the country. Then, visit the Gallery of the Tapestries, exhibiting a large collection of Raffaello Sanzio’s tapestries depicting different stories and myths associated with the Catholic faith. The tour will continue with a walk through the Gallery of Maps, which is the perfect place for travelers with a taste for the sciences. While being there, you will discover what the world looked like centuries ago with the global maps created by Roman topographers.

Last but not least, the final stop of your guided Vatican tour will be St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will have an opportunity to see the tombs of 91 Popes, monarchs, and other important figures from Roman history.

  • Vatican tour with Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums first-entry ticket
  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Expert tour guide (English speaking guide)
  • Private or small group tour
X not included
  • St Peter's Dome entrance tickets
X not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
X not allowed
  • Sleeveless shirts
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Meeting Point

The meeting point of this early access Vatican tour is at the address: Via Germanico, 00192 Roma RM, Italy.

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St. Peter’s Basilica

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica - one of the largest self-supporting domes in the world and home to famous works of art such as Baldachin by Bernini and the Pietà by Michelangelo.

Vatican Museums

Explore Vatican Museums and see art collections from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the 19th century to contemporary art.

Sistine Chapel

Don’t miss an opportunity to discover Michelangelo's most famous fresco inside the Sistine Chapel - The Creation of Adam.


Save your time by skipping all the long lines at the Vatican Museum's entrance which tend to be large.

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FAQ – Early Morning Vatican Tour

Is photography allowed during the tour?

Yes, but without flash inside Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. However, please keep in mind that no photography is allowed inside the Sistine Chapel.

What should I wear for the tour?

Dress respectfully. Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting religious areas such as the St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel.

Are there restrooms available during the tour?

Yes. Facilities are accessible, ensuring a comfortable visit.

Is the Sistine Chapel included in the tour?

Yes, it's a highlight of the tour, where you'll witness Michelangelo's breathtaking ceiling.

What's the best way to reach the Vatican for the tour?

Public transport is convenient, with metro and bus options nearby. However, if you're in a hurry, we suggest taking a taxi. Just give your diver the address of the tour meeting point.

Is the early morning Vatican tour accessible for wheelchairs?

Unfortunately, no. There are many areas inside Vatican Museums that are not wheelchair-friendly.

Is it better to go to the Vatican in the morning or evening?

The best time for a Vatican tour is early in the morning because of the fewer crowds at that time. This will provide you with a more enjoyable sightseeing experience inside the Vatican Museums and allow you to truly appreciate the art collections inside the Raphael Rooms, The Gallery of Maps, and Gallery of Tapestries.

What else can I visit while in Rome?

There are numerous attractions you should explore while staying in the Eternal City. Whether you want to tour the Pantheon, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, or simply stroll across the Colosseum, one thing is certain, you’ll have an amazing time!
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Don’t miss an opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking art and elegant architecture in Vatican City!

Good to know before you go

  • You should follow the strict dress code when you enter the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Please note that this tour on Wednesday morning won't include access to St.Peter's Basilica due to the weekly Papal audience taking place on St. Peter's Square.
  • St Peter's Basilica is an active church and can close on very short notice (extended tours of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel will be offered as compensation).
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100% worth booking!

It was worth waking up early to beat the heat and crowds by visiting the Vatican Museum as soon as they open to the public! Our guide was very kind and informative, he navigated us through the other groups very well. I also really appreciated the tour ending on the Sistine Chapel so we could sit and look around for as long as we wanted!


Highly recommend going on this Vatican tour!

Our tour guide for the Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and we learned so much about the art work, including some very specific things to look for in the chapel which was fun for our teens to have about 5 things to try and find in the artwork that he’d talked about. We highly recommend this tour!


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