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early morning vatican tour

The Best Early Morning Vatican Tour 2023

from: €125
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
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.

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

Discover an extensive collection of art inside the marvelous Vatican Museums. The art collection offers everything from ancient art (Greece, Egypt, and the Roman Empire), art from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the 19th century to contemporary art.

Sistine Chapel

Don’t miss an opportunity to discover the vast collection of Renaissance art inside the Sistine Chapel that has been painted by some of the world’s most famous artists, including Michelangelo.

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5 Reasons to go on an Early Morning Vatican Tour

1. You will visit all the main landmarks of the Vatican in one day

This tour will allow you to visit all the iconic landmarks of Vatican City in only one day. You will have an opportunity to explore the magnificent Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and breathtaking St.Peter’s Basilica.

2. A professional tour guide will be at your disposal 

With a professional tour guide by your side, you will be able to visit all the main sites of the Vatican in the best way. He will provide you with all the essential information about the history of the places you visit.

3. Choose between a shared group or private tour

Depending on your preferences, you will be able to choose between a small group tour or a private experience. This will allow you to avoid the massive crowds and tour the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other cultural landmarks in a quiet environment.

4. This tour includes skip-the-line access

If you decide to book this tour, you will also get a skip-the-line ticket. This means you will enter the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other sites directly without waiting in long lines.

5. You will have enough free time to explore on your own

You will have free time to explore the Vatican Museum at your own pace. Use this opportunity to discover all the sections of the museum that interest you.

Good to know before you go

  • 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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FAQ – Early Morning Vatican Tour

Is it worth going on a Vatican Early Morning Tour?

Absolutely! By going on a Vatican Early Morning Tour, you will have an opportunity to visit many iconic sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel. Also, your expert tour guide will give you a complete insight into the history of the places you visit.

What time of day is best for Vatican tour?

The ideal time for a Vatican tour is early in the morning because of the fewer crowds at that time. Additionally, the temperature during that period is not that high, which offers a more enjoyable sightseeing experience.

How to visit Vatican City?

The most convenient way to visit the Vatican is by going on an organized guided tour. There are many tour options out there, and finding a suitable tour that includes everything you want to see might be challenging. But don’t worry, we got you covered! We have found the perfect tour of Vatican City – the Early Morning Vatican Tour. All you have to do is secure your spot by booking the tour right away!

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!

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100% worth booking!

It was worth waking up early to beat the heat and crowds! 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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