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Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and explore the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica on this small-group tour in Rome. The Sistine Chapel receives around 25,000 visitors daily, so most people see it in a busy setting. This tour provides early-morning access before the general public, letting you admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in a quieter atmosphere before taking you into the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s. Entrance fees and skip-the-line access included.
  • Sistine Chapel early entrance, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica tour in Rome
  • Tour the Vatican Museums, seeing highlights like the Raphael Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Avoid waiting in lines with skip-the-line access
  • Small-group tour limited to eight or fewer, with entrance fees included
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Via Leone IV , Via Leone IV, Roma RM, Italy

By the flower stand on the corner of Viale Giulio Cesare and Via Leone IV Directions: The easiest way to reach the meeting point is via the metro on the A line, and we recommend getting off at the stop "Ottaviano". Climb the stairs up to the station and take the last exit on the left. Go up the stairs to the street. Stay on the left-hand side of the road and walk past the news-stand towards Via Leone IV, approximately 2 blocks. The flower stand is located on the corner of Viale Giulio Cesare and Via Leone IV. There is a Burger King directly across the street from the flower stand.

8:00 AM
Saint Peter's Square , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Allyn Travel LLC
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Early Morning Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "I highly recommend going on an early tour because by the time we were done at Noon it was so crowded!" See review
  • "If you know you want to see the beautiful sites, but want to chuckle at history and humanity along the way, ask for Thomas!" See review

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kissingbridge
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide was Francesca. We thought she was not only incredibly knowledgeable and educated about the Vatican but it was obvious she was also passionate about her country and her job. She was very engaging and we hung on every word she spoke about the Vatican, Rome, and even referenced other cities in Italy, in order to help us understand the historical connections. I would highly recommend people take this tour!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, thank you so much for your kind review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your with us and Francesca. She is indeed a wonderful smart person with a great capability to make the treasures inside the Vatican Museums come alive. It is truly a pleasure to have her take you around and we sure thank you for your recommendation. We hope to have you on our ours again in the future. *Desiree*
star-4
Great tour
tawney132019
, Sep 2019
This tour was wonderful, especially getting into the Vatican early. Now you don't go to the Sistine Chapel first but the museum,which worked out great because we had it to ourselves. And by the time you get to the Sistine Chapel the early crowd is gone and it wasn't that crowded. Our guide Robert was wonderful. His humor and knowledge made for an enjoyable tour! I highly suggest to climb the dome after the tour. I highly recommend going on an early tour because by the time we were done at Noon it was so crowded!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, thank you for your very informative description of our tour. Many people have the idea of visiting the Sistine Chapel first, also on our tours. However as we and our guides have noticed that this is not necessarily the best idea for several reasons, we have decided to do things differently from other companies. And indeed as you have experienced after a leisurely stroll around a part of the museums, the bigger groups have left the Sistine Chapel right when you have entered with our group. Thank you for pointing this out. Compliments on also climbing the dome after the tour, its a climb but as you have seen the view from the top is definitely worth it. *Desiree*
star-4
Guide was too detailed and hard to understand
GrandTour17023567219
, Jul 2019
Our guide, Allesandra was very nice and very sweet and as an art major, very knowledgeable but she was very difficult to understand. Also, I don't think the sound systems they used were very good. Her microphone was not close enough to her mouth so we picked up a lot of outside noise. For an average person like me, it became very boring after the 1st hour with much of the material repeated. It would have been nice to hear about more interesting facts about the Museum, how long things took to paint, the goings on at the Vatican current day. We heard other tours giving that type of information. Also, while you are required to meet at 7am, you do not get into the museum until 830 so lots of standing on lines. We ran into people that had a tour with The Roman Guy and thought it was terrific.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, thank you very much for your honest review. We are very happy with your feedback and hope that you have enjoyed the tour with us and Alessandra. We appreciate your points of view about the guide and her style and will certainly discuss this together. We do indeed meet pretty early for the tour, because usually our guides explain the wonders of the Sistine Chapel outside, since they are not aloud to speak inside. Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back to Italy in the near future. *Desiree*
star-5
Dry sense of humor?...ask for Thomas!!!
X1000MQjenniferk
, Dec 2018
If you know you want to see the beautiful sites, but want to chuckle at history and humanity along the way...ask for Thomas! Most fun I had with way too many humans in close spaces in a long time. Learned a ton too.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Dear X1000, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review for our wonderful Thomas! We will be sure to let him know how much you enjoyed your tour. We are very happy to read that not only you learned a lot on your tour but you also had fun: that's very important for us, as our goal is to bring to life the history and the art of our eternal City, and to do this in an entertaining way. Thomas is really a walking encyclopedia, and he has the gift of being able to share his remarkable knowledge (he is a History Professor) with his irresistible sense of humor. We are proud to have him on our team, as he is not only an excellent guide, but also a very good friend. Thank you again for your kind words, we hope to have you back on our tours soon! Make sure to check out our website next time you come to our beautiful country, as we offer tours also in Florence, Naples and now also in Venice. Grazie mille e arrivederci! - Francesca

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