By booking our Early Bird Vatican Tour, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums before the usual opening hours. You'll also go inside St. Peter's Basilica and have a delicious breakfast.
Early Bird Vatican Tour
At 7:30 am on Viale Vatican Street in Roma. We'll head straight into Vatican City, without waiting in any queues, through Pineapple Courtyard. Here, we'll have a delicious breakfast buffet to start our day.
After breakfast, we'll start our guided tour of the Vatican Museums. This tour will take place before the usual opening time for the public, so we'll avoid the large crowds of tourists.
Among its most important rooms, we'll find the famous Gallery of Maps and Raphael's Rooms, which house the famous fresco of The School of Athens. We'll also stop to admire other works of art such as the sculpture of Laocoön and his sons, which is kept in the Museo Pio-Clementino exhibition.
The next item on our tour will be the interior of the Sistine Chapel: the room where the Popes are elected. Your early bird ticket will allow you to appreciate the details on the frescoes, without any crowds behind you.
We'll have a leisurely look at the paintings on the vault, where the most important ones are The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti. In addition, we'll admire the murals that show the Temptations of Christ by Sandro Boticelli and The Last Supper by Cosimo Rosselli.
Lastly, we'll visit St. Peter's Basilica. Inside this colossal temple, the largest in Christendom, you'll be amazed by the realism of Michelangelo's Pietà. We'll also see some other outstanding masterpieces such as the funerary monument of Gregory XIII and Bernini's baldachin.
The tour will finish at 11:30 am in St. Peter's Square, the perfect place to snap a photo of the imposing Vatican Basilica and its dome.
Changes to the timetable
In order to ensure security measures against Covid-19, access to St. Peter's Basilica from the Sistine Chapel is temporarily closed, so we won't visit the Basilica during the tour. However, entrance to the Basilica is free of charge. You'll be able to visit the Basilica on your own after the tour, entering from St. Peter's Square.
Hotel pick up
If you'd prefer, you can also book this tour with pick up from your hotel in Rome. This option is available for accommodation located no more than 5 miles (8 kilometres) away from the Vatican Museums. We'll pick you up between 6:30 am and 7:30 am.
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|Adults||Children between 6 and 12 years old||Children under 6 years old|
|Tour without pick up||
US$ 116 US$ 104.30
|Tour with pick up||
US$ 133.60 US$ 121.90
Tour without pick up
AdultsUS$ 116 US$ 104.30
Children between 6 and 12 years oldUS$ 80.90
Children under 6 years oldFree
Tour with pick up
AdultsUS$ 133.60 US$ 121.90
Children between 6 and 12 years oldUS$ 98.40
Children under 6 years oldFree
It is compulsory to present a Covid vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test or antigen test taken up to 48 hours before the activity. Show more
A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.
Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
Alcoholic drinks are not available.
The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit).
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
Hotel pick up (according to your booking)
Car or minibus transfer (according to your booking)
English speaking guide
Early bird access to the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel)
Entry to St Peter's Basilica (depending on the status of Covid)
10% discount on the official ticket price.
When to book?
You can book up until 36 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Wheelchair accessible. An accompanying person is required.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more
No printing of documentation required.
Promotes local employment.
Has a gender equality policy.
Has a carbon footprint offset policy.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
If you have any other questions please contact us.