guided tour
skip the line
3 hours
This tour route is completely barrier-free!


Adult: 75€
Student: 65€
Under the age of 26, in possession of a valid Student ID
Child: 55€
From the age of 6 - 17, with a valid ID that demonstrates their age
Children under the age of 6 are FREE

Tour Description

Gain privileged access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica in a small group of 13 people. Skip the long lines to enter the Vatican Museums and the Basilica of San Pietro: you will be guaranteed, in fact, a direct entrance, an hour before they open to the public.

An opportunity to marvel the museums’ awe-inspiring art collection, world-renowned frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel, and the Renaissance era paintings in the Raphael Rooms. Listen to stories of the artists responsible for the incredible artwork inside the museums, and the secrets of this holy district that dates to the 5th Century in an intimate, small group setting.

Without the queues or the crowds, have special access with your expert guide to the world’s epicenter of Catholicism, history and art. Witness the breathtaking work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, the holy interior of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Tombs of the Popes, and Bernini’s famed baldachin, the bronzed canopy over the tomb of St. Peter himself.


Availability: 8am. For availability go on “book now” and have a look at the calendar

Duration: 3 hours

Meeting point: Via Germanico n.16 (Closest Metro “Ottaviano”, Line A)


  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Muses
  • Round Room
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Sobieski Room
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Collection of Modern Religious Art
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
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What's Included

  • Semi-private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Early Access, Skip-the-line admission and entrance to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Live tour commentary via audio headset
  • Privileged entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Fully licensed tour guide
  • Headsets (from 6 pax)


  • Privileged entrance to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica to bypass the lines
  • World-renowned Renaissance frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms
  • Marvel of St. Peter’s Basilica, and works of Michelangelo and Bernini
  • Intimate, semi-private tour experience
  • Knowledgeable and Lazio certified guide to lead your history and art centric tour

Available Languages

  • English
  • Private tour option available in English. For more Information or/ and inquiries please contact us at 


"Vatican Early Tour"

We were there just for 4 days but if was amazingly beautiful and specially very informative. Roberto Notarmasi is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and fun, he knew exactly what were the most important things that we have to know before leaving .. thanks to Maya tours and Robert.

ZoeTahalia Placentia, California, Dec 2017

"The highlight of our trip to Italy. Everything and more than we expected"

My wife did her homework and booked the early tour as we had been told the Vatican was the worst one for long lines and huge crowds. We met our tour guide Alfredo Noia and went straight in. He was one of the best guides we have ever had. His knowledge of History and Art was amazing. We started off in Vatican city the center of Rome (the smallest state in Europe) and is ruled by the Pope. Only 1000 people live within those walls. It was declared independent from Italy on 11th February 1929. We started off in the Chiaramonti Museum (sculptures and portraits), Gallery of Maps (maps painted in Fresco on the walls) and the Pio Clementino Museum (Important Greek works). Each one special in it’s own right. Then we went into the Sistine Chapel and to say we were blown away is an understatement. I would go back to Rome just to experience this again. Michaelangelo was and still is one of the worlds greatest artists. The Sistine Chapel ceiling is breathtaking and the stories behind it are so interesting. We then visited the St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peters Square. Amazing, too many incredible paintings, sculptures and buildings to take in. You could spend a week here and still not take it all in. Fun note we sent postcards from the Vatican with the Vatican postmark. Very cool. Rome’s most MUSTSEE tour.

David R Jacksonville, Florida Dec 2017

"Roberto was the best!"

I used their website to buy tickets and got to the office at the time that was stated on my email. Initially it was only my brother and I waiting for the early morning group tour. 2 more people joined and off we went. It really felt like a private tour which was nice. This is my second time to the Vatican and let’s just say I learnt so much more on this tour than my first. Roberto was perhaps one of the best guides I’ve ever had for anything. He was super informative and personable. Took time to show us things which before I breezed past on my first visit. Told us what to look out for in the Basilica. I was able to ask him questions without feeling shy. My brother really enjoyed it too. Thank you Roberto and Maya Tours for your professionalism. I recommend this company for the early tour. Other companies seem to have 20+ people on each tour whereas this was a lot more smaller. I was grateful I wasn’t part of a big group. By the time we left the Vatican the lines outside were huge. I would pay the extra $$ to go in early and skip the crowd.

prinzess26, Jan 2018