“Early Entrance Vatican
Small Group is a must. You beat the
crowds. Alessandra, our tour guide,
was a super star. She got us to the
most critical areas before the crowds
and allowed us to experience the
Vatican and St Peter Basilica in
amazement. Thank you LivItaly, you
ere the highlight of our European
Thanks to a very special and profound partnership signed by LivItaly Tours LLC (LivTours) and the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients a very unique and exclusive first entry into the Museums’ doors, guaranteed to be reserved only to a handful of other collaborating tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to be able to serve such impressive and extraordinary experience and share it with our clients.
Vatican Early Entrance Small Group Tour is ideal for people who want to get an early start on their day and get the very best of Vatican City. Just as the name suggests, people who sign up for this tour get to enter the Vatican Museums one entire hour before the general public. Take in the majesty of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in total peace before the crowds start pouring in. Since all LivItaly small tour groups have no more than six people, you will have plenty of time to admire the Vatican’s many treasures with your local guide navigating through this 9-mile long museum so you get to see the highlights and recommend rooms and collections to save for a later date. Your tour will end in the most famous church in the world – St. Peter’s Basilica.
This small group tour is perfect to experience the best of the Vatican without having to battle hordes of tourists.
About Your Vatican Early Entrance Small Group Tour
Your tour begins at
7.30AM near the Vatican Museums entrance. Here you’ll meet your expert tour guide who will let you into the museums one hour before they officially open and you will be immediately guided through the empty Vatican Museum hallways straight to the first stop – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Since this chapel is the number one attraction in the Vatican, LivItaly believes it’s important to give guests the time and space they need to fully appreciate it. You’ll get a rare opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes and Last Judgment without having to deal with the surge of crowds by your side.
“Wow! We not only saw
the Vatican, we experienced it. Our
guide Daniela was so knowledgable
and a natural story teller. There were
only 6 people in our group which
made it easy to have one-on-one
time with our guide to ask questions”
After you’re finished learning all about Michelangelo’s masterpiece, your guide will loop you back into the Vatican Museums to the beginning of this amazing art collection and discover the highlights of the Vatican Museums with a
stop at the Pinecone Courtyard followed by the Octagonal Courtyard to learn about the greatest statues of antiquity,from the mysterious composition of the Greek statues of the Laocoon, the Apollo Belvedere and the inspiring Belvedere Torso.
The small group tour of the Vatican led buy your expert LivItaly guide, will then walk up the stairs to the amazing galleries, from the to the Candelabra, Tup to the world-known apestries Gallery of Maps , the Renaissance version of Google Maps. A Vatican Tour cannot be complete without the Raphael Rooms of the apartments of Pope Julius II. Your small group of max 6 participants will be able to slip through the crowds easily and be in awe at the majesty of these newly cleaned Raphael frescoes.
Once you’re done in the Raphael Rooms, your guide will take you through the Sistine Chapel one more time before heading into Saint Peter’s Basilica. Admire the spaciousness of this basilica, which is the largest Catholic church in the entire world. A few of the glorious works of art you will get to see up close include
Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldacchino Altar. Before you leave St. Peter’s Basilica, your guide will tell you about the Papal Tombs, the Memorial of Pope Alexander VII, and tell you how to climb up to the top of the Dome. Conclude your Vatican tour by walking around Bernini’s celebrated Piazza San Pietro Square. Highlights of Vatican Early Entrance Tour
As you could imagine, both the
Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel are crowded with tourists every day they’re open. It’s almost impossible to fully appreciate these masterworks as you’re being pushed and pulled by hundreds of visitors. That’s why this small group tour is such a great opportunity. You’ll get the space and time you need to soak in the majesty of Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes and the major works by Raphael. With your tour guide by your side, you’ll learn all the juicy stories behind the composition of these great works of Western art.
This Vatican Early Entrance Small Group Tour is ALSO featuring exclusive access to the RAPHAEL ROOMS before they open to the general public. Guests will be privy to some of the most important artwork and rooms in the entire museum – all without the rush of crowds around them. The sixteenth century Raphael Rooms were painted by the great High Renaissance artists by Pope Julius II to adorn the walls of his apartment with the Vatican. Your LivItaly Vatican Early Entrance Small Group Tour will take you through to see these and right after the glorious Sistine Chapel so you see the most important Vatican highlights before the museum even opens! Why Book Vatican Early Entrance Small Group Tour
Privacy is a luxury in the Vatican Museums. Since Vatican City houses so many treasures, it’s understandable that this area gets flooded with tourists daily. Luckily for you, there’s a way to beat the crowds and enjoy works of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini in relative peace. LivItaly’s Vatican Early Entrance Small Group Tour was designed to give tourists the best possible experience of the glories of Vatican City. If you’re serious about getting a premier tour of the Vatican for an exceptional price, book your spot on this excellent small group tour today!
St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies. If closed, the time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended.
*Wish to tour the Vatican Museums in the afternoon? Check our our
Vatican & Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2.30 pm here.
*Vatican management maintains the right to delay the opening of the Sistine Chapel for religious reasons, in this case the guide will modify the itinerary and extend your visit of the museums to ensure you make the most of your time before access to the Sistine Chapel is permitted.
*Guests with wheelchair accessibility needs will find difficulty with this small group tour. In order to ensure a barrier-free tour with alternative routes, please book the private version of the
Vatican Tour with Early Entrance.
*Please be aware that the Sistine Chapel is a Holy Place and talking during your visit inside is strictly forbidden. LivItaly’s Vatican Early Entrance Small Group Tour begins at 7.30AM, however the first 30 minutes of the tour are held outside of the Vatican Museums in order to give you a comprehensive explanation before entering the chapel.
LivItaly Tours is proud of our collaboration with the Vatican Museums, which allows us access one entire hour before the museums are open to the general public. We are however aware that the Vatican Museums are selling at maximum capacity to accommodate an extremely high demand in what is already high season. We have absolutely no control or insight into the number of collaborations the Vatican Museums deals with nor how many people it chooses to give early entrance to. Access into the museums a full hour before entry during high season is nevertheless highly recommended considering the immeasurable crowd sizes admitted once the doors open to the public.
We are firm in our mission to giving every one of our guests an entirely unique and comfortable experience, maintaining small group sizes to make it easier to navigate through this very busy (and sometimes overcrowded) period.
ABOUT OUR 6 PEOPLE SMALL GROUP POLICY
When you book a LivItaly Small Group Tour, you are guaranteed one tour guide per group of 6 people. Please bear in mind though that in order to accommodate traveling families and friends, we do on rare occasion make the exception of adding an additional one to two guests in order not to split groups who are traveling together. On that same note, you may find yourself on tour with less than six people. As we accept bookings in multiples of six, math doesn’t always work in our favor to help accommodate individual travelers and their families when on the same tour, so we hope you understand and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.