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Private Vatican Morning Tour with Exclusive Access to Secret Rooms

3 hrs 30 mins
Caffè Vaticano
Refundable booking
vatican morning tour

This LivTours’ Private Early Access Vatican Tour includes early entrance, ahead of the crowds as well as a visit to some exclusive rooms! Your English-speaking guide will take you on a comprehensive tour through the major highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the secret rooms. Walk the famous Hall of Busts and have exclusive entry into the Cabinet of Masks with its ancient mosaics and sculptures. See the picturesque Pinecone Courtyard and the Museum Clementino. Study the nearly perfect statue of Apollo Belvedere and the ancient statue of the tragic Lacoon.

Explore the Tapestry and Maps galleries without the crowds. Meet Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo as you walk through the Raphael Rooms and the absolutely awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. See some of Italy’s most famous frescoes like the School of Athens in the Raphael rooms, and the Creation of Adam on the ceiling and of the Sistine Chapel. Go directly into St. Peter’s Basilica where you will discover its most important works of art with your private guide such as Berninis soaring solid bronze alter canape, Michelangelo’s emotional Pietà and his incredible Dome. Customize your tour according to your interests, whether that’s an itinerary aimed to involve younger tour-takers or one that focuses on Renaissance masters. This is an opportunity of a lifetime!


  • Enter the Vatican Museums a full hour before it opens to the general public
  • Enjoy exclusive benefits of LivTours’ Official Silver Level Vatican Collaboration
  • Discover the magnificent art and highlights with a private, English-speaking guide
  • Go beyond the velvet ropes and visit Vatican rooms which are normally off-limits
  • See Italian Renaissance masterpieces and St. Peter’s Basilica on this 3.5 hour tour

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Your LivTours’ Private Early Entrance Vatican Tour begins with privileged entrance into the Vatican Museums. You will enter an hour before general entry begins, giving you a head start to explore the highlights of this vast collection. Walk the Gallery of Statues and Hall of Busts, normally off-limits. Enter the Cabinet of Masks, named after the ancient mosaics inside. See famous statues of Aphrodite and other remarkable treasures from this private collection.

Visit the Pinecone Courtyard, named for its bronze pine cone statue. See the Museo Clementino with its classical sculptures. Admire the ancient statue of the Trojan Lacoon. This sculpture features an expressive scene from a tragic legend. Study the celebrated Belvedere Apollo, a 2nd century AD marble statue of Apollo. See the important Belvedere Torso, a mysterious fragment of a 15th-century sculpture that inspired artists like Michelangelo.

Enjoy the privacy in famous hallways like the Gallery of Maps, a wonderfully decorated gallery of 16th-century maps. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries which hold priceless examples of religious scenes woven with precious silver and gold. Discover the ornately decorated Raphael Rooms with your private guide as they tell you about the Renaissance artist and the frescoes that decorate the rooms that were once his apartments. Among the major artworks here is the world-renowned School of Athens, a very important example of Renaissance art.

Your guide will brief you before entering the silent Sistine Chapel. Inside you will find every inch of this sacred space covered in stunning frescoes of religious stories and pagan figures imagined by the devout Christian, Michelangelo. After visiting the Sistine, you’ll enter directly into St. Peter’s Basilica. This monumental church is a remarkable example of architecture and art. Inside you will see the major highlights such as Michelangelo’s highly emotive Pietà, Bernini’s impressive bronze altar canopy, and one of the largest Domes in the world.

This Early Entrance Vatican Tour offers you an incredible chance to see one of the world’s most expansive galleries, secret rooms, and its most important holy sites ahead of the crowds and with a local expert to be your guide.


  • Priority early entrance into Vatican museums
  • Exclusive access to secret Vatican rooms
  • Full guided experience through the museums
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Apollo Belvedere
  • Museo Clementino
  • Ancient Lacoon statue
  • Belvedere Torso
  • Raphaels school of athens
  • Gallery of the maps
  • Sistine Chapel & Michelangelos ceiling
  • St Peters Basilica
  • Berninis alter canopy
  • Michelangelos pieta

  • Offered in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Please specify under “Additional notes” if you wish to book the tour in a language other than English.
  • Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
  • Backpacks are not permitted in the museum.
  • This private tour is family-friendly.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and accordingly can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies and/or Wednesday mornings during Papal Audiences. In the event of such closures, your time spent inside the museums will be extended.
  • Photography (without flash) is permitted inside the galleries but not the Sistine Chapel.
  • LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
  • Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.

When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.

*Our Tuscan motorcycle tour and some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


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Pick-up service
With the one way pick up service, your driver will pick you up directly from your accommodation and drive you to the meeting point where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Guarantee stress-free. One way only.
starting from 50 €

Must show Vaccination or Negative test for Italy & France Tours

For all France and Italy tours that include an indoor activity, a museum or an archeological park visit, it is now National Law in both countries, to present a covid-19 vaccination card OR negative covid-19 test result from the past 48 hrs accompanied by your personal ID to the local authorities for all adults over the age of 12. Lack of ability to present such documentation may result in loss of tour and funds lifting LivTours from all responsibilities.

St Peter's Basilica Direct Access

The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. Our top-rated guides will do their best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites. In the eventuality this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit. Please be aware that this alert may have expired by the date of your tour.

Only way to visit the Vatican

"Our tour with Luca at the Vatican was great! Luca’s knowledgeable navigation skills were invaluable within the vatican halls. The museum is a labyrinth and we have wandered aimlessly on our many prior visits to the Vatican museums. With this being the first and only time that my mother-in-law would be able to see the Vatican I wanted a knowledgable and experienced guide. Luca delivered perfectly! He took some great pictures of us that we'll treasure forever. Our grateful thanks to LivTours and Luca! "

Kathryn - UK

Highly recommend this tour

"Our tour of the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel was very well organized and very satisfying. My wife and I felt that we learned many new and interesting facts about the Vatican complex and we saw wonderful masterpieces which we will remember the rest of our lives. Our guide was named Raffaela and she was a font of information and insight as well as being a lovely and charming person. We never felt bored or tired and that is saying alot since the tour takes more than 3 hours with alot of walking. We were definitely pleased with this tour and will recommend it to all."

Joe - USA

Not disappointed!

"This tour and tour company came highly recommended to us and we are happy to add our names to the (long) list of satisfied customers. Our lovely guide was extremely well-prepared and an excellent comunicator. Together with this, she was very attentive to our particular needs, to our walking speed (or lack of) and to shaping the tour around our personal interests and curiosity. She not only shared her vast knowledge about the Vatican museum but also tidbits about her life and what living in Rome is like. It helped our understanding and appreciation for this city much more than if we had spent the morning with any other person. Our experience was very fulfilling and enjoyable and we will recommend this tour to everyone we know."

Rick Evans - USA


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