Private Vatican Morning Tour with Exclusive Access to Secret Rooms

3 hrs 45 mins
Caffè Vaticano
Refundable booking
people looking at a statue in a museum

LivTours’ Early Morning Vatican Museum Tour with Secret Rooms includes early morning entrance, the major highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the secret rooms.


  • Enter the Vatican Museums in the morning hours before the crowds
  • Enjoy exclusive benefits of LivTours’ Official 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

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Your LivTours’ Private Early Morning Vatican Museums Tour begins with early morning entrance before the rush of the crowds, giving you an optimal touring experience.

Highlights of the Vatican Museums

Walk the Gallery of Statues and Hall of Busts, which are normally off-limits. Enter the Cabinet of Masks, named after the ancient mosaics inside. See famous statues of Aphrodite and other remarkable treasures in this private collection.

Study the ancient statue of the Trojan Laocoon and the Belvedere Torso, a mysterious fragment of a 5th-century sculpture that inspired Michelangelo. Enjoy the Gallery of Maps without the crowds, 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.

Renaissance Masters

Discover the ornately decorated Raphael Rooms that were once the apartments of Pope Julius II. Among the major artworks is the world-renowned School of Athens, an important example of Renaissance art.

Your guide will brief you before entering the silent Sistine Chapel. Inside you’ll find every inch of this sacred space covered in stunning frescoes of religious stories and pagan figures. Take your time studying the vast ceiling and the wall of the Last Judgment.

Inside St. Peter’s Basilica

After visiting the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter directly into St. Peter’s Basilica. This monumental church is a remarkable example of architecture and art. Inside you will see major highlights like Michelangelo’s highly emotive Pietà and Bernini’s impressive bronze altar canopy.

This Early Morning Vatican Museum 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.


  • Early morning entrance to the 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
  • Raphael's School of Athens
  • Gallery of the maps
  • Sistine Chapel & Michelangelo's ceiling
  • St. Peter's Basilica (not available Wednesdays)
  • Bernini's Baldacchino
  • Michelangelo's Pieta


This tour is available 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.

Dress Code

St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel have strict dress codes. You must cover shoulders and knees (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.

Backpacks are not allowed in the museum


Photography (without flash) is permitted inside the galleries, but not the Sistine Chapel.

Wednesday Tours

St Peter’s Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings and thus tours booked on this day will include an alternative visit to the Pinocoteca collection including works by Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Raphael. The Basilica opens in the afternoon and is free to visit, your guide will provide information about how to access the Basilica in your own time after the tour if you wish.


Everyone in your group, regardless of age, needs a government issued ID to enter the Vatican Museums.


LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry.  LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism  and how LivTours is contributing, click here.


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. *Some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


Make your experience even more unique by upgrading your LivTours experience. Please note: add-ons are non refundable.

Add VIP Visit to the Bramante Staircase
Visit the first spiral staircase ever made, tucked away in the most striking secret room of the Vatican, open only to partners of the Museums. Originally a side entrance to the Belvedere Palace, it was the main entry for artists and workers. In fact, Michelangelo used this winding ramp hundreds of times as he came and went from his work in the Sistine Chapel. This is a true VIP moment to add to your tour.
400 €
One Way Pick-Up Transfer 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 85 €

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Will definitely recommend

    My husband and I were SO glad that we took this tour and didn't try to visit the Vatican museum without a guide. There is just so much to see and so many rooms and galleries to have to navigate, we would have left so totally exhausted that it would have completely ruined the experience. Instead we met our charming guide, Davide, and entered directly into the museum -- no crowds, no lines, no fuss -- and from there on, had a really lovely time. Davide's informational lead-up to seeing the Sistine Chapel made such a difference to our appreciation and understanding of this phenomenal place and we felt very exclusive, being able to go into locked rooms to see things that most people don't get to see. We will recommend this tour to everyone we know coming to Rome.

    - Jennifer
  • Private Vatican tour

    My wife and I have both been to the Vatican museum before, many years ago, so we knew how overwhelming it can be if you don't have help navigating the many rooms and galleries. Since we were interested in seeing the Sistine Chapel since it had been repainted, we booked LivTour's morning tour to do so with the added opportunity to access rooms not normally open to the general public. We were extremely pleased with this tour and felt that the experience we had was even better than we could have imagined! We will certainly book other tours with this company, both in Italy as well as in the other European cities where they operate.

    - Wesley
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