Private Vatican Morning Tour with Exclusive Access to Secret Rooms
Alert! St Peter's Basilica Direct Access

Private Vatican Morning Tour with Exclusive Access to Secret Rooms

3 hrs 30 mins
Caffè Vaticano
Refundable booking
people looking at a statue in a museum

2022 NEWS

Thanks to a special partnership signed by LivItaly Tours LLC (LivTours) and the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients exclusive 8AM first entry to the Museums, guaranteed for just a handful of tour operators. This special entry and tour guarantee you access to the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to offer such an extraordinary experience and to share it with our clients.

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


  • 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 Morning Vatican Museums Tour begins with privileged entrance. You will enter an hour before general entry begins, giving you a head start to explore this vast collection.

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.


  • 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
  • Raphael's School of Athens
  • Gallery of the maps
  • Sistine Chapel & Michelangelo's ceiling
  • St Peter's Basilica
  • 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.


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

Sustainable Tours

LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel. Especially in these 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 on this tour require visitors to wear a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.

Unforeseen Changes

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.


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Make your day even more unique and comfortable by upgrading your tour with a customizable LivTours optional add on!

Add VIP Visit to the Bramante Staircase
Visit the exclusive first ever made spiral staircase, the Bramante ramp, the most inspirational Vatican secret room which is open only to partners of the Museums. Side entrance to the Belvedere Palace, it was the main entry for artists and workers, but also allegedly known to allow Pope Julius II to enter his private residence while still in his carriage, since walking up the several flights in heavy papal vestments would have been onerous. This is a true VIP moment to add to your tour.
350 €
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 60 €

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 and the security line to Saint Peter's Basilica. 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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