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Semi Private Vatican Museums Tour Early Bird Entrance

4.6 / 5 total 47 reviews
Duration: 3 hours
Tour ID: 2260
Overview

Join Our Semi-Private Vatican Museums Tour Early Bird Entrance and Enter the Vatican Galleries Before Anyone Else! 

Early entrance Vatican Museums Tour is the best way to visit the Vatican galleries, the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in peace and quiet with our semi-private tour.

Thanks to the small size of the group up to 14 people or less, you will enjoy a more interactive experience with your guide and the Early bird access will allow you to visit the Museums about 1 hour before the general public.

During your visit to one of the largest museum in the world, you will see the apartment of Pope Julius II who called at his service Raphael and Michelangelo in the 16th century.

Our tour also includes a visit of the apartment of the Pope Borgia and the Matisse Room and right after, you will go to the Sistine Chapel to see the impressive Michelangelo’s wall frescoes of the “Creation of the World” and the Last Judgement.

The main focus of this tour is to guide you through the Museums when there are less people and crowd. The second feature of this tour is that you will have a more comprehensive visit of the wonders of the Vatican with an enthusiastic guide fully licensed.

We are a company accredited in the Vatican Museums and we aim to offer to all our customers a marvellous experience bringing the Vatican wonders back to life. What will you see in the 3 hours of the tour?

The guide will lead you through the Vatican’s many galleries, pointing out the main works: the beautiful paintings of the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Maps and that of the Chandeliers, the elegant Borgia Apartments and of course the stunning frescoes by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

From here a special fast-track passageway will lead you to St. Peter’s Basilica, the biggest and holiest Catholic Church in the world. In the Basilica you will see the "Pieta" of Michelangelo sculpted when he was only 21 years old, the spectacular Baroque altar of the Pope designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for the Pope Urban VIII and the beautiful mosaics.

The tour will leave you outside in the amazing St. Peter’s Square, surrounded by the colonnade designed once again by the Bernini.

We will cover the highlights of the Vatican museums, one of the largest in the world, with over 6 miles of galleries and 2000 rooms of artwork, you will enjoy our enthusiastic guide.

Highlights
  • Tour in a group of maximum 14 participants
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums at their least crowded
  • Knowledgeable, friendly and licensed guide
  • Headsets for a better listening
  • Early Entrance before the general public
  • Skip the line tickets for the Vatican Museums
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 3 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • Booking made less than 48 hours before tour time, we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availabilityBooking made less than 48 hours before tour time, we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability
  • Tour Starting Time : 7:30 a.m.Tour Starting Time : 7:30 a.m.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the tour start timeArrive 15 minutes before the tour start time
  • This Tour is available on Mondays and Saturdays OnlyThis Tour is available on Mondays and Saturdays Only
  • Live Guide Live Guide
    English
  • Disability Services Disability Services
    Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
Inclusions
  • 3 hours English-speaking guide
  • Early Entrance Skip-the-line Tickets
  • Headsets for the tour
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation
Meeting Point
Meet your guide at café Vaticano. It is located in Viale Vaticano 100, right across the Vatican Museums entrance. Your guide will be waiting for you there holding a sign Colosseum and Vatican Tours at 7:30 am
Know Before You Go
  • Please note: when the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your private guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions witho
  • This tour is suitable for Solo Travellers, Couples, Children, Groups, Students and Business
  • Difficulty: this tour is an easy stroll and you will enjoy it discovering the Vatican. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
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Reviewed by Helena Shields GB   May 03, 2018
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This is definitely the best way to see the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Our guide was so interesting and knowledgeable I could have listened to him all day and having the opportunity to share the Chapel with a small group of people rather than the huge crowds who are usually there was a wonderful experience.
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Reviewed by Jessica Keating GB   May 02, 2018
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The Vatican Museum is a must see when in Rome and having a very knowledgeable guide really helped us better understand and appreciate what we saw on the tour. The tour lasts approximately three hours so bring your walking shoes. We saw some of the most stunning works of art and seeing them early in the morning with no crowds was amazing. Thank you for a very good tour.
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Reviewed by Remy GB   May 02, 2018
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We were so pleased we’d booked this tour after we saw the lines of people queuing to get in the day before. A friend who had been to Rome told me about this tour and on her recommendation we booked it. We booked it online and our guide met us on time. Seeing all of the marvelous museums and learning about the history of the Vatican was a great experience. I was travelling with my mother and she really loved the tour. It is worth it to see the Vatican early in the morning.
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Reviewed by Harry Caro US   May 01, 2018
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I highly recommend this company and would not hesitate to use them again. We booked all of our tours before we came to Italy. We wanted to get the most out of our experience at the Vatican and this is why we booked an early morning tour. All of our tours were good, but this one was fantastic. Our guide met us in the morning and we did not have to wait in the large queues that were already starting. I really do not think that you can enjoy the Vatican in large group tours because if you do not keep up you will miss a lot of what is being said. We had headsets that actually worked very well.
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Reviewed by Gabriel Adams GB   April 27, 2018
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The Vatican and the Sistine chapel are beautiful and I highly recommend this tour. What made this tour so exceptional was our guide’s presentation. She knew just what to explain to us without being overwhelming or difficult to understand. If you really want to enjoy the Vatican, then an early morning tour is a must.
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Reviewed by Paul Snyman ZA   April 25, 2018
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This is a fantastic tour of the Vatican and extremely well run. Our guide coped with the large number of visitors very well and kept our party together. Her knowledge was both interesting and insightful and I really recommend this tour.
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Reviewed by Sheila and Sam IE   April 25, 2018
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I cannot imagine getting through the Vatican without a guide. The 3 hours went past so quickly and the tour was well organized and professional. When we left, I was amazed at the size of the crowds that were gathering to enter. I will be recommending this tour to all of my friends. Thank you from .
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Reviewed by Sofie NL   April 24, 2018
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The Vatican is a highlight of any trip to Rome. It has so many world famous treasures. Booking this tour avoids the long queues our guide pointed out to and explained the amazing artifacts.
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Reviewed by T Chimel US   April 24, 2018
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Our guide was very informative and friendly. If you love art and history this tour is definitely for you and if you don’t, you will by the end of the tour. The Vatican is a beautiful place to visit and going early in the morning was a bonus. NO CROWDS.
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Reviewed by Jens10 SE   April 21, 2018
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this was the best tour if you can get up early enough and be the first in the vatican and sistine chapel.
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Reviewed by Mats NO   April 19, 2018
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This is a great tour if you want to get access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before the crowds. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent.
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Reviewed by Jan GB   April 17, 2018
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Our guide spoke great English and made sure that we got what we wanted out of our tour of the Vatican. We got in very quickly and avoided the long lines that were already growing in the morning. A well-organized tour and it was so easy to book online.
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Reviewed by William Browning AE   April 16, 2018
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Our guide was perfect. The crowds that go to the Vatican every day are massive. We booked this morning tour and although the crowds were gathering to get in, we skipped the queues and went straight in. This was a well organized tour to take.
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Reviewed by R Ochoa ES   April 14, 2018
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This was the best tour we had while in Rome. We had an amazing guide with exceptional English. Well worth every cent.
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Reviewed by Agathe FR   April 13, 2018
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You have to see the highlights of the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel before it gets crowded. This was a great experience and I highly recommend it.
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Reviewed by Gwen Stevenson GB   April 12, 2018
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My husband and I have been on many tours, but this one has been the best yet. We learned so much and gained a lot from our tour. Going early in the morning was worth getting up early for. Thank you and I highly recommend this tour if you want to visit the Vatican.
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Reviewed by Bailintin IE   April 09, 2018
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This was a very professional tour. Very informative with lots of insight into the art, tapestry and architecture in the Vatican. The tour covered everything, including adequate time to enjoy the Sistine Chapel. Our guide made this a great visit for us. Thank you for good value and a wonderful morning.

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Reviewed by Christy GB   April 08, 2018
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Being the first to enter the museums of the Vatican is very special and it really made this tour unique. We walked through all of the many rooms in our small group with our guide. Arriving at the Sistine Chapel while it was empty was priceless. The guide is not permitted to talk while in the Chapel but told us what to look for before we entered.
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Reviewed by Jo1985 GB   April 05, 2018
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This was the best tour I have ever taken. From start to finish everything was professional and well organized I have always wanted to see the Vatican, especially Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Our guide was brilliant and you could tell she really wanted you to get the most from your tour. There were about 12 of us on the tour which was just right. Everyone enjoyed themselves and I would recommend this tour if you visit Rome.
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Reviewed by Eveleen IE   April 04, 2018
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Our tour guides knowledge was amazing and her zest brought everything to life. Our group was small and we were to see everything without the huge crowds. This tour is something that any lover of art (or not) should not miss. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
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Reviewed by Beth and Liam IE   April 01, 2018
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My husband and I were very fortunate to take this tour. Our guide was very informative and gave us interesting historical facts. The tour itself was packed with things to see and enjoy. The Sistine Chapel was especially beautiful.
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Reviewed by W PEÑA ES   March 30, 2018
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THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO SEE THE SISTINE CHAPEL AND THE VATICAN. WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND THIS TOUR WHICH ALLOWED US TO BE THE FIRST GROUP IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL.
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Reviewed by Maxence FR   March 30, 2018
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SEEING THE VATICAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON MY WISH LIST. I WANTED TO TAKE A PRIVATE TOUR TO GET THE MOST OUT OF MY VISIT. THIS TOUR WAS EXCELLENT AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. 5 STARS
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Reviewed by Florida Phil US   March 23, 2018
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We were the first ones to enter the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. I have done both before in the past but it was an amazing experience, at least for me to enter the Sistine Chapel without the very large crowds and to be able to enjoy it in silence with only a few other people for a good half hour or so.
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Reviewed by Niels NL   March 19, 2018
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EXCELLENT COMPANY TO USE FOR THIS TOUR. VERY INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING. OUR GUIDE WAS EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD.
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Reviewed by Carol Rumble CA   March 19, 2018
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This was a great opportunity to see the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican without a crowd. Entry was well organized with a friendly guide and on time. I recommend this tour and would absolutely do it again.
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Reviewed by Paula NJ US   March 16, 2018
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Paying a little extra for the early access is worth it. We were the first few inside the Sistine Chapel and had the chance to look and study the work of Michelangelo. This tour is highly recommended.
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Reviewed by Annabeth GB   March 16, 2018
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If you really want to enjoy seeing the Vatican, then you must go in the morning.The tour guide talked at great length about many of the frescos and sculptures leading up to the Sistine Chapel and explained about the chapel before we entered as you are not allowed to talk inside. Also remember to dress appropriately or you will not be allowed in.
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Reviewed by Dave and Pete AU   March 15, 2018
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Seeing inside the Vatican Museums and learning all about the history behind the painting of the Sistine Chapel was amazing. I have always wanted to visit the Vatican and I was told that an early morning tour was best. Our guide made the whole experience a day that I will never forget. I highly recommend this tour if you come to Rome.
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Reviewed by Roisin Henderson IE   March 13, 2018
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We arrived bright and early at the Vatican and were let in before the public. We toured the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel, Raphael's rooms etc.). Our guide was very knowledgeable with great English. Be sure to be appropriately dressed or you will not be allowed in.
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Reviewed by Andréa Simpson CA   March 13, 2018
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This was an amazing early morning tour of the Vatican. We travelled from Canada and wanted our visit to be special. Our guide told us the meaning behind many parts of the frescoes. He made the history of Michelangelo's work come alive and the whole tour was perfect from start to finish.
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Reviewed by Devona GB   March 11, 2018
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My husband, two children and I took this morning tour to the Vatican. We all enjoyed it and highly recommend this tour and tour company.
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Reviewed by Charlotte DK   March 11, 2018
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WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THIS TOUR IS THAT YOU GET ACCESS TO THE SISTINE CHAPEL AND THE VATICAN MUSEUM EARLIER THAN THE REST OF THE OTHER TOUR GROUPS.
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Reviewed by Maria SE   March 07, 2018
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Once we reached the magnificent Sistine Chapel which is out of this world, we were left alone to enjoy it. It was totally worth the money getting up early. Definitely do this early access tour…it is the best.
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Reviewed by Cara Watton GB   March 05, 2018
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What a fantastic experience we had. Our tour guide was so passionate and filled with knowledge which made the tour for us. This early morning tour allows you into the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive. Thank you!
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Reviewed by P Olmo ES   March 05, 2018
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We had a great tour guide. Knowledgeable, positive, friendly and she kept the group together as we negotiated the many rooms of artwork. The meeting point was easy to find.
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Reviewed by Timicin5 US   March 02, 2018
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Our guide was wonderful and before the tour I had a very basic knowledge of the Vatican, its background and the art inside it. By the time the tour was over, I could not believe how much I had learned.
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Reviewed by Mason27 IE   February 27, 2018
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An excellent tour, skipped the line and entered the Vatican museums early which is worth every penny. I loved being able to spend time in the Sistine chapel which was silent and relatively empty compared to when the museum is open to the public. I would highly recommend this tour to many others.
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Reviewed by Kandy5 GB   February 22, 2018
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It was an early start but it was so well worth it. Seeing the Vatican was amazing and we could hear our guide well through our headsets. Thank you.
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Reviewed by Isabella NL   February 20, 2018
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Seeing the works of art throughout the chapel in silence as one of a dozen total people was awesome. The tour guide also provided plenty of information before we went in, which was very helpful. Thank You
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Reviewed by Lina NL   February 20, 2018
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THIS WAS THE MOST OUTSTANDING AND MEMORABLE TOUR EVER! IT WAS VERY WELL ORGANIZED AND OUR GUIDE POINTED OUT MANY DIFFERENT THINGS TO US.
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Reviewed by Bruno US   February 16, 2018
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This was superb! It's a completely different experience getting to view in the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel without the crowds. The quiet time in the Sistine Chapel alone is worth taking this tour. Our guide really knew his job and our whole group was happy with the tour.
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Reviewed by Orla O Brien IE   February 15, 2018
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This was the first time I had ever been to Rome and this tour was so worth it. It is not every day you get to go to the Vatican going early in the morning made the experience so much better. We liked the fact that we did not have to queue for ages and we were so impressed with this company that we booked them for the Colosseum which was also an excellent tour.
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Reviewed by Brad and Jayne US   February 12, 2018
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We absolutely loved this tour and were pleased we made the decision to spend the money and have the early access tour. Our guide was very friendly and informative and, having gone back round again, we really appreciated having avoided the massive crowds that were filling the place by then.
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Reviewed by Carlos PAREDES ES   February 08, 2018
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A GREAT TOUR OF THE VATICAN BEFORE THE CROWDS COME IN.WELL WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY
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Reviewed by Alicia FR   February 05, 2018
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Our guide was an excellent guide taking us through the wonders of the Vatican. He was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining and he made the morning very pleasant.
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Reviewed by John and Zak from Ohio US   February 02, 2018
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The early morning entry to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums was easily the best money we spent while we were in Rome. Not only was it truly breathtaking to enter the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums but going to them before the crowds made the tour special. Our tour guide was amazing. She was knowledgeable and friendly. I cannot recommend this tour enough.
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