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Early morning Vatican Museums private tour with Cabinet of Masks

Based on 6 reviews
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Access to the restricted areas of the Cabinet of Masks
  • Private guide for 3.5-hours
  • Early access before the general opening
What to expect

Enjoy a 3.5-hour private visit inside the Vatican Museums with access to the restricted areas of the Cabinet of Masks. You will enter one hour before the general opening, at 8.00am, skipping the line and enjoying the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at their least crowded levels.

Your private guide will meet you outside the Vatican Museums entrance at 7.30am; you will enter with skip-the-line tickets at 8.00am, one hour before the general entrance. During this short waiting time, your guide will explain the Vatican history and architecture.

You will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enter one of the restricted areas of the Museums, the Cabinet of Masks whose name originates from the main subject of the mosaics that adorn the gallery floors. These beautiful, precious mosaics once adorned a Roman Villa and were later hosted in the beautiful Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli.

Then, you will admire the stunning Sistine Chapel, with the amazing frescoes skillfully made by Michelangelo, representing various scenes from the Last Judgment chapter of the Bible. Entering before the general opening will mean you can appreciate this masterpiece without being rushed, benefitting from the detailed explanation of your guide. The last stop of your tour will be inside St. Peter's Basilica. You will skip the line, entering the Cathedral from a small passage from the Sistine Chapel and you will admire the beautiful marble sculpture by Michelangelo, the world-famous Pietà.

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What's included
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Entrance to the restricted area of the Cabinet of Masks
  • Private guide for 3.5-hours
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Viale Vaticano, 98-99, 00136 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting point:

Meet your guide who will be holding a sign with your family name at the bottom of the stairs of the Vatican Museums

What to remember
  • 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
  • St. Peter's Basilica is a church and as such, the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica; when the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend a longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 people
  • Maximum number of participants: 6 people
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  • Every day except Wednesdays and Sundays at 7.30am
  • Vatican Museums are closed on the following dates: 1 and 6 January, 19 March, 2 April,1 May, 29 June, 14-15 August, 1 November, 8, 25-26 December
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Booking fee
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Cancellation policy
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