VIP Vatican Experience

Duration (H)



Every day except Sunday at 8:30AM

Max Group Size


Here at Carpe Diem Rome, we have worked hard to offer you the best experience possible of the Vatican. Here it is: The 8:30am VIP Vatican Experience.

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Adult Price


£ 70
Per Person

Child Price

(Aged 5-17)

£ 60
Per Person

Tour Highlights

– Early access to the Vatican before the general public
– Small 20 person maximum group
– Guided by one of Rome’s most experienced tour guides
– Visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
– Headset to always hear your guide

Tour Description

Experience the Vatican as the Pope himself does by entering before doors open to the public with our 8:30am VIP Vatican Experience. At this time, the winding corridors, sweeping hallways and stunning chapels are near-empty, allowing our small group to explore in the peace and tranquillity that the great Catholics of history intended.

We’ll begin this Vatican morning tour at the Museum, a labyrinthine complex featuring over 1000 rooms that cover a jaw-dropping four millennia. Those visiting unguided often find themselves dazzled by the plethora of works on display here – which can make it somewhat difficult to navigate. But our guides have curated a bespoke route through the museum that packs in all the best bits – without leaving you lost for hours in its maze-like corridors.

Our next stop is the world-famous Sistine Chapel, best-known for its sprawling ceiling art painted by Michalengelo in the 1500s. This seminal work is said to have changed the course of Western Art – which may sound a tad dramatic, but trust us: when you see it, you’ll believe it. The rules dictate silence upon entry to the chapel, which isn’t usually a problem – it’s sheer beauty leaves most speechless.

Our final stop is the spellbinding St Peter’s Basilica – the largest church in the world. This renaissance masterpiece is the focal point of the Vatican City, and as a separate attraction normally draws in huge queues. But with us you’ll be given an exclusive skip-the-line ticket (only available through select Vatican Partners), enabling you to breeze through and get straight into the history.

We’ll finish in the central square, where you can bask in your wise decision to beat the morning rush and head off for a late breakfast or early lunch. Or sneak back to the hotel for a cheeky siesta.

This route covers about 2 kilometres in total and is conducted at a leisurely pace that is suitable for all. The tour duration is around 2.5 hours.

Please remember to cover shoulders and knees in line with the Vatican dress code.

Vatican Museum tickets and St Peter’s Basilica tickets are included.

If you would like to make a reservation for the same day or less than 12 hours before your desired start time, please contact Russell on +39 349 5182191 or Harry on +44 78916717883. 

8:30 AM too early start for you? Check out our Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica tour which runs throughout the day!


Confirmation notes

– Please remember to cover shoulders and knees in line with the Vatican dress code
– Feel free to contact us with any questions related to your trip
– Please be at the office 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time
– Please bring/wear: Comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle
– Vatican museum tickets and St Peter’s Basilica tickets are included

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