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Premium Vatican City Tour – Vatican Museums Early Morning Entry & Exclusive Access to the Pope’s Estate

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Key Highlights

  • This premium Vatican City tour offers exclusive access to the Vatican Museums, the Pope’s special train and farmhouse
  • Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in the early morning, before the public opening hours
  • Enjoy a stroll through the lush gardens of the Vatican City
  • Embark on a special train journey departing from the Pope’s private train station
  • Visit the Pope’s farmhouse and enjoy an organic snack – only offered by this local operator!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    07 May - 29 Oct: Saturday


    10 hours, 30 minutes

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    “Aldo ai Musei” Café, in Via Sebastiano Veniero n. 62

    Ending Point

    Roma San Pietro Station

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Enjoy this fantastic private tour of the Vatican City that takes you to places beyond any other tours. Starting in the early morning with a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel - before it opens doors to the public – on this tour you’ll enjoy personal time at the magnificent sites. Take in the immense collection of artworks on display and the intricate frescoes and detailing on the walls of the museum, with the help of an audio guide providing further information and context.

    Stroll through the Vatican Gardens and walk the footsteps of the Pope as you board a special train from the Pope’s private railway station and arrive at Castel Gandolfo in the Roman countryside. Here, you will also enjoy exclusive access to the Pope’s farmhouse and sample an organic snack, only available to the local folks at the Vatican City!


    Your Vatican tour begins at 7:45am in front of the Aldo ai Musei Café, where you will meet your tour assistant. The assistant will take you to the Vatican Museums - just a short walk away – before the regular opening time. Arriving early means the site is open only to a select few, and offers a significantly less-crowded experience to that during public visiting hours.

    With the help of an audio guide, see one of the world’s largest art collections spanning from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to contemporary art. Visit the Raphael Rooms, ancient sculpture galleries and the stunning Hellenistic ‘Laocoon’.

    Visit the Sistine Chapel and be stupefied by the luminous paintings on the ceiling and behind the altar painted by Michelangelo. Every corner of the chapel is decorated; with mosaics on the floor and intricate frescoes on the wall painted by the early Renaissance artists. It is a moving experience to see the enormity of Michelangelo's frescoes as well as that of the famous The Last Judgement painting, which he painted on the back wall of the chapel.

    At 10am, enjoy a stroll through the Vatican Gardens before heading to the Pope’s private train station. Admire the Vatican Walls, the Casine and the beautiful fountains, small temples, shrines and the coves dedicated to Madonna. See the magnificence of St. Peter's Basilica and the place of rest and meditation of the reigning Pope Francis.

    You will reach the Vatican Train Station at 11am and board a special train. See the Vatican City gates open to allow the train leave for a journey through the Roman countryside to Castel Gandolfo.

    At Castel Gandolfo, enjoy free time for lunch (not included in the tour) and then embark on a tour of the city in an eco-transport. See the beautiful gardens, fountains, flowers and scenic Roman ruins scattered around the smallest state in the world.

    Next, enjoy an exclusive access to the Roman Amphitheatre and the Pope’s Farmhouse, only available to the guests of this tour. Sample an organic snack produced in the farmhouse and only available to the citizens of the Vatican City.

    At the end of the tour, you will get the chance to explore the quaint Roman countryside at Castel Gandolfo on your own. Your tour ends at the Roma San Pietro Station.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Early morning access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
    • Vatican Gardens visit
    • Special return train journey departing from Pope's private station
    • Entry to the Pope’s farmhouse
    • An organic snack at the farmhouse
    • Audio guide for all sites
    • Thank you Pope’s Estate Postcards


    • Lunch
    • Hotel transfers
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after the tour starts.

    The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are holy places and thus, the attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. isango! cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the Vatican.
    Being a Jubilee year, kindly note that Sistine Chapel might close at any given time without notice.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems.