Early Morning Vatican Tour




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    Angela Griffin

    Hi Eyes of Rome! I am writing from Rhode Island. I am planning our holidays in Italy with my husband and of course we cannot miss Rome. I have a friend who booked a tour with Eyes of rome. She had had Dennis as a guide for the Vatican and she told me he was absolutely fantastic! Especially because she booked an early bird tour and the whole atmosphere was more pleasant and relaxing, she said. But I am wondering, since you guys offer this service, how many people visit the Vatican with an early reservation? I would like to ask Dennis a question, since my friend said he is very nice and experienced on Vatican tours. 

    Dear Dennis, is it really worth going to visit the vatican early in the morning? How many people visit the Vatican on an early bird tour? Can you, as a visitor, really tell the difference? I would love to arrange something special for my husband since he is a devout Catholic. Thank you!

  • Hi Angela, thank you for your question and for reaching out to me. I am very pleased your friend enjoyed the tour with me and eyes of rome. Can I ask you what is your friend’s name? I would like to send her my greetings  :)

    Regarding your questions, if the early bird is worth it, I would say is a big YES. First of all, with the Vatican early bird you avoid the biggest crowds. The tour starts at 7am or 7.30am and it finishes at 11.30am. At 9.30am the museums’ doors open to the general public and you will see the difference then. By that time we will be already half way through the tour, we will have visited already the Sistine Chapel, and will already be on our way to St. Peter’s basilica. Another fact to consider is that if you are planning to come to visit Rome in summertime, it is good to know that the museums get really warm due to the lack of air conditioning and to the number of visitors. Therefore the earlier the better! In terms of how many people visit the Vatican with an early booking, it is hard to answer to this question, since we are not the only tour operator offering this service. However the number of visitors on an early bird is roughly 20% of the visitors on a normal booking. The atmosphere, I can guarantee, is way different then on a normal Vatican entrance, more calm and relaxing, especially in the Sistine Chapel, and this is how it should be visited. 

    I hope this answered your questions and concerns, and if you want to read more details about this tour I suggest you to have a look at this article. Please do not hesitate to contact us again if you have any other questions!

    Ciao, we hope to see you soon here in Rome

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    Angela Griffin

    Hi Denis, thank you very much for your answer! Kelly McDouglas, my friend, is saying hello to you!! Your answer has been very helpful thank you. I see that the early morning vatican is one of your best sellers and I was worried that it could have been crowded as it is known it can be in the normal booking hours. But you made it sound much better so I will definitely go for it.

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    Al Freeman

    Hey Angela, I have done an early morning vatican with my partner in July and that made a huge difference on our day. The vatican got really packed at some point in the morning but we had already seen the most important places of the museums with few lucky ones (like us) inside. I really recommend this tour, especially during the high season. A big thanks also to the Eyes of Rome team and our guide Serena, lovely!

  • Angela, with my pleasure! I am sure you will enjoy the tour. I am available if you have any other questions. Have a great day! Ciao also to Kelly :)


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    Cynthia B.

    Thank you eyes of rome for all the hard work you have done for us! We weren’t the easiest family I know :) Stefania, our guide for all of our stay in Roma was absolutely fantastic. We booked the early vatican tour suggested by eyes of rome and it was just amazing. we did everything we could in three days, discovering, eating, walking…WE LOVE ROME!

  • Hi Al. I am glad you liked the tour! The early morning is a nice way to navigate the Vatican. I really enjoyed being with you guys. A big hug to you two :)

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    Matthew Douglas

    We went on a Early morning Vatican tour and Guiliano was our guide. Loved his enthusiasm and we were all impressed with his knowledge. Getting to see the Sistine Chapel before the crowds was the greatest thing! Afterwards, he gave us recommendations for food and coffee, and handed me his business card in case we had any questions while we were in town. We didn't get to the restaurant, but the coffee recommendation was spectacular! Tazza d'Oro!

  • Ciao Matthew! thank you for your lovely comment here. I had lots of fun with you on tour. Come to Rome soon and don’t forget to try my restaurants’ suggestions ;)    Big hug

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    Wunderbare tour! Unsere guide Valeria war wirklich hervorragend. Es hat sich tatsächlich ausgelohnt die Tour um 7:30 zu beginnen, wir waren fast die ersten in den Museen! 

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