- Early entrance Sistine Chapel visit and Vatican Museums entrance ticket
- Visit the Sistine Chapel before the doors open to the public
- See Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment fresco without the daytime crowds
- Enter the Vatican Museums straight after the Sistine Chapel and avoid the entrance lines using the VIP No Wait Access
- Explore the world-famous Vatican Museums at leisure
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
My top tip: book this to make sure you’re one of the first inside the Sistine Chapel! You’ll enter 15 minutes before any guided tours and a full 1 hour and 15 minutes before the general public set foot inside. Enjoy the quiet time before the crowds start to enter!
Recent Photos of This Tour
- Vatican and Sistine ChapelPhoto by: April S
- At the end of the tourPhoto by: Jennifer G
- HallwayPhoto by: Jennifer G
- Tour guidePhoto by: Jennifer G
- CeilingPhoto by: Jennifer G
- TapestryPhoto by: Jennifer G
- Vatican MuseumPhoto by: Jennifer G
- CeilingPhoto by: Jennifer G
What You Can Expect
Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s iconic ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment, his blue fresco that adorns the back wall of the chapel. Talking is not allowed inside, so you’ll learn about these Renaissance masterpieces before you enter.
When your time in the chapel is up, you may continue exploring the Vatican Museums with your entrance ticket and provided map. Walk around independently to see the renowned art collection, one of the biggest in the world, which includes works by masters like Raphael. Popular rooms you’ll want to visit include the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael’s Rooms. From classical statues to Etruscan artifacts to Renaissance paintings, it’s an art lover’s heaven.
You may spend as much time as you’d like inside before leaving on your own.
This tour gave us so much insight and information in such a short amount of time. Would highly recommend for anyone to take this tour as it was certainly worth it.
Richard H United Kingdom
Great way to see the Sistine Chapel and to avoid the crush
Superb opportunity to see the Sistene Chapel before the crowds descend! Would highly recommend it.
The early rise for this tour is well worth the effort. We met the guides across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The tour was very well organised. I was delighted with the technology used in order that we could hear the guide. We were given an ear piece and a booster which worked very well in ensuring that we could hear everything. Our guide, an enthusiastic art historian, was very knowledgeable and instilled excitement in what was to come. She lead us through the empty museum to the Sistine Chapel. The museums were amazing and being there ahead of the crowds was magical. In the Sistine Chapel we were able to sit at the side to view the paintings and then walk to the other side and sit down again. There were very few people and there was a respectful silence. Another wonderful Viator experience.
Our group of 12 got up very early for this tour, but it was totally worth it. Our guide gave us some great information about the Sistine Chapel, and we got to see the chapel with only a few other people. The guards pretty much left us alone (not asking us to be quiet or anything). After we had looked around the Vatican museums a little, we had to go back through the Sistine Chapel to get into St. Peter's Basilica, and the chapel was packed. The guards were stationed throughout the room herding the crowds along. That was when we truly realized how glad we were that we had taken the early tour.
Perfect! We were literally the first group to enter the Vatican when the lines opened! Very knowledgeable guide. Great value!
Our tour guide was extremely helpful and led our group of 20 straight to the chapel. As I walked in I was the second person there and it was a wonderful moment! We were given ample time there and then were shown how to navigate the rest of the museum on our own, according to our tastes. With 7km of rooms to visit one has to be choosy! An awesome experience, well worth the extra cost and early rise. Thank you.
Excellent tour and well worth the money!!
To be able to enter and view the Sistine Chapel before the crowds was amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to have a bit more breathing space while seeing the Vatican Museum. The lines to get in when we were already leaving after our tour were extremely long. We were so happy no to have to wait!
Everyone kept telling us to book a tour in order to get into the Sistine Chapel early and are we ever glad we did! Our guide, Oscar, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Roman art and the Sistine Chapel. I felt like we got a lot more out of our visit than if we had just gone in by ourselves and wandered around. Highly recommend this tour!