4.5 star rating: Recommended 157 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  60 minutes (approx.)
Visit the Sistine Chapel before the doors are opened to the public, and see its Renaissance treasures without the crowds! After gazing in wonder at Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ fresco and other astounding works of art, head inside the Vatican Museums, bypassing all the entrance lines outside. Then, spend as long as you want inside, exploring independently with a map and seeing highlights like Raphael’s Rooms and more.

Highlights

  • 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!

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What You Can Expect

Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

Take your time to admire Michelangelo's awe-inspiring frescoes!

Rise early to meet your host outside the Vatican Museums, and then head straight inside to the Sistine Chapel, hearing about its history and treasures on the way (talking is not permitted inside). As one of the first visitors of the day, make the most of this sacred room without the crowds, and stand up close to incredible artwork such as Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement – the iconic blue fresco that adorns the chapel’s back wall.

The Renaissance-era genius was also responsible for the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling frescoes, collectively representing one of the largest bodies of artwork to be painted by just one person. Gaze upward and marvel at scenes depicting Old Testament tales like the world-famous Creation of Adam, where God brings Adam to life with the touch of his finger.

After strolling around the chapel, admiring the works and soaking up the sacred atmosphere of the pope’s private chapel, head into the Vatican Museums with your entrance ticket and map. Then, explore at leisure, enjoying seeing more incredible art work before the later-morning crowds arrive.

Your visit to the museum complex is independent, meaning that you can see whatever you want to see and spend as long as you want inside. Explore must-visit halls like the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms, and see classical antiquities, Etruscan artifacts and some of the world’s most exquisite pieces of Renaissance artwork.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was worth ever penny. Skipped the crowds and were ushered right into the chapel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great to get in early before al, the crowds but be sure to add the St. John basilica tour with this.

Joyce Winters
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Vatican tour with David was great! Check in process was very efficient and smooth and so happy we could skip the long line to get into Vatican! Dave the guide was very knowledgeable and nice. I give this tour the highest rating!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was great! Our tour guide I think Tiffany knew a whole lot of cool information about the Vatican museums as well as the Sistine Chapel. Well worth the money and the early wake- up!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very well organized tour, very pleased about it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour. So glad we booked it. Our guide was very friendly, enjoyed explaining and answering questions while keeping the focus on getting us inside quickly. There are a bunch a tour operators that gets in at the same time at the opening, this is one of them. Well organized. We weren't the first one in the chapel but is wasn't crowed when we got in so we could enjoyed it. We had a stroller and were able to use the elevators, but for some stairs we had to pick it up and transport it which we did easily as there are not that many for which we had to do it. We choose not to visit the vatican museum since we also wanted to beat the crowds for the basillica, which we did. You can access for free the basilica from the sistine chapel but can't go back though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The only way to go. You are almost alone in the Sistine and avoid hours in line.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Sistine Chapel was the highlight of my whole visit to Italy. The tour was great. I was impressed at the sound system to that we were not bothered by other tour groups and we did not disturb them. It made it easier to hear everything our tour guide said. My husband had difficulty with the audio because of the accent of the tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Sistine Chapel is a must-do when in Rome and to see it when there are few people less noise and no crowds makes appreciating it much easier.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Well worth it! We had entry before anyone else and got to see the Vatican/Sistine chapel prior to all the crowds. Very informative, interesting tour which a great friendly and knowledgeable guide. This is one of the best tours I have ever had in Europe. Such an amazing experience. Highly recommended!

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