4.5 star rating: Recommended 146 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 July 2015

Definitely worth the early start to beat the hordes of people.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had an older couple with us. They could not do a 3 hour tour, so we decided to opt for this. I'm so glad we did. While our tour guide was fine, the real purpose of this is to get you into the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public and to be able to sit for an extended period to view every detail. It was a wonderful experience. There are a couple of elevators people can use if needed just ask the guide. However there aren't elevators to avoid all stairs. When we left, the line was huge to get in and that line is totally in the sun. Would recommend to save time and get the most time to view.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Early morning tour was the best. No line up or crowds!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was wonderful, and 7:30am is the only time to go in the middle of summer. It is an hour guided tour, and then you can stay at the Vatican as long as you so desire! We were in the Basilica with approx 35 people, unlike my father inlaw, who said he was shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of people in mid afternoon a week prior to our arrival.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very much enjoyed this tour, the early access is a great idea, especially in the heat of summer. Sistine chapel was awe inspiring, St. Peter's basilica was a must see. Most impressive place I visited in Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great way to get in before the crowds. The guide was very interesting and informative, and told some great stories.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very special and worth early access

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great to see the Sistine Chapel before all the crowds!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I can't imagine trying to negotiate the crowds without this tour. Funny and knowledgeable guide treated all with respect and explained some little known facts about the venue. Go with the earliest tour possible unless you like swarms of pushy tourists!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic. To be allowed in so early, before the masses, enabled a VERY enjoyable viewing of parts of the Vatican and the Sistine chapel. Sistine was stunning. Highly recommend this tour.

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