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Tour code: 3731SISTINE
Stand inside the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public with this early-access ticket to the chapel and the rest of the Vatican Museums complex. This is an exclusive opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere. When you leave the chapel, you can then explore the other rooms and galleries of the Museums, such as Raphael’s Rooms, at your leisure, plus you’ll skip the entrance lines.


  • 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!

Your early morning Vatican experience starts as you meet your host outside the Vatican Museums. Go in and head directly to the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s private place of worship, which is normally the last thing seen on a tour of the Museums complex. With this ticket, however, you’ll enter the chapel as one of the first visitors of the day, allowing you to enjoy it without the crowds.

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.

Customer Reviews

Nancy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

this is worth the money -- our group of 15 was literally the first to walk into the Sistine Chapel at 8 am -- other small groups followed, but still only a couple hundred people filled that huge space for the first hour before crowds began to stream in at 9 am. I sat quietly for an hour just drinking in the beautiful ceiling, Last Judgement and 15th-c frescoes. Magical! if you care about the Vatican Museums, this was difficult -- they are poorly marked for navigating -- I bought an audio tour to find my way around and I still missed the entire art gallery. Read up on the Museums in a guidebook before coming, as the Vatican doesn't make it easy to figure out what is where - they are more concerned with crowd control.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was great. The crowds were minimal and the guards in the Sistine Chapel were much more friendly and laid back than they were when we walked through it again later. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out lots of things to look for in the paintings. I definitely recommend this tour.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Being one of the first in and walking the galleries in peace and quiet to reach the Sistine with virtually no one there was magical! Super guide. A highlight of our trip to Rome!

JoAnn V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is perfect. There were only about 15 people in the Sistine Chapel when we arrived. Then, we were free to return to museum or go to St. Peter's. Since this museum is overwhelming....beautiful, but overwhelming......this was the tour for us!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Worth every penny. Later it is so crowded you can hardly get through. Getting in early you really get to enjoy what you are seeing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I highly suggest for everyone to have early access. We were able to admire the Sistine Chapel without being crowded and bumping into others.

Tomoko I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My family enjoyed this tour immensely. It allows you to enter the Sistine chapel before the public so that you can admire this amazing work in peace and quiet. It is not a guided tour but simply an escorted tour to the Sistine Chapel. Considering how crowded it got later, this was worth waking up early in the morning for.

Kathleen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved this tour and our guide.

Robert F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

An excellent tour that was well worth getting up early. Guide pointed out interesting facts and was excellent. As the advert states, you do get better,quieter access to the site before the melee begins, allowing you to take some great pictures, with less people on display....
Recommended if you can get up early.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

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.

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