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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

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

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Loved this ..wonderful to view this amazing place with less people and so quiet

Ruth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This excursion was exactly as described. We were able to enjoy the chapel without crowds or noise. Tour guide was outstanding.

Matthew K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My husband and I spent a month touring Europe and this was by far the best tour we did! Having early access to the Sistine Chapel was so amazing! Well worth the price of the ticket! We'll be doing it again when we go back to Rome!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great way to see the Sistine Chapel without the crowd.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The best part is the early entrance and the guide was fine...great to have ear buds to take in all the history...the museum was super as well..I personally enjoyed the famous paintings and architecture...well worth doing it this way to avoid the heavy lines


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It and #39;s worth getting in to the Sistine Chapel early! We went through the chapel later to get in to the Basilica and it was so packed there was hardly space to move.

Sollena S Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

tour guide is very helpful and knowledgeable.

Malcolm B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Brilliant to experience without the crowds. Our guide Dario was fantastic as well. Definitely worthwhile.

Alex I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I was skeptical about this tour. But if all you want is to just quickly see the Vatican and the Sisten Chapel without the crowds. This is the tour you need. You feel even more rewarded when you exit and you see that people are willing to wait 3 hours to get in when you just walked in like a BOSS!

Denise W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent - highly recommended. Tour guide excellent and very knowledgeable. First group into the Sistine Chapel was wonderful to have the peace and quiet to enjoy the wonderful painting without the hoards. Also gives you early access into the rest of the Vatican museums plus allows you to bypass the queues to gain access to the Basilica after the visit to the chapel and museums

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