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

Early Access: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

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.


  • 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 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!

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Does what it says on the tin! Early access no ques. Guide gave lots of info. A quick easy tour with as much time as you want to look at Sistine and museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was very well organised and clearly explained where to meet and what to wear. Our tour guide was lovely, very informative. The fact that we were there before anyone was worth every cent we paid. We have unobstructed views of the all the incredible sights.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was Christina and it was magical to walk into the museum before everyone else! We also were prepared for the Sistine Chapel as there is no talking or picture taking inside. Just great!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely fantastic! Our guide was great, and we were able to get into the Museum and Sistine Chapel before anyone else which allowed us to really appreciate the beautiful paintings and other items. Once the public were allowed inside, it was too overwelming with all the people, so it was great that we were able to see most things before the masses entered! Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We were so glad we booked this tour! It was our first morning in Rome and was a bit of a rush to get there but it was worth it! We got to visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel with almost no one else in there! It was a great experience. Later on, there were seas of people and you couldn't see half as much or take the time to enjoy it. We then spent the rest of our morning wandering around the rest of the Vatican. If you want to experience the Vatican before the crowds, this is the tour to do it!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a must if you want to experience the Sistine chapel at it's best. It was magical! Well worth the cost. The tour was well organised and a dream come true!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Outstanding tour! It was great getting into the Chapel before all the crowds arrived.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

great to get in before the crowds. We were able to see things and take our time. We probably sat in the Sistene Chapel for an hour studying the work in awe. Great guide as well through the highlights of the Vatican Museum. Highly recommended.

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