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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 November 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

tour guide is very helpful and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

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

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