Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public with this early-access ticket to the Vatican Museums complex. Explore at your own pace, stopping to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere. See the Vatican museums, Vatican Crypts, and St Peter's Basilica before your visit ends.
Early Access to the Sistine Chapel—before other tours and before the public
Go straight through the Museums to the Sistine Chapel with your English-speaking escort
Enjoy Michelangelo's masterpieces before the crowds arrive
Take the time to explore the Vatican Museum for as long as you want
Share the experience with a small group
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Be among the first people of the day inside the Sistine Chapel with this ticket.
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. After seeing the chapel, you'll be able to explore the Vatican Museums at your own pace. Your tour concludes back in St Peter's Square, where you'll be able to take in the architectural splendor of the Vatican.
The tour was really well organised with easy and near the start. The guide was brilliant. The radio headphones made things even better. We went on the 7:20 tour so we virtually had the place to ourselves. I’d recommend that as we got caught up in the crush later visiting other parts and were shoulder to shoulder
I feel that it would have been better to get a cheaper skip-the-lines ticket and get an audiotour instead. Our guide was quite lovely, but the tour was barely more than being shown how to get to the Chapel from the entrance, which would have been fine if we'd got there first, as advertised. There were already lots of people at the Sistine Chapel by the time we got there. I think a lot of time was lost trying to fix technical problems with the audio equipment. All the seats were taken. So I'm not sure it was worth paying for the guide to walk us there. She left us at the Chapel even though the tour details say the 'tour' ends at St Peters Square. The instructions she gave for getting to St Peters Basilica were too vague and forgettable for someone unfamiliar with Vatican City, so we didn't make it there in the end. She wasn't sure if the entry to the Basilica was included in the tour, but it was clear I wasn't the only person in the group under the impression that it was supposed to be. I read later that it looks like Jesus' eyes follow you in one of the tapestries we walked past. That would have been cool to see but it wasn't pointed out to us.
We were the first ones in so avoiding the huge crowds was awesome. Our guide on June 26th was very knowledgeable and nice. My son and I were on a time crunch in Europe and had this tour not been available we would not have seen the Vatican at all. Also know that if you choose this on a Wednesday with hopes of seeing the Basilica in the a.m. too you will be disappointed. On Wednesdays the Basilica opens after 12 p.m. due to the Pope (or his security) utilizing this area while the Pope has an outdoor service at 1030 a.m. Unfortunately we could not see either but did get to see the area (part of museum) before and after arriving at the Sistine Chapel. I did get some great pictures due to only my group being in there. My only negative was my headset would work sometimes. I did miss some info but due to small group I could hear a lot of what the Guide was saying. I didnt want to hold everyone up so I didnt say anything to the CityWonders Guide but Im sure he would have helped. Being in before the general public was amazing!
Was with the first group to enter the Sistine Chapel for the day. It is definitely a magical moment to see the intricate details of Michaelangelo's masterpiece with only a dozen or so other people. Spend as much time as you want from any vantage point to awe in the beauty of the images and really study the story that is being told. The tour also gives you free access to see the museums for the whole day. Once the general public make it in, the place is an absolute zoo! tried to see the Sistine Chapel again, but it was absolutely packed which makes it hard to look up without getting bumped. 100% recommended if you are not a fan of lines, or really want time to take it all in.
This was a great way to see the Sistine Chapel with out the crowds. We were the first group in that morning and we could sit and look at it peacefully. The guide gave us a very quick walk through of some of the other parts as we rushed through to get to the chapel. Once in the chapel the tour was over. We did not get a tour of the rest of the museums and we could not go into St Peter's Basilica because it was Wednesday when the Pope is in there. So the actual talking part of the tour was only about 30 mis. Great way to get in early, but a little pricey for just that, and don't go on a Wednesday.
This is not a full tour of the Vatican but straight forward and to the point. We got to see the famous sites. My guide spoke great English and had a sincere passion for the subject matter. The tour started on time and the crowds were minimal. Definitely worth getting there extra early.
Don't be late and pay attention to your meeting point!
, Jun 2019
I understand my mistake now, but never having been to the Vatican before, we told our taxi driver to drop us off at the Vatican ... not the Vatican museums. We were one minute late to the correct meeting point and somehow managed to miss our tour all together. Ultimately, the tour group was really great and got us rescheduled for an 8:00 entry - though, they only got us in the door - we somehow lost our tour guide privileges. Never the less, it's a worthwhile stop and these guys really did work to make the best of my dumb mistake! Be sure you meet at the entrance to the Vatican museums and don't just get dropped off at the Vatican and you'll be fine!
We booked a tour for the early entrance and tour of the Sistine Chapel, scheduled for a Wednesday with the hopes that we could avoid crowds. Our guide was Hilaria, a pint-sized encyclopedia with what ,it’s be a PhD in art history. She was entertaining, engaging, and informative. She was also very professional, which was so important when it came to managing people, peddlers, and line jumpers. The instructions for ticket pick up were a little ambiguous for us, it wasn’t clear if we could exchange our paper receipt for a ticket the day before or only the day of. I am glad we decided to arrive a little early on the day of, because there is no office, just tour employees with clipboards standing around at the appointed time. Knowing this in advance would have saved us some stress. Also, definitely make sure your headphones work or bring your own- having a bad audio connection can spur the whole experience. Even so, it was just what we wanted, and were generally pleased with our tour.