• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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Stand inside the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes 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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Priority First Early Entrance: 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

Eduardo G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Excellent, best tour of our visit to Rome! Amazing experience for the whole family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Best and only way to view the Sistine Chapel. While you will not be the only tour group in the Chapel, you will be with a lot fewer people than if you go once the Museums and the Chapel are open. Note that you still have to pass through several of the galleries before you reach the Chapel but if your guide is good, like ours was, they will walk quickly through those galleries and head to the Chapel as fast as possible. Don't worry, you will still have the opportunity to explore the museums after you visit the Chapel. Your guide will explain hopefully like ours did that you will see the Chapel and then when you are ready to exit, you can either head to the left to go back to the Museums or to the right to see the Basilica. Note that if you head to the right, you will NOT be able to re-enter into the museums. So if you are interested in doing both, you would go to the left first and revisit the galleries that you walked quickly through earlier as well as the other galleries that you didn't have a chance to see. To get to the Basilica once you are done at the museums, you will then return back to the Sistine Chapel and turn right when exiting. Going back through the Sistine Chapel to get to the Basilica will reinforce how happy you will be that you did the Early Entrance tour! We didn't spend long in the museums and even only after a brief period maybe an hour? after the Chapel and Museums were open, the Chapel was incredibly crowded - don't even think about trying to get to one of the benches along the walls in the Chapel! On the early tour, we were able to sit, reflect and take in the beauty of the Chapel from multiple locations.

This tour company was extremely well organized with great directions on how to find the guides as well. We highly recommend this as the way to see the Sistine Chapel!

PATRICIA K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Great early entrance. Worth every penny. We got right in Chapel, walked around museum then hit St. Peter's Basilica from Sistine Chapel. Great experience. Beat the crowds!

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

On a whim, I planned my first visit to Rome as a tag to a 10-day cruise, with no thought to

Linda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

The early entry to the Sistine Chapel was a great experience for us. We met our guide at 7am across the street from the Vatican Museum. It was very easy to identify the tour from the others as the staff wore City Wonders shirts and also held up a flag with the company name. Our guide Adele introduced herself to each person in the group and headsets were quickly distributed. We could easily hear what our guide was saying regardless of our location within the group. While waiting to enter the Vatican, Adele told us about the history of the Vatican and surrounding area. She was very passionate, informative, and enthusiastic. On our way to the Sistine Chapel we walked through a section of the Vatican Museums. We saw tapestries, sculptures, paintings and maps. Adele provided information about what we were seeing which was a bonus since she technically was doing only the Sistine Chapel. I suggest taking a good look at all of this as much as you can without holding up the group. It will be packed with people later. We passed through an open court yard with a stunning view of St. Peter’s Basilica. This was a great photo opportunity.

It was a joy to have Adele as our guide. She provided us with information about what we would see inside the Sistine Chapel. Talking is discouraged in the Sistine Chapel and no photography is allowed. Once inside we looked at the ceilings and walls, then sat down to take it all in. There were only a few hundred people in the Sistine Chapel at this time and it was peaceful. We used a guidebook and a map of the Sistine Chapel to understand what we were looking at. It was beyond amazing. Adele also gave us suggestions on which areas of the museums may be of interest to us after leaving the chapel.

Once we were done in the Sistine Chapel we exited back into the Vatican Museums and went to the cafeteria for breakfast. The second exit out of the Sistine Chapel takes you into St. Peter’s Basilica. There is no reentry back into the Sistine Chapel and the museums once you leave from this exit.

After the cafeteria we walked through the museums. The collection of art work and artifacts was overwhelming. The Transfiguration by Raphael is enormous and seemed to glow. There is so much to take in.

When we walked back through some sections of the museum (pathway to the Sistine Chapel), we were going against the tide of traffic and some of the staircases were blocked. It was not possible to revisit certain areas. This was a bit confusing so we just covered what we could and headed back through the Sistine Chapel in order to get to St. Peter’s Basilica. It was interesting to be in the chapel again and this time there were people shoulder to shoulder. The guards were quickly ushering people into the chapel. At this point, we were extremely grateful we had been in the chapel earlier that morning and with relative peace to take it all in.

I highly recommend the early entry to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Having the luxury to see the Sistine Chapel and parts of the Vatican in the quiet early morning was a beautiful experience I will remember forever. Our guide Adele was wonderful! Grazie mille!

Bobby D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Fantastic opportunity to spend extended time with no crowd in the most beautiful creation of man that we've ever seen.

Adrian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This priority access is definitely worth it. I had seen the chapel a few days before but wanted to see it without so many people crammed into the room. When we got to the room, there were maybe 50 people in there and it was quiet. I thought the last judgement was amazing and could not look away. You can go into the museum with this ticket and explore on your own afterwards, just do not go out of the door to the far right that leads to the Basilica as you will not be allowed back in. This is worth the money as Citywonders was well organized and easy to find.

joo0shin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Best choice to avoid the huge crowds and see the Sistine Chapel in relative quiet. Our guide's discription was also excellent!

Bhavisha P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This is not really a tour just a way to get into the Sistine Chapel earlier than everyone else. We liked it because appreciating Sistine Chapel without 1000s of people was definitely the best experience in Rome.

Joyce H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The meeting spot was right next to Cafe' Vaticano down the bottom of staircase. It's very organized tour guides holding up a sign. We were separated into groups and given a brief overview of the painting.We were the first group to enter. The guide walked us thru the vatican museum until we reached the Sistine chapel . The Sistine chapel is very small with sitting areas along the walls. The painting is beyond amazing. I highly recommend taking the early access tour it was really nice to be able to view the painting without the throng of people bumping into you because by the the time the rest of the tour groups was allowed access it was crazy!

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