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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.

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

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

Katie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was well worth the extra money and early morning. We were among just 20 or so people in the Sistine Chapel. This exclusive access meant we could sit and enjoy the splendour of the chapel. We visited it twice later in the day and each time it was busier - no space to take it all in.

Mollie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This early access express tour of the Sistine Chapel was amazing! My husband has MS, and has mobility issues and gets fatigued easily, and I knew there was no way he would be able to make it through a 3 hour/7 km tour of the Vatican Museum. With this tour, we were LITERALLY the first group into the museum, got a quick highlights tour with our excellent guide through the museum on our way to the Sistine Chapel, and then got to enjoy the Sistine Chapel with only a handful of other people. We were able to sit on the benches along the wall, and really just were able to take our time and soak up the beauty of the place. Most of the people on our tour then backtracked through the museum to spend more time seeing the exhibits, but our guide showed us the secret door that leads directly to St Peter's Basilica. A few steps down some back hallways, and we were there! This was especially welcome as it meant my husband didn't have to walk all the way around the outside of the Vatican and stand in another line to get into the Basilica. We were able to enjoy the Basilica as well before it filled up with people. Everything was really just perfect for our circumstances. Highly recommend.

jane r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour group leader was fantastic, providing an overview of the Sistine chapel prior to our entrance, answering questions and professional as well as personable. We were among the early risers and had the opportunity to view the chapel with a limited number of others. This is the best way to see the Vatican.

Jeffrey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

First in line and brief tour as we headed towards Sistine Chapel. I stayed in Sistine Chapel for over 1 hour before heading to self tour of Vatican Museum. Closely watch signs for other museum section after Sistine Chapel. I went back to Sistine Chapel and the crowds were packed with little room to move. Recommend this tour.

jprousselet

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It worth every penny and the extremely early wake up. The guide was amazing, friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend it and will take it again.
The only thing I want to people know is that at that early time there is only machines to get a metro tickets, you will need change. When you get to the closest Vatican metro station you will be lost, and at night with fog is not that simple to get your way. Get your map and study it. I had to get help twice and there is almost no people around. The cafe Vatican will be close but at the bottom of the stairs there is an amazing cafe open.
PS. Since Japan sponsored the last restoration they don't allow you to take pictures!!! The security is very rude!
But people anyways take lots of pictures with their cellphones!
Ridiculous policy because we paid for the visit an imagine you inside the Sistine chapel and not having a self!
I think it is against the law to prohibit to take photos without flashlight, that place belongs to the people, is humanity patrimony.

lisi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our guide was on time, and we were so happy to have gone early as to avoid all the craziness later in the day. WE had no lines and were able to take great pics without other people present to bomb the photos!! Thank you so much!

Becky L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Guide was fantastic! This was my third trip to the Vatican and my first with a guide. The guide made the trip so much more enjoyable and I learned many new details.

Amber S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The trip was fantastic. We were among the first in the Chapel and the short sharp info provided by the guide was fantastic.

gmrothgarnmoore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our objective was for our tour guide, Licia, to lead us through the museum to the Sistine Chapel, spend some time there, and then see as much as we could of the rest of the museum unguided, and at our own pace. Licia pointed out a lot of interesting information along the way. We arrived at the Chapel around 8AM I think. There were some other people already, and some guards, but there was plenty of room for all to admire this amazing place. At 8:30, Licia reminded us that she was leaving, but also reminded us to stay as long as we liked in the Chapel, and to remember to visit the rest of the museums.

After we spent an adequate amount of time in the Sistine Chapel, we retraced our steps to try to walk through in order. We got lost here and there, but that was OK, and eventually made our way back to the Sistine Chapel. I dont remember the exact time, but I think it was around noon - and what a difference! The Chapel was packed with people, standing shoulder to shoulder - just like on a crowded bus. Many more guards, many of whom were reminding yelling at people not to take pictures, but nobody paid attention. It was a warm day in Rome, so it was warm in the Chapel - like a sauna.

I am so glad that we took the Early Access Tour. What a difference it makes to have the opportunity to appreciate this place when its less crowded, and much quieter. Licia was a great guide. Knowledgeable, professional, and very patient with all of us.

mgj218

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was fantastic! Our guide was knowledgeable, spoke English and was very pleasant. Getting in early gave us plenty of time to explore the Musums and Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. I recommend this highly!

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