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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

Julie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I've been to the Sistine Chapel 9 times with various groups and this early access tour was by far the best. The tour guide, Ursus, was very laid back and friendly but managed to get us into the chapel first-giving us a few minutes in the chapel totally alone. It is really worth it.

Claire B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The early access tour is definitely worth it! You get a much better experience of the Vatican Museum and, of course, the Sistine Chapel. The tour operator was very professional, and our tour guide was very informative. An added bonus is that you are able to skip the security line to St Peter's Basilica from the Vatican Museum.

Tracy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

So worth the early morning alarm clock! To be in the chapel with only the other members of our tour was priceless. When we left the museums, the line to get in was wrapped around the wall and went on for miles! We were so thankful we decided to buy these tickets. We were disappointed that these tickets didn't include entrance into the Basilica, that was a separate entrance and it was free, but there was another long line for that.

YE H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

strongly recommended and this is the best way to avoid the crowd.

Lyudmila B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful time. My dad enjoyed the history, my kids loved the beauty of tapestry and maps and I was so impressed by the art.

Rachel M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is the best way to do the Vatican and Sistine Chapel! You beat all the crowds and truly get a chance to admire all the wonderful gems found throughout the Vatican! I would recommend to anyone to start you day off this way. After you see the chapel you have time to explore on your own!

Melinda M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very knowledgeable tour guide. Early access pays. Have already recommended the tour to other travellers.

Damien I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Maria was a Wonderful and knowledgeable guide

Sinead D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour guide Francesca was friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Great to get access before large crowds -would recommend

Rebecca M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Oscar was fantastic!! He gave us great and necessary information. Although on a time limit to get in before the crowds it did not feel rushed. He had a great nature about him and was a wonderful leader. The tour was also well worth the money. Seeing how crowded the Sistine Chapel was afterwards I was very glad to have had the experience without the massive crowd. I stayed in there for about 45minutes in absolute awe.

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