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Overview

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 St Peter's Basilica and the rarely-visited Vatican Crypts, plus you’ll skip the entrance lines.
  • See the Vatican's most impressive artwork without waiting in line
  • Admire the beauty of the Sistine Chapel before the daily crowds—early access ticket included
  • Enter St. Peter's Basilica through an exclusive entrance, avoiding long lines
  • Be one of only a few tour groups to visit the Vatican Crypt, and get a unique perspective of the Holy See

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Top tip: book this to make sure you’re one of the first inside the Sistine Chapel! You’ll enter 30 minutes before any guided tours and a full 1 hour and 30 minutes before the general public set foot inside.
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'll head for St Peter's Basilica. Skip the long lines as your guide whisks you inside via an exclusive entrance. Marvel at the sheer size of St Peter's, the largest ancient basilica in the world, before viewing Michelangelo's sculpture 'La Pietà' and the monumental Bernini's altar.

Finally, head below the basilica to the Vatican Crypts. The final resting place of the Catholic church's most important Popes, the crypts are rarely covered by tours.

Your tour concludes back in St Peter's Square, where you'll be able to take in the architectural splendor of the Vatican.

Reviews

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E
, Nov 2018

Our guide was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to listen to. I highly recommend this tour. Getting up early was a small price to pay for the lack of crowd in the Sistine chapel.

B
, Oct 2018

We were among the first to enter the Sistine Chapel . No crowds. Quiet with plenty of time to take in the beauty of the artwork. We were able to go back into the museums after viewing the chapel. You do have to go through the chapel again to exit to St Peters. Wonderful experience.

j
, Oct 2018

This was one of my favourite tours in Rome. You can get in much cheaper but you will be stood in massive queues waiting to get in and the place will be packed. This way we had early access so much fewer people in the place and a much better chance to learn the history and look around.The tour guide was absolutely fantastic. 100% recommend.

D
, Oct 2018

Grateful for taking this tour as we truly beat the crowds and were better able to take the time to enjoy the tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful as she explained how to navigate the area and best deal with the crowds once our early tour was over! We went back to the Sistine chapel after our early tour had ended and it was just shoulder to shoulder with tourists.

r
, Oct 2018

This ticket was a nice thing to have at the Sistine Chapel. With the guide we were one of the first groups into the museum/chapel. She was nice, she had her quirks that made her interesting and the day unforgettable. There was quite the line prior to opening so I would recommend using a skip-the-line ticket or this early entrance access tour.

M
, Oct 2018

The experience was great, we almost literally open the Vatican museum that we have the best time to see most of the display at the museum and took a photo of the display. Same as the Sistine Chapel we almost open it and we had the time to sit and enjoy the beauty of the paintings. I almost stayed there for half an hour mesmerized by it's beauty. I will definitely recommend this to my friends

K
, Oct 2018

We were so grateful to have booked this tour- we breezed past the long line of other “skip the line” tours, as this company is a Vatican partner. We were shocked at the long, endless line when we left and all the scammers trying to sell bogus tickets outside. It was a pleasure to be there early in the morning and see everything with a smaller amount of people. I can’t recommend this option enough, you won’t regret it!

C
, Oct 2018

Easier to walk to and view the Sistine Chapel with less than 100 people! I have walking difficulties and the small number of people visiting during this time made navigating the steps easy. We returned later in the morning to enter St. Peters through the Sistine Chapel and the crowds were huge and difficult to maneuver. Definitely worth the price.

v
, Oct 2018

Waking up early is not always ideal on vacation but this was our best decision yet. Barely any crowds or nudging your way to get a picture. Thank you!

B
, Oct 2018

Would recommend the early entrance option, I believe our guide mentioned only 2 or 3 tour groups have the clearance to do so. It was worth it because of course viewing the Sistine Chapel without being squeezed amongst hundreds of others is a plus! I will say this is more of a early entrance ticket and less of a 'tour' - we received some information from the guide but you actually leave her after you've entered the chapel and explore the remainder of the museums on your own. I didn't mind this but be aware it is not a fully guided, information packed tour.


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