• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 61.70 View price calendar

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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.


  • 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

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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

cynthia b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

A definite must book Tour. Beat the crowds and the heat! We would not have seen as much as we did had we not booked this Tour.

Stephanie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

After reading reviews on TripAdvisor from people waiting hours to enter the Sistine Chapel, we were very glad to have gone on this tour. The early start meant we accessed the Vatican Museums and then Sistine Chapel before the general public. We had ample time in the chapel to sit and marvel at the frescoes, with approximately 50 other people it was not busy. The Basilica is not included in this tour. Usually you can access the line to the Basilica from the Sistine Chapel, however, we didn't realise the Pope gives his public mass on a Wednesday, so the Basilica opens late 1pm. We ended up coming back the following day to do the Basilica. Highly recommend this tour - well worth the extra money to enjoy the chapel in peace and quiet and without any lines.

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This tour is so worth the money. You arrive with your guide and go right in before it opens to the public. The walk through the museum and Sistine Chapel are virtually empty. We were one of the first to step into the chapel and you could stay as long as you like. There may have been 45-50 but it wasnt the least crowded. You could move around freely, sit on the marble benches. After a short time a priest came out and gave a blessing to the group and Announced that if anyone would like to consult a priest they may come up to the alter. I dont know if they do this throughout the day but it was special. We left the chapel as people started to flock in from the public and had about 1/2 hr in the museum before it got busy. We circled around back to the chapel and is was packed, shoulder to shoulder and no place to get a seat. So glad we did this!!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This was our second visit to Rome and the Sistine Chapel but this time it was on the Early Morning Before Opening Tour which was marvelous because of our guide Pino. He got us to the front of the line and moved us through quickly so we were the first ones to step foot in the Chapel. What a pleasure! But the best part was Pino's dedication to providing us with his knowledge and insight into the history behind the art. Bravo!
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing and beautiful inside! So worth the early entrance. When we left the line was around the block.This tour is a must!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

As someone who has anxiety in crowds, I can't recommend this tour enough. We were able to enter and view the Sistine Chapel ceiling before the public and were able to actually sit on the benches and enjoy the ceiling painting without the crowds. There were maybe 30-50 people in the room while we were there, and I can say after also experiencing the Sistine Chapel when you're crowded in the room like cattle, arm to arm with hundreds of people, that this tour is so worth it!! This ticket is also good for people who have limited time in Italy, as we did.

Kara R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Best tour we did in Rome! I cannot stress enough how glad I am that we booked this tour. Getting up early was worth skipping the lines and visiting an almost empty Vatican museum and seeing the Sistine chapel with very minimal crowds. Our tour guide was so personable and interesting too. I would have dreaded experiencing this while being packed in with a bunch of other people. We got to take our time and really soak in what we were seeing. Plus, when you exit, you can head straight into the basilica and climb to the top of the dome before the crowds show up. This tour is a must if you are visiting the Vatican.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Our guide Edwardo was amazing. Very knowledgeable and really added to the experience

Roma Warford P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is the best way to see the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum. The Sistine Chapel is breathtaking, but the best part is after seeing it you have full access to all the other museum rooms and collections before they are open to the public. We had seen other museums in Rome and Florence, and the jostling of crowds takes away from the experience. Wandering through the grand halls and taking in the history and beauty with relatively few people was a treat.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Outstanding. Had early access to the Sistine chapel with a clear explanation by the escort before entering. Limited crowds so able to enjoy the chapel. Then rented the audio phone for tours of the museum after we were satiated with the chapel. Guided tours viewed the museum on the way to the Chapel so arrived when there were more crowds.

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