• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 65.02 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

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.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is the only way to get to see the Sistine Chapel properly. We were taken straight to it well before the crowds, and were able to see it in all it's splendour. When we returned to it a few hours later after exploring the Museum at our leisure, it was packed with people, none of whom were getting to see much other than the ceiling.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

very informative and we were the first ones inside the sistine chapel.

Kent W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We booked this tour 3731SISTINE, for April 3, online, prior to departing for Italy. It was one of the top things we did. We had visited last year, with a Viator tour, later in the morning, after general admission, and the difference is as night and day. Last year it was wall-to-wall people. This year with this early tour, there were only about 60 people in the Sistine Chapel, so you were able to sit, marvel and enjoy what Michelangelo has created. We were in the Chapel for about 30 minutes.
We checked in with City Wonders on the steps next to Caffé Vaticano, were formed up into a group with Maria as our tour guide. What a great guide. We lined up outside the entrance to the Museum, the doors opened we were the 2nd group through the door. Through security, got our tickets and then off towards the Sistine Chapel. While we were in line waiting for the Museum doors to open for us at 0730, Maria explained about the Ceiling and the Last Judgment. Then as we were traveling through the vastness of the Museum, Maria would stop us, point out, and explain various details. Just prior to entry into the chapel, she collected the headphones and allowed us to enter and experience it for ourselves. She stationed herself in the entrance area and was available for any questions that we may have. She pointed out to me marks on the flooring of the entrance area and explained that is where the stove rests to emit smoke to signal the election of a new pope. This tour is the absolute best way to EXPERIENCE AND ENJOY THE SISTINE CHAPEL!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We walked through the Vatican Museums and into the Sistine Chapel way before the crowds arrived. This enabled us to sit for thirty minutes or so and just enjoy Michelangelo's work. We returned later on, just after lunch so that we could use the side entry to St Peter's Basilica, which opened at 12:30p. By that point, the crowd was a moving human river through the museums. We would not have enjoyed any of it had it not been for this wonderful opportunity to get in early. It was worth every penny!

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I would highly recommend this tour to anybody. Being able to go to the Sistine Chapel before it opens is a wonderful experience because you are able to enjoy the beauty with less crowds. The we went to the Vatican Museum and until about 10:00 we were able to enjoy the museums without too many people. When the crowds came we were overwhelmed and couldn't wait to leave. We all loved the museums and the Sistine Chapel and are glad that we were able to go when we did. It allowed us to truly appreciate the art work and enjoy the moment. I would highly recommend the Priority First Early Entrance Ticket, its well worth the money.

andrew c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My children would have had no patience for a 2 hour line to enter the Sistine Chapel. An early wake up and entrance at 7.20 was perfect for them and worth the money spent. After seeing the Chapel we had time to see many other rooms in the museum before the doors were opened to the general public.

Stanley W H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I must be honest. I stumbled across this site two nights before my wife and I were to leave for Italy and booked this tour for the two of us and our twin daughters, one of whom is studying in Italy. I could not help but feel a little buyers remorse when we visited the Coliseum the afternoon before our scheduled tour of the Sistine Chapel and were inundated with offers for Skip the Line Tours at every turn. We declined them all, of course, as it was so late in the day and because there were so many huckster types all around the Coliseum. Oh, no., I thought. What did I get us into tomorrow morning? ALL OF MY WORRIES WERE PUT TO REST THE FOLLOWING MORNING! We arrived early, before anyone else in our tour, but soon met with several wonderful couples and families who we would share our time with. Everyone associated with the tour was extremely helpful and professional. Our personal tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable and fluent in English, Italian, and French. We were so pleased and the tour was worth every penny! The people in our group were literally the first people that morning to experience not only the Sistine Chapel but also the Gallery of Maps, which is breathtaking in itself, the Gallery of Tapestries, and all the other galleries you experience along the way to the Chapel. It is a leisurely but somewhat quick stroll to the Chapel, but there was plenty of time later to come back through the museums and galleries and spend as much time as we liked, albeit with the extra crowds of the day. One we arrived at the chapel, again, we discovered we were the first tour to enter there that day. No more than 3 dozen of us I would say as we had been joined along the way by another group but quite and peaceful. Plenty of time to sit a gaze upon Michelangelo's masterpiece. It is truly breathtaking and the most amazing site we saw during our trip. I cannot express the beauty I saw there that morning and how seeing it in person completely surpasses any photos or recreations of it I have ever seen. Plus, the blessing it was to be there in the chapel with such a small group a be able take our time and not be bumped and jostled around by he crowds as we were later in the day. After enjoying the Chapel for about 20 minutes, we exited through the left door at the back of the Chapel which deposited us eventually in the gift shop and back where we had started our tour. From there, we enjoyed the rest of the Vatican Museum complex, going through the Chapel two more times to do so. Seeing the crowds later made us even more thankful for our quiet time there earlier in the day. After our third visit, we exited the Chapel using the door on the right as instructed earlier by our excellent guide, and then experienced St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza. A wonderful experience and one that my family and I will treasure always.

margaret t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Worth it to get there when no one is there yet.

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