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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

SUYA J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was so nice to see the sistine chapel early morning. We were the first group, no crowds at all. i loved it.

Bridget W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Exactly as described, we had a very enthusiastic guide who was as excited as we were to get into the Sistine chapel first. On the way she pointed out what we should go back to look at in the museum and also helped get us into St Peters without going all the way out.
Would definitely recommend this morning visit.

Parkman H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was a deep privilege to enter the chapel with just a handful of other viewers in the early morning. Our guide gave us a brief introduction to the chapel, and then we were left to gaze in wonder. The Raphael rooms were also a treat to behold. But there is Michelangelo, and then everyone else. I would suggest doing your own research on the Chapel before entering, rather than relying on the guide's necessarily brief remarks. The chief benefit of this tour lies in getting to the Chapel early before the crowds. For this alone I highly recommend the tour.

Sheryll

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I highly recommend this tour! Especially if you have kids or seniors in your group or simply don't want to waste time in line. We were the first to enter the Vatican Museum for that day. It's an express tour. The guide will walk through the museum quickly with your group pointing out important art pieces until you reach the Sistine Chapel and leave you there. It takes an hour. If you want an in depth tour, this isn't for you.
After the guide leaves, you can just walk back to the Vatican Museum at your own pace. We did this and saw the crowds that morning and we were thankful we bought this tour. Hard to appreciate art when the corridors were jam packed with people. Long long lines of tour groups trying to get into the museum with the regular times - even hours of waiting under the rain.

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very worth while to arrive early and enjoy the splendor without the crowds!

Twojtala4

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was an amazing experience. We were the first group of people entered in the Sistine Chapel, to be able to sit down and just enjoy the view before it was crowded was simply beautiful.

Mar United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

When you go to Rome make sure book your tour to City Wonders they have an awesome tour guide name Vasco he is very inform and knowledgeble with all the details of history. Enlightened us every corner of drawing of Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. He explained the Lunettes, Mary and Christ and Biago Da Cesena as Minos. The Ascending and the Damned. Our tour start early @ 7:30 am. And were so lucky to say that were the first one enter to Vatican museum it's like exclusively for us, the group consist of 4 couples. It's must see if you go to Rome and well worth the cost by going to this tour you will not go to the long line. Highly recommended and make sure to request a tour guide name Vasco. He is so friendly and every question we asked he answered. Plus after the tour you could go around and enter the St. Peter Basilica without paying any. What I learn from this tour is, if you pay the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum don't get any tour for St. Peter Basilica just because it's free and no lines at all as long that you were inside the Vatican Museum. The only mistakes I did, I paid for the tour of St. Peter not knowing. The difference only is the audio that explain how they build it. But who cares as long you could save money.

aramyoung

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Took the early access to Sistine and it was well worth it. It was Jan, so it is the low season. The church does not allow talking it is a church after all so the tour guide spoke before entering into the Sistine. Also note, there is no photography what so ever. The group was small and we literally were staring at the work for 30 minutes with maybe only 15 people. We went back out to look at rafael's work which led us back into the Sistine. It was way more crowded later in the day. What struck me was after the refurbish of the Sistine, the art was much more vibrant than I saw in text books in college. One note was the trade off for early admission is it's a wee bit darker in the morning. The afternoon has the room more brightly lit with daylight.

Afterwards, we were on our own through the Vatican and St. Peter's, but that is what we wanted. We spent hours in both the Vatican and St. Peter's. This is the way to go regardless of high or low season.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is the only way to see the the Sistene Chapel, it is essentially a quick guided tour of the Museum - you can circle back and do the museum after the Chapel - twenty people, I lingered as long as I could and when I left the Chapel I was but one of six people in arguably the most beautiful room in the world. No tourists taking selfies, no people speaking when they should not - the Sistene Chapel is a useless destination if you are with a crowd. You must take this tour. After the Chapel you are allowed to either skip the lines for St. Peter's Basilca or go back to the beginning of the museum and walk through at your leisure. Just do it!

Terence R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Having heard repeatedly of the huge number of tourists that visit the Vatican museum and particularly the Sistine Chapel we decided to book the early access tickets. This meant that when we were in the Sistine Chapel there were no more than forty other tourists and at one point there were only six of us tourists in the Chapel. This allowed us to take our time, read our guide book to understand the individual parts of the paintings, and really absorb the atmosphere. We stayed in the Chapel for around an hour and then viewed the rest of the museum which for the first two hours was relatively quiet.The benefit of our decision was rammed home to us when we walked through the Sistine Chapel mid-afternoon on the way to the exit. The room was solid with hundreds of people it felt like thousands It was hot, stuffy and quite frankly horrible. My wife and I agreed that the considerable extra expenditure over normal entry was worth every penny. Another contributor wrote that it was a good idea to take binoculars for the chapel which we did and I am very grateful for the suggestion as it allowed you to really get up close if some thing caught your attention in the paintings

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