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Offered in: English


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

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 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.


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, 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!

, 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.

, 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!

, 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.

, Sep 2018

Definitely the way to go for seeing the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums! Our guide, Alessandra, was very nice and knowledgeable. Even at 7:30AM, there were probably about close to 100 people also there for early entry. We hung out for a few hours after the tour to look at some of the exhibits in detail and listen to our Rick Steves audio tours, and by 10AM, people were packed into the main exhibits like sardines! The line waiting to get into the Vatican at about 11AM wrapped around the entire block!
We went on a Wednesday, so St. Peter's was closed until 1PM due to the Pope holding mass. It's open earlier than that on other days. We got impatient and left. When we came back at 1:30PM, we ended up having to wait an hour to get into St. Peter's! My recommendation would be to go straight into St. Peter's Basilica from the Sistine Chapel. Don't be impatient like us.

, Sep 2018

I guess maybe it depends on which guide you get, but I felt slightly disappointed with our experience. When our group arrived, we were first in line outside the main entrance. Our guide bragged to us about how exciting it was that we would be the first group in. However, once we entered we ended up being held up and passed by many other groups including other groups with the same tour company while our guide held us in the outdoor courtyard and showed us pictures of the chapel art to give us historical information. Then, he further kept holding us back while we walked through the hallway museums leading to the chapel. By the time we actually entered the chapel, there were many other groups inside and I believe even the general public had began trickling in. On top of this, he kept having technical issues with his microphone, so we missed much of the information he was giving us during the hold ups. Overall, it was still worth it because the crowd in the chapel was bearable and when we left, there was hardly anyone in the rest of the museums. But if you think you will be the first group in which is what they advertise, adjust your expectations.

, Sep 2018

We were rushed through to the sistine chapel.I thought we could visit the Vatican museum after but was instructed to leave. We didnt get instructions how to visit the basicilla. I felt we didn't get our money worth from the tour.

, Sep 2018

This tour was extremely excellent! After finding our tour guide we were escorted into the Chapel a half hour before it opened. It was wonderful going into the chapel with knowledge from the guide and being able to enjoy the magnificence and splendor without the mass crowds. There are other tour groups, but no where near as the mass crowds as usual.this tour is highly recommended for all.

, Sep 2018

Just entrance to Sistine chapel but that itself was wonderful. If you dont go to St Peters by the shortcut and look to see more of the museum you end up back in the long line to St Peters so beware. Be sure you know what specifically you paid for

, Sep 2018

Maria was outstanding. She gave some great overall hints to enjoying the Sistine chapel and the museum. Would highly recommend taking this tour.

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