• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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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.

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

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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

Sharise C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Whether you get Early Access or not, the sights you see inside these hallowed is the same. However, the EXPERIENCE can only be felt with this tour. The tour guide and information added incredible fun and value to the trip, things you just may not know even if you stopped to read every placard. The impact of how much time you saved, and the privilege of being able to see most everything without a sea of people blocking the way is not realized until you leave and see the hours-long line of people waiting to get in. I can't imagine seeing this any other way. The quiet time in the Sistine Chapel alone is worth it.

carlos S Argentina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Sino estas interesado en hacer un recorrido guiado por los museos vaticanos, es extremadamente recomendable. Realmente se ve la capilla sixtina de un modo privado. La organización perfecta. Y además después vas a san pedro cuando todavía está casi sin visitantes

Karen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was excellent and very well organised. There was a lot of people waiting but we soon put into groups and got on our way.
We entered through the Vatican museum and our guide pointed out many different things to us saying that we could return there later.
We were all keen to enter the chapel which is just amazing. The English speaking guide was excellent and we would highly recommend the early access, worth every cent!! We then entered St Peter's and wandered around there without the huge crowds. There were other people there also but I understand I can become very very crowded. There was a very long line of people in the piazza when we left St Peter's.

Joy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Definitely the best way to see the Sistine Chapel! We had a short guided walk through the museum he was so interesting and knowledgable I could have listened to him all day then the opportunity to share the Chapel with perhaps a dozen people rather than the huge crowds who are usually there. A wonderful experience. The guide then left and we were able to wander around museum for as long as we needed.

heatherbynum62

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Coming to the Vatican early was the best! By the time we arrived at the Sistene Chapel, you could feel the crowds building. We had time to look up and take it all in without feeling like you were in a can of sardines. Such a great guide and a marvelous experience.

Alexis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

What is good about this tour is that you get access to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum earlier than the rest of the other tour groups and i mean, everyone else! When we finished our tour at the vatican museum, we ended up in Sistine Chapel, I decided to go back to the Vatican Museum and had coffee at a cafe in the Vatican and the area was still not crowded.

Our tour guide briefly talked about the Vatican Museum as we passed by each of the paintings, etc. which was sufficient for me.

Definitely recommended!

Rajesh P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

You get to see the highlights of the museum and the chapel before it gets crowded. Great experience.

Jason E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is a great tour if you want to get access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before the crowds. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a passion for telling us the history of the Sistine Chapel and the artwork within it. We had the opportunity to sit on the benches within the Sistine Chapel and take our time looking at this masterpiece in great detail with limited crowds maybe only 200 people at most in the chapel with us much better than when visiting on your own. On the way to the Sistine Chapel, our tour group were the only people present within the Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps great experience to see these without other people around. Following the tour, you have the opportunity to back track through the museum and, depending on the time you spent in the Sistine Chapel, will have smaller crowds as the general public has just been able to enter the museum. I highly recommend this tour.

Colleen W Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was hard to get up this early, but so worth it! This is the BEST way to see the Sistine chapel, I would recommend this for anyone!

Anthony A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was the best tour we had while in Rome. Ask for Lindy...she was an amazing guide with exceptional English. Well worth every penny.

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