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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

Terry N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well worth the price to gain early access. After exiting the museum, the line was wrapped around two corners of the building.

spunkysausage

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We expected to beat the crowds, but our little group of 10 was the first group of the entire day to enter the museums. We had the Sistine Chapel all to ourselves! This tour made the whole experience so much more enjoyable without shoulder-to-shoulder crowds getting in the way. Our guide was terrific, too.

Jesus B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Vale cada centavo! Entrar a la capilla sixtina con solo 20 personas fue increíble y lo mejor es que de ahí puedes ir a la capilla de San Pedro sin hacer fila y con muy poca gente

Kim E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Vasco was a great tour guide. He gave a clear and informative description of what we were to see inside the chapel. Enjoyed the tour very much.

Simaporn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

So awesome!!! We are literally the first people in!!! Don and #39;t expect a full tour. Just a guide with some commentary from Vatican to Sistine chapel but it and #39;s awesome being the first people in.

Kay B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was definitely the way to visit the Sistine Chapel. The chapel itself is breathtakingly beautiful, and being there very early with fewer people was definitely the way to go. Later in the day, we walked past the lines to get in, and they were blocks long. I highly recommend the early access tour.

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Worth every penny simply to be the first few people to enter the Sistine Chapel.

Jean J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

prompt and informative, would definately recommend this tour

jjaajjamuzungu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great way to see the sistine chapel and museum before the crowds. A huge amount of walking and stairs due to bad planning in the museum. Try to get to the rapheal rooms by 10am or it is wall to wall people and far too much. Choose a quieter time of the year than june if you want to spend more time or limit your time to this tour.

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We went on a Wednesday and were the second tour into the chapel, had the place quite to ourselves, no crowds. Definitely worth getting there at 7:30 to start the tour. Well organized!

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