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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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an early access tour, and we were inside the Vatican before the general public. The ticket was skip the line, and we did not have to wait anywhere except at the security checkpoint.

Sonya K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Paying to go early is soooooo worth the money. It was us and maybe 50 other people in the Sistine Chapel and the difference between this and being crammed in like a sardine is worth every cent. Furthermore, the queue just to get into the museum was at least 300m long and showed no signs of shortening, regardless of the time of day.

The guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all sorts of random questions and the tour through the museum on the way to the chapel was just as enlightening. I would highly recommend this tour.

Peter F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a must-do in Rome. You have to get up pretty early so probably better not to schedule this right after you arrive. You get ushered past all the lines and get to sit quietly in the Sistine Chapel with a very small group. I estimate there were maybe 40 or 50 people in the room and it's a very big room. Absolutely amazing. They then usher you through the corridors to the Vatican and St. Peters. We had seen the whole thing - and leisurely - and still got out in time to have a reasonably early breakfast just outside the Vatican. Highly recommend this tour.

Deborah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We were so glad we went on the early tour. No queues and we got to see so much more.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Clearly the best and only choice of all offered!! Empty halls and private viewings before the throngs of the public invade the City State are what you pay for - and it's worth it. Having been through the museums for 4 hrs, I was able to experience the stark contrast between the privacy of this tour and the over crowding of the public....great guide - Thank you for this opportunity.

ROSE C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

it was great getting there before all the crowds would highly recommand


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was great, our tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable

Will and Jodi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This early access to the Sistine Chapel was such an amazing grace. Though it would be nice to have more of a tour though I'm they do offer one, the guide did certainly walk us around and give us a small tour while on our way to the Sistine Chapel.
When we arrived we met across the street of the Vatican museum entrance we got a bit confused because the information talked about a café but it is actually down the stairs beside the café, so don't make the same mistake that we did. It was easy to check in, enter the museum though a metal detector, and then our guide walked us through some of the museum and finally to the Sistine Chapel. We met our guide around 7:30 so we were probably at the chapel 8:30 or so, probably earlier and it was amazing because we almost had the place the ourselves. I have seen pictures and everyone is rammed in there and I can only imagine the difficulty of trying to see all of the amazing art work, but we were able to sit down and just take it all in. We could take our time and look at each picture and read up about it with the pamphlet that our guide provided. So that was worth the cost and getting up really early.
Also, my husband and I had tickets to see the Pope speak that day and our guide told us where to afterwards. We spent some time in the Sistine Chapel and then decided to try to find where we were supposed to go. Unfortunately, we must have forgotten what she said and were headed in a different direction. We ended up seeing her again later and she walked with us to help us find where we had to go.
Such a great little add on and I would certainly recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was my second time visiting the Vatican Museums and I believed that it was money well spent. Even though I had to wake up very ealy in the morning, it paid to be in one of the first groups to see the Sistine Chapel. We literally had the whole place for ourselves. It was AMAZING!!!!!!! If I have to do it again, I will do it without any hesitation.

Gillian H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Easy to find meeting point. Guide marina was lovely and gave a great commentary. The early access was more than worth the amount paid. Would highly recommend it.

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