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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

MJ United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was worth every penny. We were the first group into the museums and went straight to the Sistine Chapel. We had almost 20 minutes before the next group came in. Our guide, Lindy, was knowledgeable and had such interesting information about the ceiling, the Last Judgment, and Michelangelo himself. The quiet time in the chapel is not to be missed, as later it is wall to wall people and not at all quiet.

Donna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was informative, funny and friendly. Instructions for where to meet were explicit. The tour itself was the best way to see the Sistine Chapel. A number of groups were in attendance so there were a couple of hundred tourists, but when we circled back later in the day there were easily thousands of tourists crammed together. We also got through the rest of the Vatican Museums before the crowds got too thick. An early start to the day is the only way to go!

Claudia E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

An amazing tour with a terrific guide. Friendly and very knowledgeable. We definitely would recommend this tour.

Darryl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was fantastic. More than I had hoped for. To be in the Sistine Chapel with just a small group with room to more around and spend time studying the paintings was worth the price of the ticket.

Susan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well worth the early start as we got to spend maybe 30 minutes in the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrived. We also had a quiet walk through the hall of maps and other attractions on the way. Our guide was very good, with clear English commentary and knowledge.

Kim M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Perfect! We got in at 7:30 am way ahead of the crowd. Enjoyed the Sistine Chapel very much and walked through the Vatican museums as if it was opened for our own private viewing. I highly recommend this tour. As we left the line to get in was blocks long. I really enjoyed this experience.

Barry P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Probably the best thing we did on a trip to Rome. The early access meant that we got to be the first visitors of the day to walk through the halls of the Vatican Museum and go straight to the Sistine Chapel. We went back later in the day for a second viewing which was not part of the early access tour and the thousands of others doing the same tour meant we really couldn't enjoy it. This was the best money we spent in our entire trip to Italy which also took in Florence and Venice and we would recommend it to anyone!

sara r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

excellent. Of note: we also bought front of the line to St Peters as i called Viator to find out if this tour granted the 'secret door' access to the Basilica... they said no so i purchased the additional tickets which were not needed. Once in the Sistine, you can use the door that goes directly to the Basilica without waiting ... Not crowded, definitley the way to go

tyhinkle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

DO THIS! No lines, literally nobody was in the entire place!

Kathy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Best way to miss the crowds

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