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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

mgj218

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was fantastic! Our guide was knowledgeable, spoke English and was very pleasant. Getting in early gave us plenty of time to explore the Musums and Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. I recommend this highly!

Josee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great way to see the Sistine chapel before the crowds came in.

moriczmonika

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The early access Sistine chapel tour was the best thing we did. Got to see the museum before the crowds and got a nice orientation and background info from the tour guide. It was not a guided tour but it got us in before the crowds and gave us a good background to the paintings. Highly recommended.

Kimberly P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

First in First out GREAT TOUR no waiting or lines!

Susan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Perfect for a limited amount of time tour.....and if you find you've got extra time you can see other things!!!

Kara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent! Simply a must see in Italy.

Jen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Definitely worth the early morning for this tour! Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was wonderful to have time in the Sistine Chappell before the crowds came in. I highly recommend this one!

cc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The BEST money we ever spend after seeing the line ups when we left

Keith L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

You get in early and get a tour guide until through the Vatican Museums and right up to the Sistine Chapel. She gave us maps for the entire area and explanation of the Chapel as they're not allowed to use the headsets in the Chapel. I was kind of expecting the tour to continue after that...but it was only the start of the museum and prior to the Chapel. Overall, still a great experience and certainly worth the early entry when not many people were there.

AMANDA F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Would highly recommend getting up early and doing this tour as you get to go into the Sistine Chapel when there are no crowds and to walk round the museum when it is quiet. Our guide was very helpful and gave us information about the Sistine Chapel before we went in and told us about rooms not to be missed in the museum.

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