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Sistine Chapel Early Access plus St Peter's Skip the Line and Crypts

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  • Early-access 2-hour tour of the Sistine Chapel in Rome
  • Enter the chapel 20 minutes before other tours and 1.5 hours before the general public
  • Avoid long lines often in excess of three hours and enjoy skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica
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Sistine Chapel Early Access plus St Peter's Skip the Line and Crypts
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Sistine Chapel Early Access plus St Peter's Skip the Line and Crypts
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Overview

As one of Europe’s most popular attractions, the Sistine Chapel receives more than 5 million visitors every year, meaning tourists often spend more time waiting outside, in lines often in excess of three hours, rather than exploring inside. On this early-access 2-hour tour of the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter the UNESCO-listed landmark 20 minutes before other tour groups, and 1.5 hours before the general public, guaranteeing crowd-free photographs and silent serenity. This small-group tour, limited to 15 people, also includes skip-the-line entry to St. Peter’s Basilica and its crypts.  

What to Expect

At 7:15am, arrive punctually at your designated meeting point, located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano opposite the Vatican Museum. Here, you’ll greet your guide and make your way to the Vatican Museum, home to the Sistine Chapel.

Early-access ticket in hand, bypass lines already forming and enter the landmark 20 minutes before other tour groups with your priority entrance ticket. Relish the privilege of being the first group to enter the Sistine Chapel, and appreciate the silence and serene atmosphere created by relative solidarity — an environment integral to fully appreciating the masterwork of Michelangelo.

Capture photographs free of crowds, gaze at the glorious homages to the Renaissance period, and admire frescoes painted by masters such as Botticelli, Perugino, and Roselli. After receiving a basic overview of the church from your guide, you’ll be free to absorb the chapel’s beauty independently.

As the first of the morning’s visitors begin to trickle in, move on to St. Peter’s Basilica by taking a side entrance reserved only for those with skip-the-line entrance tickets. Be amazed by the beauty of the basilica’s interior: home to Michelangelo’s 96-foot (29-meter) altar, twisting columns, and a cat created using bronze from the Pantheon, the church is sure to amaze.

Next, descend to the Crypts of the Popes and admire the elaborate tombs of significant popes. Your tour concludes at St. Peter’s Square, where you’ll be able to spend as much time as you wish.

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Reviews (25)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lost Guide

Our guide Manuela overwhelmed us with so much information as we walked to the Sistine Chapel, that we didn't know where to find her after our Chapel visit to be conducted through to St Peters. We were not the only ones who could not find...More

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile
Go early..beat the crowds

We booked the Sistine chapel and St Peter's basilica express entry, 7:20am with Dark Rome Tours as we didn't have much time in Rome and we are not so fond of museums so skipping the Vatican museums worked for us. We had quick access and...More

Thank BillyOaks
Reviewed 18 September 2018
Fantastic experience

even if i live in Rome, and see S. Peter's very often from 2the "Outside" i decided to take this tour as a city visitor, and WOW something really incredible and unique. Real experience, with no crowd and wonderful explanations. GREAT

Thank Lucs1964
Reviewed 2 August 2018
Great way to see the Sistine Chapel without the HUGE crowds!

Our family of 13 loved this tour! It is worth the money to see the Sistine Chapel and not feel like cattle. We were able to sit and stare and not feel rushed. We loved our tour guide (can't remember her name), but she was...More

1  Thank kjswayne
Reviewed 19 July 2018
Sistine Chapel was amazing but we took forever to get there

We booked the early morning tour of the Vatican, with the main aim of beating the crowds to the Sistine Chapel. The check in worked like clockwork, and we were assigned Marie/ Mary? as a tour guide. Although she was lovely, she was very slow...More

1  Thank hannah d
CityWondersCS, Customer Service Agent at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Dear Hanna D, Thank you for taking your time to send your feedback to us, I am sorry to hear that your experience at out Sistine Express tour was unpleasant. I would kindly ask you to contact us directly at info@citywonders.com to tell what happened...More

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25 October 2018|
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Response from kjswayne | Reviewed this property |
Yes—everything but the Scavi and the Dome—those are separate tickets. You are guided for most, but you do have free time to explore, and can go back and spend more time if desired.
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Response from kjswayne | Reviewed this property |
No—that is a different ticket, which you have to get well in advance because they only allow 250 per day. It’s the Scavi archeological tour you want to book to see Peter’s Tomb below the Vatican. The crypts are where the... More
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