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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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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.  

  • 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
  • Capture crowd-free photographs and admire the chapel's magnificent ceiling in the absence of crowds
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Peter's Basilica and descend to its mysterious crypts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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

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CityWondersCS, Customer Service Agent at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Great way to see the Vatican, Sistine chapel and St Peters at your own pace

We had Diego our tour guide who was fabulous!! The tour was very informational but once you got into the chapel you went at your own pace. We were scheduled to tour at 720am. Was perfect as it wasnt too crowded and we got in...More

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 12 June 2018
What a huge disappointment

We booked this hoping to the first tour group inside of the Sistine chapel as that is what is listed on their website. Below is a copy and paste from their website: "With first entry to the Sistine Chapel, you’ll have time to explore on...More

2  Thank Kerry M
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Dear Kerry M, We would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am sorry to hear that our tour did not meet your expectations. I would like to stress that we are indeed among the few companies that have...More

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Great Tour!

Great tour. We were able to skip the lines and tour the Sistine Chapel for 30 minutes. I had previously toured the Sistine Chapel (years ago) and felt like I was in a herd of cattle. The guide was excellent and even St. Peter's was...More

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