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
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.
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.