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Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of Sistine Chapel

  • Avoid time spent waiting in Vatican lines with prebooked, early access tickets
  • Admire the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel without the later daytime crowds
  • Catch all of your guide’s commentary with your complimentary headphones
Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of Sistine Chapel
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Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of Sistine Chapel
Stay a step ahead of the crowds with this early access tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. With skip-the-line entry before the doors open to the public and access to reserved corridors, the tour has all you need to beat the Vatican crowds in two of its most sacred sites. There’s even less people on the tour itself, with numbers capped at just 12 per group.
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group near the Ottaviano metro station in Rome, and head straight to the Sistine Chapel. Entering before the chapel officially opens its doors, you’ll see the sacred place as it was meant to be seen: In a state of tranquillity, before the general public enter.

After admiring Michelangelo’s lauded frescoes that cover the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling and back wall, you’ll follow your guide along a reserved-access corridor that links the chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, you’ll go straight to the basilica’s highlights, hearing the history behind Bernini’s bronze baldachin and Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was carved from a single slab of Carrara marble. When you tour ends, you can stay inside St. Peter’s Basilica to explore more at your own pace.
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Fantastic Guide Navigating Crowded Venue

Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable and kept the tour going at a good pace. He knew how to navigate the crowds during high tourist season. Early entry is much better than general entry but it will still be crowded - so don't expect to...More

Thank Rockymtnhigher
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Excellent guide - ridiculous process

Our tour guide from Walks of Italy, Donatta, deserves a full five stars. She was exceptionally informative, enthusiastic, and just a general pleasure to be around- quite a compliment as you’ll spend at least three hours with her! My one-star deduction is for the overall...More

Thank Tracy S
Reviewed 6 days ago
Pristine Sistine™ Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour

I highly recommend this tour! Susanna our guide was wonderful! She steered us past the waiting public to the entrance of the Vatican Museum. There are a lot of other tours waiting also, as it's the security screening that takes time. Once inside the museum,...More

Thank Liz M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Excellent tour guide Vincenzo, tough tour if you have limited mobility!

The tour was excellent. Vincenzo had amazing depth of understanding and a very easy going nature. The skip the line entry before 9 was definitely worth the additional cost. I've been to the Vatican before and I can tell you going into the Sistine chapel...More

Thank jwat1983
Reviewed 1 week ago
Superb tour guide!

Our tour guide Gaia made my Vatican experience complete. She explained how we should interpret the art we were about to see and gave background information in a very clear and understandable way. I’ve enjoyed her knowledge and her overall positive energy, and I can...More

Thank Mark v
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18 July 2018|
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Response from margalfieri | Reviewed this property |
4 hours and it flew by. Wear really comfortable shoes and bring two water bottles. Lots of very clean bathrooms, but you will need water with all the walking and stairs.
14 June 2018|
Response from Liz M |
These are skip the line. There are other tours waiting also. You are with the guide when you enter the museum.
14 June 2018|
Response from jkap | Reviewed this property |
Yes. We saw the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basillica with the tour. We could have gone back to any of the places when the tour was done, but we didn’t feel the need because the tour was so thorough.
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