Take advantage of early access to the Vatican Museums, skipping long waits in line, and be escorted directly to the Sistine Chapel to see it before the general public gets inside, the escort will leave you inside the Vatican and you can wander around as much as you like. You'll then be free to use your tickets to explore the Vatican's art collection on your own for the rest of the day.
This early access Sistine Chapel experience is the ideal solution for those who don't want to see it packed with hundreds, if not thousands of other people. Gain no wait entry to the Vatican Museums with your pre-booked tickets as you are escorted past the lines that are already forming and into the vacant halls of the museum before it opens to the public. The english-speaking assistant will escort you inside the Vatican, then you will be free to wander and visit the museum at your own pace, you can stay inside as long as you want, until closing time.
See the Sistine Chapel as it was meant to be seen, as close as it will ever be possible to have this architectural and artistic masterpiece all to yourself, shared between you and just a few other people. Your escort will provide a detailed explanation before entering so you will be well-equipped to spot its most important characteristics, including the 'Creation of Adam' and 'Last Judgment' by Michelangelo, without being disturbed by the shuffling masses present later on in the day.
After your breath has been taken away by not just seeing the Sistine Chapel, but experiencing it, you'll be able to use your tickets to explore the treasures of the rest Vatican Museums for the remainder of the day with the map and introduction to its most important artworks provided by your escort beforehand, the perfect way to kick off your day of wandering Rome's best art with a head start on the general public that will still be waiting outside.
Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
Map of and introduction to the Vatican Museums
Entrance to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
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Meet Your Guide across the Entrance of Vatican Museums
Start of Tour
Sistine Chapel Guided Tour (1 hour)
Be ushered into the Sistine Chapel's echoing halls while observing reverence and admiration for the intricate masterpieces plastered from ceiling to wall. With exclusive access 1.5 hours ahead of the public, you can cherish every moment of tranquility while picking bits of trivia from your guide.
Vatican Museums Early Entrance
Explore the 9-mile area housing artworks by great masters and ancient artifacts held sacred by the Church. By the time your guided tour ends, you’ll have a 30-minute advantage to enter the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive. Stroll at your own pace and discover almost 30 attractions in 1 day!
End of Tour
Price & Options
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Clothing that covers from the shoulder to knee
No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin
Strollers are not allowed
The 1-hour Sistine Chapel tour has no bathroom or water break. Please plan accordingly to maximize your time inside.
On Wednesday mornings and afternoons, St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public due to the Papal Audience at Saint Peter’s Square. Guests who wish to visit St. Peter’s Basilica are advised to travel on another day.
Bags and equipment like tripods and umbrellas are not permitted in the Vatican. All baggage must be checked in at the cloakroom at least 15 minutes before the tour begins.
Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel.
Museum tickets are for one-day single entry only. They will no longer be valid once you leave the Vatican.
Entrance to the Vatican requires a strict dress code for both men and women. Entry may be denied to improperly dressed participants.
You can book a maximum of 20.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 07:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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