Sistine Chapel Early Access with St.Peter's Basilica and Pope's Crypts Visit

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Explore the Vatican and see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Enjoy an express visit focusing on these two highlights with our exclusive partner's early access. You'll surely love this two-hour long escorted visit focusing on the Chapel and Basilica with the Sistine Chapel. We'll be the first group to step inside, with a 15 minute head start on other tour groups and a 1 hour and 15 minute head start on the general public!

Highlights
  • See the biggest highlights of the Vatican
  • Enjoy the privileges of having Early Access Sistine Chapel tickets
  • Visit the tombs of the Popes in a special crypt beneath St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tour with a small group of 20 people or less

Description

Meet your tour escort and group just outside the Vatican Museums, before official opening hours. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where we'll have the privilege of being the first group to enter. On the way over, your tour escort will provide you with some basic information on what to look for once we enter and you are free to take in the beauty of the chapel on your own. Inside Michelangelo's magnificent chapel, in the serene atmosphere created by the absence of crowds, time seems to magically slow down and the precious minutes we have before groups start trickling in will seem to go on for hours!

Appreciate the beauty of the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgment, then we will move on to St. Peter's Basilica. Your tour escort will lead you through the side access to the Basilica directly from the exit of the Sistine Chapel, avoiding the long lines that can form at the external entrance. On the way over you'll enjoy an introduction to the Basilica and the amazing sights you'll encounter within.

Marvel at the stunning beauty of Michelangelo's moving Pieta and Bernini's 96-foot-high masterpiece - a baroque baldachin (altar canopy) with twisting columns, cast using bronze 'recycled' from the Pantheon.

Enjoy some free time exploring the main level of the Basilica then you will be led down to the Crypts of the Popes, housed in the space between the older 4th century Basilica and St. Peter's, which was built on top of it. See the tombs of many of the Church's most important popes; it was considered a true honor for a Pope to be buried here. The tour concludes at 09:30 outside the entrance of the Basilica leading on to Bernini's architectural masterpiece, the St. Peter's Square.

Dress Code

  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.

  • Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican.

Includes

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide
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Sistine Chapel Early Access with St.Peter's Basilica and Pope's Crypts

Those with a limited time to explore the Vatican should not miss the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. This tour offers Early Access Sistine Chapel tickets, getting you into the Sistine Chapel 15 minutes before other tour groups and 1 hour and 15 minutes before the general public.

You will also visit St. Peter's Basilica directly from the exit of the Sistine Chapel, avoiding the long lines that can form at the external entrance and see the tombs of the most important Popes of all time in a special crypt beneath the Basilica.

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Admission / English-speaking guide

The early hour to meet our guide was a little intimidating for our group upon our first full day in Rome. We needed to negotiate the subway system very early and were a little unsure of how to proceed and how much time to allot to get to our destination. However, it all worked well. The location is not too easy to find, but we managed. Our guide, Isabella, was very good. She led us through the Vatican Museum and pointed out some of the the exhibits as we headed to the Sistine Chapel. Her pre-entry explanation for the Sistine Chapel was very good. I would have preferred more time in the museum, or at least, an opportunity to go back in after the basilica tour was complete, so that we could view more. The beauty of St. Peter's and all of the artwork are magnificent and need more time to be fully appreciated. The use of the VOX machines is a wonderful improvement for all tours.

Sandra

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Schedule

  • 07:05

    Check in at Vatican Museums

  • Sistine Chapel

    Have the privilege of being the first group to enter the chapel. On the way over, your tour escort will provide you with some basic information on what to look for once you enter. Feel free to take in the beauty of Michelangelo's masterpiece on your own.

  • St. Peter’s Basilica

    Enjoy an introduction to the Basilica and the amazing sights you’ll encounter within. Here you will see Michelangelo's moving Pietà and Bernini’s 96-foot-high masterpiece: a baroque baldachin with twisting columns, cast using bronze ‘recycled’ from the Pantheon.

  • Crypts of the Popes

    Have free time to explore the main level of the Basilica. After that, your tour escort will lead you down to the Crypts of the Popes, housed in the space between the older 4th-century Basilica and St. Peter’s, which was built on top of it.

  • St. Peter’s Square

    At the conclusion of your visit, your tour escort will lead you outside the entrance of the Basilica, leading on to Bernini’s architectural masterpiece: St. Peter’s Square.

  • 09:30

    End of tour

  • (For Check-In) Vatican Museums Time: 07:05:00

  • (For Check-Out) St Peter's Square Time: 09:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Vatican Museums Time: 07:05:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) St Peter's Square Time: 09:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • Entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.

  • No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin

Additional Note(s)
  • This tour goes straight to the Sistine Chapel with no bathroom or water break to give you as much time as possible in the chapel. Please plan accordingly.

  • Please note that large bags/tripods/umbrellas/backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must not be brought on this service. The group will not be able to wait for those who need to check their baggage in the cloakroom.

  • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited.

  • Guided visits inside Saint Peter’s Basilica are not permitted in the early morning due to the mass being held. Instead, your guide will deliver a full commentary from the Basilica porch. From there, you will be free to enjoy the artworks within the Basilica at your own pace, meeting your guide after the visit.

  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, an extended tour of the Vatican Museums will be offered.

  • The Basilica Crypts are subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. In this case, the guide will endeavor to inform the tour group of when the crypts will be accessible and clients who wish to spend more time in the Basilica to wait for the crypt to reopen are welcome to do so.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

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Reviews

The early hour to meet our guide was a little intimidating for our group upon our first full day in Rome. We needed to negotiate ...the subway system very early and were a little unsure of how to proceed and how much time to allot to get to our destination. However, it all worked well. The location is not too easy to find, but we managed. Our guide, Isabella, was very good. She led us through the Vatican Museum and pointed out some of the the exhibits as we headed to the Sistine Chapel. Her pre-entry explanation for the Sistine Chapel was very good. I would have preferred more time in the museum, or at least, an opportunity to go back in after the basilica tour was complete, so that we could view more. The beauty of St. Peter's and all of the artwork are magnificent and need more time to be fully appreciated. The use of the VOX machines is a wonderful improvement for all tours. more

Sandra

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  • 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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