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
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Check in at the Vatican Museums
This express Sistine Chapel experience gets you into the Vatican Museums 15 minutes before other tour groups and 1 hour and 15 minutes before the general public. With a chaperone to accompany you straight to the Sistine Chapel, you’ll be the first inside!
Explore the Vatican Museums by Yourself
As this is not a guided tour, you are free to explore at your own pace until closing time. A chaperone will take you as far as the Sistine Chapel and give you a map of the museums to help you find your way around after they leave.
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Entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
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.
On Wednesday mornings & afternoons St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public due to the Papal Audience taking place in Saint Peter’s Square. Customers who wish to visit St. Peter’s Basilica are advised to travel on another day.
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.
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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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