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Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of Sistine Chapel

Highlights
  • 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
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Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of Sistine Chapel
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Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of Sistine Chapel
From US$101.59
Overview
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 yesterday
An excellent tour

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to provide information that we would not have known without her. It was crowded but quite fun and informative. Thank you.

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 2 days ago
Well worth the early hour and extra money!

This tour was phenomenal! For first timers to The Vatican and St. Peter's this is a must do. The early hour was well worth it; you get an hour of The Vatican museums without it being open to the general public so the crowds are...More

Thank Olivia C
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fabulous tour guide, but hard to avoid the crowds

Well-organized and informative tour! Donata is a great tour guide and knows her way around the Vatican treasures. Early access to the Sistine Chapel is a must since it gets incredibly crowded. We had time to view the Chapel and absorb its magnificence. Once that...More

Thank 77Katherine77
Reviewed 1 week ago
You Won't Regret It!

We had 24 hours in Rome, so we chose our activities wisely. This was the best (and only!) way to do the Vatican without going insane due to the crowds. Spend the money and do this tour!

Thank Benay H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Good tour but "without the crowds" is not true

I understand that six million people visit the Sistine Chapel every year but I don't think it's fair to sell this tour the way they do since you definitely DON'T see the Vatican without the crowds, no matter how early your get there. I chose...More

Thank maritereh
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It's a long very brisk walk to the entrance. You then stand for about 20 minutes before you get in. After that there is a lot of brisk walking and steps from one point of interest to another. The only sitting opportunity... More
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