Guided tour

Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

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Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

From US$ 101.60 per person

Enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public and enjoy Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace before embarking on a thorough guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Duration 225 minutes
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  • Enter the Sistine Chapel 45 minutes before the general public to see the chapel at its best
  • Spend 3-hours exploring of the Vatican Museums seeing highlights including the Raphael Rooms
  • Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access at the Vatican Museums & St Peter’s Basilica, saving your hours of waiting in line
  • Take a 1-hour guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica
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Beat the crowds by entering 45 minutes before the Sistine Chapel opens to the public and enjoy the incredible frescoes in peace. After spending quality time with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Chapel, your guide will lead you on a full tour of the Vatican Museums. Stop along the way to see all the most important works. Since you have started early, you’ll stay one step ahead of the crowds in most galleries as you enjoy fantastic art like the Raphael Rooms, the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and Sons, and more. When you’ve covered the museums, you’ll enter the Sistine Chapel again, much more crowded now, and pass through a special corridor that lets you skip the ticket lines into St. Peter’s Basilica. Here, you’ll enjoy an hour-long tour of the immense basilica, including stops at Michelangelo’s heart-wrenching


and Bernini’s enormous baldachin altar. Afterward, you’re free to explore St. Peter’s for as long as you want. Traveling in a small group with an expert local guide and with headsets for every guest, you’ll never have to worry about losing your group or missing an interesting piece of information - and there is a lot of interesting information. The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica have never been more accessible. Spend an hour enjoying the buffet before your guide whisks you to the Sistine Chapel, ahead of the crowds and fully fueled for the adventure ahead.

  • Skip-the-ticket-line tickets for Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard (until January 31, 2022)
  • Groups are a maximum of 15 people
  • Expert 5 star tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/ drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

At the Green Bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento. Meeting Point Directions: meet just outside the Green Bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento Square. This is the only bar/ cafè located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescensio - close to the tram stop number 19. The closest metro/ underground stop is Ottaviano.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Short skirts

Know before you go

  • The corridor between St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel is still closed to the public due to Covid restrictions
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • Clients are advised that St. Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities. If this occurs during your visit, you will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Refunds cannot be provided in such a case.
  • All members of your party must carry a valid ID (particularly guests with reduced-price tickets due to age)
  • Guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks and other items must be left in the cloakroom.
  •  Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 46 reviews

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The breakfast in the Vatican was great but the best part was our tour guide Sev. He had the brilliant plan to go straight to the Sistine Chapel first and then go back for all the museum exhibits. Our group of 10 people got to be alone in the Chapel for 15 minutes before anyone else showed up and it was unreal. Thanks Sev!

November 8, 2021

The guided tour was very well organized, it was exhausting because the multitude of impressions simply overwhelmed you. The early admission is expressed a little confusing, as you are admitted before the opening of the museum, but then you get an extensive and otherwise very good breakfast in the Vatican, in order to finally start with the actual tour at the opening time. It is due to Corona that after the Musseum, as planned, the tour in St. Peter's Basilica could not be continued through a special entrance. From the museum exit along the Vatican wall to the cathedral and there again subjectively perceived long queuing for the security check, control of the completed Covi vaccination and temperature control for the second time. And that at 38 degrees in the shade. But apart from that, the tour is absolutely worth seeing

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August 17, 2021

Getting up early is definitely worth it! It is currently nowhere full due to the corona, but such a good and entertaining tour is simply inspiring. For us there was surprisingly a breakfast that was not mentioned in the program. An exciting glimpse into the Vatican. During the tour, you learn that it can't be more than a glimpse in just under 4 hours.

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July 13, 2021

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