Guided tour

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Early Access Sistine Chapel Tour

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Early Access Sistine Chapel Tour

From US$ 60.96 per person

Enjoy access to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public and tour the chapel without the crowds. Discover the history behind Michelangelo's frescoes from your art historian guide.

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Duration 1 hour
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Skip the line through express security check
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Experience a feast for the eyes without the distraction of other visitors
  • Enjoy exclusive entry to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • Marvel at the intricate details of the Last Judgement fresco by Michelangelo
  • Wander freely through the Vatican Museums without being jostled by crowds
  • Learn about the chapel's history and Michelangelo's masterpieces from your guide
Full description

Explore the Sistine Chapel before the other tourists with an early access entry ticket. Skip the line at the security check so you can spend more time inside. See Michelangelo's Last Judgement, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and more frescoes on a guided tour of one of Vatican City's key attractions.

Meet your art historian guide on Via Vespasiano. Join the queue for the express security check and listen as your guide shares insights on Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. Discover the most beautiful features of the Sistine Chapel to look out for as silence is required inside this holy place.

Make the most of your tour guide's expertise while they whisk you through the Vatican Museums' labyrinth-like corridors. Hear incredible stories about the artists who worked for the Popes during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Enjoy the freedom of not being surrounded by crowds.

Go directly to the Sistine Chapel before the rest of the public, where you can admire the frescoes with no distractions. Explore the breathtaking chapel and marvel at Michelangelo's masterpieces. See the Creation of Adam on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, among other frescoes, with your own eyes.

  • Skip-the-line entry ticket for early access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Guide
  • Headset
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing-impaired people
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide near the ATM.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas
  • Making noise

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

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The Skip the Line tour of the Sistine Chapel was advertised as a 1-hour duration. We had booked our tour for Monday, April 18, but were notified last minute on the 17th that it was cancelled and that we could go on the 19th instead. Although we needed to leave Rome late morning on the 19th, we agreed to do the tour on the 19th because it was advertised as starting at 7:30 AM with a 1-hour duration. Well, we actually entered the Vatican Museum at 8:45 AM and didn’t get to the Sistine Chapel until 9:40 AM! We spent 20 minutes in the Chapel. Clearly it was not a 1-hour duration! We enjoyed the tour and the guide was excellent, but we were rushed and we had to leave the tour group to get to the Sistine Chapel more quickly. Incorrect advertising. Frustrating.

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April 19, 2022

Wonderful tour with very knowledgable and personable guide.

September 25, 2022

Product ID: 412039