Guided tour

Vatican: Early Access Tour of Museums with Sistine Chapel

4.7 / 5

44 reviews

Activity provider: REAL BARCELONA TOURS, S.L

Vatican: Early Access Tour of Museums with Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: REAL BARCELONA TOURS, S.L
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From US$ 51.85 per person

Likely to sell out

See the Raphael Rooms and other attractions within the Vatican Museums on a guided tour with early access tickets. Take a step back to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Be awestruck by the beauty of Michelangelo’s painting inside the Sistine Chapel
  • Enter into the Vatican Museums before the rest of the crowd and take your time
  • Learn about the history of Vatican City and its art on your guided tour
  • See the Cabinet of Masks, Raphael Rooms, and St. Peter's Basilica without crowds
  • View “The Creation of Adam” fresco and the architecture of the Sistine Chapel
Full description

Enjoy a guided tour of Vatican City’s main tourist attractions with early access tickets to the Vatican Museums. Explore sights like the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica before the crowds arrive for the day. 

Meet your guide and save time with skip-the-line access into the Vatican Museums. See the Cabinet of Masks and the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms in the Museums. 

Continue to the Raphael Rooms which are world-renowned for the frescoes painted by Raphael. Enter the Sistine Chapel to marvel at the ceiling created by Michelangelo. 

View the famous “The Creation of Adam” fresco in the chapel. Once finished in the Sistine Chapel, visit the Renaissance-style St.Peter's Basilica with your special access, skip-the-line ticket.

  • Skip-the-line entry tickets
  • Audio devices for groups of more than 6 people
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Long-sleeved shirt

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas
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4.7 /5

based on 44 reviews

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Claudia the guide was awesome, so lovely and informative, made the huge amount of information very interesting and absorbable. My only disappointments are with the tour being more like 2h30 and you can’t enter the museum until 8am so 30 mins of that is waiting outside. Claudia also did a great job though and filled this time with information about the Sistine chapel. Would recommend the early start but expect to only see the most famous bits of the museum (it is huge) and for it not to take the full 3 hours.

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September 18, 2022

We were early to check in but so were many other groups so it didn't feel anything special about the early time slot. The guide provided a lot of great information but all of us weren't able to hear all of the time due to the poor quality of the headsets. There is so much to see in the Vatican so it was nice to have a knowledgeable guide who highlighted certain parts but the tour did feel a little rushed but understandable due to the sheer size of the Vatican.

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September 12, 2022

We decided to book early access to avoid waiting and get ahead of the crowds. It was definitely worth it as we got in smoothly as soon as it opened. The strict rules on clothing do not seem to be enforced as almost everybody else in our group was wearing Tshirts, shorts and short dresses. We went in trousers and suffered in the heat, oh well.

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August 28, 2022

Product ID: 411762