Guided tour

Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

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Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 91.31 per person

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Enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public to discover Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace. Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and phenomenal Pinacoteca Gallery.

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Duration 225 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide


  • Enter the Sistine Chapel before the general public to see the site at its best
  • Exploring the Vatican Museums and see famous highlights such as Raphael's rooms
  • Enjoy access to the Vatican Museums bypassing the ticket line and save hours
  • Interact with your guide in a small group of 15 people or fewer
Full description

Beat the crowds and enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public. Enjoy the incredible frescoes in peace. After marveling at the beautiful Raphael Room, spend quality time with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Chapel before your guide leads you on a tour of the Vatican Museums. Stop along the way to see all the most important works. Since you started early, stay one step ahead of the crowds in most galleries as you enjoy fantastic art like the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and Sons, and more. Next up is the Pinacoteca Gallery. Housing works by Caravaggio, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphel, the modern wing of the Vatican Museums contain a remarkable array of precious masterpieces. Led by your expert guide, visit this area without the crowds and spend time truly immersed in the atmosphere. End your Vatican tour at a special spot overlooking the dome of St Peter's Basilica. Learn about the history and architecture of this incredible church and get tips on what to look out for during an independent visit.

From there the choice is yours. Grab lunch inside the Vatican Museums and continue your exploration of these incredible palaces, or follow the dome to St Peter's Basilica.

  • Skip-the-line ticket for Vatican Museums
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Headsets
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
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 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
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All guests (including children) must bring ID on the day of their tour
  • Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this group tour
  • The group route utilizes staircases where elevator access is not easily accessible Those with wheelchairs and limited mobility can contact the activity provider so the visit can be arranged
  • - Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 81 reviews

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Book this trip - so worth it getting there early with a fantastic guide! Afterwards we did the Dome on our own (something we wondered about as this trip didn't list that) - super simple. We were probably the 2nd in line for the day, resulting in seeing many Vatican areas with almost noone else. We had a great balance of commentary and free time too.

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July 7, 2022

You’re up early so grab a coffee & something to eat as there is a lot of walking to be done on this tour. Totally amazing and so much so see but the tour is well worth it to see all the important works of art and to get into the Chapel when it’s not too crammed. The Vatican cafe was really well priced so we grabbed some lunch there when the tour was over before we went across to St Paul’s Basilica.

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July 1, 2022

This tour is not cheap but it is worth the price - and the early hour - in terms of the avoidance of the queues (especially in the heat of high summer) and the guide. The multiple changes of audio aid were deftly handled. ( I would advise taking your own headphones - those provided are encased in plastic packaging and not that good. )

July 1, 2022

Product ID: 78872