Guided tour

Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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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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Skip the ticket line
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  • 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 see historic masterpieces up close on this guided tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. See the stunning Raphael Rooms, marvel at the artwork in the Sistine Chapel, and visit the impressive Vatican Museums with a guide.

Breeze past the first rooms to head straight for the Raphael Rooms. Skip the busy time and enjoy these magnificent rooms in peace while the Museums are still closed to the public. Learn from your guide where Raphael worked the faces of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo into his frescoes. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel. Arrive just as the doors open to the public to visit at the most peaceful time of day. Get a full run-down of Michelangelo's frescoes, including a detailed handout, from your guide before heading in. Just as the crowds are beginning to arrive, leave for the Vatican Museums for a complete tour of this stunning space. Enjoy the masterpieces without the bustling crowds with your guide. Finish your tour by going to St. Peter's Basilica via a special secret passage, bypassing the long lines outside. End your morning with a full tour of this sacred space and gaze upon Michelangelo's moving Pietà, Bernini's grandiose altarpiece and learn the stories and legends behind the art.

  • 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
  • The special access passage between the Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica is subject to unexpected closures. If it is closed, you will visit the Pinacoteca Gallery instead
  • 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
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 112 reviews

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It was the best tour and most worth it in my opinion while traveling in Rome. The lines are very long and there is so much to see that having a early tour is the way to go. We we are fortunate to have a great tour guide (Burcu) who helped explain the vast amount of art and history we saw. It is long so be prepared to walk a lot but so worth it.

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November 23, 2022

Frank was a terrific guide—we were literally first in line, followed a great pace through the museums, were well prepared for the amazing Sistine Chapel, and got a great tour of St Peter’s at the end. Engaging and informative—it made the vast treasures accessible. This is the only way I’d recommend seeing the Vatican for your first visit. 10/10!

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November 22, 2022

Don’t miss this tour! The early access is no longer valid as the museum opens to everybody at the same time but meeting early and getting in the line with the guide made for much less crowds and she spent the wait time talking about the amazing history and stories around the Vatican. Be prepared to walk a lot!

October 24, 2022

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