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  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s & Vatican Crypt: VIP First Entry

Product ID: 44313
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Ever dreamed of gazing up at the Sistine Chapel in peace & quiet? This exclusive Vatican Partner tour allows you to be one of the select few to enter the chapel first in the morning & includes no-wait entry to St. Peter’s Basilica.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy 2 hours of the Vatican’s most breathtaking art and history without waiting in line
  • See the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive, and admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace and quiet
  • Enter the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica through an exclusive entrance, avoiding detours and long lines
  • Learn from your English-speaking guide who is a Vatican expert, and your audio headset means you won’t miss a single pearl of wisdom
Full description
You’ll enter the Vatican Museums 30 minutes ahead of any other tour group, and a full hour and 30 minutes before the general public. With an expert guide leading the way, you’ll go directly through the museums to the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll have time to explore in peace, taking in the incredible artwork without the notorious crowds that fill the space during regular opening hours.

From there, you’ll head through a special door (not open to the general public) directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, avoiding another long line outside the walls of the Vatican. The sheer size of St. Peter’s, the largest ancient basilica in the world, will take your breath away. Here, you can visit Michelangelo’s sculpture "La Pietà", and Bernini’s altar, a monumental structure of twisted wood and bronze, recycled from the Pantheon.

The last leg of the tour takes you below the beautiful Basilica to the Vatican Crypt your guide will tell you about the tombs before you enter because inside it is forbidden to speak. The most important Popes in Church history are buried here. Finally, your guide will lead you back outside to St. Peter’s Square, where you can appreciate the mastery of Bernini, one of Rome’s greatest architects and artists.
Includes
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums (15 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour 15 minutes before the general public)
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit to the Papal Crypts beneath the Basilica
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The City Wonders coordinator will be wearing a blue City Wonders/Guideman polo shirt or jacket for easy recognition.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Entrance to the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Men and women must ensure that their knees and shoulders are covered. City Wonders cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
• Large bags/tripods/umbrellas/backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must not be brought along on this tour. The group will not be able to wait for those who need to check their items in the cloakroom
• It is your responsibility to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Anyone arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours and lost tickets cannot be refunded.
• Comfortable shoes are recommended
• Those in wheelchairs or with impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated on this tour, unfortunately. Strollers or baby carriages also cannot be accommodated on group tours
• It is forbidden to speak inside the crypt. Your guide will tell you about the tombs before you enter
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 33 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.6/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.2/5
Safety
4.7/5

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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 44313