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Rome: Sistine Chapel Early Morning Privileged Access

Product ID: 216285
Enjoy special skip-the-ticket-line early access to the Vatican Museums, 1 hour before they are open to the regular public. Discover the incredible art collections with a PhD Archaeologist or Art Historian as your expert tour guide.
About this activity
Duration: 150 minutes
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museums with an expert guide
  • Be among the first visitors of the Sistine Chapel to enjoy Michelangelo's paintings
  • Stroll through the biggest Catholic Church in the world before the crowds
  • Experience the breathtaking Pietà of Michelangelo and the famous canopy by Bernini
Full description
Discover the fascinating rooms and collections within the Vatican Museums, one of the 5 most visited museums in the world, unique for its density of masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and the most influential and representative artists of the Italian Renaissance.

Begin your itinerary by passing through courtyards, and galleries like the tapestry room and the geographical maps room. Step inside the private apartment of the Pope Julius II painted by the talented Raphael. After having enjoyed all these gems, prepare to enter the breathtaking Sistine Chapel where the master painter Michelangelo spent 9 years painting the ceiling and altar wall. 

After leaving the chapel, enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to The Basilica of Saint Peter, the biggest Catholic church in the world built in the Barocco style by Bernini. Once inside, step into the first chapel on the right where you will witness one of the most iconic statues in Italian history, the Pieta, carved by Michelangelo at the age of only 23. The church also holds the tombs and relics of 266 Popes since Peter.
  • Guide's service
  • Headsets for groups of 6 people or more
What’s Not Included
  • Ticket fees
  • Meals and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Vatican Museums entrance, at the gate with statues of Michelangelo and Raphael, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Rome

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• Big bags, big umbrellas, and backpacks are not permitted
• Shoulders and knees must be covered
• The visit to St. Peter's Basilica may be affected by religious celebrations; If closed, time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended
• Passport or ID card required for children under 18 and valid student cards for students under 26
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Product ID: 216285