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Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 1,487 reviews

Avoid all the crowds and queues by visiting the Sistine Chapel early!

If you're in Rome you MUST book an early trip to the Sistine Chapel. You will avoid all the queues and be able to see the chapel in all it's glory without being surrounded by crowds of people. You will get a very knowledgeable guide who will inform you of everything you need to see and explain the story behind the artistry. It is well worth paying the extra to take this guided tour before everyone else gets there. We were able to sit in the chapel and take in all the beauty of the painting and view it with knowledge of what each part of the painting depicts. Without the guide we would not have enjoyed it half as much. After the chapel we visited the museums independently and returned to the chapel some 90 minutes later to find it heaving with people. We were grateful that we had taken the opportunity of the early visit as we would otherwise probably have been visiting at that time. We then went on to view the Basilica. When we came out the queues had built up considerably!

Fabulous and great tour.... and a surprise!

The tour was well organized on the steps across the street from the entrance. We bought an early ticket so there was no line to skip on this one. Our guide took us through a portion of the Vatican Museums and explained some things on our way to the Sistine Chapel. Buying the early morning ticket was important bc there are less people in the room with you while viewing the art. I cannot emphasize how key this is. We were able to sit and just look at every detail. Fabulous. After we left there we went through the Vatican Museums where the Raphael rooms were awe-inspiring. Seeing The School of Athens in person was fantastic! Now, what I didn't know was that this ticket also gets you to skip the line to St. Peters as you access directly from the Chapel. This was GREAT as that line was very long. However, people acted like cattle and shoved you to get out of the Chapel once the door opened to go to St. Peters. It was chaos and like a mob where you had no control to stop.

Lovely, family atmosphere and quiet, nice guidance, thank you!

Beautiful, you are not in the river crowd that you can taste right after the end of the 1st entry mission. It is interesting to try both, but normal entry is crazy, it´s impossible to escape... I regretted the little children and lilipines because you do not see from the waist up, just the ceiling... The Sistine Chapel is beautiful and also the Athens School by Rafael. We were surprised that there is a possibility of refreshment inside the museums, which is even cheaper than the restaurant behind the Vatican walls. Toilets and everything you need to visit is provided. The Vatican post office inside the museum is also amazing. It was very nice to get up very early and see the entrance to the Vatican Museums without a crowd of tourists. Thanks!

Great - 2nd group to enter the Sistine Chapel

As expected, got to enter the Sistine Chapel early. The initial group during the check-in is quite big and everyone will be split into smaller groups. Make sure to be one of the first few people in the line so you get into the first group. Tour was fast - our guide Marco explained as much as he could during the walk to the Sistine Chapel. After the Sistine Chapel, I suggest you stick around and follow another tour group to the St Peter's basilica by turning right instead of left to exit. You will have to wait a while but it's worth it having to skip the entrance line to the basilica. No tour of the entire Vatican museum so if that's what you're interested in, this is not for you.

Very much worth the cost despite the early start

Was wonderful to see the Sistine Chapel with relatively few people and quiet. We went back through later in the day and could really notice the difference. We still had to line up for entry to the building and then again for entry to the halls leading to the chapel - these were both waiting for the Vatican staff to be ready, not delays from the tour operator and were much less significant queues than if we had tried to go in early on our own.

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