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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Ticket - Early Access

Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Ticket - Early Access

4.7 / 5

535 Reviews

Beat the crowds to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums with an early access ticket. Head inside early before the general public and admire MIchelangelo’s masterful artwork in serenity. Wander around the museums and chapel at your own pace, with only you deciding when you want to finish exploring. With numerous historical sculptures, paintings, frescoes, and more available to marvel at in the Vatican collections, there will be plenty to see and appreciate. Enjoy masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael.

About this activity

Valid 1 day
Skip the ticket line
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
  • Skip the ticket lines to the Sistine Chapel and see Michelangelo's frescoes before anybody else
  • Enjoy uninterrupted views on the only early access tour of the Sistine Chapel
  • Wander the Papal Palace at your own pace with special, direct access unavailable to the general public
  • See works of art by Raphael, Bernini, Caravaggio and many more
  • Spend as much or as little time as you like exploring the artworks
Full description
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, 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. Skip the ticket lines already forming outside the museums, and head straight to the Sistine Chapel. You will be escorted by a tour representative to make sure you don’t get lost. Once inside, enjoy unprecedented views of the otherwise crowded room. Later in the day there will barely be room to move, but in the minutes before opening time, all is quiet. Your ticket also provides access to the Vatican Museums. Explore the Vatican Museums, and wander the Papal Palace on your own for the rest of the day. With your early meeting time, the day ahead is long. Your escort will leave you with a map, and an introduction to the most important museum sites so you can make the most from your time among miles and miles of incredible art.
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting time: 07:05 Departure time: 07:20 At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (A) station: When you step off the metro, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Leave the station and walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3 ½ blocks, crossing three junctions (1. Via Vespiano 2. Via Leona IV and 3. Via Santamaura) before getting to Via Tunisi, the fourth junction. Turn left down Via Tunisi and walk straight for a block. In front of you will be a set of wide steps, where you'll meet.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The tour goes straight to the Sistine Chapel to give you as much time as possible in the chapel
  • The tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Unfortunately guests in wheelchairs or with any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated. There is also no accommodation for baby strollers or carriages on the group tours
  • Entrance to the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The supplier is not responsible if you are refused entry for improper dress
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets can not be refunded
  • On arrival at The Vatican, please follow the signs for the separate Partners Entrance. All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 535 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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This was an excellent tour, and it was worth every cent to gain access to the Museums and Sistine Chapel with so few people there. We went back through the museums again later, with the regular crowd, and it was unbearably crowded and you couldn't see anything because all you could see was a crush of people. Plus the line up just to get in, for people who weren't on a tour, was way down the street for hundreds of metres in the freezing cold. Once everyone had arrived for our tour, we went straight in. Our guide Eddy was also excellent, funny and informative. I highly recommend this tour.

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January 1, 2020

This tour is pricier than the others, but the early entry really does make a difference. We were able to tour through the Vatican and to the Sistine Chapel before it gets insanely crowded. It was actually quiet and peaceful and we could truly enjoy the tapestries and artwork. Loved our tour guide, Renata (not sure of spelling). She made sure to point out things we should look at before we entered the Sistine Chapel (since there is no talking in the chapel). The guided part of the tour is an hour - a perfect length of time for a tour in my opinion. After that, you are free to roam the Vatican yourself. Be prepared! It is huge and vast. There is a lot to see and you could easily spend several hours there.

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November 2, 2019

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