Sistine Chapel & Vatican Crypt: VIP First Entry

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Sistine Chapel & Vatican Crypt: VIP First Entry

From $89.26 per person

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 skip-the-ticket-line entry to St. Peter’s Basilica.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
Starting time 7:20 AM
Skip the line through a separate entrance
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  • Enjoy 2 hours of the Vatican’s most breathtaking art and history after skipping the ticket lines
  • 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
  • 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
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COVID-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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 ticket 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.
  • 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-ticket-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit to the Papal Crypts beneath the Basilica
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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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

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • 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
  • 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 62 reviews

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A well organised tour. Lovely to be able to view the statuary, tapestries and maps in the Vatican museums at a leisurely pace in uncrowded condition on our way to the Sistine Chapel where we were able to enjoy the works in the company of relatively few people. The guide delivered an informative, and sometimes humourous, explanation of what we would see in the Sistine Chapel and what we were seeing in St Peters. I was happy to pay the tour price for the privilege of a relaxing, uncluttered visit.

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November 6, 2019

Our guide Sandra was great. She did very well. BUT: Outside when we arrived at the steps above the Vatican Museum Tuesday morning at 7.15 it was really dirthy with rubbish all over the place, and the bags was more than full! It was rather crowdy with many people, but the guides did the best for us.

October 2, 2019

Excellent Early Morning, Quiet view of a spectacular work

Our guide was knowledgeable and made it fun even while keeping to a schedule. The early morning entry was perfect to be able to enjoy the art without a ton of people. We ran out of time to into the Grotto with the guide as they were in the middle of a service but we were still able to go in by ourselves.

September 20, 2019

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