Guided tour

Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

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Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 94.21 per person

Enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public to discover Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace. Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and phenomenal Pinacoteca Gallery.

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Duration 225 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide


  • Enter the Sistine Chapel before the general public to see the site at its best
  • Exploring the Vatican Museums and see famous highlights such as Raphael's rooms
  • Enjoy access to the Vatican Museums bypassing the ticket line and save hours
  • Interact with your guide in a small group of 15 people or fewer
Full description

Beat the crowds by entering 45 minutes before the Sistine Chapel opens to the public and enjoy the incredible frescoes in peace. After stopping for a while to marvel at the beautiful Raphael Room, spend quality time with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Chapel before your guide leads you on a full tour of the Vatican Museums. Stop along the way to see all the most important works. Since you have started early, you’ll stay one step ahead of the crowds in most galleries as you enjoy fantastic art like the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and Sons, and more. Next up is the incredible Pinacoteca Gallery. Housing works by Caravaggio, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphel, this is the modern wing of the Vatican Museums and contains a remarkable array of precious masterpieces. Led by your expert guide, you'll visit and explore this area without the crowds, being able to spend time truly immersed in the atmosphere. You'll end your Vatican tour at a special spot overlooking the dome of St Peter's Basilica. Here you'll learn about the history and architecture of this incredible church and get tips on what to look out for during an independent visit. From there the choice is yours. Grab lunch inside the Vatican Museums and continue your exploration of these incredible palaces, or follow the dome to St Peter's Basilica. Entering before the crowds with an expert art historian guide, this tour offers you the most personal, unforgettable, and intimate experience inside the Vatican Museums.

  • Skip-the-line ticket for Vatican Museums
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Headsets
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

At the Green Bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento. Meeting Point Directions: meet just outside the Green Bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento Square. This is the only bar/ cafè located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescensio - close to the tram stop number 19. The closest metro/ underground stop is Ottaviano.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All guests (including children) must bring ID on the day of their tour
  • Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this group tour
  • The group route utilizes staircases where elevator access is not easily accessible Those with wheelchairs and limited mobility can contact the activity provider so the visit can be arranged
  • - Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 57 reviews

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Excellent! Our guide, Gianluigi (aka Gigi) really make the experience special. He was funny, informative, engaging, and moved at just the right pace! The meeting spot was easy to find. We started in the museums then went to the Sistine Chapel where we had 15 min. Following that were a few more museum galleries of notable works. Gigi made everything so enjoyable with the stories and facts he shared. After the tour we had the option to stay on and explore on our own - there’s so much to see. Highly recommend because you’ll be glad to beat the crowds.

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May 10, 2022

The reason why I didn’t give 5 stars is because for us, it ended up being too long. The tour itself was great. The guide was fantastic, really knew her facts and kept a running dialogue. The headphones within the the Vatican hurt after a short while, so that made it uncomfortable.

May 5, 2022

The breakfast in the Vatican was great but the best part was our tour guide Sev. He had the brilliant plan to go straight to the Sistine Chapel first and then go back for all the museum exhibits. Our group of 10 people got to be alone in the Chapel for 15 minutes before anyone else showed up and it was unreal. Thanks Sev!

November 8, 2021

Product ID: 78872