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Sistine Chapel early entrance with Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica tour

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Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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SKIP THE LINE
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  • Enter the Sistine Chapel 45 minutes before the general public, to see the Chapel at its best!
  • Spend 3 hours exploring the Vatican Museums, seeing highlights including the Raphael Rooms
  • Enjoy skip the line access at the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica, saving your hours of waiting in line
  • Take a 1-hour guided tour of St Peter's Basilica
What to expect

Enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public and enjoy Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace, before embarking on a thorough guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.

There is simply no better way to see the highlights of the Vatican without the crowds that can overrun the galleries later in the day. The Sistine Chapel wasn’t meant to be seen standing shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other people. Beat the crowds by entering 45 minutes before the Chapel opens to the public.

After spending quality time with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Chapel, your guide will lead you on a full tour of the Vatican Museums, stopping 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 Raphael Rooms, the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and Sons, and more.

When you’ve covered the Museums, you’ll enter the Sistine Chapel again, much more crowded now, and pass through a special corridor that lets you skip the lines into St. Peter’s Basilica. Here, you’ll enjoy an hour-long tour of the immense Basilica, including stops at Michelangelo’s heart-wrenching Pietá and Bernini’s enormous Baldachin altar. Afterwards, you'll be free to explore the St. Peter’s for as long as you want.

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What's included
  • Skip-the-line tickets for Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line access to St Peter's Basilica
  • Expert 5-star tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Small groups
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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  • Infants (0-3): free (no reservation required)
  • Children (4-12): reduced price
Where

Piazza del Risorgimento, 60-62, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting point:

At the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento.

What to remember
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on any of our group Vatican tours.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees.
  • We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. We are unable to provide refunds in this case.
  • Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks etc must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour.
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When
  • Meeting Time: 7:45 am
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Provider
Walks of Italy
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 3 days before the activity begins.
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