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Exclusive First Entry: Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums Tour

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Availability: Every day except Sunday
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Early access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Expert, English-speaking escort to lead visitors to the Sistine Chapel
  • Map of the Vatican Museum
  • Entrance to the Vatican Museum until closing time
  • Groups no larger than 20 people
  • Tickets to the Vatican Museums and all reservation fees
What to expect

If you want to experience the Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo’s world-famous iconic masterpiece - before the crowds arrive, this tour is definitely for you!

With our skip-the-line access, you’ll avoid the long lines that form before the Vatican Museum doors are even open. In addition, as an Official Vatican Museums Partner, we are allowed into the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tours and an hour and 30 minutes ahead of the general public.

You’ll meet your small group of up to 20 people early in the morning and be accompanied to the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll have the time and the space – a full hour before the general public arrives - to contemplate its beauty. This is a far cry from the crowded afternoons when there's barely room to move around in, let alone appreciate, this incredible space.

To this day, critics say that no artist’s work has ever approached the scale, technical skill, sense of composition and design of Michelangelo’s frescoes. People the world over have been awestruck by the powerful imagery of the Creation of Adam, painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, while others have marveled at The Last Judgment, which adorns the altar wall. You’ll have the luxury to see these 15th-century masterpieces for yourself, up close and personal.

After your once-in-a-lifetime Sistine Chapel experience, you have the option to visit the Vatican Museums without having to leave and enter again. Besides full-day tickets, we also provide a map of the 9 mile long museum and an introduction to its highlights. You'll have everything you need to design your own itinerary, enjoying the world-renowned art collections at your own pace.

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What's included
  • Early access to the Sistine Chapel,
  • Expert, English-speaking escort to lead visitors to the Sistine Chapel
  • Map of the Vatican Museum
  • Entrance to the Vatican Museum until closing time
  • Tickets to the Vatican Museums and all reservation fees
What's not included
  • Extras
Reduced price
  • Children (ages 6-18): reduced
  • Infants (ages 0-5): free
Where

Viale Vaticano, 98, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting point:

Meet us 15 min before the departure of the tour 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 City Wonders polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition.

What to remember
  • Groups no larger than 20 people
  • Site visited: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums (without guide after the tour)
  • It is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only
  • Photography is strictly prohibited inside the Sistine Chapel
  • On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter’s Basilica & Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience
  • This tour is not accessible to guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance
  • This tour is not accessible to strollers or baby carriages
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When
  • Every day except Sundays
  • Meeting time: 7.05am
  • Departure time: 7.20am
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Provider
City Wonders
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to a day before the activity begins.
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