Sistine Chapel early entrance with Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica tour
Attractions & guided tours

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

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Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours 45 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • 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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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • 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
    • Buffet breakfast on a museum terrace (in 2021)
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    Reduced price
    • Infants (age 0-3): free
    • Children (age 4-12)
    Where

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

    Meeting point:
    At the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento. Meeting time 15 minutes prior to the start time.
    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. Therefore, we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs in any of our group tours to the Vatican
    • 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
    • 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, 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 ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction
    • In 2021, you have one hour of buffet breakfast included on a museum terrace before starting your visit
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability

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    Provider
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    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 experience begins.
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