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Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel

  • Avoid time spent waiting in Vatican lines with prebooked, early-access tickets
  • Admire the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel without the later daytime crowds
  • Catch all of your guide’s commentary with your complimentary headphones
Early Entry Vatican Museums: The Best of the Sistine Chapel
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Stay a step ahead of the crowds with this early access tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. With skip-the-line entry before the doors open to the public and access to reserved corridors, the tour has all you need to beat the Vatican crowds at two of its most sacred sites. There are even less people on the tour itself, with numbers capped at just 12 per group.
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group near the Ottaviano metro station in Rome, and head straight to the Sistine Chapel. Entering before the chapel officially opens its doors, you’ll see the sacred place as it was meant to be seen: in a state of tranquility, before the general public enter.

After admiring Michelangelo’s lauded frescoes that cover the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling and back wall, you’ll follow your guide along a reserved-access corridor that links the chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, you’ll go straight to the basilica’s highlights, hearing the history behind Bernini’s bronze baldachin and Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was carved from a single slab of Carrara marble. When you tour ends, you can stay inside St. Peter’s Basilica to explore more at your own pace.
Reviews (168)
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Bring them back to life

Our guide, Luigi, had instant recall of dates, places, things and events, but the best was that he was able to relate them to us as with personalities and emotions, not just historical facts. No more self-guided tours of important places for us. Walkout-of-Italy delivered...More

Thank Grant C
Reviewed 5 days ago
Early Sistine Chapel tour.

Did the early tour the end of September. Our tour guide Antonia was outstanding! She was extremely knowledgeable and provided excellent background information during the tour. She went above and beyond what we expected to make sure everyone in the group got to see as...More

Thank Lil_Peanut
Reviewed 5 days ago
It's All About the Tour Guides!

Our tour guide was fantastic, and we ended up having her in the afternoon tour of the Colosseum and Forum as well. Could not have been more pleased with her. We have been very pleased with the Walks of Italy tour guides.

Thank Explorer761237
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Early entry vatican

Great tour! Going in an hour early makes all the difference in the world. Our tour started on time and our guide was able to being the Vatican to life...it got very crowded towards the end but at least we got some quiet hours in...More

Thank Gaye C
Reviewed 6 days ago
Far from early entry bu a great tour

The outstanding visit in Rome is the Vatican and the best of it is Vatican museum. Our guide was terrific. It was far from early entry. Our guide kept commenting that theVatican gives out way too may “early entry” tickets. From the time our group...More

Thank Dwain I
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18 July 2018|
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Response from margalfieri | Reviewed this property |
4 hours and it flew by. Wear really comfortable shoes and bring two water bottles. Lots of very clean bathrooms, but you will need water with all the walking and stairs.
14 June 2018|
Response from Liz M |
These are skip the line. There are other tours waiting also. You are with the guide when you enter the museum.
14 June 2018|
Response from jkap | Reviewed this property |
Yes. We saw the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basillica with the tour. We could have gone back to any of the places when the tour was done, but we didn’t feel the need because the tour was so thorough.