Sistine Chapel's Altar
Altar's cross in Sistine Chapel
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Early Access Experience

Express Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Tour

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With our exclusive Express Tour, our guide will help you experience the Sistine Chapel in peace. After, you will be free to independently explore the Museums at your own pace. 

  • With our Early Access to the Vatican, no one can get you in earlier to the Sistine Chapel
  • Let our guide take you directly to the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive and take in the frescoes in rare quiet and solitude
  • Discover the Vatican artworks at your own pace afterward with our helpful map
  • Small groups of less than 10 people

Your Early-Morning Sistine Chapel Tour

What's Included

  • Skip-the-Line Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Our exclusive Early Access
  • Vatican Museum Map
  • Full Day Tickets to the Vatican Museums and all reservation fees
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Vatican Museums (without guide after the tour)

Get in Before the Crowds

With our Reserved Access to the Vatican Museums, you will get ahead of the crowds and enter the Sistine Chapel a full 1 hour and 30 minutes before the public. Imagine being first into the Sistine Chapel?

After your guide leads you through the museums to the Sistine Chapel you will have the opportunity to take in Michelangelo's fabulous frescoes in an atmosphere of peace and quiet. There is no better way to experience what some consider to be the apex of western Civilisation art from the Renaissance period. While the paintings and frescoes are instantly recognizable, viewing them in their original state is an experience that can be charged with emotion and awe.

Discover More of the Vatican

Once you leave the Sistine Chapel you will still have a full hour in the Museums before the public are allowed in. Armed with a map of the museums, a summary of the highlights and your full-day ticket you will be fully prepared to explore the likes of the Pinacoteca Gallery with its Da Vinci and the Octagonal Courtyard with its statues of Laocoon.
So, make the most of your visit to the Sistine Chapel by availing of our exclusive Vatican Partner entrance and access to the Museums.

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important notes

Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
  • Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;

The certification will only be accepted if issued by an approved issuing body of the following countries: EU, Schengen Zone, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, and the USA, in either digital or paper format. They must be presented in Italian, English, French, or Spanish. For more information, please refer to the following website:

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