What makes this tour unique?
See more in less time with our First Entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and Skip the Line Access at St. Peter’s Basilica*.
Contemplate Michelangelo’s frescoes in peace when you enter the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other groups and more than an hour before the general public.
Explore St. Peter’s Basilica, including the Vatican Crypt beneath it, a site not usually open to group tours.
Dark Rome is 1 of only 3 OFFICIAL VATICAN MUSEUMS PARTNERS worldwide. Couple that with our experience of guiding over 1,000,000 guests through the Vatican and a TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence, you can’t get a better tour anywhere else! When you book this tour with Dark Rome you get:
||EARLY SISTINE CHAPEL ACCESS – because of Dark Rome’s Official Vatican Partnership, you will enter the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before customers of other tour companies and 1 hour and 30 minutes before the general public. Being in the Sistine Chapel without large crowds is an amazing experience.
||EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE – only available through Dark Rome. Dark Rome is 1 of only 3 Official Vatican Tour Operator Partners globally.
The 3 Most Important Vatican Sites in Just Two Hours
If you don’t have much time to spend in Rome or want to focus on the highlights of the Vatican, our First Entry Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Crypt offers an exclusive opportunity to see the top three sites - in just two hours. Without sacrificing explorations and insights!
Our First Entry to the Sistine Chapel gives you time to explore on your own before other tour groups and the general public crowds arrive. Our Skip the Line Access takes you directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, saving you even more time, before you descend into the Vatican Crypt…a site not included on regular Vatican tours.
The Sistine Chapel Without the Crowds
Meeting outside the Vatican Museums before they have officially opened, you’ll enter 30 minutes before of any other tour group and a full hour and 30 minutes before the general public. Being the first to enter the Sistine Chapel ensures that you won’t have to compete with the crowds that fill the room during regular opening hours. You’ll have time to contemplate the beauty of the chapel in peace and quiet.
Your expert, English-speaking guide will lead you directly to the Sistine Chapel, explaining what to look for in Michelangelo’s world-famous frescoes, from his daring self-portrait in ‘The Last Judgment’ to the iconic ‘The Creation of Adam’ painted on the ceiling.
Special Access through St. Peter’s “Gate”
Next, we’ll take you through a special door – not available to the general public – that opens directly to St. Peter’s Basilica. This Skip the Line Access helps you avoid another long line – often stretching for hours - outside the walls of the Vatican. Along the way, your guide will describe the highlights of St. Peter’s Basilica, the most important church in the world, sharing stories that will make this unique site come alive.
Upon entering St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll be stunned by its extraordinary size and beauty. You’ll admire Michelangelo’s emotion-inspiring sculpture ‘La Pietà’ as well as Bernini’s extraordinary altar, a huge structure of twisted bronze recycled from the Pantheon.
Below the Basilica is the Vatican Crypt. This is where the most important Popes in Church history, including Pope John Paul II, have been buried. Access to the Vatican Crypt is not usually granted to group tours, so take advantage of this special opportunity. You’ll even see the crypt of St. Peter, one of Jesus Christ’s disciples and the first Pope, whose bones are said to be buried beneath the Basilica.
Last but not least, your guide will lead you back outside to St. Peter’s Square, where you’ll admire the work of one of Rome’s greatest architects and artists - Bernini.
Experience More in Less Time
With an expert, English-speaking guide leading the way, First Entry at the Vatican Museums (we pass through them on our way to the Sistine Chapel), and Skip the Line Access at St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll see all the highlights of the Vatican City in just two hours. Our tours provide more than just facts; our expert, English-speaking guides share the stories and details that bring the sites to life.
*St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. While we undertake to tell guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Please note that appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
*Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
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