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Priority First Early Entrance: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

Highlights
  • Be one of the first inside the Sistine Chapel
  • Beat the often hours-long lines with early morning, priority entry 
  • Admire Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes in relative tranquility 
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Priority First Early Entrance: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket
From US$61.78
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Priority First Early Entrance: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket
From US$61.78
Overview

Beat the crowds at the Sistine Chapel by entering the Vatican Museums complex an hour and 30 minutes before it opens to the public on this early access tour. Avoid the often hours-long lines and admire the Sistine Chapel in relative tranquility. Gaze upwards at Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes without bumping into other tourists. Plus, you'll be able to explore the rest of the Vatican independently once the tour concludes.

What to Expect

Your early morning experience of the Vatican begins outside of the landmark, where you’ll greet your guide and head straight inside a full hour and 30 minutes before it opens to the general public.

As you head to the Sistine Chapel, your guide provides some historical context. You'll then enjoy the space in a crowd-free environment, allowing you to gaze up at Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes without interruption. Admire Michelangelo’s iconic ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, and The Last Judgment, in a serene environment.

Once your time in the Sistine Chapel concludes, you’ll be free to continue exploring the Vatican Museum at your leisure. Among the highlights are the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael’s Rooms, plus classical statues, Etruscan artifacts, and plenty of Renaissance paintings.

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent Tour worth the early start

The stated aim of this tour is to get to the Sistine Chapel before the hoards arrive! Objetive was achieved without missing much on the way. Did allow some relatively quiet time in the Chapel which is needed to let it all soak in. Money...More

3  Thank MichaelA975
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Only way to do it!

If you are visiting the Vatican I wouldn’t do it any other way! Had seen pictures from friends visiting where St Peters was so full you could hardly move and really did not want that experience for myself. Sistine Chapel was fantastic, very few people...More

1  Thank Kate2950
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile
Breath taking

There aren't words to describe the vista of art, history and magic before you. It is a must for those with or without faith. Silence, knees, feet and shoulders covered. No photography. Just stand, breath and view ....

2  Thank Fi J
Reviewed 5 June 2018
Worth the Splurge....

You're not going to great an in depth tour here, but you will get to enjoy this without the crazy crowds. We walked it later in the afternoon as we ended our tour with a walk of St. Peter's Basilica and we couldn't even walk....More

2  Thank Jacqueline A
Reviewed 2 June 2018
Worth the money to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica without lines

This early entry ticket certainly beats the line ups and allows you to see the Sistine chapel with only a small amount of people in there. The whole tour itself lasted 60 minutes with a good piece of it as we stood outside waiting to...More

3  Thank heartsmartass
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ctodd2002
11 July 2018|
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Response from Maryna H | Reviewed this property |
You can go to the Basilica as part of your tour but once you’ve exited it you can’t go back and would have to stand in line and pay again if you wanted to re-enter. So the guide will recommend that you leave St Peters... More
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Keely C
24 June 2018|
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Response from Barbara0812 | Reviewed this property |
You line up on the stairs first. They seem to take people as they line up so if you go before your official time, they seem to take you earlier. Security is really fast on the early tours.
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