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Priority First Early Entrance: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

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  • 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
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Priority First Early Entrance: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket
US$60.81
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 4 days ago
Early Morning at the Vatican

It is worth making the effort for the early visit to get through the Vatican Museum and into the Sistine Chapel before the great number of visitors arriving from 8.30am. Diego our guide, who of course was very knowledgeable led us through the museums at...More

Thank 247Janet
Reviewed 6 days ago
Excellent overview of the Sistine Chapel

Our guide, Vasco, spent time explaining the back-history of the building of the Sistine Chapel. He was humorous and entertaining. This tour focuses primarily on the chapel, but gets you a self-guided entrance to the museums and St. Peter's. Although it is at the "beat-the-crowds"...More

Thank SWOC
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great guide

we had the early morning tour to beat the crowds our guide was Sabina she was great she made the tour her own but plenty of knowledge, i recommend the early tour as the crowds are horrendous and its so nice to be in the...More

1  Thank Jsmyers1970
Reviewed 1 week ago
Indispensible for Vatican VIsit

This is the BEST way to see the Vatican. You meet your guide next to a cafe by the Vatican steps. Very organized as there are LOTS of groups meeting at the same place. Organizers with clipboards will assist you. Entry to Vatican with the...More

1  Thank PV L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Excellent tour which you can take photos without any tourists around you

The museum and chapel are very packed during the day and it an excellent idea to buy this early entrance ticket. The tour is short, roughly 30 mins, the guide will give brief introduction on the way and take you to Sistine chapel which is...More

Thank Joyce H
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22 October 2018|
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Response from SWOC | Reviewed this property |
This tour meets at the bottom of some wide steps right next to a cafe across the street from the Vatican entrance. I forget the name of the cafe, but it is given in the instructions. We just had our uber driver take us to... More
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Sherri M
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Yes, anpurse is fine.
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Charlotte M
24 August 2018|
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Response from Jane B | Reviewed this property |
The guided tour is about a hour to a hour and a half, though once the guide is finished you can spend as much time there as you would like.
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