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First Entry Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Crypts

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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 
First Entry Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Crypts
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First Entry Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Crypts
From $60.42

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 explore St Peter's Basilica and the rarely-seen Vatican Crypts.

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 continue on to St Peter's Basilica, where you'll enjoy skip-the-line access, and visit the rarely-seen Vatican Crypts. Your tour ends back in St Peter's Square where you can enjoy the Vatican's impressive architecture. 

Reviews (709)
1 - 5 of 81 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
This is the only way to see Sistine chapel and Vatican museum

This is my first time to Rome! I always wanted to see Vatican museum, Sistine chapel and climb the St. Peter's dome. You can book the ticket and tour directly through Vatican museum. However, you will need to call your credit card company to get...More

Thank kukulimoku
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Far to busy I shudder to think if there was a emergency what would happen.They are just interested in getting as many people throw the doors and your money .Dont go if you are nervous in a crowded venue pushing and shoving for the best...More

Thank Mr B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Priority First Early entrance Sistine Chapel

This is absolutely the best and only way to see the Sistine Chapel. There was no line, no crowds and the guide was wonderful. We had to get up early but it was so worth it. Our guide explained everything to us before we got...More

2  Thank Jackie K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Highlight of our vacation

This was money well spent. You cannot put a price tag on being the first into the Sistine Chapel. You had the ability to walk around and take it all in without being shoulder to shoulder with a crowd. After about a half hour in...More

1  Thank Sylvia V
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

2  Thank 247Janet
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October 22, 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
Sherri M
September 30, 2018|
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Response from Jane B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, anpurse is fine.
Charlotte M
August 24, 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.