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Rome: Sistine Chapel Early Morning Priority Access

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Rome: Sistine Chapel Early Morning Priority Access

From US$ 112.32 per person

Enjoy priority early access to the Vatican Museums, 1 hour before they are open to the regular public. Discover the incredible art collections with a Ph.D. Archaeologist or Art Historian as your tour guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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English, Italian


  • Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museums with an expert guide
  • Be among the first visitors of the Sistine Chapel to enjoy Michelangelo's paintings
  • Stroll through the biggest Catholic Church in the world before the crowds
  • Experience the breathtaking Pietà of Michelangelo and the famous canopy by Bernini
Full description
Discover the fascinating rooms and collections within the Vatican Museums, one of the 5 most visited museums in the world, unique for its density of masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and the most influential and representative artists of the Italian Renaissance. Begin your itinerary by passing through courtyards and galleries like ones that feature famous tapestries or geographical maps. Step inside the private apartment of Pope Julius II painted by the talented Raphael. After having enjoyed all these gems, prepare to enter the breathtaking Sistine Chapel where the master painter Michelangelo spent 9 years painting the ceiling and altar wall.  After leaving the chapel, enjoy priority access to The Basilica of Saint Peter, the biggest Catholic church in the world, which is decorated in Barocco style with the supervision of Bernini as director of fine arts. Once inside, step into the first chapel on the right where you will witness one of the most iconic statues in Italian history, the Pieta, carved by Michelangelo at the age of only 23. The church also holds the tombs and relics of 266 Popes since Peter.
  • Professional art historian or Ph.D. archaeologist
  • Headsets for groups of 6 people or more
  • Priority entrance
  • Ticket fees
  • Sistine Chapel brochure
  • Meals and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Vatican Museums entrance, at the gate with statues of Michelangelo and Raphael, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Rome

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Short skirts

Know before you go

  • Luggage, big umbrellas, and big backpacks are not permitted
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered
  • For people with mobility impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair, please contact the local partner so the itinerary can be customized to your needs on a private tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 6 reviews

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I can unreservedly recommend the early access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel - even if the price is of course a fact. our guide Ferdinando made our visit an unforgettable experience. He is unbeatable in friendliness, competence and commitment ;-)

November 5, 2021

Fantastic tour and the insights provided made the experience even better.

October 22, 2021

Our guide was super knowledgeable, fun, and approachable. We had a lovely time exploring the Vatican with him and would highly recommend booking for anybody looking for a tour.

September 12, 2021

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