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Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums Early Entrance

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Duration: 5 hours
Product code: 3363
Overview

Don’t miss this chance to visit the Sistine Chapel as a real VIP. If you hate the crowds and you want to admire this little gem in absolute peace, this ticket-only tour is the perfect choice for you.

VIP entry means a privileged access to the Sistine Chapel through a special door before other groups and before the general public. After the Sistine Chapel, you will be free to tour the Vatican Museums at your own pace.

Once known as Cappella Magna, the chapel derives its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between the years 1477 and 1480. Since then, this special place has served as a location of religious as well as functionary papal activity. Today it is the hall where the papal conclave takes place, the process by which a new pope is elected.

The fame and fortune of the Sistine Chapel comes mainly from the world-renowned frescos that decorate its interior, especially the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by the Tuscan sculptor and painter Michelangelo.

After the Sistine Chapel, you will be free to tour the Vatican Museums at your own pace.

Highlights
  • Early admission to the Sistine Chapel through a privileged access
  • Explore The Sistine Chapel with no crowds
  • Enjoy a flexible schedule to visit the Vatican Museums at your pace
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Semi-Private Tour
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 5 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • This tour departs daily at 7:20am except on Sundays and religious holidaysThis tour departs daily at 7:20am except on Sundays and religious holidays
  • This tour does not operate on the 2nd of April, 1st of May, 29th of June, August the 14th and 15thThis tour does not operate on the 2nd of April, 1st of May, 29th of June, August the 14th and 15th
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 1 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Priority admission ticket
Exclusions
  • Audioguide
  • Tour guide
  • Transport
Meeting Point
Our meeting point is at 7:15 am on the steps near the bar caffé Vaticano (Viale Vaticano, 100) opposite side of the Vatican museums entrance.
Know Before You Go
  • If you have a metal coated pacemakers, all relevant paperwork/ID cards should be carried for security checks
  • This tour visits religious sites, and there is a dress code to be observed. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats are allowed.
  • The following must be left in the cloakroom: suitcases; backpacks and containers with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15 centimeters; bags and packs that are cumbersome, except for small-sized bags that are carried on the shoulder and don't jut out more than 15 centimeters; any umbrella with a spike tip, and umbrellas of medium and large size; walking sticks (except those required by disabled visitors); tripods for cameras and video cameras; and signage of any kind.
  • The cloakroom staff will accept visitors’ bags and personal belongings (regardless of their form, material or dimension), with the exception of clothing items, hats, and portable umbrellas.
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Reviewed by Bradley G AU   June 09, 2018
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I did the tour with no audio guide or tour guide, it was fine for me but if you want to understand the details of all the paintings definitely get one of the guides. I just googled everything to find out the details. There are a lot of different rooms in the Vatican so make sure you walk around to make sure you don't miss anything. In the end, go through the Sistine Chapel to the back and turn right to go straight to St. Peter's Basilica with no line. Overall, I do think the early access is worth the money,
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Reviewed by Jason G US   June 07, 2018
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We were literally the only people in the Sistine Chapel for a few minutes...let that sink into your head. Amazing.
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Reviewed by Portmaid GB   May 07, 2018
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Just to be able to have the time and calm to sit in silence and take in this masterpiece was a special experience, even my teenage son who doesn't do 'art' sat for 15 mins in awe and just looked. Worth paying the extra to be in before the crowds.
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Reviewed by Donna P GB   April 11, 2018
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I cannot recommend this trip more, it was amazing. Going early meant we got to skip the queues which were huge and when we went into the Sistine Chapel there were less than 20 people in there. When we went back in after opening time you couldn't move. Great experience at a great price.
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Reviewed by Ursy T RU   April 06, 2018
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We are really happy to have booked this ticket: not too many people in the Sistine Chapel by the time we got there and we could take all the time we wanted/needed. We were the only ones in some of the other musea: extraordinary feeling and we enjoyed some art we wanted to see.
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Reviewed by Michele M CH   April 04, 2018
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Excellent being able to enter before the general public.
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Reviewed by Crystal J CA   March 08, 2018
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Worth waking up early!
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Reviewed by Bruce E CA   March 06, 2018
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You're crazy not to pay the extra to get in early. By noon the place was wall to wall people.
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Reviewed by Susan L US   January 19, 2018
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Epic, simply epic. We were two out of 8 total people in the Sistine Chapel and spent nearly an hour there alone. 100% worth it.
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Reviewed by Sam J GB   January 06, 2018
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Good choice to beat the crowd.
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Reviewed by Darwa nan IN   December 11, 2017
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What a lovely place to see, easier we come early in the morning before time hour and support from assistants who got us inside.
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Reviewed by Ian CA   November 01, 2017
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It was an early start but worth every penny. Being able to wander through the Vatican museums in some cases alone made for great photo opportunities. We were in the Sistine Chapel with a maximum of 30 people so it really gave us the chance to look at all of the wonders that is Michelangelo's masterpiece, although taking pictures of it are strictly forbidden. When we left around 9.45 the line to get in was at least 150 yards in length. Our advice, BUY THIS TICKET!
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Reviewed by saleyva RO   October 15, 2017
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This was a great way to enjoy the Vatican Museums - before the crowds arrive after waiting in long lines outside.
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Reviewed by Assel FR   September 19, 2017
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This is the best thing that happened to me in Rome: we entered the first the galleries and the Sistine Chapel. Breathtaking! I recommend renting the audioguide.
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Reviewed by Deon K AU   August 12, 2017
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The bonus of this tour was having access to the halls leading up to the Sistine Chapel with practically no-one in them: with no-one behind you, walking slowly was great.
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Reviewed by Carol anne US   July 07, 2017
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You can go at your own pace and rent the headphones if you want.
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Reviewed by Leaaha CH   July 02, 2017
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Essential for the self-tours.
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Reviewed by Tavi S IE   June 07, 2017
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Even though we were late, Our host came back for us! We were able to reach her on the phone. Thanks for great customer service!
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Reviewed by Lisun Yung TW   May 10, 2017
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So for anyone going at peak tourist season, the waking up in the wee hours of the morning, getting there early and doing this was WELL WORTH IT.
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Reviewed by Lynn K GB   April 05, 2017
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Glad this was available at an early hour.
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