Pristine Sistine™

The Chapel At Its Best



3 hrs 45 mins

running days

Monday to Saturday

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Stand on the altar of the Sistine Chapel and admire the little details of Michelangelo’s masterpiece – without being pushed or shoved! This Vatican tour enters the museums before the general public.


See the best of the Vatican City in under four hours. With a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll cover all the bases.


Engage with the art and architecture of the Vatican. Our guides are passionate art historians and storytellers, while our groups never number more than 12, so you’ll get the most from your once-in-a-lifetime visit.

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What's included?

Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums with early entry time an hour before the general public; Skip the Line Access at St. Peter’s Basilica; headsets; passionate expert tour guide; small groups of 12 people or fewer throughout your Vatican tour.

Why Choose this Tour?

There are moments that stay with you forever. Visiting the Sistine Chapel and seeing the masterpieces of Michelangelo should be one of those. For too many visitors, this special experience is ruined by overcrowding, but what if there was a way to guarantee your perfect moment?

Enter the Sistine Chapel before the general public

For the last four years we’ve worked on honing our signature Pristine Sistine™ Tour to be the perfect experience. We’ve taken over 50,000 visitors inside the Sistine Chapel before the general public enters to experience the Sistine at its shining best. Our guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions, enriching your visit with witty anecdotes and entertaining details to bring world-famous works to life. Entering before the public you’ll have time to get up close to the art, admiring it from every angle, without having to use your elbows. But that’s only the start of our journey.

Engage with the best of the Vatican Museums collection

We say engage because that’s what you’ll do. Your guide will lead you on a carefully- crafted route through the best of the collection, teaching you not just about the art and history of the collection (which spans from Ancient Greece to a very modern “Squashed Tomato”) but the history of the Papal Palaces too and the many characters that have lived, worked, ruled and painted here.

Traveling in small groups of only 12 people or fewer (with personal headsets in case it’s a little loud) you’ll always be able to hear your guide and engage with their stories, asking all the questions you can think of. We won’t finish at the Vatican Museums though. Our next stop is the world’s largest ancient basilica.

Skip the lines into St. Peter’s Basilica

As an official Vatican tour operator, we’ll go directly from the Vatican Museums to St. Peter’s Basilica, bypassing long general access lines and saving a 30-minute walk. Everything about this incredible building is awe-inspiring. From Bernini’s monumental carved Baldachin altarpiece to Michelangelo’s emotional ‘Pietà’ and the huge dome whose completion (literally) threatened to tear the basilica in half.

As you explore every nook and cranny of this huge building, you’ll get an insight into the heart of the Catholic Church and Renaissance Italy with our passionate guides at the helm. Our Pristine Sistine™ Tour guarantees that perfect Sistine moment – plus an engaging and entertaining three hours to follow.

You’ll probably only visit the Vatican City once. Make it perfect with our original, pristine tour.

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Meets near entrance to Vatican Museums. Ends on St. Peter's terrace. Full details provided upon booking.

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Prices for the Whole Family

Our tours aren't one-size-fits all and neither are our prices, which is why infants under 3 travel free and we have special pricing for children, students and seniors - just remember to bring ID on the day of your tour.

Adult: €84
Senior: €79
Child: €49
Student: €79

Private Tour Option Available

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5-star tours, as voted by TripAdvisor users

“David is a local, spoke absolutely perfect English and was so energetic and excited throughout the entire tour. He made it even more special and meaningful... This was my son's first trip to Italy and I wanted something special. To have 20 minutes of solitude in the Chapel before the hoards arrived was, well, priceless.”

Gjb6774, New York
Walks of Italy won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2011, 2012 & 2013 - and we're on track to win in 2014!

Customer Reviews

"Wonderful tour of Vatican! Small group size was perfect. Early morning was good to avoid the crowds. Great tour guide!"
"Fantastic tour, definitely the best way to see the Sistine Chapel and the rest of the Vatican. Guide was excellent and very informative, made the whole tour even more enjoyable. She really knew her stuff and answered every question thoroughly. Would highly recommend this tour."
Deborah S.

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Meets near entrance to Vatican Museums. Ends on St. Peter's terrace. Full details provided upon booking.

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