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Key Details

City: Rome

Duration: 4 hours

Start Time: 7:15am


  • Enter the Museums before the general public to see the Sistine Chapel at a quieter time.
  • This comprehensive 4 hr Vatican tour includes all the highlights of the Vatican Museums plus St Peter's Basilica.
  • Our guides are passionate art experts, full of stories and familiar with even the smallest details. With groups of just 15 or fewer, you'll find them easy to engage with.

Tour Description

Enter the Vatican Museums Before the General Public

Our Pristine Sistine Chapel tour is the product of 13 years of constant development and refinement. We've found that the trick is to enter early, a full hour ahead of the general public, so you can experience the most beautiful (and busiest) rooms without the crowds: The Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms.

Passing through empty galleries with your expert guide you'll take in some of the world’s most incredible works of art, stopping at the Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, the four Raphael Rooms, and more on your way to the Sistine Chapel. It can be difficult to negotiate these apartments later in the day, but at this hour of the morning, your guide will have the time and space to give you a proper tour. There are so many incredible details in these frescoes; including a likeness of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, strolling through The School of Athens.

Now that your eye is trained to great Renaissance masterpieces, it's time for the main event. You'll enter the Sistine Chapel just as the doors open to groups and ahead of the daytime crowds By this time, your guide will have given you the full history of this space and pointers on what to look out for. Take your time and enjoy some of the most iconic images on earth. After 15 to 20 minutes of quiet contemplation, you'll embark on a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Engage with the Best of the Vatican Museums Collection

The Vatican Museums are home to some of the world's most precious artifacts and some of its most impressive artworks, but it can be hard to understand the significance of works without some expert help. That's where our guides come in. They're all experienced art historians with perfect English. They'll show you the highlights of the collection and enrich your visit with witty anecdotes and entertaining details.

Traveling in small groups of only 15 people or fewer (with top-quality headsets) 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 Sistine Chapel though, our next stop is the world’s largest basilica.

Skip the Lines into St. Peter's Basilica

From the Vatican Museums, we use a special-access corridor to enter St. Peter's Basilica*, skipping the enormous general-access lines. Inside, you'll enjoy a full St. Peter's Basilica tour including Bernini’s monumental altar canopy, Michelangelo’s moving 'Pietà' and the titanic dome.

Most people only visit the Vatican once in a lifetime (if ever!) Our Pristine Sistine™ Chapel Tour guarantees that you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience while you're there.

*The special access passage between the Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesdays and subject to other unexpected closures. On such days we will instead explore the magnificent Pinoteca Gallery.

Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at [email protected] or call +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.

  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square
  • Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)
  • Belvedere Courtyard
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Skip the line ticket for Vatican Museums
  • Skip the line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headset
From $101
Free Cancellation


5-stars from over 11196 Customer Reviews


Mar 21, 2023

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide. The early hour to start was well worth it to have quiet time in the museum. Highly recommend this company and tour.

Important Information

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