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Pristine Sistine Tour

Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 3 hrs 45 mins
  • Start Time: 7:00AM and 7:30AM

Tour Highlights

  • Enter the museums before the general public to see the Sistine Chapel at a quieter time. During Easter & summer, the Chapel may have some groups inside but never the hoards you'll see later. On quieter days you'll have it pretty much to yourself!

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

  • Engage with the art and architecture of the Vatican. Our guides are passionate art experts, full of stories and familiar with even the smallest details of these massive museums. With groups of just 14 or fewer, you'll find them easy to engage with.

Enter the Vatican before the crowds Rush to the Sistine Chapel before the public Busy Vatican Museum corridors See the Sistine Chapel when it's almost empty Guide uses aids to explain Sistine frescoes The Sistine Chapel Ceiling Visit the Raphael Rooms The School of Athens by Raphael Raphael Rooms: Can you spot Raphael? Raphael Rooms: Do you see Rocky? This sculpture inspired Michelangelo The Belvedere Torso Ancient Greek sculptures, Vatican Museums Nero's bath (its literally priceless!) The Laocoon Group, Vatican Museums Apollo Belvedere, Vatican Museums The Gallery of the Maps, Vatican Museums St. Peter's Basilica, included on our Pristine Sistine Tour Inside St. Peter's Basilica Bernini's 'Baldachin' altar, St. Peter's Basilica Michelangelo's 'Pieta', St. Peter's Basilica The ceiling of St. Peter's Basilica Bernini's stained glass window, St. Peter's Basilica Rubbing St. Peter's foot for luck Pristine Sistine Chapel tour ends at St. Peter's Square



Visiting the Sistine Chapel can be the highlight of your vacation, but only if you beat the crowds. Our Pristine Sistine Chapel tour is the product of 7 years of constant development and refinement. Through it's finely tuned itinerary, you'll use skip the line Vatican tickets to enter the Vatican the Museums a full hour before the general public and enjoy the most peaceful experience of the Chapel available. Along the way you'll also get a peek at famous rooms like the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries or the Raphael Rooms.

The guide for your small group Sistine Chapel Tour is a seasoned expert. They know how to read the crowd and their aim is to get you to the Chapel at the most peaceful time (always before the 9am opening). During the peak months of high season and a few days over Easter, there will be some groups inside the Sistine Chapel when you visit, but you'll always have much more space than other times of day.

Take your time and enjoy some of the most iconic works of art on earth. After 15 or 20 serene minutes visiting the Sistine Chapel, You'll embark on a full-guided Vatican Museums tour and St. Peter’s Basilica tour.


Visiting the Vatican Museums can be daunting but our guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions. They'll show you the highlights of the collection and enrich your visit with witty anecdotes and entertaining details to bring world-famous works to life. Traveling in small groups of only 14 people or fewer (with personal 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 Vatican Museums though. Our next stop is the world’s largest 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. Our Pristine Sistine™ Chapel Tour guarantees that you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience when you're there.

NOTE: Due to increased demand, we're offering an additional time slot on our Pristine Sistine tour, entering the Museums at 8.30AM, 30 minutes before general opening rather than one hour, for those who need a little more time in bed. Let's call it our Still-Quite-Pristine Sistine Tour.

At €86 per adult, it is €3 cheaper than our earlier departure. To book this tour select the 8:00AM start time during booking.

Sites visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • St. Peter’s Square


  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums (with early entrance an hour before the general public!)
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups, never more than 14 people
  • Headsets


5-stars from over 7109 Customer Reviews

This is my second time taking this tour and it was great because it was different from the first. I learned many new things and getting into the Sistine chapel early is a must! Claudia was an excellent tour guide with a wealth of knowledge!
Great tour second time on this tour in the last 2 years. The only way to see the Sistine Chapel. High recommend Walks of Italy
Luigi was terrific! So knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican. The tour was better than expected. Highly recommended.

Important information

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

As with all museums, particular galleries of the Vatican museums can sometimes be closed without prior notice and pieces removed for restoration or loan. In the case of a gallery being closed, your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.

Also, please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.

Note: We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Your guide will still give you an introduction to the church should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

IMPORTANT: While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. Please contact us at info@walksofitaly.com if you have walking disabilities or if you are in a wheelchair. We can then work out a suitable alternative.

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a senior, student, or child reduction.

For details of what you may and may not bring inside the Vatican Museums (you may not, for example, carry backpacks), click here. Guests who do bring these items will be required to leave them in the Vatican cloakroom and will be responsible for collecting them at the end of the tour. Please note that it is a 15 to 20 minute walk from St. Peter’s Square back to the entrance of the Museums.

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This is my second time taking this tour and it was great because it was different from the first. I learned many new things and getting into the Sistine chapel early is a must! Claudia was an excellent tour guide with a wealth of knowledge!
Great tour second time on this tour in the last 2 years. The only way to see the Sistine Chapel. High recommend Walks of Italy
Luigi was terrific! So knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican. The tour was better than expected. Highly recommended.
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We really enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend Walks of Italy! Francesca was an excellent guide!
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Claudia was charming and extremely knowledgeable. The meeting point process was simple.
Loved it and the knowledge was great to have before we entered the Sistine Chapel.
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Really enjoyed the Vatican tour with Monica. She was informative, friendly, and fun.
Well worth it. The highlight of my trip. Giulia was a great guide, calm yet passionate. I would ask for her again, if I could. Thank you.
We couldn't imagine trying to visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's on our own. Our guide, Doreanna, was witty, charming, extremely knowledgable, and very tuned in to the labyrinthine journey of getting through the Vatican. Thank you for a most enjoyable tour!
Rosella was fantastic and she helped us see as much as possible and avoid some of the crowds. Her insights were invaluable added so much to the trip.
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Our tour guide was wonderfull the Information. Was first class I would certainly recommend friends and family Thankyou for a memorable day
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All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our tour and our guide "Julia?" was excellent and incredibly informative. I would happily post to tripadvisor if you wish. Julia is a lovely lady with such a pleasant personality and took such good care of us all. She was fantastic in guiding us between the crowds and did so very discreetly. She has a lovely gentle manner and I would highly recommend both Julia and Walks of Italy. Thanks again to Julia. Angela, Ann, Katie and Emir, Co. Kerry Ireland.
What an amazing experience! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and the best experience we had on our trip!!! Highly recommend and hopefully you will get our guide he was truly amazing!!
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Wow the tour was quite overwhelming in a good way. Seeing all of the art work was amazing. Way to many people for my comfort level. The guide was excellent.
Great tour.
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We loved this tour. Having someone knowledgeable enough to walk us through and explain the significance of the works was invaluable.
Guide was excellent.
Elisabetta led such a great tour! She provided us with so much information and great stories! We definitely would not have learned nearly as much without a tour guide. Elisabetta also did a good job of keeping the group together through the crowded areas - she made sure we didn’t get lost. I’d recommend this tour to anyone!
The tour guide was fantastic. Enjoyable and extremely knowledgable. She was 5+++++++
Rose was a wonderful guide! We were really lucky to have her.
Elisabetta did a great job on the tour! Would definitely recommend this tour!
Our guide was fabulous, so passionate and wanted to give us the best time. Your company is very good. I have taken several tours during this trip and all were great. It has slot to do with the quality of your tour guides. Great job!
Best guide in the world!
Micheala was an excellent guide.
Our guide Gigi was extremely knowledgeable, affable, and engaged every individual in the tour group. I'd highly recommend Walks, and specifically Gigi as the tour guide to anyone looking to tour the Vatican. The only somewhat disappointing aspect of the tour was the very large crowds, even in the Sistine since there were many 'early entry' tour groups there all at the same time. However that is not Walks fault. Overall we were very happy with our Walks experience.
I wasn't sure about the wait outside the building and the groups that entered before us. But Monica had a well devised plan and executed it brilliantly. Loved the unitrrrupted time in the chapel at the outset. Couldn't navigate how to do the catacombs afterward. Very informative and moved things along. Well done!
Very happy with the tour! Maria was a fantastic guide who really showed her passion for the museum & crafted the best experience.
Very enjoyable, thank you!
Excellent tour, excellent guide
Our guide was wonderful, funny and informative and made the experience very enjoyable.
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Fabrizio was an impressive guide especially in a challenging situation like the Vatican. His knowledge was a real treat and he gave us a high-quality experience. I would definitely recommend a tour with walks and with Fabrizio.
Apart from the knowledge he possesses, he has an extra x-factor in him. He was sharing details and at the same time kept everyone engaged and gave the same importance to everyone. Absolutely loved it! Please pass this message to him and all my friends also given a super high rating to him. Thanks, Dario
Doriana was a great guide. She was very knowledgeable and the tour was very well planned. The fact that the tour started early gave us advantage to know the Sistine chapel without the crowds. I highly recommend it
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Our guide "Coletta" (I'm sure I've misspelled her name), was great! She provided excellent history without talking forever on one point - liked the pace of the tour she kept!
Gigi is an excellent guide I enjoyed his knowledge, sense of humor and courtesy. He is definitely an asset to your team and I really hope you know that and appreciate him.
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