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Pristine Sistine Tour

Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 3 hrs 45 mins
  • Start Time: 7.15am and 7.45am

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 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 7:45AM 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 7421 Customer Reviews

Loved the small group. Sabrina provided so many wonderful insights.
Sabrina was knowledgable and enjoyable.
Our guide was fabulous and most knowledgeable! Enjoyed the tour very much!

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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Loved the small group. Sabrina provided so many wonderful insights.
Entering the Sistine chapel early in the morning and having 25 mins to just soak it in in silence was incredible. It is the only way to see it! Our guide Camilla was fantastic. I loved her relaxed way. She gave us the right amount of information to make it interesting and at the same time not tiring at all. I highly recommend her and the tour!
Our tour of the Vatican was excellent because of Sev, our outstanding guide. He didn't just take us through and point out the highlights. He did a great job of showing us how ancient artists influenced the work of Michelangelo and others. He also helped us appreciate the role of the different Popes through history and their contributions to the extensive collections of the Vatican and to the Vatican construction itself. It's only been a few days since our tour and we have already recommended the Pristine Sistine tour to our friends.
Sabrina was knowledgable and enjoyable.
Our guide was fabulous and most knowledgeable! Enjoyed the tour very much!
Very satisfied with our tour guide, Sabrina. She shared much information & got us through the Sistine Chapel & St Peter's in an organized manner. We have booked more due to great experience. Thanks to her & Walks. James Rand
Sev lnowledge was incredible and this tour is really wonderful to enjoy the Chapel before the crowds. Would highly recommend
Perfection!! Our guide/docent was so knowledgeable and introduced us to salient features of The Vatican in a wonderful way. She knew just where to take us and when so the progression of the tour was like a well-written drama with introduction, riding action, and splendid climax and denouement. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
When we arrived at the Vatican museums and there were queues I thought oh no this is not what I paid for but...somehow we avoided the queues and the tour was as promised. Time in the Sistine Chapel was precious, for a few moments alone! The time just flew by and I wish we had more to take in some of the treasures but would recommend.
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An excellent tour with an excellent tour guide - a great experience with Walks of Italy!
Great guide. I did three different tours with walks of Italy and loved them all. I even referred my cousin to the Colosseum tour mainly because of Julietta. I absolutely loved her! Thank you.
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Julieta was an amazing tour guide. Her interactions and opinions with everyone were much appreciated and made an unbelievable tour even better. Thank you, Julieta, for an amazing day! Allora! haha Ryan Becker
Camille was extraordinary! So informative, and such fun to be with. I’ve already recommended this tour (and Camille) to multiple friends. 100% would book again! Such a relief to be able to visit these amazing sites before the general public enter.
As always, your tours are among the brightest moments of our trips!
Wonderful guide and amazing experience which we will treasure always. Thanks.
Our guide, Sev was very informative. We really enjoyed our tour.
The tour guide did a great job of bringing the group together and explaining every detail with enthusiasm. His English was very good and loved his accent. Would definitely recommend him again
Julietta was fun and amazingly knowledgable
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What a wonderful morning we had. Maria Grazia, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She shared her extensive wealth of information in a clear and organized manner. I was impressed that someone who was so experienced could still make everything feel so fresh and new as if she was experiencing it with us for the first time!!! We had enough time to enjoy some of the most special locations during the tour. It was so comprehensive yet not rushed. The Vatican tour is so special and I was sooo glad to have had such an excellent guide to experience it with. Also, the meeting place was clear and easy to find and it was a small group. I was quite impressed with this tour company and luckily took one of their tours when we were in Florence, also.
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Great information!
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We called ahead because we were running late and the service was fantastic. The email afterward to confirm we made it ok was a nice touch. Also, the tour was great, early entry made our Vatican trip! Thank you.
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This tour was amazing. My first trip to Rome and I knew I wanted to see The Vatican and not miss anything. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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This was the best tour of my entire life! Thank you Walks! You are the best!!!
Sev was an awesome guide. Very knowledgeable and congenial. Really enjoyed the tour.
This tour was a highlight of our vacation. Sev was an excellent guide and storyteller. We loved everything about our experience - thank you!
Excellent experience. Couldn't have had a better guide. Thanks Jeb.
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Our guide Sabrina was fantastic- knowledgeable, personable and expertly guided us through the crowds to make sure we saw all the highlights the Vatican has to offer-Sabrina kept things moving without rushing us. Highly recommend both tour guide and tour. Great experience! Thank you Sabrina and walks!
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Boo was excellent. She really cared about instructing all of us. She even remembered all our names.
Marie was an excellent guide mixing facts and stories, navigating around the museum, trying to avoid crowds, and waiting for elderly slow-pokes to catch up with the group. Well done though a bit tiring towards the end. There was no time to get anything at the gift stands. It would have been wisei of Marie to explain that there are plenty of shops selling touristy stuff around town and at the airport, and a store to get religious stuff at the end of the tour.
We had a great tour and our guide was very nice and very knowledgeable, answered all the questions we had. We will definitely consider Walks of Italy again if we go back to Rome.
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This was a terrific tour and Michaela was fantastic!
Sara our tour guide was terrific.
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Boo was a great tour guide. She was so knowledgeable and approachable to answer any question. She was very aware of making sure our group was able to get a good view of each artifact. I would recommend this trip to anyone.