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Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 2hrs
  • Start Time: 8AM

Tour Highlights

  • Enter the Vatican 30 minutes before general opening and beat the crowds to the Sistine Chapel.

  • Enjoy a fully guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, led by one of our 5-star guides.

  • With Skip the Line Access at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, you'll avoid hours waiting in line!
The Creation of Adam', Sistine Chapel | Early Access Sistine Chapel Tickets by Walks of Italy Your guide will give you tips on what to look for | Early Access Sistine Chapel Tickets by Walks of Italy Inside the Sistine Chapel  | Early Access Sistine Chapel Tickets by Walks of Italy Rush directly to the Sistine Chapel (before the crowds!) | Early Access Sistine Chapel Tickets by Walks of Italy Bernini's altar in St. Peter's Basilica | Early Access Sistine Chapel Tickets by Walks of Italy Inside St. Peter's Basilica | Early Access Sistine Chapel Tickets by Walks of Italy

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

EARLY ENTRY VATICAN MUSEUM & SISTINE CHAPEL TICKETS – ENTER BEFORE THE PUBLIC!

Enter the Vatican Museums a full 30 minutes before the general public to see the Sistine Chapel before the crowds.

After meeting at the entrance to the Vatican Museums, your guide will escort you (and your small group of max 15 people) through the long galleries of the Vatican Museums and direct to the Sistine Chapel.

Along they way they'll give you some insight on what to look out for inside the Chapel. Using visual aids they'll explain how Michelangelo created such tension in 'The Creation of Man' on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. They'll give you tips on which characters to look out for in the 'Last Judgement' behind the altar, and add depth to your visit by providing background (and gossip) on the incredible project that was the painting of the Sistine Chapel.

SKIP THE LINE ACCESS TO ST. PETER’S BASILICA

After 30 minutes inside the Sistine Chapel you’ll have the option to stay inside, traveling back through the Vatican Museums afterwards on your own; or you can follow your tour guide for Skip the Line entry to St. Peter’s Basilica. We highly suggest that you take advantage of this opportunity to get past general access lines to St. Peter's Basilica (which can stretch for hours during busy periods).

With our special access your guide will lead you directly from the Sistine Chapel (via a special door) into the Basilica where they'll give you a full tour of the most important church in Christendom. You'll see Michelangelo's 'Pietà' and Bernini's incredible altar, and learn the histories of some of the popes laid to rest here.

Visiting the two most important sights of the Vatican (the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica) in just two hours, this express tour is an affordable, fun and educational way to explore - without having to wait in line!

Sites visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica

Included

  • Skip the Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel tickets
  • Skip the line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert tour leader

Reviews

5-stars from over 95 Customer Reviews

We loved the tour and our guide was wonderful. The tour was our favorite part of our entire trip.
Very good tour with a friendly, knowledgeable and interesting guide. Thoroughly recommend if you have limited time and want to beat the queues.
Very knowledgeable man - great experience!
Your guide was really excellent. We were lucky to be in a very small group so could have serious discussions regarding the art and architecture.
Rosa was an outstanding guide. We were very lucky to have her. She expertly manuvered us through the crowds.
Wonderful tour!
We had a great time on our tour!! Jeb did a great job in the face of tremendous crowds. The time limit was perfect for us since we needed to get a lot in for the rest of the day!! And we saw everything in the Vatican that we wanted. Highly recommend this fast track tour!
Our guide Jeb was amazing! Great sense of humor, straight to the point, covered a lot of history. The tour was exactly what we wanted. Quick, and covering the most important things in our short amount of time in Rome. Thanks so much!
Very good guide and efficiently managed!
I loved this tour of just the two things I wanted to see: the Sistine Chapel and St Peters (I took the Vatican Museums tour with you a year ago). It was perfect!
Marianna was a great guide professional,informative,with great understanding of the history of the vatican we were very happy with the tour
Our guide Claudia was wonderful. We enjoyed her very much and had a meaningful tour!
Loved zooming past the lines of people waiting to get in. Our teenagers really enjoyed the tour as much as we did, especially seeing the Sistine Chapel without the usual shoulder to shoukder crowds.
This was the perfect tour for those of us who had already been to the Vatican but wanted to see the Sistine Chapel again. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and funny.
Really enjoyed this walk. The guide was excellent
Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Having a guide is essential to fully appreciate the Vatican and allies treasures. It was great thank you!
Everything was excellent
Another exceptional tour. Well worth the money and got us past the massive queues. As with other tours, the communication of so much history was expressed at a level that was easily digestible and understood.
Wonderful, super interesting tour. Nicely paced with interesting facts.
Our guide was amazing!!!!
Great length of tour for kids! Informative and interesting and Francesca was entertaining:) good pace for a quick overview of such a beautiful site. Great to avoid all the line ups and beat the overwhelming crowds.
The early entry to the Vatican was amazing!
Marta's delightful personality made the tour a lot of fun for my two teenage grandchildren and me. She was efficient, shared great information, and she was very helpful throughout the tour. We were fortunate to be in her group.
Marta's delightful personality made the tour a lot of fun for my two teenage grandchildren and me. She was efficient, shared great information, and she was very helpful throughout the tour. We were fortunate to be in her group.
Our guide max was informative and friendly. He was excellent. We highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Maria was a wonderful tour guide! She had a fantastic personality and she was incredibly informative. Everyone in my group was highly complimentary of her. I would recommend that people booking a tour try to personally ask for her.
Loved the tour, despite the overcrowding, our tour guide made every possible effort for us to avoid this as much as possible.
Toni was superb.
Great tour with a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. Would highly recommend - particularly seeing the huge queues of people to get in which we whizzed past!
We enjoyed the tour very much especially that we were able to avoid the crowds by getting there early. Rosa was very informative and we enjoyed the tour, it was amazing. Thank you so much.
Loved our guide, friendly and knowledgeable, gave us so much great supplemental info including handouts and personal anecdotes. Prompt start, and "express" just as promised to beat the crowds and be done early in the day.
Great information and guidance.
Mariana was great! We went through the tour in good timing and it was perfect for my husband and me.
Marianna was brilliant! Sense of humor was perfect, her knowledge and information just the right amount and we felt so comfortable.
Excellent guide
Marie it would have been helpful if you had carried a stick with a flag on it as it was difficult to find you in the crowds in the coleseum. Other than that it was a great tour. Thank you.
This is an ideal tour for tourists who, like us, may not have the religious fervor of others who visits Rome.
Doriana was wonderful! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic! A+
Only thing I would have liked differently would have been to cut the time in half for viewing the Sistine Chapel and have had more time allotted to Basilica. Otherwise, EXCELLENT tour!!!
Thank you walks of Italy, our tour was great. Our guide, Mauro was really good! Knowledgeable and very happy to answer any question. I'd like to add we were very impressed by the customer service we received when we made a mistake with our booking.
Francesca was fabulous. So knowledgeable . All the tours were 5 star!
Excellent tour. Double thumbs up !!
The only criticism is that the tour went well beyond the 2 hour mark. We loved it but had to catch a train and missed out on the majority of what the guide wanted to review in the basilica.

Important information

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

Please note that the Vatican Museums have strict rules on what can and cannot be brought inside. Oversized and forbidden items must be checked at the entrance to the Museums and it will be the responsibility of the guest to retrieve them from the same spot after the tour. Forbidden items can be viewed here.

Entrance to the Vatican Museums will be denied to any guest (male or female) that does not cover both their shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.

On rare occasions, when St. Peter's Basilica is being prepared for high masses or a special private event, including the Easter ceremonies, the tour group exit and/or the basilica itself can be closed without prior notification. 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.

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.

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The tour was very good because it provided at the same time a wide picture of the things we were seeing but at the same time it went into details. The guide was very well prepared, never boring and happy to answer all types of questions. She made everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Highly recommand it!
Our tour with Julietta was superb! Julietta's knowledge and familiarity was impressive and surpassed our expectations. Her ability to answer any of the questions presented was impressive as well. Not only was she an expert but her personable nature and witt made the tour even more enjoyable, our 23 year old was entertained! Last but not least was avoiding the massive crowds, not once did we have to wait, our tour was seamless. Thank you so much!! Elizabeth
We loved the tour and our guide was wonderful. The tour was our favorite part of our entire trip.
Very good tour with a friendly, knowledgeable and interesting guide. Thoroughly recommend if you have limited time and want to beat the queues.
Forgot her name (sorry) but she was excellent. Very attentive to everyone's needs, very warm and down to earth, yet highly professional. She was very knowledgeable, and given the short amount of time she had to explain everything, she did a great job. I would definitely take a tour with her again. Thank you.
Our guide was a delight, obviously very knowledgeable but didn't overdo the detail, somehow keeping an eye on the whole group and not losing anybody (quite a skill!); and it was clear she really loved her subject - can't praise her enough. The only real issue was the quality of the microphones - lots of crackles/loss of sound.
Very knowledgeable man - great experience!
Your guide was really excellent. We were lucky to be in a very small group so could have serious discussions regarding the art and architecture.
We really enjoyed the tour! Marianna was a great, very knowledgeable guide. She pointed out many things we never would have noticed. We highly recommend this tour. And we're glad you've contacted us. Is there a way to send Marianna a tip? At the end of our tour we got distracted while getting an autograph and photo with one of the others on the tour (from TV show, the Mythbusters) and neglected to tip Marianna for a great tour.
The tour was fantastic and well worth the early rise and cost. Marianna our guide was delightful and well organised and told us many interesting stories and facts about the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. I took a friend with me and we were both raving about our experience afterwards. I have been to Rome several times but always reluctant to visit the Chapel because of the crowds, but Marianna whisked us past the queues and we first had an interesting walk through the galleries and then a good 20 minutes in the uncrowded Sistine to absorb the extraordinary Michelangelo ceiling and finally a brilliant tour of the Basilica. Very good having the relay earphones so we could hear everything Marianna said even if not right next to her. Seeing the sunrise over Rome when crossing the bridge to the Vatican was an extraordinary bonus. Just don't buy a coffee at the kiosk where the tour meets…not good!
Rosa was an outstanding guide. We were very lucky to have her. She expertly manuvered us through the crowds.
Wonderful tour!
The meeting point details and our guided tour with Maristella were excellent, she definitely deserves 5 stars!!
We had a great time on our tour!! Jeb did a great job in the face of tremendous crowds. The time limit was perfect for us since we needed to get a lot in for the rest of the day!! And we saw everything in the Vatican that we wanted. Highly recommend this fast track tour!
Our guide Jeb was amazing! Great sense of humor, straight to the point, covered a lot of history. The tour was exactly what we wanted. Quick, and covering the most important things in our short amount of time in Rome. Thanks so much!
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Marta was fabulous! Her English is excellent and she really engaged the younger (& older) in the group. It was certainly worth doing the earlier tour and beating the crowds to the Sistine Chapel! We went two years ago, not on this tour, and were herded through the Sistine with an enormous crowd - this was so much better! Thank you :)
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Very good guide and efficiently managed!
I loved this tour of just the two things I wanted to see: the Sistine Chapel and St Peters (I took the Vatican Museums tour with you a year ago). It was perfect!
We took the early morning Vatican trip to avoid the crowds. Maria was informative from start to finish & never rushing us. She was enthusiastic, friendly & went out of her way to try to get some of the best vantage spots. I would thoroughly recommend this trip, even if it does mean getting up very early.
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Marianna was a great guide professional,informative,with great understanding of the history of the vatican we were very happy with the tour
Our guide Claudia was wonderful. We enjoyed her very much and had a meaningful tour!
Loved zooming past the lines of people waiting to get in. Our teenagers really enjoyed the tour as much as we did, especially seeing the Sistine Chapel without the usual shoulder to shoukder crowds.
This was the perfect tour for those of us who had already been to the Vatican but wanted to see the Sistine Chapel again. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and funny.
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Really enjoyed this walk. The guide was excellent
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Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Having a guide is essential to fully appreciate the Vatican and allies treasures. It was great thank you!
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This was the tour we were looking forward to most on our five weeks in Italy. We last saw the Sistine Chapel 35 years ago and wanted to have the opportunity to enjoy it without the crush and bustle of fellow tourists. We loved it. Maurizio was terrific. He was the perfect blend of being knowledgeable, interesting, funny and charismatic - not too much fine detail, just enough of the back story of Michelangelo's involvement in the decoration of the Sistine Chapel to help us really understand exactly what we were looking at. When we finally got to sit for 20 minutes to enjoy the chapel, wow. This was money very well spent and Maurizio was the ideal person to lead us through. Thanks Walks of Italy.
Everything was excellent
Another exceptional tour. Well worth the money and got us past the massive queues. As with other tours, the communication of so much history was expressed at a level that was easily digestible and understood.
Francesca did an excellent job telling us what to look for prior to going in the Sistine Chapel and that made our time there more meaningful and interesting. She also lead us around St. Peter's and pointed out certain things and made it seem more than just another big church....especially for my teenage sons. One of our son's walks with crutches and this tour was excellent for him. We are not Catholic and not really into art, so avoiding the crowds and the long museum tour was best for us. We saw the two high points and got out before it was so crowded we couldn't enjoy it (as other tourists told us was their experience).
Wonderful, super interesting tour. Nicely paced with interesting facts.
Our guide was amazing!!!!
Great length of tour for kids! Informative and interesting and Francesca was entertaining:) good pace for a quick overview of such a beautiful site. Great to avoid all the line ups and beat the overwhelming crowds.
The early entry to the Vatican was amazing!
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Marta's delightful personality made the tour a lot of fun for my two teenage grandchildren and me. She was efficient, shared great information, and she was very helpful throughout the tour. We were fortunate to be in her group.
Marta's delightful personality made the tour a lot of fun for my two teenage grandchildren and me. She was efficient, shared great information, and she was very helpful throughout the tour. We were fortunate to be in her group.
Our guide max was informative and friendly. He was excellent. We highly recommend this tour to anyone.