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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!
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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 303 Customer Reviews

The guide was great, pleasant and knowledgeable.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting!
We enjoyed the tour immensely. Gracie Mille.

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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Our express tour with Cecilia was top notch. We were surprised to see the throngs of folks lined up a bit before 8am when we arrived w/ her at the vatican, but she was amazingly calm, peaceful, knowledgeable, charming as we got through the security line and inside for the breathtaking views. We loved her. And we loved the view of the vatican we got. Once the tour was over, with Cecilia's guidance we quickly did a few other experiences (duomo, crypt), followed by lunch at a great restaurant she recommended within walking distance. Could not have been any better! We did three tours with Walks while in Rome and they were absolutely the highlight of the trip. My husband is an avid historian and was impressed by their education and 'bedside manner'. We are already talking about you guys being a 'must do' with our friends and for future trips to Florence and Milan. Keep up the awesome work!
The guide was great, pleasant and knowledgeable.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting!
We enjoyed the tour immensely. Gracie Mille.
Our tour and guide were fantastic!
I guess we were not expecting such a long wait in line outside the Sistine Chapel. However the guide was excellent
Our guide was amazing! So knowledgeable and classy
Our guide was knowledgeable and fun, very good tour!
Great tour guide! Made sure the tour was timely but also took extra time to make sure the tour was at everyone’s pace (there were a few older people who weren’t as fast). This express tour was great but I was worried that I might not learn much - boy was I wrong! There was a long line to get in and our guide used that time to tell us lots of facts and we learnt a lot throughout the whole tour! Thanks for everything!!
Maria Teresa was wonderful. Very articulate, well informed, wonderful communication. I have no problem with the length of the tour and with the time in the Sistine Chapel, but I wish I had understood that it would take almost an hour just to get in. Setting expectations is key and I was feeling like we weren't going to have time to experience the actual tour after such a horribly chaotic entry experience. Maria Teresa assured us all was in order, and it did work out, but if I had understood that it was an hour to get in and an hour for the tour, I would have felt better. It's a great tour regardless and we all enjoyed ourselves. I have two young children and would never want to do anything longer with them! Our sincerest complements to Maria Teresa!
wonderful on every level!! The tour guide was a delight, very sweet and knowledgeable.
Cecilia was fantstic! She is very knowledgeable, patient and the information she gave us before entering the sistine chapel were very helpfull. Thank you Cecilia:)
Camilla was a fabulous guide. Her knowledge and the clearness of expression was superb and what a joy. We will recommend this tour to anyone.
Perfect tour for kids, our guide was a delight:)
Great tour - quick, but informative!
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Donata was incredible! The best guide ever !!. She was informative, gracious and kind. Her friendliness with the guards and ticket-takers allowed us to go directly to the front of every line.
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I loved the tour with walks of Italy. So easy to book, well organized. Wouldn’t have had it any other way. It’s such a treat being able to skip the line. Gia Mariani was a fun guide easy to listen to an having a laugh with as well as getting son pretti interesting facts about Vatican City. 5 Star tour, I always will book again.
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Our guide was lovely. We really enjoyed the tour
We’ve had Cecilia before as a guide. She’s very knowledgeable and presents a very interesting tour.
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Utah was a fantastic guide. We were very pleased.
The guide had an excellent English informative but at the same time not boring
Uta was amazing! We loved having her as our guide and she was very knowledgeable, witty and friendly. She made the line ups feel short by sharing information, answered questions we had, and allowed time for photos. The 2 hour express tour was perfect for us and we liked that we were able to get in before the crowds arrived. We would schedule another tour with her in a heartbeat!
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We used your services for two other walks in Florence and at the Coliseum both of which were awesome. The guides were spectacular!!!!
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She was excellent! We loved every second with her.
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She shared so much information with us, even while waiting in line to get in. She seemed passionate about what she was telling us.
She was excellent and very considerate
The guide was excellent.
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Luigi was the perfect guide, he was particularly caring of my mother
Very nice and knowledgeable guide. Thank you for a great experience.
Ferdinando is a great guide! Really friendly!
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Great tour guide for Sistine Chapel & Basicila. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I will highly recommend this tour company. We tried a different tour in the evening and your guide was far more superior.
The tour with Sev was AMAZING!!!! He was so knowledgable and presented all the information in a fun and interesting way. We wished we had booked more tours throughout Rome with him. Definitely the highlight of our trip! Thank you!! Elizabeth
could of done we being less reushed
could of done we being less reushed