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Sistine Express & St. Peter’s

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 St. Peter's Basilica, led by one of our 5-star guides.

  • With special-access Sistine Chapel tickets and direct entry to St. Peter's Basilica, you'll avoid hours waiting in line!
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Enter the Vatican Museums a full 30 minutes before the general public on this express tour which including early-entry Sistine Chapel tickets.

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 directly to the Sistine Chapel.

Along the way, they'll use visual aids to tell you the story of how the Chapel was painted and what to look out for once you're inside. Moving one step ahead most of the crowds, you'll reach the entrance to the Chapel just before it starts to fill up so you can take advantage of the relative peace and quiet.


After 30 minutes inside the Sistine Chapel you’ll have the option to see the parts of the Vatican Museums that you missed on your own, or you can follow your tour guide for Skip the Line St. Peter’s Basilica tour. 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).

You'll see Michelangelo's 'Pietà' and Bernini's incredible altar canopy, as you learn the history of the church and importance to Christianity.

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


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


5-stars from over 382 Customer Reviews

Tour guide was very informative
Our guide, Emma was outstanding with knowledge of the Sistine & St Peters. She made our visit something to Remember. Thank you Walks of Italy Pat & David Kingston, Ontario, Canada
My guide was amazing!

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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Tour guide was very informative
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Our guide, Emma was outstanding with knowledge of the Sistine & St Peters. She made our visit something to Remember. Thank you Walks of Italy Pat & David Kingston, Ontario, Canada
My guide was amazing!
Well worth the early start! So glad I booked this and got to see an incredible place with the history explained
Gigi was excellent, very knowledgeable and gave us many small insights about the Vatican.
This was a highlight of our Italy trip. Nick our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made his info understandable for our whole group ! He was a superb guide !
Loved it
Anzio was wonderful, well informed and kind. We had a great experience and I thank you.
I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. First off, booking this tour was amazingly easy & that was great for us as we were suffering from being a bit overwhelmed by so much ! The meeting place was convenient & we were greeted immediacy & told where to wait & what was to occur. Our tour guide Vincenzo was bright & very well informed. Such a refreshing pleasure & his English was excellent. I’ve already recommended this tour to many of our friends. Grazie !
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What an amazing place. Fabulous tour with a great guide. We loved this part of our visit and thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour. No queue on entry and excellent clear commentary. Very good.
Excellent tour guide. Great commentary!! Would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Ilaria was so helpful, knowledgeable, and engaging! Five stars for Ilaria. The title of the tour, however, is a tad misleading as "early entry" and "skip the line" as we still had to wait in a significant line with massive crowds of people. Otherwise, very enjoyable with a wonderful guide.
Enza was our guide. Her knowledge and pleasant personality made for a rich experience. St. Peter’s Basilica was the most impressive site we toured while in Italy. Thank you for sharing The Vatican with us Enza!
Enzo was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and we will enjoyed her tour very much. Highly recommended.
Excellent service. Great idea to put a picture of the meeting area on the tickets as well. Great guide and enjoyable experience
Doriana was wonderful with nonstop information regarding the sistine chapel and basillica. The time on tje line for entry went quickly as we learmed about the different panels. We would recommend this tour
Francesca was very informative which made the tour interesting and enjoyable.
Excellent tour. Thank you!
We loved our tour especially having it lead by a true historian Enza. She offered so much information. Please let her know she was amazing. We will definitely recommend Walks of Italy. It was recommended to me and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our tour. Thanks for the memory.
Francesca was an excellent guide. She told us many things to look out for on the tour. She also gave us plenty of time to ask questions. Our walk was not too fast and we had time to sit in the Sistine Chapel and absorb all she had told us. The Basillica was also exceptional and Francesca’s enthusiasm made it a wonderful walk. Thank you.
Thank you so much everything was great. I would book my tours again with you! Walks of Italy 🇮🇹
Wonderful tour!
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Claudia was adorable. So knowledgeable and friendly!
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Maria was wonderful. She was friendly and extremely informative. We would definitely recommend this tour to others.
It was a great tour thank you so much
The guide was knowledgable and the tour was fabulous. Thank you. I am so glad we booked this tour through you.
Emma was excellent, thank you!
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Fantastic tour with a fantastic knowledgeable guide.
We were very happy with our tour. Michaela was a very knowledgeable and professional guide and very friendly too.
Wonderful tour with a wonderful guide! It was specially the right amount of time for my kids as they would not be able to handle much more. Would recommend it definitely.
We booked multiple tours during our 2 weeks in Europe - this one at the Vatican, one at the Colosseum, several through tours through the cruise we took (Pompeii / Mt Vesuvius, Nice / Monaco, Palma de Mallorca), and several through the hotel in Barcelona (Sagrada Familia, Montserrat) but this was one of the best. Doriana was an amazing guide and was very knowledgeable - we came out understanding more about the Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica than we expected. Thanks for an amazing tour and experience!
We really enjoyed the tour and the guide!
Excellent tour. Most knowledgeable guide. Efficient use of time. Would highly recommend
it was very good. the guide was excellent
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Paula was fabulous! She was enthusiastic and thoroughly knowledgeable about the Vatican. My daughter Grace and I felt the tour was extremely helpful in increasing our understanding of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. We had visited the Sistine Chapel a few days earlier, during the night opening, on our own without a guide. Having Paula there to bring out many of the details and history of the work made all the difference. We also took the Welcome and Gelato tasting tour on 7/26 with Michaela. Michaela was also a wonderful guide, so knowledgeable about every aspect of the city and its history. Too bad we didn't have her to guide us to Piazza Navona.... we think we went about 3 miles out of our way getting there (my phone wasn't working, and either our maps didn't have street names, or the streets didn't have signs...but all's well that ends well ...oh wait, that's France, not Italy...) Grazie mille! Jennifer and Grace
Paola was an excellent guide, she was very knowledgable and engaging, and we got the impression that she had so much more knowledge to share if she’d had more time.