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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 179 Customer Reviews

We were very happy with the entire tour. Our tour guide Camilla was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Enjoyed the time in the Sistine chapel without the sh's and crowd. Also our guide Camila was very informative and charming. Thank you for being able to have this opportunity to take our 80 yr old mother who would not have been able to stay in line especially in the line.
Very good tour and guide. Our entire family enjoyed it.
Amazing tour and very helpful guide
Uta was an amazing tour guide! Very knowledgeable and friendly. This tour was everyone's favorite thing that we did in Rome. Thank you so much for the experience we will never forget.
Guide knowledgeable and friendly. We very much enjoyed the tour.
Highly enjoyable tour led by informative guide with a Ph.D in art history who is passionate about her work.
Thought Jen was great, really enjoyed the tour
Susanna was excellent. Good pace, good information. Gave us good information but let us also take in the sites without overwhelming us with facts and figures!
Excellent, despite the crowds, our leader led us through a very informative and great experience. I also really appreciated the ability to easily cancel one ticket and the contact information in case we needed it. very professional, thanks.
Francesco was amazing. So so knowledgeable, so kind, so funny. This was one of the best parts of my entire 2.5 weeks in Italy. Thank you for making it unforgettable!
This was booked at short notice but worked well. The meeting point is easy as you can grab a coffee and some breakfast before you go at the adjacent cafe. Our guide was great. Wonderfully animated and by the sound of it, well researched. I think she helped make it extremely interesting.
Great tour, great guide. Very informative. Met all my expectations.
Really great tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica which I would highly recommend. Very friendly and informative guide who had a passion for the artworks and was very knowledgeable. Thank you very much
Dorianna was an excellent guide. Her knowledge was exceptional and provided us with amazing detail all along the tour.
Our tour guide was super sweet and very informative. The tour itself was amazing and breath taking.
Alessia was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, passionate, with a fun sense of humor. Answered all of our questions very patiently. Kept an eye out for the group to keep people from getting lost. I would definitely take a repeat tour with her.
A great tour! Thorough. Thoughtful. Well organized! Thank you!
Emma was good, very knowledgeable. She speaks very fast, she may slow that down a pinch!
Very informative and friendly and helpful guide
Express tour was perfect exactly what we were wanting and certainly didn't feel rushed or that we had missed out on anything .
We LOVED the tour and Doriana (spelling?)! She was an excellent guide, and this tour was perfect for our family of 6 (my husband and I, and our 4 teenage daughters). We all really enjoyed her sense of humor and all of the information she provided. Thank you, thank you!
Our guide was fantastic, was great to hear the historical side of things and not just the religious.
Marta was very engaging and informative. She negotiated the crowds very well to ensure we had a smooth and fast entry to the Sistine and transfer to St Peters. Marta gave us lots of interesting info and advice on what else to see and where to eat afterwards. Overall, an excellent experience.
Marta was an excellent guide. Very thoughtful and knowledgeable. We were able to ask questions she was not expecting yet had perfect answers with detail. We did a City Wonders trip of the colosseum earlier and Marta was a much better guide. Her passion for her work shines thru.
Marta is an exceptional tour guide and lady. Very special. An employee you should take very good care of. Knowledgeable and considerate of everyone. Knows how to lead a group and keep tour moving along and with interest.
Our guide was perfect in every thing
Great tour and very knowledgeable and friendly guide!
Our guide was great! Very informed and funny. Would recommend to anyone
Great guide.
Great job we thoroughly enjoyed it!
I was so glad I did this tour, wonderful time. Some interference on the audio sets at one point but it was resolved and my guide did a great job
We had a great tour with "Mama Gio". It was informative and she gave us sufficient time to take in the sites, particularly the Sistine Chapel. She is really an excellent tour guide.
Everything was wonderful...our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and kind. The Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica were magnificent!
Luigi was great! The tour was perfect for our family with two kids, ages 10 and 14. Thanks!
Its a little misleading in that we were not understanfing how many people had early entry but we are so thankful we took this opportunity to go in early. Really magnificent
Its a little misleading in that we were not understanfing how many people had early entry but we are so thankful we took this opportunity to go in early. Really magnificent
Our family of 4 thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
Great tour, great guide!
We really enjoyed our guide. She was vivacious and very informative!
Great tour, partly wished we had signed up for a longer tour, it was so interesting
Maria Grazia was great!
We loved this tour. Guide was very knowledgeable & she ensured that we understood everything. She did not rush & was very patient in explaining even the minor things. I am recommending walks of Italy to all my friends who are travelling to Italy in coming months.
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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We were very happy with the entire tour. Our tour guide Camilla was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
We were a few minutes late and appreciated it the fact that you guys called us and waited for us! Excellent service!
Enjoyed the time in the Sistine chapel without the sh's and crowd. Also our guide Camila was very informative and charming. Thank you for being able to have this opportunity to take our 80 yr old mother who would not have been able to stay in line especially in the line.
Very good tour and guide. Our entire family enjoyed it.
Amazing tour and very helpful guide
Uta was an amazing tour guide! Very knowledgeable and friendly. This tour was everyone's favorite thing that we did in Rome. Thank you so much for the experience we will never forget.
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Guide knowledgeable and friendly. We very much enjoyed the tour.
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Highly enjoyable tour led by informative guide with a Ph.D in art history who is passionate about her work.
Thought Jen was great, really enjoyed the tour
Susanna was excellent. Good pace, good information. Gave us good information but let us also take in the sites without overwhelming us with facts and figures!
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Wonderful speed tour with time focused to enjoy the Sistine chapel and St. Peter's. Perfect since we had taken a longer tour previously. Our kids appreciate the shorter version. Guide was great and knowledgeable. Would recommend longer tour for more in depth view if you want to learn more.
Excellent, despite the crowds, our leader led us through a very informative and great experience. I also really appreciated the ability to easily cancel one ticket and the contact information in case we needed it. very professional, thanks.
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Francesco was amazing. So so knowledgeable, so kind, so funny. This was one of the best parts of my entire 2.5 weeks in Italy. Thank you for making it unforgettable!
This was booked at short notice but worked well. The meeting point is easy as you can grab a coffee and some breakfast before you go at the adjacent cafe. Our guide was great. Wonderfully animated and by the sound of it, well researched. I think she helped make it extremely interesting.
This was a very good tour and as advertised. I recommend it especially if you wish to beat the crowds.
Great tour, great guide. Very informative. Met all my expectations.
Wonderful experience, certainly the best way to experience the Basilica and Sistine Chapel. Might I suggest a recorded audio track to guide people in the Sistine Chapel itself? I understand that the guide can't speak in the chapel itself, but would they be able to hook up an MP3 player to the radio transmitter to play some audio guidance for when people are in the chapel itself? The talk before entering the chapel was great, but it's difficult to remember everything to look out for when you're in the space itself. Otherwise, a perfect experience!
Really great tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica which I would highly recommend. Very friendly and informative guide who had a passion for the artworks and was very knowledgeable. Thank you very much
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Loved this tour of the main highlights. We only wanted a short tour as the weather in Rome has been very hot and challenging. Vanessa was caring, passionate and engaging. The only downside was 'Skip the Line' still meant waiting in line for almost an hour which was almost half of the tour time.
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Dorianna was an excellent guide. Her knowledge was exceptional and provided us with amazing detail all along the tour.
Our tour guide was super sweet and very informative. The tour itself was amazing and breath taking.
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Alessia was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, passionate, with a fun sense of humor. Answered all of our questions very patiently. Kept an eye out for the group to keep people from getting lost. I would definitely take a repeat tour with her.
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A great tour! Thorough. Thoughtful. Well organized! Thank you!
Emma was good, very knowledgeable. She speaks very fast, she may slow that down a pinch!
this was a great tour, just right for our family with two children (ages 11 and 14). it began with a small group, as i had expected, with a wonderful sensitive, kind tour guide. the length and amount of information was just right for us. thank you! by the way, our other two walking with italy had too many people. i thought it would be less than 10 people per tour.
Very informative and friendly and helpful guide
Express tour was perfect exactly what we were wanting and certainly didn't feel rushed or that we had missed out on anything .
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Sylvia, our tour guide was great; knowledgeable and pleasant and worked our group through the crowds effectively. My only observation was that despite this being called "early entry" which I thought had read was to allow entry 30 minutes before official opening of the Sistene Chapel, it was very full, it did not seem at all that we had an early entry. Consider being more careful as to how this is advertised.
We LOVED the tour and Doriana (spelling?)! She was an excellent guide, and this tour was perfect for our family of 6 (my husband and I, and our 4 teenage daughters). We all really enjoyed her sense of humor and all of the information she provided. Thank you, thank you!
Our guide was fantastic, was great to hear the historical side of things and not just the religious.
From our hotel we had to take a bus line to the Vatican. Our hotel said it arrives every 15 minutes, 30 minutes of waiting later we realized we were going to be late for our meeting time. The company called us when they realized we were late and let us go on another tour with all the same aspects later in the day. Very impressed with their customer service! Our tour guide was great too! Highly recommend buying before hand
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Very good job getting us through chaos without feeling rushed. We were very satisfied, and I cannot imagine doing this a different way. My only caution is that the crowds are beyond belief so not for the elderly or claustrophobic! Guide was quite good. Thanks!
Marta was very engaging and informative. She negotiated the crowds very well to ensure we had a smooth and fast entry to the Sistine and transfer to St Peters. Marta gave us lots of interesting info and advice on what else to see and where to eat afterwards. Overall, an excellent experience.
Marta was an excellent guide. Very thoughtful and knowledgeable. We were able to ask questions she was not expecting yet had perfect answers with detail. We did a City Wonders trip of the colosseum earlier and Marta was a much better guide. Her passion for her work shines thru.
Marta is an exceptional tour guide and lady. Very special. An employee you should take very good care of. Knowledgeable and considerate of everyone. Knows how to lead a group and keep tour moving along and with interest.
Our guide was perfect in every thing