Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Early Access Admission

Sightseeing Tickets & Passes in Italy

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Ever dreamed of gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the peace and quiet of early morning? This exclusive Vatican Partner tour allows you to be one of the select few to enter the Vatican 30 minutes ahead of other tour groups and a full hour and 30 minutes before the general public. After you’ve marveled at the Sistine Chapel, you’ll also explore St. Peter’s Basilica and the rarely-seen Vatican Crypts, all with a guide by your side to give you the history of these incredible attractions.
Be one of the first to enter the Vatican Museums in the early morning, skipping the line that forms before the doors are even open and going directly to the crown jewel of the Vatican. With an expert guide leading the way, you’ll navigate the Museums to a nearly empty Sistine Chapel, taking in the incredible artwork without the notorious crowds that fill the space during regular opening hours. After you’ve had time to admire this breathtaking site, you’ll head through a special door – not open to the general public – directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, avoiding another long line outside. The sheer size of St. Peter’s, the largest ancient basilica in the world, will take your breath away. Here you can visit Michelangelo’s sculpture ‘La Pietà’ and Bernini’s altar, a monumental structure of twisted wood and bronze, recycled from the Pantheon. The last leg of the tour takes you below the beautiful Basilica to the Vatican Crypt – not covered on regular Vatican tours. The most important Popes in Church history are buried here. Finally, your guide will lead you back outside to St. Peter’s Square, where you can appreciate the mastery of Bernini, one of Rome’s greatest architects and artists. With an expert, English-speaking guide leading you all the way, you’ll beat the crowds and see the very best of the Vatican in one unforgettable morning.

What’s included

  • Early access 30 minutes before public entry - entrance fee
  • Headsets (to hear host on way to Sistine Chapel)
  • Small-group tour

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Skip the line