Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Early Access in Rome

Cultural & Theme Tours in Rome

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Begin your exploration of the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public on this three hour tour. With your small group and professional English-speaking tour guide, head straight for the Sistine Chapel. Go straight to the Sistine Chapel when it’s almost empty so you can experience Michelangelo’s masterpiece the way it was meant to be. Spend almost two hours touring the Candelabra Gallery,  Gallery of the Tapestries,  Gallery of the Maps and the  Raphael Rooms. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, listening to informative commentary about the history of the church and Vatican City as you walk. Entrance fees, guaranteed skip the regular entrance line tickets and use of individual headsets is included in the price of the tour.
The Sistine ChapelSince the Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museums, it is included in your Vatican tour tickets. We also go straight to the Sistine Chapel before the main crowds so you can experience Michelangelo’s masterpiece the way it was meant to be. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many paintings are up there.  Since the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship*, speaking inside is prohibited. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. We provide you with a map/handout for reference outside the chapel, while your guide explains the significance of Michelangelo’s artwork. Use the map when you are inside the chapel for orientation. *To enter the Sistine Chapel, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to this portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary. 
Skip the Line St. Peter’s BasilicaSt. Peter's Basilica is the grand centerpiece of the Vatican. Imagine walking into the most massive church you've ever seen, filled with artwork from the most famous artists you've ever heard of. Walk through the breathtaking front entrance, skipping the line, into the most opulent church in the world. Once inside, admire masterpieces that include the Baldacchino, La Pieta, the statue of St. Peter and more. Important: if your guided Vatican tour lands on a Wednesday, we substitute St. Peter’s Basilica for the Bramante Courtyard. Bramante Courtyard and Nero’s Bathtub Wednesday's OnlyIf you take the Privileged Entrance tour on a Wednesday, St. Peter's Basilica is substituted with a visit to the Bramante Courtyard and three of the most iconic statues in existence: the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons and the Belvedere Torso. Learn about the myths and legends associated with these statues, before visiting one of the biggest and oldest bathtubs you'll ever see. Nero's Bathtub stretches a whopping 25ft in diameter and is made from a material so precious that there is no way to recreate it.

What’s included

  • Entrance fees
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Maximum group size of 13

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Special Offer
  • Led by a local guide
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience