Guided tour

Rome: Early Entrance Express Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour

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Rome: Early Entrance Express Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour

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From US$ 88.91 per person

See highlights of the Vatican Museums such as the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms in the early morning with a local expert guide before it opens to the general public.

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Duration 87 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Explore the infamous beauty of the Sistine Chapel one hour before it opens
  • Enjoy an intimate experience with Raphael's frescoes before the crowds arrive
  • Marvel at the masterpieces of Raphael in the near empty Vatican Museums
  • Avoid waiting in long lines of tourists with skip-the-line admission tickets
  • Benefit from early-morning entry to make the most of the rest of your day in Rome
Full description

The early access express Sistine Chapel group tour will allow you to make the most of your time in Rome. You will have direct access to the Sistine Chapel prior to the arrival of the general public. One of the most visited sites in Italy, enjoy the incredible beauty of Michelangelo's masterpiece with your expert local guide and learn the history, techniques and secrets behind the art. As it has over 25,000 tourists visiting per day, you will be able to enjoy the Sistine Chapel in its full potential prior to the regular opening times on this tour. The tour does not end with the chapel. Make your way to the Raphael Rooms for an intimate experience with some of his fresco masterpieces. These works of art are truly better enjoyed in a near-empty and calmer environment, so you can really pay attention to the detail of the paintings as well as anecdotes from your guide. Once finished, your guide can provide you with information on how to make use of the rest of your time in the museums, or alternatively guide you towards the infamous St Peter's Basilica where you can explore on your own. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel is a must-see while visiting Rome, but with thousands of visitors daily, it is hard to fully appreciate the works of art among the crowds. This tour will allow you to visit and experience the essential sites prior to the arrival of the large crowds. Make the most of your time and enjoy one of the most iconic sites in Rome all before 09:30 with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the Eternal City.

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line access
  • Walking tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater

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Meeting point

In front of Cafè Vaticano, across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museum.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • A dress code is required in places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered by both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress codes
  • A minimum of 2 persons per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

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Our guide was very knowledgeable and I liked his excitement and eagerness over the topic. It would make me excited and interested too! He also had good visual aids which brought the stories to life. It was a very small group which was nice and we got to see the museum when it was still basically empty. The only reason that I didn’t give it 5-stars is because I booked this tour specifically because it was suppose to be “express” which was important because we had a child and I knew that’s all we could pull off. However, instead of the 1.5 hours the tour was 3 hours long! There were more stops and explanations than expected for a tour that was suppose to go straight to the Sistine Chapel. We ended up missing our other plans for that morning which was inconvenient. It’s a good tour but plan accordingly for ample time.

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September 24, 2021

Fantastic tour. Our guide Sara was extremely friendly and full of knowledge. The early start also meant skipping the queues and the crowds!

April 10, 2022

The description of the tour stated that we would enter both the Sistine Chapel AND St Peter's before the crowds and be done in 90 minutes. The Sistine Chapel tour was wonderful but entry to St Peter's required waiting almost an hour in line. Since we had to catch a train, we did not have that additional time so were unable to see St Peter's at all. We are very disappointed that the tour description misrepresented the experience.

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November 3, 2021

Product ID: 125339