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Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour with Early Access

4.5 / 5

90 reviews

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour with Early Access

From US$ 86.36 per person

Join a guide to enter the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive. Explore one of the world’s greatest art collections, and learn about the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Duration options: 2 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Italian, French, German
Small group available
Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
  •  There is a strict dress code to visit the attractions of the Vatican, and shoulders and knees must be covered at all times. You may be refused entry if you do not comply
  • Marvel at the vibrant colors and intricate detail of the Sistine Chapel ceiling
  • Skip the ticket lines to enter the Vatican Museums quickly and easily
  • Tour around the vast complex early in the morning before the crowds arrive
  • Explore the vast galleries of the Vatican Museums with a guide
Full description

Enter the Vatican Museums ahead of other tour groups and the general public and enjoy privileged access to the Sistine Chapel. Explore in peace and take in the artwork by Michelango and other masters.

Your early access ticket also provides access to the Vatican Museums and Papal Palace. Your guide will help you to discover the must-see works of art in the museum's endless corridors of collections.

Your guide will show you the extensive papal collection of statues and artifacts, as well as paintings by some of the world’s most distinguished artists. See work by historic cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps, admire the Gallery of the Candelabras, and more.

Finally, enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece. Learn about the chapel's importance, its construction, and works of art that can be found inside it. Admire the world-famous frescoes, like the Last Judgement and the Creation of Adam.

  • Access to Vatican Museums
  • Access to Sistine Chapel
  • Access to Gallery of Maps
  • Access to Gardens of Vatican City
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Vatican Museums Cabinet of the Masks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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based on 90 reviews

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Very interesting tour with a lovely knowledgeable guide. Claudia made sure we got a good historical and contextual understanding of the Vatican. She gave us lots of interesting details regarding objects around the Vatican museums, told us their backstories and meaning. Lovely work detailing the significance of different parts of the Sistine chapel's ceiling painting in the Pigna courtyard where she didn't let another tour guide intervene midway through her explanation with another group. At first the tour felt a little bit rushed, but the payoff came later when our group arrived at the Sistine chapel before the big crowds.

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April 24, 2022

July 21, 2022

Antonio, who speaks Japanese, was the best guide ever. We travel a lot and want something special here at Vatican. We would like to thank you for having such a titrated guide in your portfolio. For sure we will recommend further your services.

July 19, 2022

Product ID: 410647

VA ID: 410647