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Rome: Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour with Pre-Opening Access

Rome: Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour with Pre-Opening Access

Activity provider: Italy With Family
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 136.55 per person

Experience the Vatican Museums before they are open to the general public on this private tour in Rome. Visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with a local guide.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Private group


  • Experience the beauty of Raphael’s ‘The School of Athens’
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with very few people around you
  • Let your guide tell you the story behind the Sistine Chapel
  • Save time with early morning tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Stroll through the cultural, artistic, and religious wealth of the Vatican
Full description

Make the most of your time in Rome with early morning access to Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Explore collections like the Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries before they are open to the public for the day. 

Let your guide help you navigate this vast trove of art and history. Start early and have more time to peruse the collections. Stroll through sculptures and paintings from the the Renaissance period.

Follow your guide through the relics of the Roman Empire in the the Candelabra Gallery and view Raffaello’s tapestries in the Gallery of the Tapestries. Discover maps created by Roman topographers centuries ago in the Gallery of Maps.

Gaze at Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel. Dive into the story behind this work of art with your local guide.

  • Guide
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide
  • Tickets
  • Sistine Chapel map
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet in front of "Bar Leonina" in Piazza della Città Leonina, just outside St. Peter's Square.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

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May 11, 2022

Sehr empfehlenswert, sehr schöne und interessante Tour. Ein ganz großes Lob und Dankeschön an unseren Guide STEFANO, er sprach perfekt Deutsch und aufgrund seines umfassenden Wissen hat er alle unsere Fragen beantwortet. Werden ihn und die Tour weiter empfehlen.

May 19, 2022


Excellente expérience, merci beaucoup !!!

May 5, 2022


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