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Meet your guide and group near the Ottaviano metro station in Rome, and head straight to the Sistine Chapel. Entering before the chapel officially opens its doors, you’ll see the sacred place as it was meant to be seen: in a state of tranquility, before the general public enter.

After admiring Michelangelo’s lauded frescoes that cover the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling and back wall, you’ll follow your guide along a reserved-access corridor that links the chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Here, you’ll go straight to the basilica’s highlights, hearing the history behind Bernini’s bronze baldachin and Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was carved from a single slab of Carrara marble. When you tour ends, you can stay inside St. Peter’s Basilica to explore more at your own pace.
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Stay a step ahead of the crowds with this early access tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. With skip-the-line entry before the doors open to the public and access to reserved corridors, the tour has all you need to beat the Vatican crowds at two of its most sacred sites. There are even less people on the tour itself, with numbers capped at just 12 per group.
  • Avoid time spent waiting in Vatican lines with prebooked, early-access tickets
  • Admire the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel without the later daytime crowds
  • Catch all of your guide’s commentary with your complimentary headphones
  • Save time by using a privileged corridor to enter St. Peter’s Basilica
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Reviewed yesterday
So glad I booked this tour

Ilaria was a fabulous guide. Her knowledge of the history and the art within the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica made my trip to both sites unforgettable. She made sure our group saw all the highlights of the Sistine Chapel, the museums, and the Basilica...More

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Pristine Sistine Early Entry

An excellent Tour experience of the Vatican. Early Entry is a must! Our guide was great. She was knowledgeable, interesting and dynamic and shared her interests with us. The information sheet allowed us to find the meeting location easily and identify the Walks of Italy...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Vatican Museum Sistene Chapel 7:30,night tour

We took the 2 hour “skip the line “ Sistine Chapel tour on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at 7:30. Our tour guide was a lovely young women name, Michaela. She was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the art and it was obvious that she loved...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago
Great tour with Monica

This was a great tour with Monica. She was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. It was a very well run tour and I highly recommend.

Thank Melissa M
Reviewed 1 week ago
Absolutely worth the money

Emma was an incredible guide. Her wealth of information about the Vatican, its exhibits, and the history is truly astounding. There wasn't a question that was asked that she wasn't able to answer. She gave us plenty of time to ask our questions, take breaks,...More

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Response from margalfieri | Reviewed this property |
4 hours and it flew by. Wear really comfortable shoes and bring two water bottles. Lots of very clean bathrooms, but you will need water with all the walking and stairs.
14 June 2018|
Response from Liz M |
These are skip the line. There are other tours waiting also. You are with the guide when you enter the museum.
14 June 2018|
Response from jkap | Reviewed this property |
Yes. We saw the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basillica with the tour. We could have gone back to any of the places when the tour was done, but we didn’t feel the need because the tour was so thorough.
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