We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Reserve Now & Pay Later

Small Group Tour Express Access to Sistine Chapel in Rome

Likely To Sell Out
Select Date and Travellers
USD 89.02
2 travellers
This 1.5 hour small group tour limited to 6 people per group will allow you to visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica in the early morning before opened to the general public. With your expert local guide, you will have direct access into the Sistine Chapel with no waiting in lines to fully absorb the beauty of Michelangelo's masterpiece prior to large tourist groups arriving! Make your way to St Peter's Basilica and enjoy some of the most beautiful pieces of Baroque and Renaissance art. The small group of maximum 6 people creates a friendly environment where you can interact with your knowledgeable guide.
You'll start at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyIn front of Café Vaticano across the street from the Museums's Entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivItaly Tours sign.
See address & details
  • 1
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    Make the most of your time in Rome with the early access to the Sistine Chapel in a small group Tour. Limited to just 6 people per group, you will have direct access to the Sistine Chapel prior to the arrival of public tourists. Enjoy the incredible beauty of Michelangelo's masterpiece with your expert local guide and learn the history, techniques and secrets behind one of the most visited sites in Italy. With over 25,000 tourists visiting per day, you will be thankful to enjoy it prior to the regular opening times! Your tour does not end with the chapel, as you will make your way to the largest church in the world - St Peter's Basilica. Your guide will prepare you with all of the necessary facts and information prior to entering the basilica on your own. Equipped with your Livitaly map with highlights to see throughout the church, you will have your own free time to explore the beautiful collections of Baroque and Renaissance which adorn the basilica. As you look up you can enjoy another of Michelangelo's works - the dome that marks the signature skyline of the Eternal City. You will also have the chance to see the impressive Baldachin High Altar of Gian Lorenzo Bernini made entirely out of bronze.  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 allows visitors to experience the sites prior to the arrival of large crowds. You can make the most of your time enjoy one of the most iconic sites in Rome all before 9:30 am, with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the city!
    Read more
You'll return to the starting point
  • Skip-the-line access to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • A maximum of six attendees makes for a peaceful, intimate tour experience
  • Guide shares stories and facts about the landmark you might not know
  • Ample time to explore before a second stop at St. Peter’s Basilica
What to Expect
Your early-morning excursion begins just across the street from the Vatican Museum at Café Vaticano, where you’ll meet your guide. The tour—limited to just six people—is held before the Sistine Chapel opens to the public, and these privileges mean you’ll have plenty of time to discover the masterpiece in a peaceful, uncrowded setting. Once inside, your guide will provide an informative introduction to the Sistine Chapel, including stories, facts about its creation, and interesting details hidden in this extraordinary work of art. Then, follow your guide to St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, just steps away. Listen as your guide provides an introduction to the landmark and shares tips and stories before leaving you at your leisure to explore. The tour concludes in the morning, making it a simple and stress-free way to begin a day of sightseeing in the Vatican City and Rome.
Show More
Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
7:30 AM
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed skip the line access
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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 maximum of 6 people per booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
  • 10
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Traveller type
Time of year
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
This was an exceptional tour. Our family wanted to fast track to the Sistine Chapel. This tour delivered! In addition there were only 3 of us, so truly a small group! Our experienced guide Mara provided tons of background on specifics of the stories painted in the chapel
Read more
My fiancé and I did this tour this morning with Davide. He was humorous, knowledgeable, and friendly. We highly recommend the small tour, with LivItaly tours, and to request Davide!
Read more
Throughout the entire tour, all I kept thinking to myself is that “we have the greatest tour guide.” Santi was attentive, kind, patient, informative and just an all around good guy. There are so many people and so many tours going on that small group tours are definitely the way
Read more
We had a fun small group/ private tour of the Vatican with Vincenzo. Our 3 kids (ages 11,13,16) loved the tour and Vincenzo kept everyone interested. We were thankful for his recommendation to go up into the dome, it was an awesome view of Rome. Definitely recommend this tour
Read more
I had the afternoon session for our small group tour today and I must say: this is worth every bit of our money! We learned so much about the history and art behind the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica from Massimo. His insights and knowledge about the
Read more
About the operator
By: LivItaly Tours
4,257 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Corse Lawn, United Kingdom
Vatican small group tour - not to be missed!
We visited on Saturday 4th January 2020 - one of the busiest times of year due to the holidays. We were met by the
Read more
Northville, Michigan
Excellent Tour. More History Than Expected.
Great day touring the Colesseum and ancient city. Wow. I would totally recommend this adventure. Our guide, Big
Read more
Mount Lawley, Australia
Amazing tour with AJ
We loved this tour. Whizzing around on a golf cart allowed us to see so much of beautiful Rome at night. AJ was
Read more
Worth It!
We met at 7:30AM on time with just 2 other people. We waited 1/2 hr to able to go through security. During that
Read more
Drink in hand; designated driver and wealth of history
Not sure what to expect with a golf cart tour but was so happy we decided to do this tour. In fact, if we could
Read more
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Perfect 10/10!!
We had the time of our lives, thanks to annalisa who engaged us in a very informative historical narration.
Read more
Seville, Spain
Excellent Guide & Experience
This was a great way to see Florence. Our guide, Sara G. was amazing! Being from Florence, she has a wonderful
Read more
Seville, Spain
Excellent guide!
We had a wonderful morning exploring Rome on a golf cart with our knowledgeable guide, John. Since we had been in
Read more
Excellent tour (made us visualize what had happened centuries ago)
The kids and I really enjoyed the Colosseum tour today! Luis(Louise) was an amazing tour guide. Not only was she
Read more
Germantown, Tennessee
BarbaraC is fantastico!
Our first family visit to Rome and the Colosseum, and it was wonderful. BarbaraC was knowledgeable, enthusiastic,
Read more
Tony S
Five Stars for Lucia!
Taking the early morning tour to the Vatican in a small group proved to be an excellent idea. Flitting through the
Read more
Rome, Italy
Early entrance Vatican Small Group Tour!
This was an incredible experience and our guide, Luciana, made the experience extraordinary. This company is
Read more
Summersville, West Virginia
Colosseum Floor and Underground small group tour
Fantastic experience! My husband typically prefers to see things on our own but even he was enthralled with the
Read more
Davide worth his weight...
Our tour guide, David, was phenomenal. He was entertainingly informative, thoroughly insightful and somehow
Read more
Highly informative a truely great tour
We have been to the Colosseum a couple of times over the years but decided to take this guided tour with our a
Read more
Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:0061 (87) 2285 255
Travellers Also Viewed
Early Morning Vatican Tour | Small...
16 Reviews
from USD 94.65*
Likely To Sell Out
Vatican Museums with Early Bird...
4 Reviews
from USD 95.78*
Palatine Hill, Roman Forum Colosseum...
1 Review
from USD 64.23*
Frequently bought together
Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican...
24,441 Reviews
from USD 68.74*
Likely To Sell Out
Colosseum Underground with Arena...
3,250 Reviews
from USD 122.82*
Early Access Vatican Museums Tour...
2,546 Reviews
from USD 104.23*
Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman...
2,442 Reviews
from USD 77.75*
Likely To Sell Out
Colosseum Underground and Ancient...
1,213 Reviews
from USD 117.13*
Likely To Sell Out
Early Morning Vatican Truly Small...
288 Reviews
from USD 111.55*
Likely To Sell Out
Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour...
217 Reviews
from USD 100.29*
Likely To Sell Out
Rome Night Catacombs Small Group Tour...
10 Reviews
from USD 122.82*