Vatican and Sistine Chapel early access express tour
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Attractions & guided tours

Vatican and Sistine Chapel early access express tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Every day except Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover all the Vatican Museums' highlights on an express guided experience
  • Admire the wonderful frescoes of the Sistine Chapel before the arrival of the crowds
  • Access St. Peter's Basilica from a dedicated entrance and discover the treasures it holds
What to expect

Take part in a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica only lasting 2.5 hours, leaving you plenty of time to explore the rest of Rome! Skip the regular lines and explore the wonders of the museum's collections without the afternoon crowds.

Explore the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Based on painted topographical maps of Italy by Dominican Italian friar Ignazio Danti, the Gallery of Maps is both beautiful and informative. Predating a unified Italy by nearly 300 years, it also shows the length and breadth of the peninsula in the late 1500s. Reach the Sistine Chapel, where you'll admire the awe-inspiring quality of the artistic work. While you stand beneath the frescoes, it’s impossible not to appreciate how difficult it must have been for Michelangelo to lay on his back and toil, year after year at the masterpiece.

Continue your experience entering jaw-dropping St. Peter's Basilica through a special door from the Sistine Chapel. Once inside, admire masterpieces that include Bernini's Baldachin, Michelangelo's La Pieta and the statue of St. Peter. Then, descend to the church’s floors to visit the tombs of popes and to learn the stories behind some of the most fascinating leaders of the Roman Catholic church.

Since Papal mass takes place on Wednesday mornings and St. Peter’s Basilica is closed, if your Vatican tour lands on a Wednesday, St. Peter’s Basilica will be substituted for the Bramante courtyard. Here you'll admire some of the world’s most iconic statues, including Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and his sons and the Belvedere Torso. Learn the stories behind the statues and conclude your tour visiting Nero’s enormous, red marble bathtub.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • Professional and passionate local guide
    • Small-group guided tour
    • Vatican Museums skip-the-line entrance ticket
    • St. Peter's Basilica entrance ticket (except on Wednesday)
    What's not included
    • Pick up and drop-off service
    • Food and drinks
    Reduced price
    • Teenager (6- 17 years old): reduced
    • Child (0-5 years old): reduced
    Where

    Viale Vaticano 100, 00136 Rome RM, Italy

    Meeting point:
    • Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase. Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour

    What to remember
    • On Wednesdays, the tour does not visit St. Peter's Basilica due to an Audience blessing being held there. You'll visit Bramante courtyard instead
    • Entrance into the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. Also, please refrain from bringing big backpacks or bags, because they are not always allowed inside religious sites
    • Please note you cannot return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the Basilica. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour. Also, if you would like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don’t leave with your guide to take photos in the piazza
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    When
    • Every day except Sunday
    • Please check the calendar for the tours' starting time
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    Provider
    TheRomanGuy
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 3 days before the activity begins.

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