Extraordinary Entry Sistine Chapel: VIP Access Official Vatican Tour

16 reviews

3.5 hours

Max 10

Why take this tour?


  • Marvel at one of the most iconic artistic masterpieces in the world — Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel — with almost nobody else around
  • Explore the Vatican Museums in-depth with an official Vatican guide. With a small group of just 10 guests max, you’ll have easy access to them, who can answer any question you have about this extraordinary destination
  • Morning tour: Begin your perfect day in Rome as you arrive at the Vatican at sunrise, making your way through the silent halls of the Museums before they officially open
  • Morning tour: Sit down to a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the Pinecone Courtyard to refresh and refuel after a morning spent nearly alone among the Vatican’s greatest treasures
  • Evening tour: Relish in the serenity of the Vatican as the gates close to the general public for the day, enjoying a relaxing visit away from the crowds as the sun begins to set over Rome
  • Evening tour: Enjoy a classic Italian-style aperitivo at twilight in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard — a picture-perfect end to your day in the Eternal City
  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking official Vatican Guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums
  • VIP access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Aperitivo in the Pinecone Courtyard

Embark on a guided journey through the Sistine Chapel that few people get to experience.


Verified Customer Reviews

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4.4 /5
based on 16 reviews
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Tour guide was 30 minutes late, very dry presentation, like just reading a script. Other guests felt the same. Aperitif was served as quickly as possible, servers didn’t seem to want to be there.
John · Oct 20, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Our tour of the Sistine Chapel & Vatican was amazing. If you want to really take it all in and see the Sistine Chapel in a less crowded scenario this is the only way to go. Our tour guide was extremely informative and kind. We enjoyed every minute of our small group tour of 4. The snacks and beverages in the garden after closing were a nice intimate touch to end the evening. My only complaint is that the tour offices where you start/meet are ALWAYS hectic and the staff that works inside the offices always have horrible attitudes. Generally, you are rushing to make your tour on time and then you get there and wait while ONE person answers a line of people and the other person just sits there with an annoyed look on their face. They really need better administrative staff at the front lines of meeting point. Maybe hire people who ACTUALLY like fast-paced settings and like helping tourists.
Michelle · Oct 16, 2022 · Canada · Female · 35 to 44 years
EXCELLENT TOUR! The volume of information mixed with humor and humanity was perfection. I highly recommend this one!
Anthony · Sep 27, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Isabella was wonderful. She had a wealth of knowledge and went out of her way to make sure we all got too see everything of interest.
Donna · Sep 14, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Had a wonderful time with both our tours booked through Walks. Would certainly use their services again.
Nick · Aug 08, 2022 · Canada · Male · 25 to 34 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point  

Viale Vaticano 97, 00192, Rome. Just outside the tourist station shop. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign. 

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.  


Can my dietary needs be accommodated on this tour?
This tour is adaptable for: - Vegetarians - Pescatarians - Dairy free - Pregnant women We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. This tour is not recommended for vegans and, due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not recommended for those with celiac disease. Due to the amount of wine stops on this tour, it is not recommended for children or adults who do not drink alcohol.
Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at [email protected] or call +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.
I am in a wheelchair/have a mobility impairment. Can I take this tour?
The Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but they are not located on the group tour route. If you have a mobility impairment and/or use a wheelchair please contact our customer service department at [email protected] and we will be happy to work out a suitable alternative.
I've heard the Vatican has a strict dress code. What should I wear?
It does, but it isn't anything too formal. The big rule is to make sure your shoulders and knees are covered - that applies to both men and women. Also remember that shorts of any length are not allowed at all in St. Peter's Basilica so if you are visiting both the Vatican Musuems and the Basilica, wear trousers or a long skirt. Occasionally visitors get away with wearing a bit less but it’s best not to risk it. Hats are also not allowed. Walks cannot be held responsible for guests who are refused entrance due to inappropriate dress so please remember to cover up.
Why can't I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?
When the chapel was restored in 1990 the biggest donors to the project (donating a whopping $4.2 million) were a Japanese television network. In return, they received exclusive rights to photograph and film inside and quickly banned any professional photographers from taking pictures. Although they didn't mind if tourists took photos, the Vatican guards decided to enforce the rule on everyone because it was impractical to differentiate between a normal visitor and who was a professional photographer. The Japanese network's exclusive contract has expired now but the rule persists. If you try to take any images in the Chapel Vatican, security is authorized to make you delete them.
Can I check my bag in at the Vatican?
Unfortunatley the Vatican cloakroom is closed after-hours - and this tour takes place after closing time. You may bring a small bag or backpack, but any large bags or objects will not be allowed.

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