VIP Key Master's Tour: Open The Sistine Chapel

84 reviews

2 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?


  • Join the Vatican's Key Master, opening the Vatican Museums for the day
  • Spend two hours inside the museums alone with your small group
  • Follow an official Vatican guide, sharing context in each of the galleries you visit
  • Spend as much time as you desire inside the Vatican after your tour
  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)
  • Belvedere Courtyard (Pinecone)
  • Octagonal Courtyard (Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön)
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Tour Includes
  • Official English-speaking Vatican guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums

The most incredible Vatican experience ever imagined

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4.9 /5
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Our guide Joanna was both kind and very knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to spend tgd first part of the day with her.
Alison · Mar 19, 2023 · Canada · Female · 55 to 64 years
Best bang for your buck. Just do this. To be with your tour guide and be able to HEAR her without something dangling from our ears…….Julie C was amazing in her knowledge as a degrees Italian Literature/art major. And entertaining. Having been there with just 18 other people in the ENTIRE VATICAN (plus some workers) was unbelievable. AND we got to take pictures without the heads of dozens of others. Gaye
Gaye · Feb 26, 2023 · United States · Female · 65 to 74 years
This was a once in a lifetime experience for myself and my husband. I would recommend the Unlock the Sistine Chapel tour to anyone. The cost was expensive but I genuinely feel like we got our money's worth with this tour. The guide was incredible and very kind. All the staff was so friendly and inviting. We didn't get treated like a regular tour group and it was leagues ahead of any other tour type experience we had on our entire Italian vacation trip. 10/10
Morgan · Feb 22, 2023 · United States · Female · 25 to 34 years
The highlight of this tour is the ability to have the Vatican museum all to yourself and the museum itself. I’ve had far better guides and the group I was with could be quite pushy. That said the actual key master was amazing. He made sure everyone got a chance to open a door and turn on lights and was incredibly kind. I would recommend the tour for the access provided but just know what you’re paying for as your mileage Rene guide may vary.
Olivia · Feb 05, 2023 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
The Key Master’s Tour of the Vatican Museum was the highlight of our visit to Rome. The tour guide was wonderful and the experience of opening the galleries and turning on the lights created a whole series of “wow” moments. We stayed at the museum afterwards and had breakfast and then returned to some of the galleries we had seen earlier that morning. The sheer volume of people trying to make their way through the museum later in the day made it impossible to truly enjoy the experience. If someone really wants to appreciate the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel they need to take the Key Master’s Tour.
Gerald · Jan 08, 2023 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years

Meeting Point

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Meeting Point

Vatican Museums Entrance. Meet on the short flight of stairs in front of the entrance door. These doors are surrounded by white marble and have "Mvsei Vaticani" engraved above the door in the stone. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign.  

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


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.

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