Pristine Sistine Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour

10181 reviews

4 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • Enter the Vatican Museums before the general public, visiting the Sistine Chapel before the daytime crowds
  • Visit the Raphael Rooms, thought by many to be as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel, before the Museums open to the public
  • Enjoy skip the line access into the Vatican Museums, saving hours of waiting
  • With small groups of 15 people or fewer, you'll find it easy to interact with your guide
  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)
  • Pinacoteca
  • Belvedere Courtyard
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Skip the line ticket for Vatican Museums
  • Headset

Take a walk through the empty Vatican Museums

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Verified Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.8 /5
based on 10181 reviews
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.9/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Latest reviews
Excellent
We greatly enjoyed about tours of the Vatican and the Colosseum! Both of our tour guides were knowledgeable and helped us understand the history of the area. We got to see so much!
Emily · Aug 16, 2022 · United States · Female · 25 to 34 years
Great
The Vatican itself is impressive and pretty overwhelming, but our guide Davide did an incredible job of breaking things down, managing the experience, and providing an easy to follow history which made our tour that much better. He has incredible passion and made sure we all felt comfortable throughout our experience. Would definitely recommend!
Luis · Aug 14, 2022 · United States · Male · 35 to 44 years
Excellent
We enjoyed this tour with our young-adult children. The guide was informative and the group size was small as advertised. I liked that they handed out a color glossy of the art in the Sistine since it can’t be explained inside. Note that this tour description specifically says that it goes straight to the Sistine Chapel first. This was not the case. We first visited the museum and Raphael rooms. The chapel wasn’t crowded when we went got there so it was still enjoyable, just noting the difference as this was specifically called out and the reason I picked this one over others. The tour also ended earlier than noted In the description by 45 min.
Tanya · Aug 13, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
Excellent
Amazing historical arts experience with an extremely knowledgeable guide.
Paul · Aug 13, 2022 · United Kingdom · Male · 45 to 54 years
Excellent
Great tour with an enjoyable and fun guide. Early morning entrance reduced crowds and heat. Tour does NOT "go directly" to the Sistine chapel. Like other tours, it follows the usual path and essentially concludes in the chapel and St. Peters. Your visit there joins many other tour groups, though fewer than a standard mid-day tour. I recommend but be aware of what you are purchasing.
Patricia · Aug 12, 2022 · United States · Female · 65 to 74 years

Meeting Point

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Meeting Point
Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, 60, 00192 Roma, Italy     

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

FAQs

I want to take a selfie in the Raphael Rooms, can I bring my selfie stick?
No. Selfie sticks are strictly forbidden inside the Vatican Museums, along with flash photography. However, visitors are allowed to take non-flash photographs anywhere besides the Sistine Chapel.
What items can I NOT take into the Vatican Museums
Knives, scissors, and other cutting tools must also be deposited in the cloakroom as a precaution against harming the artwork inside. No hammers, either, as one was once used to smash Michelangelo's Pietá. This probably goes without saying, but firearms are also strictly prohibited for visitors within the Vatican Museums and you can't check them in the cloakroom.
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.
IMPORTANT: Can I bring a bag into the Vatican Museums?
Yes, as long as it's within a certain size. You cannot bring any bag, backpack suitcase or container larger that 40cm x 35cm x 15cm into the Vatican Museums. In fact, size limits apply to all items; because of the sheer number of people that visit the Museums, space is at a premium. You can’t enter with medium to large umbrellas, any umbrellas with spiked tips, camera tripods, signage (apart from signs used by certified guides) or walking sticks – except those required by disabled visitors. All of these items can be left in the cloakroom, which is located at the entrance to the Museums. This means that you will need to walk 15 - 20 minutes back here after you finish your tour at St Peter's Basilica. On our afternoon tours you may need to leave the tour early to collect your bag before the cloakroom closes.
I'd like to climb to the top of the Dome of St. Peter's. Anything I should know?
The St. Peter's Dome climb requires separate tickets, one allows you to take the elevator up part of the way then climb a further 320 steps, while another permits you to climb the entire 551 steps. Either way the view from the top is worth it!
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 wheelchair please contact our customer service department and we will be happy to design a private tour for you. [email protected] We can then work out a suitable alternative.
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 use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes, but we require advance notice in order to accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. After booking, please contact us so that we can organize a private tour for you. If we cannot find a guide to lead you that day we'll offer you the same tour on the next avaialbe date or give you credit for another tour anywhere else in the world.

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