Pristine Sistine Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour

10288 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 10288 reviews
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.9/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Latest reviews
Excellent
Fabio was one of the better tour guides we had with your company. Knowledgeable and amusing as well. Made the tour fun…
Nicholas · Sep 25, 2022 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
Excellent
Fabio was an amazing tour guide. Knowledgeable and amusing as well. Made the tour fun. One of the better tours that we took with your company
Nicholas · Sep 25, 2022 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
Excellent
Getting into the Vatican museums and specifically the Sistine Chapel before the crowds was worth the price of this tour! Our tour guide, Dario, was an informative expert. So thankful that the door to St Peters was open so we could continue with him. Fantastic experience!
Cheryl · Sep 25, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Great
Our tour guide Laura was lovely. She was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot that we would have otherwise never known. The headphones were very uncomfortable and several is us had issues. Our guide had to change hers because there was a lot of static. Otherwise a very good tour. Got to experience the coliseum in a special way that we couldn’t have done alone.
Alina · Sep 24, 2022 · Canada · Female · 55 to 64 years
Great
Jeb was very very knowledgeable. He taught us a lot and answered every question with detail. Very good information about the politics, art history, etc. Kept a good pace throughout the tour. The only heads up I would give is that we had to wait outside for almost an hour before they let us in. Although Jeb gave us super interested information while we waited I was very cold as did others. I should have brought a warm jacket in spite of the fact it got hot by mid morning. My husband and I aren’t tour people but we really enjoyed it. Well worth it.
Alina · Sep 24, 2022 · Canada · Female · 55 to 64 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

Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes! However please be aware that guides can not push wheelchairs so do ensure that you can operate your own chair or have someone to operate it for you.
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 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!
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.

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