View of an empty Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums semi desert in the early morning
Guided tour inside the Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums in the early morning
Girl admiring the Sistine Chapel
VIP Early Access

Sistine Chapel Tour Before Opening Hours with Vatican Museums

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  • Start your experience at the Vatican 1.5 hours before the public by heading directly to the Sistine Chapel as it is being opened for the day, allowing you and your group to be the first to enter the still quiet and empty space to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpieces while your guide brings the art to life with stories and details of its creation.
  • After the tour you can spend your day inside the Museums, leisurely wandering its magnificent galleries at your own pace, allowing you to focus on what interests you.
  • With an expert English-speaking art historian as your guide, small groups of no more than 20 people, and an entrance well before the opening time giving you access to the Sistine Chapel before anyone else arrives, we can guarantee a great experience on this tour!

VIP Early Access Tour

What's Included

  • Skip-the-Line Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Tickets to the Vatican Museums and all reservation fees
  • Map of the Vatican Museums
  • All Day Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Vatican Museums (without a guide after the tour)

No One Gets You in Earlier

Our status as Official Vatican Partners allows us to take you straight through our exclusive Partner Entrance ahead of all other operators to experience the Sistine Chapel in serenity. You will get in 30 minutes before other operators and over 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of the public crowds. We are privileged to be the only tour operator to have this benefit which gives you the opportunity to be first into the Sistine Chapel. 

Your escort will lead you directly through the Vatican Museums to the Sistine Chapel where you'll have the space to view the masterpieces inside without the crowds. This will give you the chance to view Michelangelo's work and appreciate the frescoes which are considered by critics to be the absolute highpoint of Renaissance art. Most people will recognize the imagery of the 'Creation of Adam', and 'The Last Judgment' but very few get to feel the full impact of their emotional effect before the crowds arrive. 

No one Gives You more Access

After your once-in-a-lifetime Sistine Chapel experience, you have the option to visit the Vatican Museums without having to leave and enter again. Along with your full-day tickets, we also provide a map of the 9-mile-long museum and an introduction to its highlights - everything you need to design your own itinerary, from the Missionary Ethnological Museum to the Pinacoteca Gallery with its Da Vinci and Raphael paintings.

So, take advantage of our highest partnership status and make the most of our exclusive First Entry tickets to one of the world’s most famous sites – the Sistine Chapel.

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A City Wonders tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special