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Early Sistine Chapel with Vatican & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

by Walks of Italy
Price Not Available
Nonrefundable No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required)

Highlights

  • Chance to explore the Sistine Chapel before the public

  • Exploration of Vatican Museums led by an expert guide

  • Early entry to the Museums lets you stay ahead of the crowds

  • No waiting in lines at the spectacular St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Famous Raphael Rooms & works by Bernini & Michelangelo

Highlights

  • Chance to explore the Sistine Chapel before the public

  • Exploration of Vatican Museums led by an expert guide

  • Early entry to the Museums lets you stay ahead of the crowds

  • No waiting in lines at the spectacular St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Famous Raphael Rooms & works by Bernini & Michelangelo

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Early Sistine Chapel with Vatican & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Activity Location

Vatican Museums

Vatican City

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Bar L'Ottagono

    Piazza del Risorgimento

    Roma


Description

Due to Covid19, until the end of 2020, this tour will be amended to ensure your safety:

  • Please note that the opening time of the Vatican Museums may vary, we will vary the tour start time accordingly.

  • St.Peter's Basilica may not be accessible. If this occurs during your tour we will spend more time inside the Museums & Chapel and your guide will give you introduction to the church should you wish to visit this on your own at a later time.

Experience the breathtaking Sistine Chapel as it was meant to be seen—without the crowds. Enter the Vatican Museums before general opening time to marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes before the lines form, and afterward enjoy an expertly guided tour of the Museums and St. Peter's Basilica.

Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums 45 minutes before they're open to the public, and get whisked directly to the Sistine Chapel, which is nearly empty at this time of the morning. After plenty of time to study Michelangelo's masterpiece in peace and quiet, your guide leads you on a tour of the Museums. Marvel at the Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms, and wander among the impressive collection of ancient sculptures, all while staying ahead of the crowds.

After exploring the Museums, admire the Sistine Chapel again as you pass through it for a second time, entering St. Peter's Basilica through a special door with no long lines. Once inside the basilica, your guide offers you a 1-hour tour, introducing you to the incredible art, architecture, and history of this Catholic landmark before setting you free to explore on your own.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Vatican Museums with early entry to Sistine Chapel

  • Skip-the-line entrance to St Peter’s Basilica

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Headset for tour commentary


Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Know Before You Book

  • Children younger than 2 are complimentary.

  • St.Peter's Basilica and/or the Sistine Chapel are subject to last-minute closures during special celebrations/festivities. If this occurs during your visit, you will spend more time inside either the Sistine Chapel or the Vatican Museums.

  • Maximum group size is 14 people

  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.

  • Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.

  • Note: This tour costs less on Wednesdays because it does not enter St. Peter’s Basilica. Instead, we spend more time in the Vatican Museums and our guide will give you an introduction to the Basilica so you know what to look for if you want to visit later on your own.

  • Due to Covid19, until the end of 2020, this tour will be amended to ensure your safety: Please note that the opening time of the Vatican Museums may vary, we will vary the tour start time accordingly. St.Peter's Basilica may not be accessible.


Early Sistine Chapel with Vatican & St. Peter's Basilica Tour ratings based on 106 Verified Reviews

4.6 out of 5

5/5 Feb 19, 2020

Excellent guide you have to get early morning tour as soon as general public comes in at 9 very crowded we saw the chapel when hardly anybody was there before massive crowds arrive plus the tour guide tells you about all the facts where if you go without guide you would be lost and miss alot

5/5 Jan 25, 2020

It was a very good and informative tour , our guide was terrific and she was very interactive. The early start and lines avoided was the highlight really . Because as our tour started to wine down and the masses started arriving , it was not as enjoyable.