Early access to Vatican Museums before Morning Opening

Rome, Italy

Tour Rating
icon1 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Get a head-start on your sightseeing and avoid the crowds with early access to the Vatican Museums before the doors open to the public. Start with VIP entry to the Sistine Chapel to experience this gorgeous space in peace. Continue on to see the rest of the Vatican Museums ahead of the general public. Choose a tour with an art history expert guide or a self-guided audioguide tour.
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with VIP early access
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public to enjoy the space without crowds
  • Get into the Vatican Museums ahead of its usual opening time to get a head-start before the public
  • Choose a guided tour of the Vatican Museums or a self-directed audioguide tour

DVD souvenir (only for the at your pace tour option)
Skip-the-line access
Guided tour in English (only for the Guided tour)
Access to St. Peter's Basilica (only for the Guided tour)
Hotel drop-off
Hotel pickup
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

7:20 AM
Explore the popular Vatican Museums without the crowds on this early-entry tour.

Enter the Sistine Chapel first, 15 minutes before other group tours and 75 minutes before it opens to the general public. Enjoy seeing this exquisite space without the usual crowd.

Continue into the rest of the Vatican Museums to see the enormous collection before the rooms get too crowded. Choose to take a self-directed tour of the museums at your own pace with an audio guide or upgrade to get a small-group tour with a professional guide.
Pass By:  
Sistine Chapel
Without having seen the Sistine Chapel it is not possible to form an appreciable idea of what a single man is capable of obtaining. ' The Sistine Chapel dedicated to Maria Assunta in Cielo is one of the most famous cultural and artistic treasures of the Vatican City. It was built between 1475 and 1481, at the time of Pope Sixtus IV of the oak, from which it took its name. It is known throughout the world both to be the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held both to be decorated with one of the most famous and celebrated works of art of the Western artistic civilization, the frescoes of Michelangelo Buonarroti, which cover the Vault (1508-1512) and the bottom wall with the last Judgement over the altar (1535-1541).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums occupy most of the Belvedere's vast courtyard and are one of the largest art collections in the world, since they exhibit the huge collection of works of art accumulated over the centuries by the popes: the Sistine Chapel and the papal apartments frescoed by Michelangelo and Raphael are part of the works that visitors can admire in their path.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The grandeur of the seventeenth century façade of Carlo Maderno makes the idea of the colossal dimensions of the Basilica of St. Peter, still one of the largest churches in the world.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.
  • The cloakroom staff will accept visitors’ bags and personal belongings (regardless of the form, material, or dimension of the object), with the exception of clothing items, hats, and portable umbrellas. The following must be left in the cloakroom: suitcases; backpacks and containers with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15 centimeters; bags and packs that are cumbersome, except for small-sized bags that are carried on the shoulder, and don't jut out more than 15 centimeters from the body; any umbrella with a spike tip, and umbrellas of medium and large size; walking sticks (except those required by disabled visitors); tripods for cameras and video cameras; and signage of any kind.
  • Important: The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events: in this case the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library.
  • Access to St. Peter's basilica and live tour guide are provided only with the Guided tour option.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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