Early Express Sistine Chapel and Basilica semi-private tour

Roma, Italy

Experience Rating
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica are two of the UNESCO–listed Vatican’s top attractions, and the entry queues can be long. On this tour, visit them in the early morning calm, and avoid the queues that form later in the day. With headsets to hear your guide clearly, learn the secrets of the Vatican Galleries’ beautiful paintings, and marvel at Michelangelo’s world-famous artworks.
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica on this sightseeing tour
  • Avoid the crowds that build up later in the day
  • Your guide shares insight into the artworks and treasures on display
  • A headset is included, to let you hear your guide clearly

Semi private group up to 12 people
Licensed guide
2 hour-tour
Headsets for the tour
Tips for the Guide

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

7:20 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Before entering the Sistine Chapel, you will walk along the Vatican Galleries such as the Candelabra and Tapestry gallery and the gallery of the Maps.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Once in the spectacular Sistine Chapel, you will be wordless and feel overwhelming for the beauty of Michelangelo’s artworks. The Master worked in total 9 years inside the Sistine Chapel and painted first the Creation of the World with stories of the Genesis book in 4 years, while in 5 years Farnese he painted the Last Judgment for the Pope Paul the III.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
A priority entrance will be taken from the Sistine Chapel to access to the Basilica of St. Peter’s, another spectacular holy building designed by over 6 architects. Among them, there are Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Bernini.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Grottoes
Discover the amazing Popes' Tombs, also known under the name of Vatican Grottoes. Popes' Tombs are located in the underground level of St. Peter Basilica, below the central nave. Among these, you can find St. Peter Tomb, the most renowned one, which is located beneath the altar of the Basilica. Moreover, John Paul II and many other Popes are buried here. As your guide will explain to you, Vatican Grottoes are part of the "old" Basilica, built by order of Emperor Constantine the Great.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
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Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No shorts above the knees are permitted
  • No sleeveless t-shirts are permitted
  • No big back pack are allowed
  • No big umbrella are permitted
  • No pointed objects
  • This tour never runs on Wednesday or Sunday or religious bank holidays.
  • It can happen that the Basilica of St. Peters’ is not visible due to special Religious functions held by the Cardinals or the Pope, the closing of St. Peter’s can be an unexpected decision take by the Vatican Museums; in this case we will add in the itinerary the Painting gallery or the Raphael Rooms, once the Pope Julius’ II apartment, as an alternative site.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible but may be adapted to an accessible itinerary if you contact us. Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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