Pristine Sistine Express – Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

Rome, Italy

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

This tour is a great way to beat most of the crowds at the Vatican’s two busiest attractions. Using skip the line, early access tickets, you’ll see both the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning before a lot of tourists even wake up. With an expert, English-speaking guide to brief you on the history, art, and architecture of both sites, this is a quick but informative way to view two world-famous attractions in peace.

Skip the line and Early Entrance to the Vatican museums & St. Peter’s Basilica
Entrance & Reservation Fees
Visual aids to help navigate masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel
Small groups of maximum 20 people
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums (except Sistine Chapel)
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

Bar L'Ottagona, Piazza del Risorgimento, 52, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

7:45 AM

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Pass By:  
Sistine Chapel
Start early, entering the Vatican Museums a full half hour before everyone else. As you head directly to the Sistine Chapel, your guide will brief you on what you are about to see and give you a visual aid to help decipher the frescoes once inside. Step into the chapel and spend a full 30 minutes enjoying the art with very small crowds - there’s no more peaceful way to see these great works of art.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Meet your guide at the bottom of the room and use a special corridor to walk directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without waiting in line. Inside, your guide will again brief you on the highlights of the space - from Bernini’s Baldachin to Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ – before leaving you to explore St. Peter’s on your own.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Walks of Italy
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees.
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas etc must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour.
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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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