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Rome: Skip-the-Line Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

Rome: Skip-the-Line Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

From US$ 73.70 per person

Marvel at Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before the general public arrive on a 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican City. Enjoy early access to the Vatican Museums and see masterpieces by Raphael and more.

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  • Enter the Sistine Chapel before the general public, and see Michelangelo's frescoes in peace
  • Skip the long lines to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Marvel at masterpieces of Renaissance art in the Vatican Museums
  • Get detailed descriptions on the Sistine Chapel via individual visual aids
  • Enjoy an intimate tour of no more than 20 people
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Discover the masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica on an early morning tour, and beat the crowds that arrive later in the day. Perfect for whistle-stop travelers, or families traveling with children, the tour includes skip-the-line access at both sites, and visual aids to the Sistine Chapel. First, enter the Vatican Museums a full half hour before the general public. Before you go inside, your guide will hand out visual aids with a legend for each of the key works of the Sistine Chapel. Use this as a reference point to some of the finer points of Michelangelo’s frescoes. Your guide will also give you tips on what to look out for. You will have 30 minutes to gaze at Michelangelo’s masterpieces on your own. Then, reconvene with your guide and group to enter St. Peter’s Basilica via a special entrance door. Save hours on waiting in line outdoors, and get privileged access to one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Look at stunning works, such as Bernini’s “Baldachin” and Michelangelo’s “Pieta,” before your guide leaves you at St. Peter’s Basilica to explore on your own.
  • Skip-the-line early entrance to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Visual aids to help you navigate the masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums (except the Sistine Chapel)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet outside the green bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento. It's the only bar/café in the square, located on the Via Crescensio side, close to tram stop no. 19. The nearest Metro station is "Ottaviano"

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas
  • Video recording
  • Cameras

Know before you go

  • The corridor between St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel is still closed to the public due to Covid restrictions
  • Your guide will do their best to include the Basilica but the distance between the 2 sites without this access may mean this is not always possible, in which case, your guide will give you a full introduction to the Basilica from the outside
  • St. Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. In the event this occurs, your group will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
  • Guests are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees inside the Sistine Chapel
  • 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
  • It is the responsibility of the guest to collect their left luggage at the end of the tour
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More than just time-saving

Fabrizio provided a very comprehensive narrative to both locations and he knows when and where to go at the Vatican Museum (not just Sistine Chapel) to get the best out of the early entry experience.

March 8, 2018

Great guide and tour

Great guide and tour

June 11, 2017

October 6, 2018

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