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Vatican: Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Day Tour

Vatican: Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Day Tour

From US$ 172.35 per person

Explore and learn about the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica on this express private tour. Admire the marvelous artworks inside the holy sites prior to the arrival of other tourists.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 105 minutes
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Skip the line and enter the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica ahead of other tourists.
  • Learn about the history of two holy sites in the Vatican City from a knowledgeable guide.
  • Explore art collections from the Baroque and Renaissance eras.
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's infamous works.
Full description
Make the most of your time in the Vatican City with an early private access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Be there prior to the arrival of the general public, and appreciate the beauty of Michelangelo's works minus the large crowds. After meeting with your guide, commence the tour by visiting the Sistine Chapel, the site of the papal conclave. Enter the chapel ahead of other tourists and learn about its history and the techniques behind its architectural design. Of course, you also get to marvel at the ceiling painted by Michelangelo before you head over to your next stop. Upon arriving at St. Peter's Basilica, your guide will detail all of the facts and information that you need to know prior to entering the holy site. Equipped with your new knowledge, explore the beautiful Baroque and Renaissance art collections that adorn the basilica. Don't forget to look up and enjoy the basilica's mesmerizing dome, another one of Michelangelo's works. The tour ends in St. Peter's Square, giving you a panoramic view of the basilica's exterior. Having explored two holy sites before noon, you will be left with plenty of time to explore the city on your own.
  • Skip-the-Line entrance to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Private tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of Caffe Vaticano right across the street from the Vatican Museum's entrance. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens at 8:30 AM rather than 8:00 AM. Despite the later start, this early entrance tour is in all other ways identical to the 7:30 AM tour. By arriving 30 minutes before Vatican doors open, you can get into the museums first and directly proceed to the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel before the crowds, and enjoy them with as few people as possible.
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Francesca, unser Guide, war sehr nett und sehr kompetent. Alles top organisiert!! Vielen Dank!

July 13, 2021


July 28, 2021


Amazing experience visiting with a great guide! Massimo explained all!

July 31, 2021

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