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Vatican: Early-Access Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms Tour

Vatican: Early-Access Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms Tour

From US$ 172.45 per person

Enjoy early access to the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms on this express private tour. Admire the marvelous artworks inside this infamous museum 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
Mobile ticketing
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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

Experience

Highlights
  • Enter the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms ahead of other tourists
  • Learn about their history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Explore art collections from the Baroque and Renaissance eras
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's famous works
  • Have an intimate experience with Raphael's frescoe
Full description

Make the most of your time in the Vatican City with an early private access to the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms. 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. Head to the Raphael Rooms for an intimate experience with its fresco masterpieces in a near-empty museum. Your guide will then lead you back to the Museums' galleries, where you will be given information on how to enjoy the rest of your time, or visit the beautiful and ornate St Peter's Basilica.

Includes
  • Skip-the-Line entrance to the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms
  • 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
  • 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 who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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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

What to bring

  • Long-sleeved shirt

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Short skirts

Know before you go

  • Due to new health and safety regulations, the Vatican currently opens half an hour later at 8:30 AM. By arriving 30 minutes before the 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.
  • Food and drinks are not included
  • Tips are not included
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Francesca, unser Guide, war sehr nett und sehr kompetent. Alles top organisiert!! Vielen Dank!

July 13, 2021

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July 28, 2021

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

July 31, 2021

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