Private tour

Vatican: Early-Access Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms Tour

Private tour

Vatican: Early-Access Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms Tour

From US$ 175.64 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.

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Duration 105 minutes
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • 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.

  • Skip-the-Line entrance to the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms
  • Private tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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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
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

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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Alessandra was perfect!

September 28, 2022

Awesome small private group tour. Thanks Paola

August 9, 2022

Genoss eine private Führug in Englisch für mich und meine Frau: informativ, lehrreich und mit Zugabe für den Petersdom, den wir selbständig erkundeten. Besten Dank an Lucina.

April 18, 2022


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