Stand inside the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before it opens to the general public with this early-access ticket to the chapel and the rest of the Vatican Museums complex. This is an exclusive opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere.
- Access to the Vatican Museums 30 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour and 15 minutes before the general public.
- English-speaking escort to lead you to the Sistine Chapel.
- Map of and introduction to the Vatican Museums.
- Access to the Vatican Museums until closing time.
What’s Not Included
Meeting time: 07:05 Departure time: 07:20
At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (A) station: When you step off the metro, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Leave the station and walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3 ½ blocks, crossing three junctions (1. Via Vespiano 2. Via Leona IV and 3. Via Santamaura) before getting to Via Tunisi, the fourth junction. Turn left down Via Tunisi and walk straight for a block. In front of you will be a set of wide steps, where you'll meet.
With this tickets-only service you will get exclusive early access to the Sistine Chapel, providing opportunities for the best views of the legendary frescoes by Michelangelo and others. This express entry ticket guarantees that you will enter the Sistine Chapel 20 minutes ahead of any other tour group and a full 1 hour and 20 minutes before the general public.
Skip the long lines already forming outside the museums, and head straight to the Sistine Chapel. You will be escorted by a tour representative to make sure you don’t get lost. Once inside, enjoy unprecedented views of the otherwise empty room. Later in the day there will barely be room to move, but in the minutes before opening time, all is quiet.
Your ticket also provides access to the Vatican Museums. Explore the Vatican Museums, and wander the Papal Palace on your own for the rest of the day.
With your early meeting time, the day ahead is long. Your escort will leave you with a map, and an introduction to the most important museum sites so you can make the most from your time among miles and miles of incredible art.