The Sistine Chapel: VIP ticket to visit the chapel before it opens to the public

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  • Access to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public

  • The option of visiting the Vatican Museums after the Sistine Chapel

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 1hr

Tour with Commentary

  • English

Fast-track entry

Starting time 8:00 AM

Departure point/location

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Avoid the crowds during your visit to the Sistine Chapel with this special early-doors entry ticket.

With this VIP ticket, you will be taken to the Sistine Chapel more than an hour before it opens to the public and nearly 15 minutes before any groups of tourists on guided tours.

In this way, you will be able to discover the magnificent chapel where the cardinals meet to elect the Pope in the best possible circumstances. Take this opportunity to get a privileged look at Michelangelo's famous ceiling painting depicting scenes from Genesis.

You will also receive an entry ticket for the Vatican Museums and a map of the site, giving you the option of discovering the museum should you so desire.

Good to know

  • Availability (excluding religious holidays and other exceptional dates) 
    • Monday to Saturday from mid-March to mid-November
    • Monday and Saturday from mid-November to mid-March
  • Departure point: Vatican Museums
  • Out of respect for the Vatican's customs, you are asked not to wear flip flops, shorts, skirts falling above the knee, sleeveless or otherwise inappropriate clothing
  • You will be able to stay as long as you like in the Sistine Chapel, as well as in the Vatican Museums
  • Although this is not a guided tour, the staff member who will show you to the Sistine Chapel will speak English, and will be able to answer your questions about the museum
  • This tour is done in small groups of 10 persons maximum
  • This activity is not accessible to people with reduced mobility
  • Pushchairs/strollers are not permitted on this tour
  • For security reasons, the Sistine Chapel reserves the right to check the contents of bags. It is therefore possible that you experience a waiting time at the security check-point, given the high number of visitors. Please note that large bags, tripods, umbrellas and backpacks are not permitted within the Sistine Chapel. Please refrain from bringing such items as you risk being refused entry
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

General terms and conditions of sale

Price includes

  • VIP entry to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public
  • Ticket to the Vatican museum
  • Map of the Vatican museum

Not included

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Entry to the rest of the Vatican
  • Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museum
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

Customer reviews

25 reviews
  • Very informative, thoughtful and considerate to the varied age groups in the tour.
    Kerry C.
    Jan 4, 2019
  • The passion and expertise of our guide was visible. She made all the histories come alive. Her knowledge of the paintings and the sculptures ,the way that she explains and told the stories get us engaged, happy and made us to want to know more. We will recommend our friends to Rebecca. She was also very attentive to the group. She made sure we were engaged and having a wonderful time. We highly recommend this tour and our guide, Rebecca.
    Ronald C.
    Dec 13, 2018
  • Very good organisation. No lines,no many people in the group, much important informations about Sistine Chapel and very funny and nice guide Ettore!
    Magda M.
    Nov 28, 2018

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