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Early Access: Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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    • Adult (19+)
    • Child (6-18)
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from US$ 81.88 US$ 77.79 per person pp
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Key Highlights

  • Smartphone voucher accepted – No need to print!
  • The only group tour that offers Early Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Covers major highlights of the Vatican in shortest time
  • The English speaking guides ensure you don’t miss a thing
  • Group tour of maximum 20 persons ensures a personal experience
  • Overview

    Looking for a short and sweet tour of the Vatican? Then the Sistine Chapel Early Access & St Peter’s Express Tour is perfect for you. The only group tour offering Early Access Sistine Chapel tickets guarantees that you get into the Sistine Chapel 15 minutes before other tour groups and 1 hour 15 minutes before the general public, it focuses only on the biggest highlights of the Vatican, perfect for those with limited time.

    With no endless queues and crowds, you will not only have a detailed, but one of the best experiences of the sights. The guide will lead you to the majestic Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Every corner of the chapel is decorated; with mosaics on the floor and intricate frescoes on the wall painted by the early Renaissance artists. Feast your eyes on Michelangelo’s luminous paintings on the ceiling and behind the altar and soak in the enormity of Michelangelo's Creation frescoes on the barrel-vaulted ceiling with the figures exuding strength and elegance. Contrary to the optimism and elegance of the ceiling, Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, which he painted on the back wall a decade later, is darker and pessimistic.

    With Skip-the-Line Access you will gain direct entry from the Sistine Chapel to the world’s largest church, the St. Peter’s Basilica. Built on the site of St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica has been the centre of the Catholic faith and is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Dating back to almost 2000 years and built over a span of almost 100 years by the greatest Italian architects of the time, the major highlights of the church are its masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pietà, the Papal altar and Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion in the Throne of St. Peter.

    After exploring the main level of the Basilica, your tour escort will lead you down to the Crypts of the Popes, housed in the space between the older 4th century Basilica and St. Peter’s, which was built on top of it. In the final lap of your tour, the guide will lead you outside the entrance of the Basilica, leading on to Bernini’s architectural masterpiece, St. Peter’s Square, which is an elliptical esplanade bordered by a massive colonnade with 140 beautiful statues depicting different saints and sculpted by various artists of the 17th century.

    A treasure trove for art enthusiasts and history aficionados alike, this fast paced tour fits perfectly into your hurricane travel routine all while giving you an exhaustive experience of the Vatican.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    19 Nov 18 - 31 Dec 18: Friday & Saturday
    01 Jan 19 - 03 Mar 19: Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
    04 Mar 19 - 17 Nov 19: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
    18 Nov 19 - 31 Dec 19: Monday, Friday & Saturday


    2 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    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.
    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the departing time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    St. Peter's Square

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
    • Access to the Vatican Museums 15 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour, 15 minutes before the general public
    • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
    • Skip the line to St Peter Basilica
    • Visit to the Crypts beneath the Basilica


    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    • Food/Beverages
  • Please note

    Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other device.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

    Please remember that entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees need to be covered and no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts on either men or women are allowed. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. isango! or its local partner, unfortunately, will not be able to help in such a scenario.

    Please make sure that you reach the meeting point 15 minutes before departure to avoid getting stuck in any last minute rush. We will, unfortunately, not be able to accommodate your or refund your tickets if you arrive after departure.

    Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited.

    Please understand that the Vatican is a high surveillance area and extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. This is why you may experience slight delays at the entrance due to the presence of mandatory security checks.

    The Vatican unfortunately does not allow visitors to enter with large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks so we would suggest that you carry small bags to avoid getting stuck at security check-ins. In case you do need to carry any of the above mentioned items, you can have them checked into the free luggage storage area.

    Additional info

    This service ends at St. Peter's Square at around 9:30 am.

    This tour is, unfortunately, not suitable for customers with wheelchairs, walking disabilities, strollers or baby carriages.

    St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be closed sometimes due to religious ceremonies. In such a scenario, we will provide you with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or an alternative.

    We try our best to inform all our dear travellers of unforeseen closures in advance. However, we hope you understand that it may not always be possible since these are administrative decisions that may occur suddenly. Please remember that in such a context, we would, unfortunately, not be able to refund you for the cancelled tour.

  • Customer Reviews
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      I loved my visit to the Vatican City, and I am very glad that I paid extra to visit early , and beat the crowds. When we finished the queue was so long. Our guide spoke...

      i h donaldson, New Zealand
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    • Both tours were great. The tour guide was oriented to the group needs and knew a lot of stories and facts about the places we visited.

      Tiago Costa, Portugal, 24/May/2019